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JANUARY 2020

 

Featured Review:  The Who    Featured New Artist:  Fyrhtu

 

January 1-9:

Junkyard - Paul Kelly - Lynyrd Skynyrd (DVD)

 

December:

Coldplay - Konradsen - Leonard Cohen - Miranda Lambert -

Chris Landry - Mystery - Nekromantix (Blu-ray)

 

 

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FEATURED REVIEW:

 

The Who – Who

The Who – Who

The legendary British band celebrates the 55 years of its foundation by presenting a new album of original songs, their first since 2006 and only the second since their first split-up in 1982. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are now accompanied by a new rhythm section composed of Pino Palladino on bass and Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son) on drums. This pair certainly gives a new breath to the group allowing it to face 2020 in a great way. Even if the band no longer has the energy of yesteryear, we can still discover some good moments on Who with quality compositions. They even manage to surprise us, especially with the romantic soul song "I’ll Be Back". Therefore, the Daltrey-Townshend tandem remains still relevant in 2020, even if it is most probably their last album.

Polydor / Universal

     

     

 

 

FEATURED NEW ARTIST:

 

 Fyrhtu – No More Days in the Light

Fyrhtu – No More Days in the Light

Fyrhtu is a duo from Oakland, California, formed of multi-instrumentalists Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, Ionophore) and Nathan A. Verrill (Cardinal Wyrm). On this debut album, they offer ambient music fusing folk and electro. It is a kind of mystical music with quasi-religious passages. Analog and digital synthesizers overlap to create music that is both organic and electronic, transporting us to a very special atmosphere. There are experimental improvisations that are not necessarily easy to access, but the creativity is always present while each of the seven songs differs from the previous one. The only thread running through the album is its very unique atmosphere, so if you want to discover a different band, Fyrhtu is for you.

Black Horizons

½

 

 

JANUARY 1-9:

 

 Junkyard – Old Habits Die Hard

Junkyard – Old Habits Die Hard

The hard rock band from Los Angeles produced two albums in 1989 and 1991, before being released by their record company, Geffen, more interested in the new trend (grunge). Junkyard therefore had an album ready in 1992 that never saw the light of day. It is 27 years later that Old Habits Die Hard is finally offered to us. We obviously find the same recipe that had been appreciated on the previous records of the group, with an energetic rock ‘n’ roll sound including a blues tendency, somewhere between AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Note that the original band at the time included, in addition to David Roach at the microphone, a certain Brian Baker, ex-Dag Nasty/Minor Threat and future guitarist of Bad Religion. Even if the nostalgic ones will find some interesting moments reminding them of their teenage years, let's say that Geffen certainly took the right decision at the time by betting everything on Nirvana...

Acetate

½

 

 Paul Kelly – Greatest Hits: Songs From the South 1985-2019 (2 CD)

Paul Kelly – Greatest Hits: Songs From the South 1985-2019 (2 CD)

At the dawn of his 65 years of age and his 40 years of career, Paul Kelly offers us this very exhaustive collection of his best recordings between 1985 and 2019. The Australian offers nothing less than 43 tracks totaling almost 160 minutes, and everything is presented to us chronologically. You can rediscover some of his jewels of rock and alternative rock, as well as his folk incursions. Here is an excellent retrospective of the career of one of Australia's most underrated singer-songwriters.

Cooking Vinyl

 

 I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd (DVD)

I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd (DVD)

In 1977, when Lynyrd Skynyrd were at the peak of their careers, they faced a tragedy. On October 20, their plane crashed, killing the band’s founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister) and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, in addition to the two pilots of the aircraft. This documentary basically recounts the last 72 hours before the crash and the aftermath by three survivors: security guard and Van Zant’s friend Gene Odom, lead backup singer Leslie Hawkins and guitar technician Craig Reed. The documentary is based on the novel by Gene Odom, I’ll Never Forget You. We can see different archive footage of the events preceding the crash, a simulation of the crash itself based on the expert report, as well as rare interviews with first responders filmed at the crash site in Gillsburg, Mississippi. It’s a documentary that only very briefly covers the band’s career, and music is totally absent. The film therefore focuses on the links between the survivors and the band, as well as on the events surrounding the crash of October 20, 1977. Interesting, but incomplete to really learn about Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Concrete Lion Pictures / MVD

½

 

 

december:

 

