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Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:31 am
After I've given the record a couple spins my favourite tracks so far are Demons, Josephine, Out Of Breath and Love Forty Down. And I'm still loving Get Better, The Next Storm and Mittens a lot.
A_2015 wrote:Ive had acoustic version of Demons playing for the last hour on repeat. The rawness of the lyric 'you're not delivering a perfect body to the grave, and time is not there to be saved. Life is a holiday, a moment stolen from the black, before the demons drag you back.' Definite shivers and hair standing up on back of neck moment.
Same here. These are some of my favourite lines of the record.
lambeek wrote:Wailed like a baby on hearing Song For Josh - such a truly heartbreaking song. Not sure that will be something I can listen to regularly, until I can hear it in public without sobbing.
I thought the same thing after hearing Song For Josh a couple times and crying every single time. Definitely an addition to my "songs not to listen to in public" list. Though I'm slightly making progress.
What else... The Angel Islington is the perfect start, The Opening Act Of Spring got me to sing along on first listen and the acoustic CD is just perfect.
I can't wait for my CD to arrive so I can have a better look at the lyrics.
Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:47 am
I really think Song for Josh is one of the best songs Frank has ever written. The rest of the album is good, but none of the other songs feel as important as that one.
Other early personal favourites are Get Better and Josephine.
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:42 am
The record is currently trending on #6 in Germany and will most likely enter the top 10, which would be a first over here. Ace.
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:08 am
sadly it wont be a number 1 album in uk because of Andre's new album ...
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:44 pm
marowak wrote:sadly it wont be a number 1 album in uk because of Andre's new album ...
Which, in my opinion, is not all that.
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:49 pm
Ah bummer, I didn't think about that. The timing is pretty good other(summer slump)wise.
And while I'm at it the promo was/is quite impressive. You couldn't get past the record if you tried.
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:10 pm
After further listening, Glorious You, Out of Breath and Josephine are the ones nestling in my heart. I think Out of Breath is my new mantra, and I'm working on a tattoo design and hoping to incorporate a lyric from PS4NP somewhere. Possibly from the Next Storm.
Bonus: I found Mittens on the jukebox of our local whilst playing Pool yesterday, so everyone got treated to a listen to that
Every listen of this album I love it more.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:21 am
So , the errie and excellent "The Silent Key" - is it autobiographical?
There is a verse that states:
Four thousand nautical miles as the crow flies away
A home made ham radio
In the loft of a Hampshire family home
Came alive, came alive, came alive
And so the four year old amateur operator thus became the only person to hear
Christa's last desperate communique
"We''re alive, we're alive, we're alive"
Frank was born in December 81 and the event took place in January 86 so Frank was 4. He is from Winchester in Hampshire.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:50 am
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:05 pm
Space shuttles are a bit of a specialist subject, so I can clarify a bit.
No broadcasts were sent or received after the break-up of the orbiter Challenger. There is a particularly nasty bit of journalism purporting to be the crew's post-explosion conversation, published in some sensationalist US papers in the 80s, which is a fake (and published in the kind of papers that aren't very serious). Frank's song is very transparently a piece of imagination, as he says, and I imagine he has no wish whatsoever to associate it with any dumb tasteless nonsense like that.
It is highly likely that at least some of the Challenger crew survived for (as the song says) nearly three minutes after the break-up (until they hit the sea at very high speed), because the crew compartment remained intact up to that point, and some of the crew's emergency oxygen supplies were activated. There is a pretty thorough study that you can find easily on NASA sites. It's a common feature of both shuttle fatal crashes that the crew compartment remained intact, even though in the spacecraft's design it was always assumed that any major malfunction would cause complete break-up. It is possible that some in-flight recordings post-accident were recovered but thankfully if they have, they have remained out of public view.
I suppose you can view this as quite horrifying, or (like Frank) you can imagine that having a brief chance to confront life and death might be perhaps a blessing. It's impossible for any of us to know, but it's fair to imagine. It was a sentiment nicely captured in Ronald Reagan's speech on the evening of the accident quoting McGee's poem - "Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of earth... and touched the face of God".
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:56 pm
So the new album being bloody fantastic! If anyone can attempt to tab out Silent Key I would be forever grateful. It is at the moment my favorite song on the album. Especially the acoustic version.
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:56 pm
I've gone and lost my copy of PS4NP. I honestly dont know how.
Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:56 am
Helium wrote:I've gone and lost my copy of PS4NP. I honestly dont know how.
If you have a Spotify account you can keep listening until you find or replace it. Deluxe version available there.
Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:21 pm
So the record entered the German charts at #7 which is nice.
Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:08 am
Received the new album about a week ago from Amazon, and just got the deluxe double CD in the mail today from Frank's website. This is THE best time for music lovers. When you get a copy of new music by one of your favorite artists.... the first 20 or 30 plays are magical. Songs stick in your head and nuances are noticed and opinions are formed. You find yourself trying to explain certain songs to your wife or your friends, and you don't even realize they think you've gone bat-shit insane. LOVING IT!