Toomio’s TOP100: 100. PMMP – Kovemmat Kädet

Producer: Jori Sjöroos
Recorded: 2004-2005
Published: 9.3.2005
Label: BMG

57 weeks in the Finnish album chart

SINKUT
Päiväkoti
Oo Siellä jossain mun
Matkalaulu
Pikkuveli (which can be found on Kumivirsi-edition. Forced to mention, because the original performer Noitalinna Huraa! is coming from my native region.)

PMMP’s second album featured quite surprising material after their first album.

Pink cover is the sign of girls stuff, but still there is something like Bitch Alert’s (Finnish punk band) primitiviness and rage. The cover art picturing album’s music well. Kovemmat Kädet (tougher hands) also describes well the material and theme of album. They grap a little bit harder. But the music has not be shaken so much, but the grip is firm and tight.

The album’s first single, Päiväkoti (Day-care center) showed that this album is floating on a much deeper sea. Kindergarten and children hit the young mother’s idea of the world. Nowadays I am father myself, so I somehow get this idea too. How the kids stand in the yard. The epic strings at the end of song could fit in almost any style of music. Brilliant.

The songs have serious, even distressing lyrics. But you can also find happy rallies for little girls. There’s a signs of the first symptoms of midlife crisis. Of course it’s easy to say so now,  when I’ve already passed that part of life. If we split this album to two parts: the soft and the heavy, there’s hellishly good heavy punk-album and then there’s a nice little pop-album for teenagers.

“In fact, only it does matter, what and how to bring a simple melody clothed in words.

Vocal melodies are very simple, even monotonous. There’s nothing wrong for the lover of heavier music. Often the vocal melodies following a guitar riff, which tells the harsh language of how green the band was then. In fact, only it does matter, what and how to bring a simple melody clothed in words. Heavy sections of the vocal melodies are better.

You can hear brave choices of instruments and sounds in many places. Some electric drum stuff start to be a bit “out”, and soft synths have significantly improved in ten years. But the idea of production is excellent. Sjöroos diverse background is reflected in the compositions. Maria Magdalena is a brilliant example for sound combinations that he uses. That kind of soup needs a wide vision of the instruments in available. Another example is the Oo Siellä Jossain Mun’s bass sound. Softsynth bass with underwater effect, I would guess. Sounds so last century, but not enough to ruin the album.

“The album is a little illogigal, just a young woman’s way.

The album is a little illogigal, just a young woman’s way. Over-analyze everything, but not to find a way to reach the goal. It does not harm this time, but cause little suffering. However, if you give a little time thinking about what it would sound like live, you’ll realize that this is the most excellent form in its entirety. Fast tempo, heavy and soft parts, choruses you can sing along, joy and sorrow and a lot of playing for the band.

Could this work in English? Maybe not. The lyrics is characterized strongly in Finnish culture. I think in another language the content leaves a little bit empty.

This was on the top when I met my current wife, so the sound takes me back in time. This year the album will be ten years old. Yes, I’m so damn old. Finland’s best records this still is. Probably this works best for the start of a party. However, I do something like that so rarely nowadays, that this may be just a hunch.

THE BEST MOMENTS

Mummola – Rage and catchy chorus.
Matoja – On the footsteps of Apulanta’s (Finnish punk band) best tracks. Matoja worked as one of the highlights in their live shows in past years.
Maria Magdalena – Maria Magdalena is a great tribute to the Finnish band called Mana Mana. It is still one of the best PMMP songs. In the last gigs a different arrangement was so rugged that even Eino Leino stay in second place. Someone has listened Black Sabbath, when composed this, I suppose.

NOT SO BRILLIANT

Auta Mua – Something to sing for Mira. Sounds like 4R (Finnish pop band trying to sound like international).

Toomio’s TOP100-albums – Opening speech

For some reason, I’ve always been interested in music. You could call it fanaticism. I remember thousands of small (sometimes a very unnecessary) things bands, songs, albums, and everything related to music. So I decided that it is time to list the music somehow. I’ve done it a couple of years now.

“Definitely the most important motive for placement of the album, however, are the songs.”

I have listened about a thousand albums in last year. It is quite a lot. I am also ranked these using my own method. The most important criteria is, of course, the songs themselves, but also other factors that affect the quality of the album. The cover art, the band’s musical talent, production, sound, album name, entity and its legendary rate in my own standards. Definitely the most important motive for placement of the album, however, are the songs. The other properties are only a small weight one way or another.

I have tried to assess the album without weight or success in its releasing time. For example is the Beatles The White Album as good, if it had appeared in the last year? Or would Metallica’s Kill ’em All even better in today’s sounds? Taste matters but so it always does.

I have been listening to music of all kinds. Recommendations from others (they came around a couple of hundred albums), music from different eras, from the other TOP-lists, who sold the most, etc. From jazz to noise and rap to techno, even pop and classical.

“So I’m trying to tell you about hundred albums that I think you should listen to.”

I’ll try to act as a well-informed filter, so that you haven’t to listen bad music. So I’m trying to tell you about hundred albums that I think you should listen to. I’m trying to tell you also why they are worth listening to. I hope that you gonna find at least one artist, album or song could listen in future too.

We’ll start soon!

Howdy!

Do you like music? Do you know music trivia? Are you always ready to discuss about music and related issues, no matter which genre? You’re just in the right place. The great idea behind this site is that we, three music nerds, want people to listen to music and focus on it again. Ausculto is a Latin word for “listen with attention”.

Nowadays, people listen to songs from here and there, browsing and multitasking something else at the same time. Tracks and albums open in a completely different way when you focus on it. You should focus only in one sense at a time and give other senses time to relax.

Making music is not easy. Tracks can be fixed many years. Organizing the track listings can cause anxiety, not to mention the lyrics. Therefore we must give music, and especially the albums, the time they deserve. The positive effects of music we do not start to go over and over. It has been studied and the evidence has been given.

We are trying to tell people about the artists, albums and songs that we think would be worth listening to, but also why they should listen to them. We hope that people would give a chance for our suggestions and find even one single album or artist to listen to in the future. For some reason we are going to write in English too. Forgive our poor English, we are trying to advance.

The writers of Ausculto will tell more specifically about their topics and writings, so here is a brief description for start.

 “My focus is to go into the darker, more sinister and heavier side of metal. Depending on my mood the vibe can shift from true metal to darkest blackened death or black metal, so I’m completely a loose cannon.” –Miikka-Tuomas

“I listen to music of all genres, last year circa one thousand albums. You can find recommendations from others, from different eras, from other lists, from cult bands etc. From noise to jazz and from rap to techno, even pop music and classical. Although people think that I am a metalhead, I would say more of a music man. So, on my soon beginning chart you will find much more than just metal.” -Tomi

“My intention is to gather a setting of albums which are important to me, from artists from the 70’s to the 2010’s. A special mission is to listen to the albums as whole, in the same way when approaching books or movies. I also try to approach the “bright side” of popular music from different directions; Finnish and foreigners, as well as rock and pop music in its various forms.” –Atso

This is the script. Hop on board and take a look what kind of drama this is going to become!