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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Oasis - "Lyla"

This is Oasis' upcoming single off of their upcoming album "Don't Believe The Truth"

It's not going to be officially on the radio till next week but the track was played on some radio somewhere and it was recorded by somebody and then somehow I heard it. The sound quality isn't perfect due to the way it was recorded - but not too bad.

The song the starts off with an insistant beat and rhythem and a bit of melody taken from The Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man" ...

The Chorus comes in with "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey LY-LA" this bit is very catchy and has been stuck in my head since I first heard the song.

The song sonically is a bit of a change for Oasis the song almost has a slight country rock feel to the chorus - reminds me of The Who as well. The drums are louder in the mix than usual. Very insistant. I believe the drums are by Ringo Starr's son Zac Starkey as Oasis' previous drummer Alan White is no longer with the band. The overall production is quite good and seems to be a bit of a change from the wall of sound. More individual parts are heard in this production. A welcome change.

The song has an extended outro of hand claps and piano bitties along with some guitar riffs reminiscent of an Oasis B-Side from the Be Here Now days called "My Sister Lover"

While the "street fighting man" thing may be a bit off putting at first - it feels just right after a few times listening to the song. And the chorus is absolutely killer and will probably be staying with you for awhile after you hear the song. A happy up beat song but without being cheesey or cloying. Most importantly this song feels fresh. Like something new for Oasis and definitly like some fresh air as far as modern rock goes which could use a bit of a pick me up.

Makes me curious to see what else is on the new album.

8.5/10

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Oasis - "Songbird"

"Songbird" written and sang by Liam Gallagher is track #5 on 2002's Heathen Chemistry.

One of three tracks on the album written by Liam in a change from Oasis' previous efforts which were all written by Liam's brother Noel Gallagher except for Liam's "Little James" which was included on 2000's Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants.

"Songbird" is perhaps my favorite track on an otherwise underwhelming album. In my opinion definitly Oasis' worst album. But "Songbird" has a beautiful mood and simplicity which cuts through the muck (and perhaps even the mire.)

Featuring handclaps and bright keys and acoustic guitars. The song is warm in a way that I find to be rather rare, especially in modern music.

This song clocks in at a length of 2:07. It doesn't go off anywhere too much although it has a couple of very nice instrumental sections featuring sweet piano riffs.

The lyrics are as follows:

Talking to the songbird yesterday
Flew me to a past not far away
She’s a little pirate in my mind
Singing songs of love to pass the time

Gonna write a song so she can see
Give her all the love she gives to me
Talk of better days that have yet to come
Never felt this love from anyone

She’s not anyone

A man can never dream these kinds of things
Especially when she came and spread her wings
Whispered in my ear the things I’d like
Then she flew away into the night

Gonna write a song so she can see
Give her all the love she gives to me
Talk of better days that have yet to come
Never felt this love from anyone

I definitly recommend downloading & checking this song out, even if you are not a fan of Oasis otherwise. It's a very pretty song & shall warm even the coldest of hearts.

8/10

Monday, March 28, 2005

IPOD?

Everybody is getting one of these little suckers - certainly it is lovely to be able to carry around so many mp3s at once and listen to whatever you want. I'd stay away from that new shuffle deal though. What's that all about? You can't choose what songs you want to hear? I don't know. I don't get it. Sure it's cheap - but it looks cheap too. And it's got limited space. Although it is so small it may be good for using for going to the gym or somethin' like that.

Of course the IPOD isn't the only the only mp3 player around - although people seem to think it is sometimes. There are many others. I've actually not got an ipod yet myself. Might with my next purchase though because my last two mp3 players of other brands have died early deaths.

Alright back to the mp3 reviews for the next blog entry. I'm still waiting on some suggestions? No indie bands want their songs reviewed? Scared you'll somehow rank even lower than 50 Cent? Understandable.

Also check out another project of mine - The Beatles Songs.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

50 Cent - "Candy Shop"

This is currently billboard's #1 single. 50 Cent is an "artist" (and I use that term loosely, as it seems it's always used now-a-days) who has gained more fame from having been shot multiple times than from his music. If you venture to his website you'll see a lovely graphic of a gun and another of Mr. Cent pointing a gun at you. All about the music isn't it? This is clearly 90% about image, but that's nothing new in hip-pop or pop music in general.

