Sunday, March 11, 2018

Always Ascending By Franz Ferdinand



Franz Ferdinand are, in my opinion, one of the most interesting bands in the world today.
They released 3 super acclaimed albums, then, I think they lost a bit of media attention with "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action" and then did the supergroup FFS with The Sparks, which kinda divided the fans and the critics (and Alex Kapranos also formed BNQT).
With Always Ascending we can see the band, again (and again and again) trying to develop their sound and trying to make something fresh and new, and that's something we should really praise. It would be easy for them to do a new "Take Me Out" with a frontal indie-rock sound, but the band
really wants to get further and achieve new sonorities.
Always Ascending is, basically a mature indie/rock/electronic record.
If I were in a band, I would select the best song of the album (excluding long melancholic emotional or experimental songs) as the first single. I do think that big part of the artists do it, and Franz Ferdinand selected the title-song of the album as their opening and as first single and I understand why. It is the best song of the album. An electronic, dreamy song about viewing life as a Shepard Tone, always directly facing our path, and moving forward, and it is what the band is always doing, renovating their sound with amazing songs, without forgetting their own style. Always Ascending is a very complex song with lot of different parts but complex as the album is, so it's its right representation.
The second song, Lazy Boy is a danceable song, with a catchy bass riff, and a direct guitar chorus. Again, Kapranos likes to write about simple things in life, without getting too much poetic about the subjects. The songs is not about how love will change your life, or how war screws up the world, it's only about a lazy boy that doesn't like to get out of the bed, and loves his girlfriend. Simple, direct and smart. Franz Ferdinand's lyrics has always been much more practical than most of the bands. Something like a modern Jarvis Cocker poem, it describes the world has it is, without a story-line.
Then we have Paper Cages, a song that, at the beginning I didn't like that much, but now I think it is one of the best from the album. Catchy and melodic. It's something that Metronomy could have written during their most inspiring moments (far superior, but you get the point).
Finally is what I describe like a normal song of the album. Not the best, not the worst, just a nice song that fills good in the album. A song, probably about social integration.
The Academy Award is my least favourite song. It looks like an American ballad, like a modern western/Scottish song.
Track number 6 is Lois Lane. The song, with the name of the partner of Superman, sonorously, really reminds me of the 80's. I think it has a lot of inspiring from the instrumental song of Depeche Mode "Nothing To Fear" from their 1982 album "A Broken Frame". The riff of the chorus, and the middle keyboard solo really seems taken from there. Nothing against, I love Depeche Mode, and actually in a lot of moments from this album you can feel their influence.
Huck And Jim is a strange song. The intro of the song is great but then you get into dark areas. The pre-chorus is like a rap/reggae sound that, really doesn't fit well with Franz Ferdinand. I said that The Academy Awards was the lowest moment of the album, but I'm reconsidering now that this song might be worse. It's not bad, it's only not as good as the other songs.
Gimpse Of Love is another 80's renovated song. Catchy, funny, with a nice keyboard line, nice backing choruses. I very decent song.
The second single from the album was Feel The Love Go. Again, with Always Ascending it is the most electronic/industrial song. Hard, aggressive and addicted. The song is very intense and has (as Always Ascending) nice "lalala" creepy backing vocals, that really helps you to memorise the song. A hit song, without any doubt.   
The last song is, as typical, a beautiful ballad. Slow, Don't Kill Me Slow is a electronic ballad, very sweet and very (emotionally) moving. You could say it's a sad song that you can happily dance to it. Also, the outro is very dreamy and very travelling. After 9 aggressive electronic indie rock songs, this is the perfect song for you to make peace with the album. One of my favourite songs. Last week I was listen to it every single morning on the way to work.

