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  NEW ALBUM: Downes Braide Association - Skyscraper Souls
Posted by: Ruby - Yesterday, 12:56 - Forum: Rock/Classic Rock/Prog Rock/Blues - No Replies

Downes Braide Association ~ Skyscraper Souls
 
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Chris Braide is a prolific writer/producer for some of pop’s biggest names and is also involved in writing music for movies; those factors, combined with Geoffrey Downes’ background has culminated in a pet project for which this is the third and (they say) their most progressive release. I’m pleased to see/hear they’ve got themselves a real live rhythm section for this one! (Drummer Ash Soan and bassist Andy Hodge.)
 
There are lots of ft.’s on this album (– they could’ve just said ‘with’, but oh well) … after the brief “Prelude”, the album kicks off with “Skyscraper Souls” (which is just over eighteen minutes long) and maybe it’s the spoken lead-in, (there are a few words interspersed throughout the album) but I was immediately taken to Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds which is probably an unfair comparison as it’s not intended to make anyone think this is  anywhere near as epic a production as that was, nor as huge a concept. Nonetheless, I listened with a fair amount of enjoyment and happiness in my heart – there is really nothing not to like. The ‘associations’, or ft.’s are well considered and work nicely, and there is a conceptual thread, Geoffrey Downes’ keys are brilliant and there’s some other worthy instrumentation too. Chris Braide has a great voice and somehow juuuust manages to avoid overdramatising and risking sounding like a rock opera; a very fine line! Apparently he’s been set on doing a big expansive piece of work for some time, having been a fan of epics ala Yes, Mike Oldfield and the like.
 
Track listing … (with ft.’s in brackets)

1.     Prelude (Andy Partridge – XTC)
2.     Skyscraper Souls (Kate Pierson – B52s)
3.     Glacier Girl (Andy Partridge)
4.     Angel On Your Shoulder (Matthew Koma)
5.     Tomorrow (David Longdon – Big Big Train)
6.     Lighthouse (Tim Bowness)
7.     Skin Deep (Marc Almond)
8.     Darker Times (Andy Partridge)
9.     Finale
 
I find the album has prog leanings and that it’s easy to listen to without being easy listening – very well put together if somewhat less flowing than what might have been had this been a complete outfit as opposed to ft.’s. On the other hand, one might argue that the ft.’s add interest. And it’s not trying to be something else – this is a collaboration of artists indulging themselves and their own whims, not attempting to emulate others. I think the thing that puts me off some of the newer progressive type acts is that they try to be Pink Floyd and naturally, they just don’t get there. Despite what I said earlier about War of the Worlds, this is not that nor does it want to be – it’s unapologetic pop/rock of good quality, with some catchy hooks and good lyrics, thoroughly enjoying itself. (I see ‘it’ has taken on a persona, lol!!)
 
The album was put together remotely, for the most part, Braide and Downes didn’t record a thing together, and although that must be a saving grace in many ways, (the fact that this is a possibility, so that touring schedules etc., can be overcome) I think there’s a little bit of warmth that goes missing along the way. That said, I also think it’s beautifully presented, from the Roger Dean artwork to the inclusion of an intro and outro that just seem to add a final polish. The acid test, IMHO, is whether one wants to listen again, and then how often you go back to an album - oh, and earworms of course, Big Grin ! Time will tell ….
 
Still nothing on YT except an excerpt from the title track – I listened on Deezer … http://www.deezer.com/en/album/49406612 - my favs, the title, “Tomorrow” and “Skin Deep” …
 
That excerpt … 



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  NEW SINGLE: Big Sean & Metro Boomin ft. 21 Savage - Pull Up N Wreck
Posted by: Music Head - Yesterday, 11:35 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - Replies (1)

enters the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart this week at #94

