Monday, December 31, 2012

Peter Gabriel- III (1980)


By 1973/74, Peter Gabriel acted disguised Roman, flower, elder or bulbous creature, and songs dedicated to the plant Ambrosia. In 1980 he edited his third solo album, Genesis sound was a distant memory, and posed for the cover with the agonizing face casting process effects a kind of acid. From fantasy to reality.
In his two previous albums had shown signs of his new musical personality. However, the shadow of the symphonic sound of his former band still hung over them, especially in the first. In "Peter Gabriel III" took a giant step, reinforced his status as creator edgy, and gave his best collection of songs to date, abracando urban styles like rock, experimental music and even the new age.
In London, Marillion were in their infancy and offered audiences a magic similar to that in the masterpieces of early Genesis. Gabriel, meanwhile, no longer spoke of the characters from Alice in Wonderland. His new topics treated schizophrenia, harassment, isolation and lack of communication. Even with discrete outcome was entering international commitments.
The third album from Surrey (England) is a kaleidoscope-dose risk, innovation, and most influential capacity that has been recognized. The first track, "Intruder", is a topic of nightmare. The intruder who enters your life and you know it will not bring anything good. The text uses striking phrases ("I like it when you know I'm there / Your bated breath charging the air"), to create that sense of danger lurking. The victim in the bedroom without venturing out into the hall, and into that bathroom whose light is kindled. The bastards Gabriel whistles of a more smug than ever surprise the listener at the end of this haunting song, which includes sounds of creaking doors, or steps on a creaking wooden floor. In the nineties, Primus recorded a version of this theme.
"No Self Control", the following also contains a novel structure. At first you hear about "soundscapes", those progressive touches so characteristic of Robert Fripp's guitar, Gabriel friend and regular at that first stage. It also is worth listening to that last part, when the singer repeats the phrase that titles the topic a battery and a drawing of compulsively twisting guitar, keyboards and suddenly the song abruptly cut.
"Start" is a delicious and very brief interlude played the saxophone, a note of outstanding quality, which leads to the next, the move "I Do not Remember", the most accessible song to date, which speaks of loss memory.
Follow what is, from my point of view, the best song this man has made throughout his solo career, "Family Snapshot". This theme, the "Instant Family", may go unnoticed at first listen, but it's those pieces that, in four minutes, build a character and gives it emotions, describe their actions and their consequences and conveys a world sensations. And this is due to the awesome vocal of Mr. Gabriel.
The theme has a symmetrical construction, slow entry - crescendo - why slow end, the way traditional narrative approach - knot - deselance many novels and movies. Peter Gabriel is the loner, the style of Travis Bickle, the protagonist of "Taxi Driver" to interpret Robert de Niro, who dreams of reaching his fifteen minutes of fame shooting a politician. The song describes the type of position from a rooftop sniper, awaiting the arrival of the procession to fire
Delirium in song, the injustice of being rejected that chooses insane way to become someone. At the end of the topic, this moron is seen only with the consequences of their actions. The song slows down, and the tone of Gabriel explaining what acts have been this crazy conveys a sense of sadness and loneliness hard to describe. The art made music. In a recent collection was edited by Peter Gabriel does not appear this issue. Now they better. At least the artist himself was aware of the greatness of this classic unknown, and included it in the "Peter Gabriel Plays Live", their live album 83.
The following "And Through the Wire" is much lighter, is another good song with hummable chorus.
We arrived at the most unfortunate moment of the album, in my opinion: "Games Without Frontiers", as well as the final, "Biko", a South African activist dedicated defender of the rights of black citizens in the country of Nelson Mandela. For me is that the rock is defined as Brian Setzer, the Stray Cats leader: "Songs that you arrive on beautiful women and tough guys called Johnny Cool and Jim Dynamite". I know it is very simplistic, but when I listen to music vibrate or excited, as I do with that described "Family Snapshot" I come with no political gibberish by well intended.
And the two songs are heard Gabriel, but for example "Games Without Frontier" is more like a congregation of "Boy Scouts" singing Ring Around the Rosy than a rock song.
"Lead a Normal Life", by contrast, is an almost instrumental piece, with suggestive environments created with synthesizers, and where Gabriel sings only one verse. It's music like he did David Bowie in his Berlin trilogy, and Trent Reznor certainly had in mind when he composed this song many instrumental pieces that are in "The Fragile".