Resuming, I cannot place Always Ascending in a rank in Franz Ferdinad's career. The album is, undoubtedly, a step forward from their work, but it goes along their career, it's nothing revolutionary. The band's line up changed from their last work to this one, but, honestly, you cannot feel that on their sound, which says that the new members adaptation was very easy and natural, and the band could keep their identity exactly as it was.
I love this band, and I think that, not only they are one of the best performs of today's music but also they are one of the most creative bands around. They should be really on the top, which they are not, and it's a pity. If you have the opportunity you should see them live. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Skeleton Tree Review



Firstly, an album is much more than a set of songs. An album is a creative process, that take months of writing and of improvement. It's a trip to a time and an era of the writer's life. When people are commenting albums they should be aware of the environment in which it was created. What was the purpose that lead the artist to choose a darker sound, or a commercial one, or an instrumental album.

When you are one of the best lyricists of the last decades, this sentence takes a whole new level. Every Nick Cave album is an experience, a story, a group of songs that make much more sense together.
Although the death of Arthur (Cave's son) happened after most of the lyrics of Skeleton Tree were completed, you simply can't separate this event to this album.
The songs are much darker, sadder and more melancholic than Cave's previous work.
Most of the songs are stripped down performances of poems (not stories) accompanied by surrounding ambient sounds. Simple, beautiful, and sad.
I do believe that the death of Arthur, made a huge impact on the sound of the album, on the structure of it. Eight ballads, as dark as they could be. The artwork follows the same lines. Everything black.

Some of the lyrics are a lot prophetic, knowing that they were written prior to Cave's son death. The opening lines of the album are "You feel from the sky, crash landed in a field". Could be Jesus, or could be Arthur.
In "Jesus Alone" you have one of the most descriptive songs of the album, talking about a figure of Jesus, that could be a million of different people, and, in a distance, Nick tries to call that person, with his voice. The drums are irregular, and the main sound in loop made in some synthesizer. "Rings Of Saturn" is a rare moment of joy and happiness, an appreciation of a feminine figure, a beautiful moment. "Girl In Amber" is, probably my favourite song so far. Probably the most dramatic part of the album, with an almost religious and holy sound mixed up with a desperate way of singing. "Magneto" is a key track. It's the one that gave the title to the documentary that was made for the album. Quoting Cave:
"In love, in love, in love you laugh
In love you move, I move
And one more time with feeling
For love, you love, I laugh, you love
Saw you in half
And the stars are splashed across the ceiling"
One of the best moments of the album.
"Anthrocene" is a more a narrative song, with angels voices in the background. Just some kind of a cello sound, piano, backing voices and poetry. Do you really need much more than that?
"I Need You" looks like the goodbye song of Cave to his son. A mix of a declaration of loss and some old memories. Cave's voice sounds fragile, almost breaking. "I'll miss you when you're gone away forever". As it is "Distant Sky". This time, Nick sounds more resigned to what happened and is carrying is life, although he will miss forever his "darling companion". The chorus is sung by Else Torp, giving it more an angelical and biblical melody.
The album ends with the title track "Skeleton Tree" that is the most bright song. A funny way of ending such a depressive album, is with a song that gives you hope and will to continue living and being strong to face our problems and depressions. A moment full of fresh air after a hard time.

In resume, Skeleton Tree is a very very hard album. That's because it expresses so well the feelings of the musicians that you almost to start feel like them. And this is the true value of music. Feeling the authors through their work. Cave really did that, exhaustively, and all of his pain and suffer are present on every song. It's like reading a 500-page book, but in a form of 8 songs.

Cave passed through a very hard time and, as a true master of the art of writing he expressed it amazingly.

It's sad, but sad is beautiful and so is the album, truly honest and beautiful.

