A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by Steve J » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:53 am

I am really loving This wild Life's new CD clouded.... They are label mate's of Frank's in the US.

Definitely one to check out.
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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by Bossman66 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:45 am

This week I bought 'Popular Problems' by Leonard Cohen and in a word it's...................masterful!

At 80 years of age, Cohen brings all his experience, let's his band and backing singers have their space in the sound & fills all the gaps with his half spoken/half sung baritone.

It's at least on a par with his last great record 'Old Ideas' from a couple of years ago, and for sure more immediate in my view. You don't so much listen to this as simply feel it. It is just beautiful throughout.

Stepping back a few years, I'd never heard of LC until the mid 80's when a long lost friend gave me some vinyl to look after for him & then I was too young to understand his 'poetry' set to music or to see his 'legendary' status.

Over the years my mind broadened and more and more as I look back over his 'Essential' work I began to see the beauty in his output.

And yet, I'm still not sure I fully understand the full depth of his lyrics here, but you do get a sense of gravitas and seeing him in concert earlier this year only made me appreciate him more.

Patrick Leonard who worked with Madonna has made a good partnership with LC, co-writing most of this album and producing it and seems to have made a relationship similar to that between Johnny Cash & Rick Rubin. Together they make magic!

'Slow' is track 1, a bluesy, smokey feel, sexy too (and there have always been sensual/sexy undertones and lines in his work), apparently mainly about the passage of time and death, and taking his time to get there. So many killer couplets in this tune, here's the most obvious followed by a couple of others;

'You want to get there soon, I want to get there last'......
'A weekend on your lips, a lifetime in your eyes'......
'With you it's got to go, with me it's got to last'.....

and there are several others in here too

Next up is the 1st single 'Almost Like The Blues', piano and percussion (bongo's) rule here. The key lines appear to be 'My father says I'm chosen, my mother say's I'm not, I listened to their story, of the Gypsies and the Jews' - I'm not sure how true it is but I believe he has a Judaic background. Another 3 lines I adore go 'There is no god in heaven, and there is no hell below, so says the great professor' - A reference to Lennon's 'Imagine' surely

'Samson in New Orleans' almost hymn like at the beginning, before the most delicate beautiful violin solos flick in and out, seems to take a look at different cultures in america.

'A Street' is SO soulful, built around keyboards. A couple appear to be parted after one half has gone off to join the military possibly a foreign militia. They start out as a pair who like a drink ('I used to be your favourite drunk, good for one more laugh') and just before he waits, he realises ('But we'll never no we'll never ever be that drunk again'). It ends with the narrator waiting on the corner where there used to be a street.

Track 5 is 'Did I Ever Love You', almost a country tune with tempo changes (picks up for the repeated backing vocal chorus') a little similar to Bruce's liver version of 'We Are Alive'. Small violin part again by Alexandru Bublitcha is gorgeous. He's looking at if love even exists I think. Did I ever love you, and also relationships in general 'is it ever over'. This is one where the meaning is irrelevant cos it just sounds great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo0C1_wb8yA

'My Oh My' seems to be about an ended relationship by is joyful in it's way as he celebrates 'Held You For A Little While, My Oh My Oh My' & then a great brass part (uncredited) brings it all home.

'Nevermind' may be too clever and too intelligent for me. It's about the Middle East (I think) and features a touch of Arabic singing amongst the backing vocals. The key chorus goes 'There's truth that lives and truth that dies, I don't know which so Never Mind'

'Born in Chains' looks at his Judaic roots again. Lots of biblical imagery in this tune. Almost a hymn again.

Lastly, as if the preceeding 8 tracks weren't enough, he brings it all home with the brilliant, deceptively simple 'You Got Me Singing'. Folky, countryish, a bit pop too, with reference to his timeless hit 'Hallelujah' this song makes it clear that even if his great return to prominence is as a result of being ripped off by his former manager' he's enjoying his rejuvenation and intends to come back still singing his song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTEkhoYMjZg

On this form, may that long be the case.

Majestic may be the word for this. It's great!

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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by Bossman66 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:01 am

This week I bought 'The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets' by ' Marmozets' and after initially hating it, I've come to accept it has some merits after all, but most people I know won't like it!

Not gonna give a track by track review because I simply don't have that much different to say about the tracks.

Generally then, Marmozets consist of 2 sets of siblings, 3 MacIntyre's including the main singer Becca, and 2 Bottomley's from Bingley, West Yorkshire in the UK. It's 'alternative' or 'punk' in genre I'd have thought.

They've built a following through their live shows which are raucous I've read and the album seems to match. It's quite screamy in places, too screamy for me on the tracks I don't like, but there are some melodies hidden beneath the noise. It's got very good reviews mind so maybe I'm just too old for it, lol. Struggling to find comparisons but maybe a heavier Ting Tings??

It starts very loud with 'Born Young & Free' & 'Why Do You Hate Me?' before easing up a little with 'Captivate You' and on first listen I was thinking 'YES' to track 4 'Is It Horrible?' (which is drum heavy and very screamy) but after a few listens, I like several tracks, the 2 openers, particularly the first, Captivate You. Not so bothered about 'Cover Up' and 'Particle' but track 7 'Cry' is the standout for me with a tender ballad like piano led intro and outro with more typical Marmozets fare inbetween. Could almost be compared to 'Shinedown' this one. Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nYlwbIDl00

Title track 'Weird & Wonderful' is ok except I'm not that keen on the instrumental break, drum heavy, in the middle. 'Vibetech' is off the scale rubbish as far as I'm concerned. I simply can't listen to it. Over the top screaming noise!