Let's listen to the song, if we must, eh?

It starts off with something that sounds strangely like Beck's "New Pollution"

When the song drops in proper the first thing that I notice is the very deep bass and the very clear & clean sound of the production. The production is somewhat impressive for what it is, yet I'm afraid it may be the only real thing worthy of comment in this track.

The back & forth vocals between 50 Cent and the female vocalist (Olivea)... are well... just like all of the other rap songs with the rapper and then the female vocals... which are perhaps the most played out thing in hip-pop (and that's against some mighty fierce competition in a genre that seems to be almost completely out of any fresh ideas.)

The song is incredibly repetitive and really offers very little of interest. It's painfully simple. "Candy Shop" is not a memorable track and will be long forgotten after the hype of 50 Cent fades.

1.5/10

Jonny Greenwood - Bode Radio/Glass Light/Broken Hearts

Track 10 from Greenwood's 2003 solo album Bodysong, a score for the British documentary of the same name. He is most known as lead guitarist for Radiohead, this being his first solo effort.

The album is very unique, I would best describe it as "mad scientist music" but it's not all bleeps and bloops. There's excrucitatingly sad strings and warped horns as well.

This track has three names because it ventures off into very different types of territory. It begins with some sort of random sounding drum sounds and whatnot and at first I feel a bit like I'm listening to some sort of nonsense thrown together but then a high pitched sound comes in and soon thats all there is - very hallucinatory the way that happens... and then with the plucks on the strings... It's very much a feeling of entering somewhere. Where is up to the listener I believe.

Nearing 2 minutes some pretty strings enter and things clear up a bit.

This section may be the most straight ahead "classical" as far as arrangement and sound on the album - there's not a lot of manipulation of the sound like elsewhere and I think that adds an extra bit of weight to it. It's still twisted a bit with some strange undercurrents, but it's all a bit more subtle.

It's sort of like floating at sea somewhere but I'm not sure this particular sea is of water.

The song comes to a crescendo towards the end with a really beautiful bit of strings.

I highly recommend this track and the album for anyone who would like to experience something out of the norm. true head music.

8/10

Britney Spears - I Cant Get No Satisfaction

Well then, I guess this is progress? Interesting that nearly 40 years after a song is a groundbreaking hit that a cover of it by a current pop star has about 0.01% of balls (I guess you could say Britney can't help it?) as the original. Why does this song exist? Musically - it's nothing but drum machines and some well out of place synths in the background. Then you got Britney doing her best to try and "emote" and sound sexy. And it's well longer than the original. Why? I guess because Brit' just has so much to say.

This is bloody awful.

Oh yeah it comes from Spears' 2000 album Ooop I did It Again.

2/10

Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True

Milli Vanilli was a pop sensation of the late 80s and early 90s. They won best new grammy of 1990. Soon though they were found to be lip syncers who did not actually sing or have anything to do with the music. Milli Vanilli was the brainchild of German producer Frank Farian. And it's his composition and production I'll be reviewing today.

I believe "Girl You Know It's True" to be an absolutely great pop song. Sure it's cheesey but it's supposed to be. And beneath that cheese it has an interesting contrast. I'll get to that in more detail in a second.

This song has beautiful melodies - The "Girl you know it's true" ... "my looove" ... "is for you" ... i mean - yeah - that's good good very good stuff. This song has excellent production tricks. Sure a lot of them are cheesey - but they work within the context of the song.

The most ridiculously cheesey thing in the song is the spoken word intro. With the womans voice on the left and the man's on the right. What the fuck is that all about? I'm not exactly sure.

Anyway back to this contrast I was talking about earlier. "Girl you know it's true" has this thing where he's saying "i'm in love with two girls" and then he's saying "girl you know it's true, i love you" --- I've always felt that was a very cool bit and the way it builds up to a crescendo as the song goes along I find to be somewhat genius. Yeah I guess you could say I'm a fan of Frank Farian.

OK - the rap sections are pretty stupid.

But at 3:24 or so... things get a bit more exciting... yes... "i'm in love .. i'm in love i'm in love with two... " and then GIRL YOU KNOW ITS TRUE.... yeah do you see what I'm talking about there? and how about that "g-g-girl" at 3:47 and again 10 seconds later? (yes you need your mp3 at home to play along. get mp3downloadhq to download mp3's like this)

You may like to think I'm being ironic in singing the praises of "girl you know it's true" (and when it comes on certainly I cannot resist singing along) but you are shit out of luck. It's a fantastic pop song and Frank Farian deserves credit as some sort of insane genius.