With no surprise it got universal acclaim. It will be remembered as of the most honest albums ever recorded.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dolores O'Riordan From The Cranberries Has Died

The legendary Irish singer, Dolores O'Riordan, most famous for being the lead singer of The Cranberries has, suddenly, passed away today.
The singer, was in London in a recording session and there is not public cause for her dead.
Aged 46, she had a remarkable voice and she and her band, along with some bands from the early 90's, a new perspective of women leading rock bands.
The Cranberries were still active, after their first hiatus and had release new material in 2017. Dolores had also a solo career with two albums and some other side projects.
She will be missed.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The (Almost) Christmas Playlist


In this Christmas time, I'm back with the playlists.
So, nothing better than pick up 10 Christmas songs.
However, instead of selecting the same old songs that you can hear everyday on the shopping centre, I picked 10 songs that, melodically, reminds me of this part of the year.
The lyrics of the songs are not related with this religious holiday, but the melodies reminds me of peaceful, melancholic and happy thoughts (what real Christmas should really be about).
So here's a playlist about women, love, addiction, loss but with so beautiful melodies and instrumentals that you could be playing them on your Christmas dinner!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Low In High School By Morrissey


Before I listened to the album, I read the review on NME.
I, mainly, like NME, they are a good website with current news, and, they usually have some good reviews of albums. However, they got "seriously wrong" on their review of Low In High School by Morrissey. 
First, Morrissey was always very critical to the press. Actually, he was in the correct side on this war. Since his earlier days, his relationship with the press was harsh. 

Even this year, he claimed: ""I did an interview a couple of weeks ago for a German newspaper and, of course, let me just say this: That was the last print interview I will ever do. Unless you see the words form in my mouth and then you see or hear the words come out of my mouth… please, if you don’t see that, I didn’t say them."

So, we can see that Morrissey and the press don't like each other, and I really think that the press will do their "moral" job to try to get Morrissey out of the business. And that's exactly what NME tried to do with their review of the new album.

Low In High School is a masterpiece. Again! Morrissey has his correct formula of writing songs and that's effective and fine, and very much enjoyable. All of his songs are brilliant, some better than others, but they all have a degree of quality far above the general music business.

The album begins with frenetic and frontal rock song. "My Love, I'd Do Anything For You" is a good presentation for the album, a loud fast track. Then it's the second single "I Wish You Lonely". People say that Moz only writes very pressing songs but actually, I think that he has some depressive, but funny, lyrics with joyful melodies, and this one is a great example. "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" is a sexy cabaret song, obscure melodies and lyrics, with a big hard ending about "Everbody's heading for the Exit". "Home Is A Question Mark" is one of the best songs with one of the most deep and beautiful lyrics. Again, it is among the best songs Morrissey ever write, and I can't understand how the music business can ignore such a beautiful and well done song. It is so beautiful that you can't stop singing the chorus as loud as you can. And the lyrics, almost everyone on this planet suffered a little bit about the dilemma of where is our place on earth and it is what this song is about. Where do we belong really?
"Spent The Day In Bed" is the main single. A catchy song, that, although it doesn't stuck on your mind on the first time that you listen to it, it really gets you singing along. It's about the manipulation of the press (he's right, and that's why the press doesn't like Morrissey) and the joyful of doing nothing. 

"I Bury The Living" it's the best track of the album, and should be among the best songs of this year. a 7-minute track that blames, in a ironic way, the men who actually, commits war, the soldiers. The lyrics are so brilliant that you can't stop thinking about it: "Call me brave, call me a peacemaking hero Call me anything, except what I am", "When I lose mine, my mother will say: 'He died doing the job he loved" But I died with a bullet to the forehead That wasn't the job I loved'". It's brilliant and truth, although the big leaders command and led the soldiers to the extermination, it's actually the soldiers that kill the other people,. They need to have responsibility also. 

"In Your Lap" is a sweet melancholic piano song. "The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel" is a latin dance-able song, with a huge political message of support is the Israeli innocent people. "All The Young People Must Fall In Love" it's a joyful song about freedom, it's probably my less favourite song of the album but it's quite good! "When You Open Your Legs" is a romantic song, with a nice theatrical riff. "Who Will Protect Us From The Police" is a rock/punk song, also about a topic that Moz really likes, the opposition of the Police force. 

