Toomio’s TOP100: 93. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Producer: Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age, James Lavelle
Recorded: 2012-2013
Published: 3.6.2013
Label: Matador, Rekords Rekords

US-billboard #1, UK-chart #2

SINGLES
– My God is the Sun
– I Sat by the Ocean
– Smooth Sailing

Many waited for this album than the moon rising. Era Vulgaris was slightly unbalanced clinking. Many longed for a more conventional QOTSA-album.

The first single (My God is the Sun) was guaranteed stoner-rolling. There’s a story that album’s moving loosely around some kind of theme. When the album is playing, you can hear a dark and cynical view of the world. There’s also a little hint of fear of death. Again material requested more than one listening.

Troop led by Josh Homme is currently quite a clever band. The arrangements are fine, but atmospherically very strange. If not today, maybe there was a time when the orchestra used the mind augmenters. There is so dark stuff. After all, there are a lot of guest artists such as Elton John, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan.

I Appear Missing has become personally the most important piece on this album. It has a  quite a message that the video supports quite well. Without the video, it works just fine, including a small spark of hope. Musically, in the C-section you can found a drum beat that others just do not do.

“I go missing,
No longer exist
One day I hope
I’m someone you’d met”
– I Appear Missing

If the previous Era Vulgaris was confusing, so this album is not. I would like even more chaos at times. Perhaps the desert rock kings calm down as they get older.

Homme has served as head of production, when rest of the band acting as a sidekick. Nicely produced. This should listen to lay low in my bed, when children are sleeping. The lyrics in your hand and so on.

THE BEST MOMENTS

  • God is the Sun Shocking gig-starter! Basically, direct rock song, but contains enough spice from the QOTSA’s wizardry.
  • I Appear MissingGlooming blues in spirit of stoner rock. The lyrics captures your mind.

NOT SO BRILLIANT

Keep Your Eyes Peeled Tacky starting to the otherwise competent album.

Toomio’s TOP100: 94. Planet X – MoonBabies

Producer: Simon Phillips
Recorded: 2001
Published: 29.7.2002
Label: Inside Out

When the deepening of the prog-giants peaked, I slipped also on the fusion side.

MoonBabies isn’t an easy album. It’s rhythmic and compositional album. Understanding the basics of music theory is not enough with it. Even my own are not enough. Because of it, listening to the album is fun. How some people are able to play through the album, the rhythm I can’t actually clap longer than ten seconds.

“Even if you aren’t a virtuoso, but your style is identified, it is cooler than just learned know-how.”

Personally, I have always think Derek Sherinian’s the most creative keyboardist of Dream Theater. He might perhaps not the most skilled, but certainly the most original. It is always an advantage. Even if you aren’t a virtuoso, but your style is identified, it is cooler than just learned know-how.

Derek Sherinian and Planet X became known by Dream Theater. The other guys know what to do, even though I’m not the Tony McAlpine’s biggest fan. He has too destructive playing style and racking sound of his guitar isn’t nice in the toughest sections. Virgil Donati is like a fish in water. The dynamics are brilliant. Drums can be played quietly. The best example of the dynamics and sense of style is the Midnight Bell.

The producer is Toto drummer Simon Phillips. A few hard albums behind in a musician and producer. He has been able to create the atmosphere like world of Tron-movie. In this world, there’s just more details.

If you want to listen this album, the senses must be awake. Early in the evening, or even from morning, alone and focusing.

THE BEST MOMENTS

  • MicronesiaThe basic riff is rather intermittent claudication.
  • Ground ZeroThe bassline to tickle the deepest compartments of your brains.
  • Midnight Bell – Just an awesome one foot bass-drum rhythm. Also, a “reasonable” bass solo.

NOT SO BRILLIANT

Ignotus Per Ignotium Too much everything.

TO THE ALBUM 

Toomio’s TOP100: 95. Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl

Producers: Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne, T-Bone Burnett, Barbara Orbison, Bono
Recorded: 1988
Published: 7.2.1989
Label: Virgin

This album has sold two million copies. 2. UK, US 5.

The age of 8, I hope Roy Orbison album for Christmas present. I guess it was advertised at the time. It was a Mystery Girl. Then in the c-cassette-walkman-time, I listened Stone and Metallica, but Roy Orbison too. A little contrast.

On the other hand it’s no wonder that these songs will appeal. After all, the compositions are really good and the voice is very recognizable. The compositions are simple, but dramatic. drama presented by the fact that the album was released a couple of months after the Roy’s death.

Posthumously published albums are always “he knew that he’ll die soon”-tagged. And so it is with everything else; the story has to be, because it is easy to grasp. The human mind creates music inevitably stories, because he doesn’t know how to deal with things as abstract, even if the person would like. Man creates some kind of life history to the the singer, even he knew anything about him or her.