"Not one of us", the issue remains to comment, is another interesting piece that addresses the issue of rejection, as is clearly stated in the first sentence: "There is only water in the tears of a stranger."
On the back of this magnificent Lp Gabriel could see, with the same hairstyle and the same shirt on the cover melted by acid apparently totally normal, with childish features intact. But looking good photo of Gabriel perceive the expression, that look at this incipient smile empty and emotionless, and will alter rather than the gimmicky cover. The man on the cover is the sniper "Family Snapshot" an image that reminds me of the last shot of Norman Bates in "Psycho".
Pure art, progressive rock, avant-garde yet assimilated is what gave us Peter Gabriel's third LP.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dire Straits-Making Movies (1980)


A guitarist who today is everything in the music world, a myth of rock and roll. His fingers have written one of the most beautiful pages in the field of music of the twentieth century. His style, reposado, cadent, yet intense and always has been able to reach harmonious society all together: From those exceeding half a century to reach youth not thirty. Almost forty years of successful full endorse him, he got it all, and most importantly, has achieved everything he proposed. He has been able to move from the majority who packed stadiums to take refuge in a comfortable ostracism from where he grows his next musical wisdom of old musicians, idols all in their teens (Chet Atkins, JJCale, Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton ...) has just been outstanding to work with the King. Today Mark Knopfler talk means talking about prestige, quality, a something unparalleled, unrepeatable.
After the release of their self-titled album and "Communiqué", the Straits are declared the best band of 1978 in Australia. "Sultans of Swing" is one of the songs radiated and sold worldwide. The band is ecstatic. It has been two years without break. From late 1977 until the end of 1979 more than 300 concerts around the world, promotions on radio and television programs, recordings ... The rest is necessary and advisable.
We had to get our strength to continue climbing one of the most promising and acclaimed rock bands. Dire Straits had spent two years as a group of four friends "starving", if I may use the expression, to be a group with a hearth and an amazing future. Knopfler actually saw made many dreams, the hardest he had done, had his own band r'n'r, and had thousands of fans all over the world. His music had reached all corners of the planet and its recognition was becoming a fact, so much so that Bob Dylan himself Mark Knopfler does claim to be the lead guitarist of his album "Slow train comming", which even escaped Mark's dreams. Your participation is palpable in the nine tracks on the album of Dylan, highlighting moments of the song "Precious Angel" and his own "Slow train comming". But not everything will be joys. The band is not as compact as before, and not so united, and emerge the first disagreement. David Knopfler not take it anymore and left the band. Their motives are official policy concerts conducted, the intense work which were subjected, and the consequent lack of creativity of the band, which according to David, had lost its way, the roots, and was sold.
The unofficial reasons would be a lack of leadership from David in the band, Mark it captures everything, and David has not only made an issue in Dire Straits. David Goliath ate this time 980 will mean gestation of the third album of Dire Straits "Making Movies". For this album are hired to replace Hal Lindes David on rhythm guitar work, and Alan Clark on keyboards. or many, Dire Straits won the Olympian with Brothers In Arms, well, for me Dire Straits Olympus earned my staff with this album, one of the most beautiful and attractive discs that have been made in the history of Rock N Roll . It is said that Mark invited enough people recording the album and concert promotion in ordering the sound engineers that have a moderate level instruments for the public to talk to each other. Mark Knopfler was something of an outsider by temperament humble, unpretentious and its only knew the arrogance converted into a duty to yourself to get better, never put limits, harshly criticized members of his band and criticizing himself. She did not care to say it was the best guitarist in the world, Dire Straits were the actual feeling, he always suspicious of the concept of the rock star as a hero, he would not be a David Bowie or Towshend Pete, is felt more comfortable with his role as a worker of Rock. When you were making this record, told his colleagues he wanted to do things his way, he wanted to do the hard work, that peculiar character caused several band members leave, but I knew I had to. wanted the group together and waterproofed from any external influence, authoritarianism was reflected in the songs.