To end the album, NME wrote that Morrissey composed a "least listenable track", but, in fact he wrote a super epic album closing anthem. "Israel" is dramatic, beautiful, hard, emotional song. About a very controversial theme. Again, I think the press will do anything they can to stop Morrissey of spreading poems like this one, because, everyone who supports Israel is against them. 

As a resume, maybe, Low In High School, is not Morrissey's best work, but, undoubtedly is among their best. I would say that, lyrically, it's his best album. 
It's sad that professional music journalists don't see the importance of it, and the beauty in it. 

We, fans, see it, and we listen to it, and we thank you, Morrissey, for a piece of work like this.
Thank you.       

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Always Ascending



Franz Ferdinand have released a new single and announced a new album.
The album has the same name as the presentation song "Always Ascending".
This is the first album of the band after they teamed up with Sparks to form FFS.
Also, it's the first album without Nick McCarthy, the musician left the band last year. To replace him, FF hired a new guitarist Dino Bardot and a keyboardist Julian Corrie.

The new single is a lot more electronic and dreamy than the previous works. I really like it.
Actually the band is always getting a step further in electronic music. They started with a indie/rock guitar oriented sound and through every album they get a little bit more danceable and electronic (Tonight was their climax for me).

So, let's wait to see, but there's a great new indie electronic song around!
The new album is coming on the 9th of February. It's a long wait but we're always ascending.

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spent The Day In Bed


Morrissey's new single already has an official video!
The video for Spent The Day In Bed is a full song film (not like the lyric-films from World Peace Is None Of Your Business) and features a very familiar face if you are a football fan: the problematic English player Joey Barton, which retired not long ago. Barton is a well-know Smiths fan.
The video also features, Morrissey, his band and David Hoyle. It was directed by Sophie Muller.
Check it right here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Too Late And Too Soon


Charles Bradley appeared on the international music industry too late, and has gone for the other world too soon.
Rest in peace friend, it's never too late to follow your dreams, and no one is ever too old to do anything, and Bradley showed us that.
I was lucky enough to see him performing once in Portugal. I didn't have many expectations from the concert but it turned out to be the best moment of the festival I was in.
The music remains.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Morrissey Unveil New Song And New Album


Morrissey, the legendary British artists released a new single and a new album is coming up!
The new song is called "Spent The Day In Bed" and it's available on YouTube through a lyrics video.
Well, the song didn't catch my attention during the first take.
The "Spent The Day In Bed" lyrics is catchy and it really gets inside your mind.
The instrumental is a little bit disappointing for me. The keyboards sound a little bit like a really from Falco or something like that form the 80's. The lyrics are fine, typical Moz style. Hopefully the song will sound better with time. The chorus is fine, the middle eight is also good, the surrounding keyboard sound is great, but the main synth riff isn't really my type.
The melody is great, the instrumental is just average.

The new album is called "Low In High School" and it's going to be released on the 17th of November. The tracklist is:

01 My Love, I’d Do Anything for You
02 I Wish You Lonely
03 Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
04 Home Is a Question Mark
05 Spent the Day in Bed
06 I Bury the Living
07 In Your Lap
08 The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
09 All the Young People Must Fall in Love
10 When You Open Up Your Legs
11 Who Will Protect Us From the Police?
12 Israel

Some really interesting titles. Really hoping for a #1 album. Morrissey deserves it, cares about it, and then he would have a number 1 album in 4 different decades.

