Archive for February 5th, 2015

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Feb
15

BJORK-VULNICURA-“IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE” BY JOHN EMMS

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We have all been there.

Out of love.

So what do you do?

Of course you write about it.

First off, this album is much more experimental than her other “hurt” album Homogenic from 1997.

That was a huge hit, and still is a fan fave.

I have to admit in some places the production gets in the way on tracks like History of Touches, Family and  even the lead track Stonemilker.

Having said that Lionsong, Quicksand and Atom Dance will take care of things at radio.

But like any true artist, Bjork could not care what you think personally.

No, that’s all taken care of on the 10 minute Black Lake.

You don’t want to be on the wrong side of this song.

It’s personal.

And baby, we all feel your heat and hurt.

Bjork’s work is still important and this album shows why

John Emms..is a veteran music journalist, radio host and singer-songwriter with Canadian roots/Blues rockers The Shaftmen

Read in 104 Countries with 65,000 views

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 

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05
Feb
15

BUT WHAT DO NORMAL PEOPLE WANT?-MUSIC MATTERS..MAYBE….BY JOHN EMMS

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Look, my wife will walk into the room when I’m reviewing cd’s and I will be excited or not about new releases.

My grandson James will do the same.

I’ll say do you like that?

Would you like me to put in on a playlist for your iPod?

Most of the time, it’s no that’s okay.

Sure, my wife knows Bob Dylan was ahead of his time.

She gets it.

James loves The Beatles whenever I play them.

He gets excited.

They have both heard me write and perform my own songs.

They may be proud that I’m up there sweating on stage or on iTunes.

However, I don’t think music holds the same power over people that we as musicians think it does.

It’s true.

Do they care about whether vinyl sounds better than cd’s.

Do they care if they have ear buds or $400 dollar headphones.

One thing I do know.

You have to be passionate about things in life.

Your family, your friends, the environment, politics and yes music.

I tell this to James all the time.

Just be passionate about LIFE.

I’m not going to sit you down and make you listen to  both sides of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

And no, I won’t sit through an entire New Direction movie.

But I think as musicians we all know making music makes us feel alive.

That’s why we do it.

And if we feel alive, everything is better in our world and theirs.

JOHN EMMS  is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and musician.

05
Feb
15

TOM COCHRANE-TAKE IT HOME-“INSPIRED EMOTION AND NEW ANTHEMS”-CD REVIEW-JOHN EMMS

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Tom Cochrane’s intelligent wordplay and gut emotion is firmly intact on his new album Take It Home.

In fact, two of the new tracks Pink Time and The Ones That I’ve Known are powerful anthems of personal relationships,  hope, and inspiration that recall Bruce Springsteen’s work from his Rising album period.

Pink Time rises from mandolins, airy acoustic guitars and the ambience of Ken Greer’s killer steel guitar to a gut level mid song vocal by Beverley Knight that busts down the door.

All this stems from the fact that Cochrane’s poetic metaphors are as fully intact now as they were at any high point in his career.

Pink Time’s story line of  a man working away from home “Don’t shoot me I’m the messenger, I’m driving this 10 ton to get my cargo in” is really a relationship song about a couple looking for redemption.

It’s a powerful statement that all of us have encountered.

The One’s That I’ve Known is simply put one of the best songs I have heard in the last few years.

The lyrical power recalls the influence of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan on Cochrane’s songs.

Having said that Cochrane has always been his own man.

An old school troubadour reflecting on the past and connecting in the modern world as we all do

With it’s references to Rosa Parks and the courage of seeing Terry Fox running down the highway it’s a song only Cochrane could write.

At the coda with the lines “the ones that have stayed the course and gave so much for freedom” he rests the song into a joyous celebration of life.

Co-producer Bill Bell does a killer job of garnering Cochrane’s powerful integrity into under 4 minute blasts of heartland rock n’ roll.

In fact, Diamonds and Can’t Stay Here both of which feature the world class chops of drummer Jim Keltner (Travelling Willburys) and James Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt)

are standout Americana roots songs.

Elsewhere the swamp distorted licks on First Time Around recall Mad Mad World, while Country Girls Never Get Old pays an ode to Cochrane and Greer’s Red Rider Victory Day and Boy Inside Man era.

This brings us to Sunday Afternoon Hang a song that has already and continues to just absolutely make people want to just open up and have fun.

It’s a lake song folks.

Of course as only Cochrane can he flips the “lake” theme on it’s side with the terrific Another Year.

“The Winters last forever round here, few days in between then summer re-appears, the kids have all grown up, but we all put it off for another year” will choke you up.

It’s a piano ballad that Paul McCartney would be proud of.

This album could easily strike a chord with the American public.

Some would say that’s important.

But they would be wrong.

What’s important is that Cochrane still has the cultural and emotional gravitas to make us all feel something.

It’s obvious by this album that he continues to do just that.

CD RELEASE DATE IS FEB 10 2015

JOHN EMMS is a 30 year veteran music journalist, musician, radio host and singer-songwriter behind Canadian roots/blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 




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