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Rush by Black Gold - Review
|Rush by Black Gold - Review|
02/18/09 at 03:30 AM by calystarose
Black Gold has a terrific website where you can preview a few of their songs as well as watch their two music videos, a couple of other video things theyíve done and get all the lyrics for this album.
Detroit - previously discussed here. Iíve listened to it many times since I first got it, and I really like it. The chorus just stays with me, pops up in my head at random times.
Detroit music video on AOL (This link will take you to the AOL site and there is a short commercial that plays before the video starts.) - The video isnít very interesting to me. I like at least one Ďperformingí shot in a video and this had none.
Plans & Reveries - My favorite song on the album and not because Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco sings a couple of lines of background vocals either. I actually heard the remix version first and quite liked it. The song is just really impossible to get out of my head. In the good way. The lyrics are tragic, but again the music keeps it from getting too depressing. I do prefer the original version to the remix, however. Not by a huge amount, but I feel the original arrangement works better. The remix music makes the lyrics seem harsher.
In case you were curious, hereís the verse that Brendon sings on:
I want moreHe echoes Ericís vocals. Itís very subtly done. So much so that I hadnít even noticed his voice on the Teenagers Remix
give me more
I want the burn and bliss again
I want the burn and bliss again and again and again and again
Plans & Reveries (The Teenagers Remix) - For now at least, you can get this MP3 for free. I do like this version of the song.
Plans & Reveries music video on AOL (This link will take you to the AOL site and there is a short commercial that plays before the video starts.) - I quite like this video. For one thing, performance shots. I like to see which parts each person in the band handles. Itís a thing. Beyond that, I like the feel of the video (the 1920ís costumes and so forth) as well as the dream-like plot.
Breakdown - I love the music on this song. It reminds me of the late 70s/early 80s and by that Iím almost certain I mean it has some sort of disco-esque vibe/beat to it. Yet again, very catchy song that just sticks with me. And I really like these two verses:
Iím telling you this gonna be your tragic taleI possibly identify a little too well with some of the lyrics of the song.
youíre stuck up in your private hell
and this to you is casual
oh girl donít make me watch you cry
youíre going mental
and Iím feeling that you let go
Ďcos he said she said I said that you know
youíre having a breakdown
youíre having a breakdown,
and all those things you ask in your prayers
have fallen away now
What You Did - Guitars are more noticeable in this song and itís an angry song about being cheated on:
youíre coming homeThe lyrics are very visceral and evocative. I like the tempo of the song as well.
you think youíre clear
but I hear you shut the door
your storyís straight
but youíre breathing fast
and you give yourself away
Silver - Slower song, and the lyrics are dark. Thereís a hopelessness to the song that is hard to deal with when combined with the slower tempo. I donít dislike this song, itís just not easy to listen to.
Shine - This song confuses me a little lyrically. Iím not sure what it means. I get the sense that someone is going through a hard time, but there seems to be hope. But the details escape me. Whatever, I enjoy it. I like the music and vocals.
Idols - Pretty straightforward meaning on this song. Someoneís become famous, and is finding out just how lonely and awful that can be. Musically I like it a lot, and again the vocals impress. Ericís voice is just fucking lovely.
The Comedown - This is a hooking-up song. And itís got that disco vibe to it that makes it enjoyable and a little amusing. But nothing in it is offensive, itís uncomplicated fun.
Run - Heartbreak, running away from a bad situation. However, itís really pretty to listen to.
Canyon - Heartbreak, death, loss. Itís actually beautifully done. But, thankfully, doesnít rip me to pieces. I really like the sound of it.
After The Flood - Piano at the start sets a somber mood. Itís a sad song about a relationship really not being healthy or working out. Oddly sweet and self-empowering.
There is some dead air at the end of this song, followed by a little bit of band chatter. Itís kind of cute.
I donít dislike any of the songs on this album, and I totally adore 4 of them. I paid $7.99 at Amazon and I feel the money was well spent. If I could have afforded the shipping, I wouldíve bought an actual cd.
Final Verdict: I totally recommend this album.