Listen to the new single here:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Playlist Explained


On this week's playlist we have a new single by Beach House. The band just released a compilation album of b-sides and rarities and Chariot is one of the two new exclusive songs from the album.
To commemorate Depeche Mode's concert in Portugal, I included their new single "Going Backwards" in a live session redemption only included on the single.
Supergrass' Alright has been my wake up song this week and it really gives your energy for the rest of the day!
Also, Arcade Fire's new album is almost coming out and they launched a new single called Creature Comfort. Great as always, one of the best bands around.
Travis annouced a 18-anniversary edition of The Man Who and Turn is one of my favourite songs from the album.
The Horrors also have a new single, and it's also in Strange Sound. Machine, everyone.
The Moonlandingz, Temples, Josh Rouse are just songs that were playing on the radio and I memorised them because they are cool!
To end the playlist, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Ringo Starr! The legendary drummer is going to release is new album soon and Give More Love is the new single! Peace and Love everybody everywhere!
Listen here:


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Man Who Is An Adult


Travis, the super nice Scottish band are going to re-release their fantastic "The Man Who" album as a 18-year old anniversary edition.
The special box-set will include 2 LPs and 2 CDs .
The main LP and CD will include the album, and the second will include B-Sides.
This is an amazing album, that pushed Travis to the high lights. The Man Who includes songs like "Why Does It Always Rain On Me",  "Writing To Reach You", "Turn", "Driftwood" or "Luv".
Wait for the 08.09.2017.
Superb.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Depeche Mode At NOS Alive


Yestarday I went to see one of my favourite bands again, after some years. Depeche Mode played at the critically acclaimed festival NOS Alive.
Before the British band there was Kodaline and Imagine Dragons, good concerts, not really my type, but they did created a fantastic atmosphere with the public. 

Well, first of all, although NOS Alive has always the best line up (and it really has) the location is a little poor. It's not big enough for everyone, the toilets are all located in only one place, there's no grass, always cement, and  everything is at the same height, there's no little valleys like there is in Paredes de Coura or Primavera festival. This valleys really contribute to a better sound.
Also, I probably was unlucky but I watched the concert from a place where the sound was not very good. Christian Eigner bass drum was too loud and it kinda drowned the rest of the sounds.

However, the band, as always were great! The set was a little bit shorter than usual (because it was on a festival). They started with Going Backwards, their new single. Here, and also during In Your Room and Barrel Of A Gun, the bass drum killed the songs, which was a pity. One of the best moment for me was, surprisingly, Wrong, the lead single from Sound Of The Universe. I always liked the song but their new live redemption gives a lot to the song. More aggression, more despair, it was perfect. Stripped, I Feel You and World in My Eyes were very enjoyable.
The sing-a-long in Never Let Me Down, Everything Counts and Enjoy The Silence was good and showed a good chemistry between the band and the public. Martin's songs were Judas and Home, both of them great, and Home is much better as a full band than acoustic, 
Cover Me, from the new album was the most atmospheric song, worked very well with the film in the background. 
Personal Jesus was obviously the perfect song for the end, a stadium anthem.

It was the birthday of Andy Fletcher, and people sang Happy Birthday To You with the melody of Judas, that was beautiful!

In resume, Depeche Mode are always great, however, the festival didn't help to make the best of the concerts. Set-list reduced, too full (but not only with DM fans), sound was not perfect. 
Still, something I will take with me forever but, I am hoping for a winter show announcement in a closed arena, tat would be perfect! 

The full concert is available online here:

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The Horrors Announce New Album And Tour


The Horrors are going to release their fifth album on the 22nd of September, later this year.
The album, called "V" is going to be supported by a tour that is going to pass by Portugal. I already bought my ticket for their show in Porto on Hard Club's stage.
The first single is called Machine and, as its name suggests, it's a much more electronic orientated song. Some fans said that they are sounding look like Depeche Mode, and I agree. Their time together during DM's new tour has influenced them.
The song is great. More aggressive from their previous work, less catchy, more complex. It's cool.
Take a listen to Machine here:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Patrick Duff


Today is the birthday of one of my favourite artists and the only one that I met in real life. Patrick Duff
I met him during a concert in London. He dedicated me a song and we have a super great and lovely chat. Can't never forget that moment, actually, the concert and some personal issues, made one of the most intense days I ever had in my entire life. It was 4 years ago, a different life.

