Saturday, September 30, 2006
This MTV Unplugged (only available in Brazil for now) has been just released. To me, hearing such beautiful unplugged versions of his classic songs, it's amazing... it literally gave me goose bumps. Lenine FOR ALL... Musically speaking, he's way beyond anyone in Brazil now.
+ Hoje eu Quero Sair Só
+ Paciência (Cristina Braga plays harp)
+ Jack Soul Brasileiro
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
+ U2 - "One"
+ U2 Live 1993 - Royal Dublin Showground (from Zooropa tour)
+ Check it out the trailer!
Here's my 2% on the album:
1) Sam's Town - is a great opening track reaffirming them on their best - distorted, anthem-like guitars and synths all over with lots of overdubs! At the end, you could tell they might have listen to the "Yellow Submarine" tracks by the Beatles.
2) Enterlude - "We hope you enjoy your stay..." is a quick piano+vocals cheasy song, inviting the listener for this CD "it's pleasure to have you with us even if it's just for a day". Perhaps a little too obvious...
3) When You Were Young - should be known by everyone by now. Heavy references to Springsteen. For those who are fans of that, they'll eat this up. If you're not, you'll probably focus on the fact that the instrumentation is pretty good, probably the best part of the song. It's well produced, with strings and synth and changing dynamics and everything.
4) Bling (Confessions of a King) - It's certainly one of the best tracks of the new album. Clear influences of U2 here with the delay effects on the guitar (aka the Edge).
5) For Reasons Unknown - The beat, synths and the way Brandon sings reminds me a lot of Mr Brightside (especially when they get to the chorus), almost the same progression on chords.
6) Read My Mind - Another great track. Simple with the great hooks present in the previous album.
7) Uncle Johnny - Maybe a filler?!? It has all the characteristics...
8) Bones - Their second single for Sam's Town. It was recently announced the recording of the videoclip under the direction of Tim Burton, the director behind goth flicks Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. The song itself, hum.. average at best... repetitive with the horns and trumpets. I would expect a lot more the be chosen as the 2nd single.
9) My List - a regular track, good hooks but not impressive again.
10) This River is Wild - This one could be on Hot Fuss without problems. Glad that I made on this album, bringing some hope that it will get better towards the end, right? SPIN called it "the most hysterical track".
11) Why Do I Keep Counting - Great harmonization of the backing vocals with the Beatles influences scattered through the song. A good song to close a concert and the CD, hey but not yet...
12) Exitlude - "I hope you enjoyed your stay...", again too obvious and totally unnecessary. Well, is their choice right?
As Rolling Stone stated (**/5) at the end of their review "On Sam's Town they seem like they're trying to make a big statement, except they have nothing to say - and who thought a band as shrewd as the Killers would fall into such an obvious trap?".
I'm underwhelmed by this album... and certainly expected much more.
+ The Killers - "When You Were Young"
+ The Killers - "Sam's Town"
+ The Killers - "Bling (Confessions of a King)"
Sunday, September 24, 2006
They included The Clientele, Nick Drake, Eels but what stands out is the song by the great Macca. This Never Happened Before which appeared on his last year's album "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard", sets up the atmosphere in the slow dancing scene which happens in the past. The rest of the album is made up of Rachel Portman's intimately romantic score.
+ Paul McCartney - This Never Happened Before
+ Official movie's website
+ Buy OST here!
Friday, September 22, 2006
How insensitive I must have seemed when she told me that she loved me
How unmoved and cold I must have seemed when she told me so sincerely
Why? She must have asked did I just turn and stare in icy silence?
What was I to say what can you say when a love affair is over
Now she's gone away And I'm alone with a memory of her last look
Vague and drawn and sad I see it still all her heartbreak in that last look
How, she must have asked could I just turn and stare in icy silence
What was I to do, what can you do when a love affair is over
+ [MP3] Diana Krall - How Insensitive
Picaresque, their last album (which I listened exaustively) was produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) and boy... he can make any good band sound like a great band!
(All from Picaresque)
+ [MP3] On the Bus Mall
+ [MP3] The Soldiering Life
+ [MP3] The Engine Driver
+ Check out the new single "O Valencia" at their MySpace website.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Give them a try.
+ [MP3] "Barely Listening"
+ [MP3] "Knife-Grey Sea"
Monday, September 18, 2006
Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat
The band's songwriting and musicianship takes another great leap forward on this record with compelling new tunes. A great pop album, enjoyable with good harmonies and backing vocals. The band's songwriting and musicianship takes another great leap forward on this album with compelling new tunes that explore the often-turbulent emotions of the human heart. Produced by Peter Collins (Queensryche, Jewel, Lisa Loeb).
+ Official website
+ Check the Amazon.com exclusive performance here!
NEW LONDON FIRE
I Sing the Body Hollographic
Though primarily a pop record, I Sing features a dose of the overdone disco-punk genre, thanks in part to the instrumentation. While the vocals and melodies are strangely Brit-pop, the backing tracks are full of drum machines, keyboards and frolicking bass lines. New London Fire manage to be a fairly unremarkable hybrid of Franz Ferdinand, Blur and the Postal Service.
+ New London Fire - Different
+ New London Fire - We don't bleed
+ New London Fire - Sing The Body Holographic
+ Official website
+ PureVolume.com website
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Working again with Nigel Godrich, producer of the similarly delicate but otherwise divergent Mutations, Beck swaddles the hurt in a lush assortment of elements that would sound like Babel under anyone else's direction. Steel guitars meet Morricone strings, and beneath it all, Beck sings the blues.
+ Lost Cause (Live)
+ The Golden Age (Live)
+ Pink Moon (Nick Drake cover)
Friday, September 08, 2006
Nick Drake was more of a poet than a performer, shy and introverted, and terrified of playing before an audience. It is lucky and ironic that during one of his infrequent gigs he was spotted by a member of established English folksters, Fairport Convention, who convinced their producer Joe Boyd to give Drake a listen. Boyd was impressed enough with Drake's demo tape that he
signed him to a contract in 1968 and set to working with Nick on his debut album.
Drake's sensitive guitar work and sensitive vocals are backed by the baroque sounds of a chamber string group, and the platter's lyrics show maturity well beyond the age of their 20-year-old creator. Newcomers be forewarned: this music is as infectious as it is bleak.
+ 'Cello song (4.48) [mp3]
+ River man (4.01) [mp3]