“The album musicians and producers have considerable legends.”

The album has something common with Rufus Wainwright‘s compositions. Slightly more genuinely just a style of his time.

The album musicians and producers have considerable legends. For example, Bono and The Edge composed She’s a Mystery originally for U2. When the song was finished, they came to the conclusion that this is done for the voice of Orbison. And Orbison recorded it.

Although the genre of album and artist is country, the album has the nuances from other styles. By changing the singer and guitar distortion, All I Can Do could be a ZZ Top song, for example. Actually, only Windsurfer is basic country song, which is a terribly boring piece of such between these masterpieces.

The lyrics are in melancholic wallow. There’s still finer pieces:

“But in the real world
We must say real goodbyes”
– In the Real World

Listen these chord progressions and a thundering voice of Orbison. Take a glass of whisky, and put this album rotate! Both goes down.

Parhaat hetket

  • You Got it – Timpani, modulation and Orbison’s voice. No need other explanations.
  • In the Real World – Sad strings and beautiful lyrics.
  • Comedians – Everything is okay in this song written by Elvis Costello.

Ei lähde

  • Windsurfer – Strenuous country rock.

Live review: Kimmo Pohjonen & Eric Echampard @ Kerubi, 28.1.2015

The first live gig of the year is behind. Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard stopped by in Joensuu during their Winter Tour 2015: they would improvise a soundscape with just an accordion and drums.

Kerubi is a great place for live acts. It was a wednesday evening and still the house felt full and the showtime was 7 PM. It didn’t run until night!

The soundcheck by Pohjonen and Echampard lasted all the way to 18.40. Which was a good thing, because the artists’ were in the mood right when they arrived on stage. During the next hour they moved from feel to another, at times led by the accordion, at times by the drums. There wasn’t one stage banter during the evening, and the tight atmosphere wasn’t cut otherwise.

One of the first questions coming to mind is how do the audience stay interested in playing improvised music for an hour and where will the artists’ find nuances to their act? Pohjonen played the whole evening with the same accordion, but he had a pedal board, which could do some fantasting tricks. Echampard in turn worked with the drums with many kinds of sticks, from mallets through brushes to normal, hard sticks. The sounds went from dusk to fierce.

It was an excellent gig. There was something special about the feel that sparkled from the audience. It’s good to go out and listen to something else than rock ‘n’ roll all the time!

Toomio’s TOP100: 96. Mew – …And the Glass Handed Kites

Producer: Michael Beinhorn
Recorded: 2004-2005
Published: 19.9.2005
Label: Sony BMG

Finnish album chart 4.

SINGLET
– Apocalypso
– Special
– Why Are You Looking Grave?
– The Zookeeper’s Boy

When I moved to my current hometown, this was the first album, which my wife and I bought together. I mostly hated Mew at that time.  I hated the band, which was discovered how to play by themselves.

If compared to any other band, plays Mew a very different kind of music. When the band was founded, they had no idea of music theory or how the instruments are tuned. They didn’t even want to know, I think. Those kinds of starting point tend to be generated to strange results.

“When you play always the same way “wrong”, at some point it starts sound like a skillful.”

… And the Glass Handed Kites opened a new wave of indie music. Even today, many bands have a lot of debt Mew. Snare-oriented drumwork, glockenspiels and falsetto-singing. These are “the three kings” of basic-indierock. Mew’s sounds is strongly reflected in Finnish bands, at least in the output of the Stella (Finnish band). Of course, quite a lot more pop format. Mew’s song structures aren’t in any traditional order, but they are rambling a bit here and there. The songs have still a goal, even if the route to the finish line is certainly not the fastest and most direct.

The sound quality is good, and a copy is retained in memory even when the compositions are not easy. Someone (could be the father), once said that when you call always the same way “wrong”, at some point it starts sound like a skillful.. That sentence will always springs to mind when listening to Mew.

I do not really get the lyrics, except for song Fox Cub. I think that’s only a miserable composition, but the lyrics are some of the finest ever. You should look at the lyrics anyway. In this verse there is something right:

“So did you change the locks?
And did you hide the fox cub?
Don’t make fun
Because we don’t”

Covers seem to discourage, and I do not listen this often. But still most of the songs are which that I would not want them to end. Bands that have come up with something totally new appears rarely. This is why everyone should listen to this album.

This works in a dark room under a blanket. Only the sound. The other senses are resting.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Why Are You Looking Grave? The guest voice Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis draw a unbelievable contrast to Jonas Bjerren soft voice parts.
An Envoy to the Open Fields you can copy the argument from above.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
Fox Cub Quite useless composition. Although the lyrics are the album’s finest.