Patrick made brilliant music in Strangelove, in Moon and as a solo artist. A true hero, all of his songs are more than amazing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We're Back With A New Playlist



We're back with a new playlist.
Sometime life is hard and keep us very very busy, however, there is always time for music.
Although I didn't post anything since May, I didn't stop listening to music and here is a playlist of 10 songs that were under my radar.
Enjoy!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eurovision


I never took much attention to Eurovision The style of music that they usually play there, the "Europop" is terrible. Now, they are singing songs more "international". Actually, most of them are almost copying songs that are huge success. If you saw the show you could see some imitations of guys like Justin Timberlake or Adele.

There are always some amusing moments. No one will ever forget the legendary sax guy. And he was back this year, to do some non-sense dance with his saxophone!

However, there was a huge difference this year, and the difference was the huge quality of the Portuguese song. Salvador Sobral sang (in Portuguese) a super beautiful song, written by his sister, internationally famous composer Luísa Sobral. 
The song is a very soft and romantic ballad that actually, I can't find too many words to describe it.
It's calm, peaceful, lovable, heartbreaking really. That song was like a big big bag of fresh air.
So beautiful, so emotional. Perfect.
Oh, and by the way, we fucking won the competition! And broke the record! YAY!
That a look on it, it is really something.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Depeche Mode Covered David Bowie


Depeche Mode started this weekend their Europeen Tour.
The setlist consisted of 5 songs from their new album "Spirit" and a lot a classics. The band played in total 22 songs.
But, the biggest surprise of all was, undoubtedly, that they covered David Bowie playing "Heroes".
Heroes is a very important song for the band, specially for Dave Gahan. Martin Gore, Andre Fletcher and Vince Clark, back in 1980 decided to hire Gahan for vocals, after they heard him singing Heroes.
Also, all of its members praised David Bowie several times in the past.
Can't wait to see them in Portugal this summer!
Take a look of their version here.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Ok, Not Ok Computer


Ok Computer, the 1997 legendary Radiohead album, turns 20 this year.
To celebrate it, the band decided to release OKNOTOK, the 20th anniversary re-issue of the album.
OKNOTOK will include a CD of the original album remastered and a bonus disc that will include 3 previously unreleased songs and 8 b-sides from that era.
It will be available digitally, in double CD format and in a triple LP boxset which will include a book with Yorke's notes of the album and a cassete with demos and sessions from OK Computer.
Now, you just have to wait to June to hear it, and to July to grab it!

OKNOTOK:

Disc 1
1. "Airbag"
2. "Paranoid Android"
3. "Subterranean Homesick Alien"
4. "Exit Music (For a Film)"
5. "Let Down"
6. "Karma Police"
7. "Fitter Happier"
8. "Electioneering"
9. "Climbing Up the Walls"
10. "No Surprises"
11. "Lucky"
12. "The Tourist"

Disc 2
1. "I Promise"
2. "Man of War"
3. "Lift"
4. "Lull"
5. "Meeting in the Aisle"
6. "Melatonin"
7. "A Reminder"
8. "Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)"
9. "Pearly*"
10. "Palo Alto"
11. "How I Made My Millions"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Depeche Mode Spirit Review


As an overall, Spirit is an excellent album, both melodically and lyrically.
When you listen the entire album from track 1 to 12, you keep the idea that it's a really powerful album, but you can't choose the best songs, or the best singles (except from Where's The Revolution). So, basically, Spirit really works as an album, it doesn't work so good as separate songs, however, I think the most important thing is right that, the sequence of the songs, of the lyrics is very tied up, very natural, you imagine it as a testimonial, not as a mix of songs.