I don't like it



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  NEW ALBUM: Kelsea Ballerini - Unapologetically
Posted by: Music Head - 18-11-2017, 14:39 - Forum: Pop/Dance - No Replies

enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week at #7

courtesy of Spotify


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from Tennessee
2nd album
selling her as country
there were some southern twangs

single, but a few were better



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  NEW ALBUM: Blake Shelton - Texoma Shore
Posted by: Music Head - 18-11-2017, 13:14 - Forum: Country/Folk - No Replies

enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week at #4

courtesy of Spotify


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from Oklahoma
11th album
funny that The Voice dudes both hit the chart the same week
looks like Adam won this round
I vote for Blake
liked a few on here

live clip



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  NEW ALBUM: Shed Seven "instant pleasures"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 18-11-2017, 12:00 - Forum: Alternative - Replies (2)

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SHED SEVEN  "instant pleasures"

Spotify listen:

UK Britpop  band...
made four albums between 94-01 but i'd not heard of them,
which is strange because im a fan of Britpop?!?....
I guess I missed them back in the day...
anyway, they reformed and this is their reformation album...
a cross between Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene for the most part...
which is what Britpop was anyway...
I love this album on one solitary listen and because of it I checked out some clips
from their back catalogue (I wasn't impressed, but I am by this one!),
will be surprised if this one doesn't end up my favourite album of 2017!


from the album, the first single:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysgmBIbzr_k  (video)

and the second single:



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  NEW SINGLE: YBN Nahmir - Rubbin Off The Paint
Posted by: Music Head - 17-11-2017, 12:44 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - No Replies

enters the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart this week at #79

I don't like it



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  NEW ALBUM: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "soul of a woman"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 17-11-2017, 12:11 - Forum: Soul/R&B/Hip Hop/Rap - Replies (4)

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SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS "soul of a woman"

Spotify listen:

nineth or tenth studio album...
Sharon is sixty-two, made her first album aged forty!...
former correctional officer...
songs very much in the vein of the 1970s soul/funk artists...
hear bits of James Brown type stuff in many of the songs...
a good album


from the album:



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  NEW SINGLE: Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real "already great"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 17-11-2017, 03:59 - Forum: Alternative - No Replies





NEIL YOUNG & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL  "already great"

second track lifted from his soon to ne released album "the visitor"...
the first one was "children of destiny" which I posted several months ago..
no folky acoustic sounds in sight on this one, all electric...
so, Mr Young is now having a rant against President Trump, ie:
Trump's slogan was "make America great again", and Neil's response
is "already great"...
get ready for it....I DO NOT LIKE IT!

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  NEW ALBUM: Morrissey "low in high school"
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 17-11-2017, 02:41 - Forum: Alternative - No Replies

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MORRISSEY  "low in high school"

Spotify listen:

eleventh solo set....
liked the first two singles posted previously on the forum...
album starts off pleasant enough but by the second half it gets way off track to the point
of having an almost disco-ish track...
others are just unlistenable to me "the girl from Tel-Aviv", "Israel" and "protect us from the police"
are three of those...
the singles released so far are the best things on the album by far...
this one wouldn't get a passing grade from me if I was scoring it!


from the album:



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  Jeff Lynne fans...
Posted by: CRAZY-HORSE - 16-11-2017, 20:18 - Forum: General Music - Replies (1)

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from amazon.com:

Wembley or Bust is a special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at the famed Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Wembley or Bust album is available digitally, or physically as a 2 disc audio CD and a 3 LP vinyl package. There are also two Deluxe packages each including the 2 disc CD set, and the concert film on Standard DVD or BLU-RAY DVD. The music is produced by Jeff Lynne, and the concert film is directed by Paul Dugdale.

In Wembley or Bust, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself 'It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined'. More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne's ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical music.

The Wembley or Bust audio and film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Livin' Thing" and "Evil Woman" to "Do Ya" from his days with The Move, "Handle With Care" which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through "When I Was A Boy" from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.

Jeff Lynne is widely regarded as one of the greatest record producers in music history. In addition to his storied career in ELO, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.


a clip from the concert:



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