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Alien on Acid said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 14:35

Britney chi?


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Alien on Acid said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 14:39

Therapy? – Crooked Timber (DR2, 2009)

Source: Mike McGrath Bryan
After 20 years and constant reinvention & challenge to the music industry and themselves, Therapy? return with what could well be their masterpiece. Crooked Timber has been three years in the making, and the wait has been well worth it; it not only affirms the band’s incredible legacy, but takes them to a new level. By simultaneously revisiting their roots and experimenting boldly, the boys in black have created their best album in years. Produced by Andy Gill, he of Gang of Four fame and Red Hot Chili Peppers-debut-album infamy, and mixed by the band’s own Andy Cairns himself, the album is tied together by a loose concept: examining what it means to be human in an increasingly homogenised existence.

The tunes are the band’s strongest in years. By concentrating on rhythm over melody, a new, monstrous layer of thundering bass and the welcome return of old-school Therapy? clatterslap drumming create a hodge-podge of the familiar and the exciting, while the songwriting was clearly a labour of love, ranging from Cairns indulging his love for a filthily hooky punk tune, such as Enjoy the Struggle or Blacken the Page, to vast jams like the ten-minute Magic Mountain. The Therapy? of old makes its presence felt, with album opener The Head That Tried To Strangle Itself being their most aggressive opening gambit since Knives (the immortal opener of their 1994 classic Troublegum, if you aren’t aware), and could have sat easily in any of the band’s early masterworks, a treatise on the mind that creeps under your skin: “Am I more/Than a noise/Just a noise/Just the noise the brain makes?”. Not content with resting on their laurels, though (and thank god for that), the band questions themselves and society on Clowns Galore, a tight, abrasive track that showcases just how confident Therapy? still are, still wanting to move forward while simultaneously kicking people’s heads in: “What do we do/Now that we’re happy?”

The introspection of title track Crooked Timber displays another, less-seen side of the band, as propulsive rhythm drives tender harmonics and even, I daresay, a hint of vulnerability in Cairns’ voice. But worry not, the dark side that characterised Therapy? is still in evidence, if somewhat altered. Bad Excuse For Daylight chugs forebodingly, deviating into free-jazz-inflected discord, while stand out track Exiles shuffles its way into your mind with a haunting, downbeat hook. Magic Mountain, as mentioned earlier, is nothing short of complete departure, a ten-minute tour de force going from utterly menacing to utterly serene at the drop of a hat, alternating between the two fluidly and bringing them together like the old pros they are. Somnambulist is a good old straight-ahead rocker with a dark twist in the Therapy? mould, while the black humour that permeated their work so well resurfaces in I Told You I Was Ill, Cairns playing the rascal examining his past with disarming sincerity.

The production, the mix, everything about this album is tightly-arranged and obviously the work of intensely passionate musicians. The drums, courtesy of Neil Cooper, clatter and smack in a manner reminiscent of his predecessor Fyfe Ewing, while the bass, supplied by the ever-irreverent Michael McKeegan is heavy and authoritative. The rhythm section being the focus of the album is a huge change in dynamic, but one that has paid off, the overall feel being one of an instinctively forward-thinking band that is having fun and saying what they have to. Andy Cairns’ guitar sounds are incredibly sharp and weighty, but not so much as to outweigh any other element of any given song.

We’ve been waiting a long time. Oh yes. But my God, has the wait been worth it. An album with not one duff track, of which most stands up to anything they’ve ever done (no mean feat given their back catalogue) and an insight into the minds and hearts of a band that has presented us so many faces over the years, a band still passionate enough to innovate and bedevil perceptions after all these years. Glad to have ye back, lads.

ps: New Therapy CD release date Mar 24, 2009


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B16 said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 14:41

…per la mia serenità psicofisica:

War // U2
The Joshua Tree // U2
No Line On The Horizon // U2
Tonight Franz Ferdinand // Franz Ferdinand
Merriweather Post Pavilion // Animal Collective
Attack and Release // The Black Keys
Led Zeppelin // Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV // Led Zeppelin
Lust for life // Iggy Pop
Station to Station // David Bowie
The Man Machine // Kraftwerk
Unknown Pleasures // Joy Division
Still // Joy Division
Radioactivity // Kraftwerk
Music has the right to children // Boards of Canada
Silent Movie // Quiet Village
Roots and Wire // Deadbeat
Aerial // 2562
Keep it slow // Low Motion Disco
The Seduction of Silence // Intrusion
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus // Charles Mingus
The Velvet Underground // The Velvet Underground
Henry’s Dream // Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
After the gold rush // Neil Young


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Alien on Acid said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 14:43

The Decemberists new album su Capitol, qui le ultime news:

1. Prelude
2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
3. A Bower Scene
4. Won’t Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
6. The Queen’s Approach
7. Isn’t it a Lovely Night?
8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
9. An Interlude
10. The Rake’s Song
11. The Abduction of Margaret
12. The Queen’s Rebuke / The Crossing
13. Annan Water
14. Margaret in Captivity
15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)


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Alien on Acid said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 14:45

ma c’è spazio anche per: Pete Doherty – Last of the English Roses [Single] (Parlophone, 2009) che ha scritto 2 canzoni su tre, niente affatto male:


01. Last of the English Roses
02. Broken Love Story
03. Lady Don’t Fall Backwards

He must mean business – not only has everyone’s favourite Jag collector been out of the tabloids for a while, but he’s gone all grown up and is now Peter Doherty. So does this indicate a change of musical direction? A new found lyrical maturity?

For starters, the soundtrack is different to anything Peter, The Libertines or Babyshambles have ever done. Listening to the first 30 seconds, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stuck a Gorillaz CD on by mistake. The heavy, atmospheric drums and the lone harmonica underpin a meandering verse delivered in Doherty’s familiar drawl pitched somewhere between street poet and urban crooner. Lyrically it’s a welcome departure from the drugged up and desperate themes that have become all too predictable, but the melody still maintains a menacing and gloomy feel. What’s slightly at odds with the song is the chorus. It sticks out like a sore thumb and the repetitive chant of “She’s the last of the English ro-oh-ses” is lazy to the point of being incredibly boring. A slow burner if ever there was, and one which will split people straight down the middle.-PhilSouth


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buzzandmusic said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 15:52

Ecco come potete notare gli occhi sulla Britney un “po’”troietta e le orecchie su questi meravigliosi post di b16 e Alien on Acid.Mi scrivo tutto ragazzi,tutto FOTOGRAFATO nella memoria:-)))


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B16 said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 16:19


1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
_ War
7. Boy
8. Rattle and Hum
9. October
10. All that you can’t leave behind
11. How to dismantle an atomic bomb


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buzzandmusic said in Marzo 8th, 2009 at 18:36

ma sai b16 che sono d’accordo quasi su tutto eh eh eh


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