Tuesday, September 28, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 9/28/10
THE POSIES- BLOOD/CANDY
Seattle's kings of power pop are back with their first release since 2005's "Every Kind Of Light," and I am asking you to trust me when I say, "Blood/Candy" is one of the finest records of its kind, and the strongest release since the band's sophomore release "Dear 23."
Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have been making music, together and apart, since they were teenagers, and like some other well-known partners, Lennon/McCartney and Difford/Tilbrook, the boys seem to inspire each other and make the best music when they share a studio.
Unlike The Posies last two studio efforts, the aforementioned "Every Lind Of Light" and 1998's "Success," "Blood/Candy" sounds like a Posies' record, as opposed to individual solo tracks collected into one long player. The patented harmonies are here, there and everywhere. Stringfellow takes the lead on "Take Care Of Yourself" and "She's Coming Down Again," both lyrically powerful and rife with enough hooks to snag a whale. Jon Auer's sweet and perfect voice takes the lead on "So Caroline" and "Cleopatra Street," (with Stringfellow's high harmony on the latter), two more songs with melodies so mellifluous, you'll find yourself grinning like a mental patient.
I strongly advise picking this record up NOW if you have ever listened to Big Star, The Beatles, The Hollies and The Beach Boys. You shouldn't be sorry.
DAVID BOWIE- STATION TO STATION (DELUXE EDITION)
Simply put, this is my favorite David Bowie album. I've been waiting for a deluxe upgrade for years and well...here it is.
Coming off the very uneven...and I'm being very polite...plastic soul of "Young Americans" and right before the dark days he spent in Berlin recording the trilogy of records many feel is Bowie's finest hour, "Low," "Heroes," and "Lodger," the "Thin White Duke" delivered 1976's "Station To Station," a 6 song affair that improved greatly on the soul music he faked on "Young Americans," while adding the white noise vibe that dominated the aformentioned trilogy. Few records before or since, sound like "Station To Station."
The record did spawn hit singles in both "Golden Years" and TVC 15," two fine songs, but ironically my least favorites on the record. The epic title track, "Stay," a funk workout with a classic Earl Slick guitar solo, and two of Bowie's most moving vocals, the confessional "Word On A Wing" and a beautiful cover of the 50's standard "Wild Is The Wind" make up the bulk of this masterwork.
The Deluxe Edition has been remastered and now includes an additonal 2 CDs, which features the oft-bootlegged live performance from NYC's Nassau Coliseum in February of '76. An even deluxier edition, which lists at $165.00, has more crap that you really don't need.
NEIL YOUNG- LE NOISE
Here we go again. As my friend, a Neil Young devotee put it, "Poor Daniel Lanois gets to work with one of the greatest of all time, and he shows up and says, 'Okay, here are my ideas..."
"Le Noise" is nothing. It's 38 minutes of demos and they are not very good, and if any of you Neil Young fans want to fight about it, you know where to find me.
ERIC CLAPTON- CLAPTON
Fine new release from one of the most exciting rockers to come along in ages.
RON WOOD-I FEEL LIKE PLAYING
Ronnie Wood's voice sounded weathered 30 years ago, but it had soul and charm. It's gotten weaker and a bit more gnarly, but it hasn't lost that soul, or that charm, and on his new release, he uses it well.
"I Feel Like Playing" is a wonderful new collection of originals that has the all of the qualities you would hope for in a Ron Wood record. Dare I say it, this is the great Stones' record we have been wanting since "Some Girls."
Like Wood's earlier solo albums, "I've Got My Own Album To Do" and "Now Look," this collection offers a bit of everything that has inspired its writer---rock, blues, reggae and soul. Guest appearances from Slash, Flea, Billy Gibbons, and Eddie Vedder do not get in the way.
PHIL COLLINS- GOING BACK
I know I'm supposed to hate this record, but I don't. I'm not saying you should run out and buy it, but it wasn't a bad listen. The material---Motown hits and a few other songs from that era---is great, and Collins, who assembled a soundalike orchestra with some of the musicians who played on the originals, does a better than okay job at singing the songs. If nothing else, it was a lot more fun than either the Clapton or the Neil.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
KENNEY CHESNEY- HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY
DOOBIE BROTHERS- WORLD GONE CRAZY
BEN FOLDS & NICK HORNBY- LONELY AVENUE
GIN BLOSSOMS- NO CHOCOLATE CAKE
PETE YAWN- PETE YAWN