Making Movies was defined as the album Mark own most sad, blue, and in turn, more ironic the group. These conflicting ideas endowed a number of nuances to the group staggering, Knopfler was made clear that hurtful sensitivity with which could destroy anyone, and it is on this record when Mark evolves, becomes a novelist, a troubadour, intervenes in the scene, he was the Athanor of the songs, I like to use such other to talk about their feelings for storytelling. He discovered that despite not being a great singer, could suggest and express a lot with his voice, and his peculiar way of singing one of the engines of this disc, and hurtful laconic voice that sings, tells stories, as if one Waits, Dylan or Brassens it were, with that peculiar tone of a crooner not hurt Gilda seduces her in a bar one night, and Mark sounds on this album, Dylan he envied the rich amount of worlds could create without being practically a virtuoso, that was what I wanted Mark: create their own worlds, their hopes and desires transform into celestial music, and made it.
Making Movies is the record of undying love or otherwise, of broken love. A message of gloom and despair, the modernization of Latin Horacio topic of Carpe Diem: enjoy the splendor of things, do not lose the love of your life, there are mistakes that hinder corrected despite a lifetime and affect your performance ratio, Mark urges you not to happen. In an interview, said he was very shy, linking not ever, and that a girl he liked, and knew he could not be with her because she was worthless to say anything, he imagined, when he slept, a world devised by him in which he said that girl did want to be with him, imagining a happy life with her, replacing her real world without hope, for a fictional world where he triumphed, narrative element to add to the songs of this paper. Because obviously, it emerges the first song on the album that is nothing more and nothing less than Tunnel Of Love one can not but marvel. may be the best composition of Mark and one of the Pharaohs and Babylonian songs of rock history, eight minutes full of evocative instrumental passages, rhythm changes, catchy melodies and agile and Mark's voice envelops you, away a winter cold and covers you with a blanket that the echo of his voice makes every sentence. The song is very catchy and easy to hear, but with much irony, Dire Straits issues at first glance seem not say much, but those are the good ones, leading to the exploration and interpretation of the songs, there are silences that often say more than a word, Mark knows that better than anyone. So Tunnel Of Love is a song that tells the phases of love, this time focusing on the passions and the obsession with that cloud vision to humans, the known phases you desire love and passion come together to then appear the regrets of those who have done something wrong. There is a moment of the song that is just great, when instruments are silenced and only appears on the scene Mark, his voice and his guitar, flooding a song of melancholy already hurtful. The monstrous moment of the song comes at the end when Mark trealiza sidereal cosmic-tap which looks set slowly pulling the pins that fill your heart, it's as if everything that had silent throughout his life, take him out in that one, then a keypad appears beautiful with emotional melody that makes you want to hear a thousand times and incontestable closes the issue.
Romeo And Juliet The next we know it all, many magazines agree that it is probably the most beautiful ballad in history, the most beautiful I do not know, but it is impossible not to be captivated by the fragility and innocence of Romeo And Juliet, because it was born to illuminate hearts or turn them off. A music journalist said that this song you can tell what a person is wanting, solemn bullshit, but may not go off track. Mark plucking is ethereal and sweet, it's amazing what this man can do with his thumb, how can trace, like an oil paint with a fine brush, the outlines of a broken heart, because this song, despite being coated of an outstanding beauty, is another manifestation of the gentle irony of Mark, with a sensational letter: smart, honest and without boasting dramatic of any kind, just a feeling that arises and dwells in your soul to stay and not return.
The lyrics are great, but the video of the song has been a success, I can not help a smile when Mark is heart issues ironically, with the idealized Romeo, handsome and with the marked packet, confident same, symbolizing the arrogance and selfishness of many of us do when we are in a gala relationship. Juliet is represented by a tearful woman, who suffers and feels helpless, sees his Romeo and farther than ever is heartbroken. The example of what I said before: reading the letters of the group and watching your videos, you'll notice the ambiguity of the group often.
Skateaway progresses slowly with a mysterious keyboard intro, the riffs are heard Mark distant, as if he stopped for a moment the spotlight on drums, the bass and keyboard. Mark sounds here less gloomy, with a slight, very slight voice distortion, with a much more catchy chorus without double interpretations or anything like that, a song more direct, to reduce the emotional charge of the first two. Expresso Love is one of the great themes of the album and discography of the Straits, with that sticky keyboard melody and catchy riff that sticks to dry, simple and Mark prevailing throughout the song, making it an experience for crystalline ears.
