We opened Live Wired Electro - Gota* - Its So Different Here (CD poll and asked our readers to vote for the albums they loved. And vote they did — we got just shy of 35, of the things — with some obvious choices, and some not so obvious choices, making the final cut.
Many people thought that Pink Floyd would be unable to survive without their erstwhile visionary Roger Waters. Indeed, Waters was so against the idea of the band carrying on without him that he tried to sue his former bandmates to stop them from doing so. The doubters needn't have worried, as David Gilmour stepped into the breach and delivered a record that lived up to the Floyd name, what with its atmospheric instrumentals, twisted lyricism and sparse arrangements.
The result was a real return to form for the progressive trio from Canada. Produced by Rupert Album), it boasts echoing drum Live Wired Electro - Gota* - Its So Different Here (CD and a glistening sheen. The trio wrote some powerful hooks and choruses, with tracks like Chain Lightning and The Pass excelling as a breed of accidental power-pop. Hard-rocking opener Show Don't Tell is a highlight and features a stellar vocal performance from Geddy Lee.
A better Rush album than most Rush fans realise. Discovering that not all record labels had written off the band, they signed Live Wired Electro - Gota* - Its So Different Here (CD Capitol and underwent a total reinvention. To say it was a success would be a massive understatement; the album yielded no less than four hit singles, with What About Love? The album marked a turning point in the band's career, but also a dark point, as what Nancy Wilson calls "the whole drug haze of the eighties" began to take hold.
Springsteen, who was susceptible to his own depressions, had for his part sunk into an existential crisis following the tour to promote his fifth album, The River. The ordinary Joe characters with which Springsteen populated Born In The USA were often as not fighting the same internal and external battles as Album) its predecessor, but musically this was an altogether different and more welcoming beast.
Filtered through the returning E Street Band, Born In The USA was instead rousing, uplifting, as slick and sleek-sounding as a sports car, and balm to tend the battered psyches of millions of Americans. Eddie saw it differently. The band upped the keyboard and power ballad quota on this record — and immediately hit the jackpot. With they laid down a blueprint that would serve them better in commercial terms than ever before.
This is an almost perfect summer rock album, and a sheer joy to listen to, even if fans of Roth would never really take to Sammy Hagar as the new infinitely better and more successful singer. It was originally going to be called The Invisible Menwhich would have hardly been appropriate for one of the biggest bands in the world.
The mix of styles ranged from the progressive title track to the pomp pop flow of I Want It All and the electro funk of The Invisible Man which namechecked all four members in the lyrics. As a studio-only record it showcases the marvellous versatility of the four-piece, and its stand-out tracks could quite easily have come from any Queen album. The balance between all the styles worked out better than many might have feared.
The main event might be Grains of Voicesa composition that was commissioned by Swedish radio as a dramatic form of sound-art ; we might consider it radiophonic almost, Album), were it not for the lack of a clear linear narrative. Instead, Parmerud is making a generalised statement about the diversity of the human race, by using sampled, found and recorded voices from around the world.
More human voices on Les objets obscurs taking us even further back to How metaphysical! Still more voices on Aliasa work which, in a very oblique manner, is attempting to say something about the life and music of Carlo Gesualdo. This Renaissance composer of madrigals is the gift that just keeps on giving, not just to lovers of that genre but also to composers and conceptualists. Highly effective ; even if you have no interest in the subject matter listed above, the musical process here does indeed create convincing impressions of the way the human brain might operate.
Grains of Voiceoriginally released more than two decades ago, is still one of the most powerful and conceptually interesting pieces of this entire selection of music. The other concepts are no less enthralling, what with the auditory riddles of Les objet obscurs and the philosophical musings of Alias.
Acousmatic is an electroacoustic subgenre composed for presentation with speakers rather than live instruments. These powerful, sometimes disturbing recordings all date back to the mids. Thematically and artistically, each has maintained extraordinary relevance. Grains of Voices came out of an invitation to produce a piece of music drama for Swedish Radio. He recorded the voices in-person, inviting speakers and singers to share anything they wished.
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