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Music In My Mind (5 Albums)

Live music has been down for the last couple of months. At the beginning of the year, I aimed to see a live show at least once a month, but this died when money became an issue for my gig going buddies. Still, there's always albums, and I figured it was time for a post about the music I've been listening too recently.*

Here we go:

The World Can Wait, 67 Special.

I saw 67 Special play a while back and they were fantastic.





They were nothing but movement and music on stage. By the end the five piece were drenched in sweat, raw, and with the lead, Ash Santilla, holding a guitar of snapped strings. Imagine then, my disappointment when I learnt that their debut album only skirted the edges of this energy. It's almost unrecognisable as an album from the band I saw perform. That, however, doesn't mean that the album is necessarily bad, because it's not. It's just... plain? Timid? Appearing to be influenced by the Cruel Sea more than their live act suggests, they've delivered an album that is somewhere near the sound that the Cruel Sea's last listenable album, the 2001 Where There's Smoke. Hardly the Cruel Sea's best, but without Tex Perkins' vocals and the band's experience, a bland album for them is a solid album you can zone with and not feel regret. With 67 Special, however, the album verges on becoming instantly forgettable.

Perhaps I expected too much.

In Your Honor, Foo Fighters.

Would you believe this is the first Foo Fighters album I have bought?

It was the two disks, one labeled 'Loud' and the other 'Not So Loud' that got me. I've always liked the loud, guitar driven Foo Fighters, but I've never really gotten into the softer stuff. But with the promise of a whole disk that is the first, and since it's the price of a one disk album... well, why the fuck not? Unsurprisingly, I did the 'Loud' disk more than the other, with the first five songs being strong, boot kicking stuff. I've even been convinced that seeing them in December is a reasonable and good thing to do and so I am. Nothing like a bit of solid rock.

Silent Alarm, Bloc Party.

Bloc Party's album has really grown on me and, despite the fact that it was a purchase some time ago, I've found that it hasn't stopped being one of my favourite choices on the Ipod. There are a few moments in the album I'm not sure of, and most of them contained in the song 'The Price of Gasoline'. I mean, sure, the price of petrol is fucking insane. It seems to me that alternative sources of power for cars ought to be happening right this instance. Give me the electric car... but, you know, a song about the price of gas and driving a mid sized car? It's just not cutting it.

That said, however, there's many other fine numbers on the album, and it really does grow on you. The opening track 'Like Eating Glass' is one of my favourite songs for the year.

Employment, Kaiser Chiefs.

Would you believe that I loathe the opening five seconds of this album like nothing else, but love everything else?

It's true. I don't know what it is about the opening of 'Everyday I love You Less and Less' but the start bugs me like nothing else. Fortunately, the song recovers quickly, and by the time it hits 'I Predict A Riot' I'm right along with it. It's a much more immediately infectious album that Block Party's Silent Alarm, and perhaps, in the end, it won't last the distance. But it's catchy as all shit and fun, even if one of the songs is called 'Na Na Na Na Naa'.

The New Normal, Cog.

And the final album is the debut effort by the Australian three piece Cog.

I must admit, I thought it would be heavier. A bit more on the screaming and the you can't trust everyone and bring on the anarchy side of things. It does have that (I especially love the disk booklet that informs you that your mobile is 'susceptible to eavesdropping by government organisations and foreign corporate interests') but it's not nearly as didactic as Rage Against the Machine was or The (International) Noise Conspiracy is. It works in the band's favour and the album plays nicely, though I've yet to decide if the science fantasy heavy handed metaphor spoken word piece about the Ironic Factory 'The River Song' really fits the album as a whole or not.

But there's some neat stuff on it and, like the Bloc Party album, grows with spins. Always a good sign.




And reni_0629 this counts as me acknowledging your tag of me. Such is my love.

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bodhichitta0
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
The new Foo Fighters is darn good. I'm going to download it at least a big chunk of it, I think.
benpeek
Aug. 16th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
depending on if you like loud or not so loud, i fully recommend the first disk for a bit of fun.
tanuja
Aug. 16th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm very jealous that you have tickets to see The Foo Fighters. We saw them play in SF a few years back and they were good.

Ooh and I've just checked their website and they're playing London on Dec 17th, just after we get back from Australia. Woo Hoo.....credit card here we go.

Based on the above review I shall try and check out Cog.
benpeek
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
cog is heavier than the foo fighters, fyi. maybe won't make a difference, but i just figured i'd let you know.
ex_benpayne119
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Bloc Party is probably one of my favorite albums of the year so far... very infectious and manages to create a kind of unique sound...

benpeek
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
what did you think of it initially?
ex_benpayne119
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
i don't know... it took a little while to grow on me... maybe because there are so many "next big things" coming out of England right now... i liked it but it didn't stand out from the pack much until a couple of months down the track when I was starting to get sick of the others but still enjoying this one...

reni_0629
Aug. 17th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Heh. Just had to make a liar out of me and actually complete the meme, didn't you?
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