Instrumentally, the sound is very particular to Depeche Mode, the alternative electronic rock music. At their age, and at their position in life, I think the band can't reinvent themselves anymore (like they did with Songs of Faith And Devotion) and that's good for us. The sound is again, very personal, there aren't so many bands doing anything like that around. In my view, the band, since Playing The Angel, found their musically place, and there's no need to get too much away from that. The sounds is still fresh and different from anyone else. Of course each album has it own way of flowing and Spirit is a more aggressive one, more dirty, less danceable, more desperate, which reflects perfect with the lyric content.

Now, talking about the lyrical part of the album, there a huge and different improvement. As Dave Gahan once said, Depeche Mode's songs are all about pain, suffering and death, well, not anymore. A big part of the album (specially Martin Gore's songs) are about the political state in the world. Brexit, Trump, refugees, racism, they are all there. The band,actually felt really affected by the last people's choices all over the world and were shocked by it. That's where songs like Going Backwars, Where's The Revolution or Fail came.

The production, was on the duty of James Ford, world-famous for his work with Arctic Monkeys' AM album. Well, Depeche Mode is such a studio machine that his influence is kinda difficult to see. The electronic sound is in the same line as the last album but, as I said, it's much more aggressive. The songs where you can a bigger influence from Ford would be The Worst Crime and No More (This Is The last Time).

Also, I need to have a special work for Gahan's songs on this album. I am a huge fan of Martin Gore, for me, he will be forever, the soul and main part of Depeche Mode. However, Dave's songs are excellent, Poison Heart and No More are among the best moments of the entire album. Actually, as separated songs, I think Gahan's songs call more your attention than Martin's ones. However the climax of the album is, without a doubt, the first single Where's The Revolution,

Going Backwards is a great starting, Martin's backing voices are great, and talks about how mankind has shown less solidarity with each other. Where's the Revolution is the key track of the album. The Worst Crime and Cover Me are great ballads, with amazing guitars on it. Poison Heart is the typical painfully Depeche Mode song, So Much Love looks too much like Soft Touch / Raw Nerve from Delta Machine. You Move is the seducing song of the album (first album track by Gore and Gahan). Scum is not easy to listen at first but then appears as a powerful, very aggressive song, the keyboards lines from the chorus turns the song fabulous. Poorman is Martin under influence of blues and No More (This Is The Last Song) is a really easy-going song, really relaxing.
Martin sings Eternal, probably, the best and most beautiful song sung by him since Home. Just has a huge problem: it's too short. His vocals on this one are perfect, really shows the best side of the artist.
The album ends with Fail. It's not one of my favourites, I think almost all of their previous albums finish in a better way, however, what really matters on Fail are the lyrics. The song works as a break down, as that the resume of the album is that mankind failed and that we're fucked. It's like a message to everyone, saying that we reached the lowest level of humanity. Instrumentally is not a outstanding song, but lyrically is very strong. Also, it's the fist time that a song sung by Martin closes the album.

The album is amazing, and Depeche Mode can't make bad music. Lyrically, there's an improvement comparing to their catalogue, and melodically is more aggressive, the message that the world is fucked, is passed very well to the songs.

Hoping that it reaches the top albums and gets a worldwide recognition, the band really deserve it.    

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Playlist # 6



This week's playlist features:

- Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen - To celebrate his life and music.
- Depeche Mode - Cover Me - The British band released their new album, called "Spirit", here's a good song from it.
- Brett Anderson - Song For My Father The Suede leader re-released all of his albums in CD and Vinyl last Friday. And also, it was father's day two days ago!
- Kasabian - You're In Love With A Psycho - New single for the forthcoming album, to be released on the 28th of April.
- U2 - Mothers Of The Disappeared - Joshua Tree, their classic album, turned 30!
- Gaz Coombes - Seven Walls - Bought Matador, his second solo album this week, and this is my favourite song from it. 

And then, some fantastic songs that I heard randomly on the radio, Best Coast, Rialto, Sequin and Youth Lagoon.

Listen to it here: