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Daily Recommendation #86 - Feist "Metals"
10/25/11 at 01:35 PM by alert=danger
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Feist - Metals



Leslie Feist, as a musician, has gained a lot of commercial success. Her music has been used to promote various products, and it's almost certain that people will remember her brightly coloured and fun video for her hit "1, 2, 3, 4" . A video which seemed to draw focus more to the glitzy outfits and dance routines than the song itself. With Metals as a whole, we see a much deeper and interesting side to Feist.

The album offers a much more stripped back view to Feist; veering away from the fun, mainstream sound we've seen in past releases. The album was recorded with her normal studio counter parts; Gonzales and Canadian producer Mocky and there is a sense that it has been written away from the world. Feist herself claimed that in the period of time in which she wrote Metals, she forgot how to play some of her old songs. In a way it comes across as a much more mature effort, from an already mature musician.


The album opener"The Bad In Each Other" sets the tone of what is to come. There is a great level of subtle bass playing under the encompassing horns and brass. A very sombre song, but still managing to keep the almost bad-ass feel which permeates from the rest of the album.
"Graveyard" and "Caught A Long Wind" showcase Feist's haunting and crisp vocals; the impeccable and touching string work, the sudden loud, slightly alarming crescendos which are present throughout a lot of the album.

The album's lead single "How Come You Never Go There" is an unpredictable track, with it's strange time signature, and almost heaving saxophone and brass work, which plays a quintessential role through the whole album.

"Anti-Pioneer" is a track about someone moving around for a long time and never settling down apart from for one year. It is a very emotional and clearly a very autobiographical track, which gives us a deep insight into Feist and the years she has spent on the road.

Through "Undiscovered First", "Cicadas And Gulls" and "Comfort Me" we see a lot of the same techniques used throughout the album; unexpected loud crescendos, Leslie Feist's gentle vocals, incredibly tight and emotional strings and brass and wonderful guitar work. The great thing is that despite songs utilizing similar ideas to each other, the album is never boring. If it has used something similar earlier, it's re-invented and thrown out in new and unexpected ways.

The album as a whole shouldn't be "relaxing" and an easy listening album. It's dark and mysterious and sometimes unpredictable but somehow it manages to remain soothing and subtle. It's unavoidable that some people will stick this on in the back ground and zone out, paying no attention to the vocals, the harmonies, the group vocals, the twisting and changing brass and strings - and ultimately that's not a bad thing. The album is a great listen, using simple techniques to create something complex and big, which will appeal to those just looking for something to listen to while they work, as well as those looking for a great, deep and emotional album.

Just submitted this as a review as well incase anyone wonders why it's long winded. First review, so let me know how it is.

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Daily Recommendation #85 - Into It. Over It.
10/24/11 at 10:05 AM by alert=danger
First off go and follow me on Twitter... http://twitter.com/#!/christopmclean
Going to start making more frequent use of it, posting pointless shit...

Been a long time since I wrote an entry, but I'm going to start writing a daily recommendation again.

So today I present you with this album...


Into It. Over It. - Proper




The album is the first "full band" and first full length album for Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over it.

The album starts out with the shortish but sweet track "Embracing Facts". If you're at all familiar with the previous work of Weiss, this may not be quite what you're expecting. Distorted vocals and guitars set a quick pace and a heavier sound that what we're used to.
The next track "Discretion & Depressing People" is a great, chorus heavy, hook driven, catchy track.
The next track "Fortunate Friends" shows the great skill Weiss has with a guitar. "Write it Right" reminds me of the old sound of The Forecast, and slightly similar to Motion City Soundtrack.

The stand out track in my opinion, has to be "Midnight: Carroll Street". A slightly slower track than the previous, which adds a nice break, but also features some of the strongest lyrics on the album. If you only listen to one track. Make sure it's this.

The final track "The Frames That Used To Greet Me" see's Weiss showcasing his acoustic abilities, giving us a look at the softer side of Into It. Over It. Once again fantastic lyrics and the vocals, soft and emotional, are brilliant.

