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Album Review: Legend – Bob Marley & the Wailers

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The album Legend is a compilation of some of the greatest hits by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Sometimes it is easy to think of “greatest hits” as just a money-grabbing attempt by record companies to milk as much money as possible out of musicians. And in many cases that is probably true. But then again, if an artist has created enough great songs to even think about compiling a collection, it makes sense to celebrate their best work in a definitive album. And that is certainly the case with Legend. Whether as part of the original Wailers, as a solo artist or as a frontman, Bob Marley is a musician who transcends any boundaries of musical genre or taste. And that transcendent quality turned into commercial success with Legend the best selling reggae album of all time.

Containing a mix of songs from Marley’s career, including three from the early Wailers lineup, Legend is a feast for the ears. What separates the truly great songs from the rest of the crowd is that undefinable essence where the musician and the audience connect through the music on a deep emotional level. And to find an album where every song permeates that essence is very difficult. Legend is one of those albums, in fact it could the very definition of them. The phrase “all killer, no filler” could never be truer than on this album. If you do not love Bob Marley after listening to Legend, there is not something wrong with Marley, there is something wrong with you.

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Written by Dale Weber

Saturday, 27 September, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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THE WORD

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This week’s weekly THE WORD comes from one of my favourite bands, The Clash. The song Lost in the Supermarket appears on the 1979 album London Calling (ranked #8 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time). More so than many other punk rock bands, The Clash politicised their lyrics and addressed many social, political and ethical issues of modern times. Lost in the Supermarket is a song that laments the rampant commercialisation of our times and the subsequent isolation one feels while drowning in a mass of consumerism. Lost in the Supermarket indeed:

 

Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash

 

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

I wasn’t born, so much as I fell out
Nobody seemed to notice me
We had a hedge back home in the suburbs
Over which I never could see

I heard the people who lived on the ceiling
Scream and fight most scarily
Hearing that noise was my first ever feeling
That’s how it’s been all around me

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

I’m all tuned in; I see all the programmes
I save coupons from packets of tea
I’ve got my giant hit discotheque album
I empty a bottle, I feel a bit free

The kids in the halls and the pipes in the walls
Make me noises for company
Long distance callers make long distance calls
And the silence makes me lonely

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

It’s not here
It disappeared

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

I’m all lost (I’m all lost in the supermarket)
I’m all lost (I can no longer shop happily)
I’m all lost (I came in here for the special offer: Guaranteed Personality)

I’m all lost (I’m all lost in the supermarket)
I’m all lost (I can no longer shop happily)
I’m all lost (I came in here for the special offer: Guaranteed Personality)

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

I’m all lost
I’m all lost
I’m all lost

I’m all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for the special offer:
Guaranteed Personality

 

There is no video clip but this fan’s YouTube post will do:

Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 25 September, 2008 at 11:06 pm

THE WORD

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A little late this week but better than never, THE WORD is here.

This week we have some of the best lyrics in modern popular music. First released on his album Bringing it All Back Home, Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues is a fantastic song with cleverly spun lyrics that are delivered with so much flow. The video clip is damn good too. Check it:

 

Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan

 

Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in a trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D. A.
Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don’t try “No Doz”
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows

Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But losers, cheaters
Six-time users
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool’s
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don’t wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don’t wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don’t work
‘Cause the vandals took the handles

 

Written by Dale Weber

Friday, 12 September, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Kings of Leon new album out soon

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Kings of Leon’s new (fourth) album, Only by the Night, will be out in stores between 19th and 23rd September (depending on your country). The first official single from the album, Sex on Fire, was released earlier this month. The video clip for it can be found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHhhcKxflMY

They also unofficially released two other racks from the album, Crawl and Manhattan. Listen to them here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkL0CRIyE2E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv1mspN7_IA 

Sounds like some more great stuff from the Kings of Leon boys. 

http://www.kingsofleon.com/

Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 28 August, 2008 at 11:26 am

AC/DC announce new album release date

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It has been a long time coming, but the AC/DC album Black Ice, first announced in 2004, has finally been given a release date: 20th October. The first single on the album, Rock n’ Roll Train, can be heard here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZw3W1ZgLik

The electric rock gods from down-under have not released an album in 8 years, their last being Stiff Upper Lip in 2000. 

This is great news for those who love the no-bullshit pure rock out that is AC/DC. They will also be following up the album with a world tour starting in late October. For those about to Rock: We Salute you!

Check out their website for more info: http://www.acdc.com

Written by Dale Weber

Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 at 10:39 pm

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THE WORD

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And now introducing a new segment on Outside the Frame: THE WORD.

It could come from anywhere. A quote from a novel, a line from a film, words of wisdom from a sports commentator or the lyrics (or part) of a song. I know it is so damn exciting so let us get started.

For the very first THE WORD it is only fitting that it be the song lyrics from which Outside the Frame was named:

 

Go With The Flow – Queens of the Stone Age

 

She said “I’ll throw myself away,
They’re just photos after all”
I can’t make you hang around
I can’t wash you off my skin
Outside the frame, is what we’re leaving out
You won’t remember anyway

I can go with the flow
Don’t say it doesn’t matter anymore
I can go with the flow
Do you believe it in your head?

It’s so safe to play along
Little soldiers in a row
Falling in and out of love
With something sweet to throw away
I want something good to die for
To make it beautiful to live
I want a new mistake, lose is more than hesitate
Do you believe it in your head?

I can go with the flow
Don’t say it doesn’t matter anymore
I can go with the flow
Do you believe it in your head?

 

It is a wicked song and has an awesome video clip too. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nz6Rq1Pvh0

Written by Dale Weber

Tuesday, 12 August, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Album Review: Lullabies to Paralyse – Queens of the Stone Age

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The fourth album by Queens of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze, lives up to its name. While none of these songs could be ever be used to lull a child to sleep, they do manage to lull most listeners into a form of paralysis. Once you start to listen, it is difficult to stop.

Often categorised by the generic labels of alt-rock, heavy metal or stoner metal, none of these terms sufficiently encapsulate the sound of Queens of the Stone Age. Far surpassing most bands labelled as hard rock in terms of talent, QOTSA have managed to carve out a unique sound that takes the hard-hitting, power-driven beats of heavy metal and infuses them with delicate melodies and original lyrics.

Although the QOTSA line-up has changed numerous times, it has remained centred around founder, Josh Homme. The first three albums seemed to evolve out of each other, all clearly recognised as Queens of the Stone Age albums but also remaining unique. And the fourth, Lullabies to Paralyze, is no different. While not as mainstream as their third album, Songs for the Deaf; this album remains just as accessible, while creating a much darker, almost scary undertone.

Beginning with the sombre intro “This Lullaby”, sung as if recited from a Halloween-themed nursery rhyme book, each song then seamlessly flows on to the next. The album contains slow-burning songs such as “In My Head” and the captivating “I Never Came”, as well as rough and powerful punches like “Little Sister” with its blistering guitar solos and the bouncy, distorted and aptly-named “Broken Box”. The standout piece of the album is the utterly unique “Burn the Witch”, which captures the general mood of the album. A song that could comfortably pass as a Halloween bedtime story, “Burn the Witch” creates a mood that is haunting and spooky, while remaining a head-banging, heavy rock piece, highlighted by the gruff, baritone of guest Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top alternated with the evocative wailing of Josh Homme.

Pick up this album and be lulled into musical paralysis. 

Written by Dale Weber

Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 at 5:46 pm