Coldplay – Everyday Life

Coldplay – Everyday Life

After the pop turn of recent years, most notably on A Head Full of Dreams in 2015, Coldplay is embarking on a new direction on Everyday Life. We could call the album back to basics, even if it is rather a somewhat different evolution for the band that experiments with various organic sounds from around the world. Coldplay even explores gospel on "BrokEn" and "When I Need a Friend", in addition to immersing in a sort of indescribable jazz sound with the superb "Arabesque", a poignant rhythm that puts the brass in the spotlight. The arrangements are raw and pure, without exaggerated frills. Everyday Life finds itself at the other end of the musical spectrum in comparison with their previous production-licked record. Also, the group takes political and social stance more than ever with pieces dealing with police brutality ("Trouble in Town"), firearm control ("Guns") and the refugee crisis ("Orphans"). The 16-track album is considered a double album, even if it only totals 52 minutes. At the time of the EP, it is more a double EP that the band offers us. Everyday Life may be considered an anomaly in the group's discography, but it is a great record that is very enjoyable to listen to despite the various musical explorations that may seem less attractive at first sight. If you've discovered Coldplay with the previous album and its catchy hits, you may have to go your way to avoid disappointment. But if you followed their career for almost 20 years, here is a new poignant chapter and a great creative richness that will surely please you. (December 2019 Featured Review)

     

       

 

 Konradsen – Saint and Sebastian Stories

Konradsen – Saint and Sebastian Stories

Konradsen is a Norwegian duo formed of Jenny Marie Sabel and multi-instrumentalist Eirik Vildgren. They offer soft indie pop music, carried on by the seductive voice of Sabel. It is accompanied by a discreet piano and minimalist electro arrangements incorporating sounds of everyday life, like the second single, "Dice". With Saint and Sebastian Stories, Konradsen give a captivating debut album that simply makes you want to discover more. It will therefore be necessary to watch them closely in their new musical explorations in the coming years. (December 2019 Featured New Artist)

Music Video: « Television Land »

Cascine

½

   

 Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance

Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance

Three years after his death, here is a posthumous return for Leonard Cohen, his second, thanks to his son Adam. He put the last nine voice recordings of his father to music. Even though it was written and composed at the same time as You Want It Darker, this new record is much less dark. Like the title track, the luminous album happily complements the masterful work of Leonard Cohen. (December 2019)

½

     

 Miranda Lambert – Wildcard

Miranda Lambert – Wildcard

The Texan country pop singer arrives with the seventh album of her career. She leaves aside the somewhat dark introspection of her previous album, The Weight of These Wings, to present a brighter album with Wildcard. More pop than ever, with elements of rock ("Mess with My Head", "Locomotive", "Track Record"), the album foreshadows the beginning of a new era for Miranda Lambert. The record is particularly varied and rich in various sounds. We still find some ballads ("Dark Bars"), but the whole will seem more energetic than anything she has done in the past. It is a complete and more than interesting album that is offered here by Miranda Lambert. (December 2019)

Music Video: « It All Comes Out in the Wash »

½

     

 Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas – Two Ninety Three

Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas – Two Ninety Three

Chris Landry is a folk singer who completely indulges into deep personal stories. Accompanied by his group of musicians, the Seasick Mommas, he proposes roots music that is particularly poignant. After a debut album in 2017 called One Fifty Five, the Ottawa band is back with Two Ninety Three. Both titles represent the addresses where Landry was residing while he was writing it. On Two Ninety Three, Landry is again inspired by Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Wilco and Blue Rodeo, with music that is still quite varied at the end of the day. (December 2019)

 

 Mystery – Live in Poznan (2 CD)

Mystery – Live in Poznan (2 CD)

For more than 30 years, Montreal progressive rock band Mystery has been performing around the world and is particularly popular in Europe and the United Kingdom. The band presents today their third double album, recorded live at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in Poznan, Poland. The 160-minute album features all the songs from their latest record, Lies and Butterflies, released in 2018, as well as some of the band's favourites. The 16 tracks are played with all the precision that characterizes these out of the ordinary musicians. This is an exceptional album from Mystery to discover all their talent in concert. (December 2019)

Promo Clip

Unicorn Digital / SIX

½

     

 Nekromantix – 3 Decades of Darkle (Blu-ray + DVD + CD)

Nekromantix – 3 Decades of Darkle (Blu-ray + DVD + CD)

The Danish-American psychobilly band is celebrating 30 years of career this year. The trio presents a video recorded live at the Observatory Theater in Santa Ana, California and directed by Vicente Cordero (3Teeth, Room 37: The Mysterious Death of Johnny Thunders). You can rediscover 19 of the best tracks of the group in career, played with a still overflowing energy. Kim Nekroman and his band fill up our ears with this blu-ray disc (accompanied by a standard DVD and audio CD). In addition to the concert, you can hear an interview with the band and see rare photos. (December 2019)

Cleopatra / MVD

½

   

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

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