Hand To Hand After we reached another major plastic compositions, Solid Rock is great, where Mark and the band leave their characteristic British phlegm and parsimony to download a powerful electrical issue, of those who are born to fill stadiums, with a stellar battery performance. And is that even though the Dire Straits Mark Knopfler are mostly, the talent behind the leading musicians are especially good, know their secondary role and accept it without question and without any pretensions. The air Rockabilly theme is important, with again the presence of the keyboard and its sheer melody and playful forms a classic and training.
Les Boys brings you back to Mark quiet and melancholy, catalyst of emotions with his voice, and here ends the disc for my taste most intimate of Dire Straits, which was a new shift in how to address the compositions and where the romantic plot is very important, as you may have read, is not a new issue and the debt issues of the heart, but perhaps are the most painful. Yes, that is the love and put Romeo And Juliet, you'll feel like floating. I love, a beautiful and sweet disc,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Genesis-Foxtrot (1972)


Genesis truly impressive levels elevate his bombast, complexity and expressiveness with this album, pulling the sleeve of one of the best albums of all time, only surpassed by his successor Selling England by the Pound. The Lp was really significant and instrumental progressive rock as a genre, is also one of the greatest landmarks. The final maturity as musicians did not reach it without further with Selling England By The Pound, reaffirms for me and with this album, which serves as a harbinger for the next. Like its predecessor, this is a disc with mediotiempos and stops, but the difference is that here everything is clean and memorable, the amazing star complex issues contrasts perfectly with the irresistible short pieces and delicate in their path in half.
The band further increases its share of theatricality and leads to a level that goes beyond the music, translating this into his live, because with the launch of this board Peter Gabriel was starting out on stage dressed facing numerous multifaceted characters and interspersed even within the same subject in one of the cases, such as in Supper's Ready, as if the deployment of mastery and brilliance that transmitted aurally with that court was not already too dazzling alone.
The curtain rises the wonderful Watcher of the Skies, a topic with a lot of potential, announcing the opening of the play with a mellotron gives supreme airs. The song is the most robust and accurate, with bitter dark overtones, but sublime.
Time Table is even better, a love song for his pace and excellent and outstanding performance of Peter Gabriel, showing off and excelling in a dramatic and poignant at the same time. The chorus is the best and it's hard not to try to corearlo. The passages of Tony Banks on keyboards shine.
The thing going to become more intense with Get Em Out by Friday, curious song that allows Gabriel exhibit their wild and crazy side. Abrupt changes considerably with advancing the theme and instrumental arrangements more complex than capable of misleading anyone in this magnificent piece without waste.
Returns the delicacy and beauty in the melodies with Can-Utility and the Coastliners, a knot of instruments that together form an impenetrable fortress, recreating an atmosphere masterful. Tony Banks returns to capture bright and moderate rhythms Steve Hackett has its fleeting moments.
There comes a time more intimate, delicate disc: Horizons, a tune that was unlikely to Genesis and a considerable simplicity and brevity yet achieved its goal: Wrap and make the listener to travel to the state of deep relaxation. Fulfilling a role Fluff basically the same as in the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, this issue is a real pleasure to hear, as if the music we coined.
The end is evident and to close the masterpiece we have which is nothing more and nothing less than the best song of Genesis, the vast, unique and brilliant Supper's Ready, an epic piece tinged apocalyptic reflected concerns love and that nothing else can do justice to itself and its grandeur. Praise fall short for this 23-minute suite of enormous complexity where the band reaches the summit and take off in a true journey of sensations and feelings crossed that allows all members of the band shine on his own. The impressive and legendary number moves us restless, makes us laugh, feel euphoria and excitement and even gets to hypnotize all in a flurry of greatness stamped rhythms deployed in a few less than half an hour. Peter Gabriel gets us more than ever and recites some of his most memorable and iconic verses: And it's hello babe with your guardian eyes so blue, Hey my babe do not you know our love is true, A FLOWER?. The issue is so complex and has so much to make juice that is almost impossible to adequately summarize its contents, you can only say that it is extremely emotional, intense, outrageous, energetic and magical.
This is one of the greatest songs of all time, no more.
Foxtrot is one of the largest samples of progressive rock, and its closure can always leave the stamp of quality. This was truly committed Genesis music and with intentions of passing something really big. A timeless gem but simply unrepeatable.