The album carries on in this fashion, giving us a great insight into the ability of Weiss, both lyrically and musically. Judging by some of his previous work, and the sheer strength of this album as a whole, I think we have only seen the begging of Weiss' talent.

Tags: Into It. Over It., Daily rec,
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Daily Recommendation #85
10/24/11 at 10:05 AM by alert=danger
First off go and follow me on Twitter... http://twitter.com/#!/christopmclean
Going to start making more frequent use of it, posting pointless shit...

Been a long time since I wrote an entry, but I'm going to start writing a daily recommendation again.

So today I present you with this album...


Into It. Over It. - Proper




The album is the first "full band" and first full length album for Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over it.

The album starts out with the shortish but sweet track "Embracing Facts". If you're at all familiar with the previous work of Weiss, this may not be quite what you're expecting. Distorted vocals and guitars set a quick pace and a heavier sound that what we're used to.
The next track "Discretion & Depressing People" is a great, chorus heavy, hook driven, catchy track.
The next track "Fortunate Friends" shows the great skill Weiss has with a guitar. "Write it Right" reminds me of the old sound of The Forecast, and slightly similar to Motion City Soundtrack.

The stand out track in my opinion, has to be "Midnight: Carroll Street". A slightly slower track than the previous, which adds a nice break, but also features some of the strongest lyrics on the album. If you only listen to one track. Make sure it's this.

The final track "The Frames That Used To Greet Me" see's Weiss showcasing his acoustic abilities, giving us a look at the softer side of Into It. Over It. Once again fantastic lyrics and the vocals, soft and emotional, are brilliant.

The album carries on in this fashion, giving us a great insight into the ability of Weiss, both lyrically and musically. Judging by some of his previous work, and the sheer strength of this album as a whole, I think we have only seen the begging of Weiss' talent.

Tags: Into It. Over It., Daily rec,
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Daily Recomendations: #6
02/05/09 at 04:21 PM by alert=danger
One album which i always find impressive and would like to recomend today is...

A Better View Of The Rising Moon - 1997.



This band are a pop punk gem, and this album is one of the strongest debuts i have heard from a band in this genre.
The lyrics are good, the music is good, with the occasional heavy guitar parts, the little bit of keyboard which shines through. The vocals between the male and the female and brilliant, and the girl singer was the best the band have had in my opinion, and it may be becuase she was gone that i didn't enjoy the second album, but for me this album was near perfect.
Also i liked the album cover a lot!
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Daily Recomendations: No.1
01/31/09 at 11:29 AM by alert=danger
Ok, i hardly ever write anything in this anymore, so i have decided to start doing daily recs!

...but since we are now a month into this year i will stick a few things in this one.
Also i am going to try and recomend everything, Music, Films, TV shows, Books, Games...antyhing really!

Ok.

Right Away Great Captain! -The side project of Andy Hull from the Manchester Orchestra. His voice is amazing, and in a stripped back acoustic album he really shines. Such a beautiful album, and such great lyrics.

Yankee In Chip Shop - The Matches - This song is just so damn catchy. It is from their newest album, which was a bit of a dissapointment, but this song really stood out for me. Its a bit short, but it is a typical Matches song. Shaun Harris' voice is very stong in it, lyrics are good, and the music is great. I just enjoyed it.

Call Of Duty 5: World At War - Can't stop playing this game, which is worrying due to the fact i have exams in a two days...but oh well. Anyone fancy playing in a few hours, add me! breakout1234

Skins -
A British Tv show, not normally my type of thing but i am enjoying this season! It follows the fictional lifes of a bunch of teenagers. It is very over the top, with them all drinking a lot, doing a lot of drugs, and getting into a lot of trouble, nothing like real life, but it is very entertaining!


Also my ipod just shuffled and the following artists came on. (+44), Blink182, AVA, Boxcar Racer and then the Trv$ DJAm song.
I thought this was a bit odd!
Tags: Daily rec, The Matches, Right Away great Captain
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