Love the song. But the "rapping" sections and the silly intro and the general sillyness of the mood can only let me rank it so high.

7/10

Mp3 Reviews for Unsigned Bands

I will do reviews for unsigned bands... but please keep in mind the taste I present with my reviews. If you sound like Britney Spears or Korn or whatever kind of crap the kids are listening to at the moment, I may not be so kind. All the better, really.

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Frank Zappa - Sofa #2

Frank Zappa's "Sofa #2" closes out his 1975 album "One Size Fits All"

Like much of Zappa's work this track is an interesting combination of musical beauty mixed with a healthy dose of absurdity. Which may be even more beautiful.

The lyrics go back and forth between english and what I believe to be German.

here are the lyrics in full in english :

I am the heaven
I am the water
I am the dirt beneath your rollers
I am your secret smut & lost metal money
Down your cracks

I am your cracks & crannies

I am the clouds
I am embroidered
A am the author of all tucks & damask piping
I am the chrome dinette
I am the chrome dinette
I am the eggs of all persuasion
I am all days & nights
I am all days & nights
I am all days & nights
I am all days & nights
I am here
And you are my sofa
I am here
And you are my sofa
I am here

This song has a very deep synthesized sounding bass which really
kicks my pants in. The keys are gorgeous. Really this is one
of the most beautiful songs I've heard. For anyone who thinks
of Zappa as a novelty act and unfortunatly I think that is well
too many people. Listen to this track or perhaps better as an
introduction "Sofa #1" which is the instrumental version of
this song and also on the album.

If you enjoy beautiful music with a bit a nice twist of
absurdity thrown in I definitly recommend Frank Zappa's
"Sofa #2"

8/10

The Flaming Lips - "The Sun"

Well here goes. My first review will be of a song by The Flaming Lips who I believe to be one of the best bands in the world right now (and for quite some time now.) Their most recent album has been Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots which probably saw their greatest commercial success yet. But many Lips fans would argue that any one of their albums was their peak. As with most really great bands there's not just one album, song, or style that defines them. And some fans prefer one style or another.

The mp3 for today is "The Sun" the 3rd track from 1992's Hit To Death In The Future Head, their first album on a major label (Warner Brothers.)

Heavily influenced by 1960s psychedelia The Sun enters with assorted strange sounds (what sounds like strings being tuned or detuned) and drum track which pans from side to side. The vocals enter with the lyrics "And The Sun Goes Over Me." which is repeated drenched in harmonies until the 1:35 mark. Throughout there are little riffs played on horns and strings sounding very Sgt Pepper era Beatles.

At the 1:35 mark what could be called a verse enters. This section sounds a lot like Carol King's "So Far Away" (Rod Stewart had a popular version of this.)

The lyrics are "you'd be kind to see your face at my door, it wouldn't have to last very long, you'd be so kind to see your face in my door, i wouldn't have to ask anymore."

These two sections then begin to play overtop of each other.

While this song doesn't really "go anywhere" - I feel it captures the mood of dreamy spaced out psychedelia quite well. Probably not one of the greatest songs in The Flaming Lips catalogue but one that's always attracted me.

i'll give it a juicy 7.5/10.

and I definitly recommend the album. Hit To Death In The Future Head.

MP3 Reviews. A new twist on music reviews.

Being a huge music lover myself I've often enjoyed reading reviews of albums whether I've agreed with them or not. I find it interesting to hear another's perspective on music.

I hope for this site to be somewhat unique amongst the community of blogs. Most of my blog entries will be reviews of a single song. Rather than review a full album, not that I have anything against the format of full albums, in fact I almost always listen to music that way, but because I like the idea of going very indepth on a single song and to call them mp3 reviews is to focus on the way so many of us today our getting our music. Through mp3 downloading services like suprnova & mp3downloadhq

I will be taking requests to review songs, from unsigned bands or if you just want to hear what I have to say about your favorite new pop song.

I am toying with the idea of having a 1 to 10 rating system for each song - but whatever I do, I'll probably change my mind later.

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