I like 'Love You Good' but again the vocal is too screamed for me. 'Hit The Wave' is better, 'Move, Shake Hide' is too screamy and I don't like the changes in melody. Then it ends with a decent less frenetic 'Back To You'.

Definitely more miss than hit for me, but it does have some redeeming tracks and if you like your music 'LOUD' (Mongol Horde fans) and aggresive, give it a try.......

Here's 'Born Young & Free':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afX5kz9hfHI

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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by marowak » Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:56 am

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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by Bossman66 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:26 pm

A little early cos I might be busy tomorrow.........

This week I bought 'Standing In The Breach' by Jackson Browne and in a word it's...................insistent

I think that's a positive though

Can't say I'm a huge Jackson Browne fan, only having his 2 cd retrospective 'The Very Best of', but I believe he started off great and tailed off a bit at least in consistancy terms.

If that's the case, I think this must be a return to form.

Not gonna go track by track so much this time, but in general, the album title is a good fit, because I got the impression that Jackson here is an oasis of calm with a storm brewing around him in his lyrics as he tackles, politics, the environment, eco system & waste disposal, war, finance (bankers) etc

Many of the tracks have longish instrumental fade outs which somehow add to the sense of gentle calmness and insistent persuasion. At first I thought it was all very 'nice' but as I listened the tunes began to stick in my mind and I revisited my hits collection too as a result.

The best tracks for me are the title track, The Birds of St Marks ("And I'm weary of the nights I've seen inside these empty halls"), The Long Way Around, & my two favourites are the more 'pop' offerings 'Yeah, Yeah' & 'Leaving Winslow' which revisits the scene of Winslow, Arizona as featured in his co-composition with The Eagles, 'Take It Easy' and sounds like a good 'train' rythym as he leaves clearly by train.

In addition 'Walls & Doors' is an English translation by JB of a lyric (& presumably song) by Carlos Varela (who features on the end vocal during the fade-out) & You Know The Night features the words of Woody Guthrie.

Lots of pop/country arrangements with some rock guitar thrown into the mix too.

This one has really grown on me throughout the week.

Here's 'Leaving Winslow' as featured on 'Letterman' in the US:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEz1IDUyPO8

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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by blastman » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:47 am

Hey Bossman, nice review of Jackson Browne there. It's on my Wish List, will hopefully pick it up soon myself.

The album of his that hooked me was Lives In The Balance from around 1985-86, it's not one from his "classic" era but it's where he started to get more overtly political. It's a great album in my opinion, check it out if you get the chance.

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Post by trogette » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:53 pm

I bought 3 cds at a gig last Sunday, one by Nick Santino, one of his songs is called Jackson Browne! (The others were by Lydia and The Maine)

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Post by Bossman66 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:51 pm

No idea what I'm gonna get tomorrow.

U2 - already given away!
Ella Henderson - x-Factor but seems above average x-factor at least!
Jessie J ?

Seems very little choice for so late in the year!

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Post by marowak » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:20 pm

Most albums will be out in nov now - in time for Xmas
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Re: A BRAND New cd each week this year - suggestions?

Post by Bossman66 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:48 pm

marowak wrote:Most albums will be out in nov now - in time for Xmas
Agreed, but normally voulume of choice picks up from October. I think this week is very poor with lots of re-releases, anniversary releases!
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Post by Watergirl » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:04 pm

There should be additional stuff on the U2 physical release that wasn't on the free digital album. I love the album by the way. Have it on constant repeat.
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Post by Bossman66 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:51 am

Watergirl wrote:There should be additional stuff on the U2 physical release that wasn't on the free digital album. I love the album by the way. Have it on constant repeat.
Stay clear from anything to do with X-Factor!
I'll get slaughtered for this but I can't agree. The vast majority of x-factor is hogwash I agree, but I can't brand anything total rubbish. I like some 'pop' music & it's possible to slip through the net of mediocrity that is x-factor. Ella's voice was compared to Adele & her singles so far have been OK. I'm not saying that's what I'm buying cos I remain undecided. I'm averse to buying U2 for the additional material. The album is very good I agree, but I don't like the approach they've taken. As an established band, I wonder how they'd have felt if they were up & coming still & trying to make a living by selling product & had to watch as established bands undercut them by virtue of their fame and ability to strike a deal with a major corporation. I'll wait until it's in the library, to get the rest of it. I also don't like the 'deluxe' version approach (even from Springsteen)

Got to find something else this week.....

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Post by Watergirl » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:54 pm

I disagree on the U2 issue, Mark. I like the fact that they are trying out something different. They are obviously in the position that they can do this.
I think it is all done with the upcoming tour in mind. I would image U2 have the same problem as many acts that a large proportion of their audience does not bother listening to recent albums and only want to hear the old stuff. By giving the new album away for free, at least people will have listened to it and it should give these songs a better shot at becoming new favourites.
I don't think it would affect new bands in any big way. If you are the sort of person who buys music (and I know you are) and there is a new band that you are into, the fact that you have a free U2 album should not stop you from supporting that up and coming band.
Regarding the deluxe approach - I don't want to buy anything twice. Bruce only did that with "The Seeger Sessions", I think. U2 are doing the reverse. The core album is free. Serious fans will want the extra stuff as well, so the physical release should sell respectably in any case. I think it's good they are trying to go about it differently.
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Post by marowak » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:30 pm

U2 did not give away their album for free!

They made a fortune from that deal with Apple.

Although the licensing figures won't ever be released Universal music group and U2 would have each made $50 - 250 million each.

Apple then chose to give the album away. But the band and label probably made more than selling it as a conventional CD.
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Post by Watergirl » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:36 pm

Am not suggesting any sacrifice on U2's part. I got it for free though, and legally so.
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