My Sunday Song #83 is “Whistle for the Choir” by The Fratellis. The song is off their debut album ‘Costello Music’ which peaked at #2 on the UK charts and gave us a few hits including “Chelsea Dagger”. However, I really liked this song the best. “Whistle for the Choir” was their third single off the albums and it reached #9 giving them their 2nd Top 10 hit in the UK. I don’t see where they did very well in the States which is a shame.
The Fratellis are a Scottish trio with a very retro feel and garage rock sound. This song for me is more of the retro feel as it is a slow ballad using only an acoustic, bass and drum (well it’s a trio – what else are they going to use). The song has a Beatlesque quality to it and even a little Ray Davies vibe. I think for those reasons, the song struck a chord with me. The simple sound and hypnotic beat pulled me in and put me in a trance where I swayed back and forth while listening. It was encapsulating. There is a little guitar solo, but also a nice whistle solo as well.
The song tells the story of a guy, who after a night out on the town, meets a girl that is way out of his league. This doesn’t stop him. He is going to try and get her anyway. The nice thing is it doesn’t tell you if he gets the girl or not.
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Another Friday and another week of some great releases. There are some re-issues and so old bands back with new singers and some newer bands as well. Hopefully there is something for you. The two that really peak my interests are highlighted in Blue as usual. Leave me a comment on what interests you this week…if anything. Also, let me know if I am missing anything as that is usually the case. Happy Friday!!
- Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots – (Play Pen Music): The boys in STP are back and with a new lead singer, Jeff Gutt. The three songs I have heard are great and I am looking forward to the rest. Jeff sounds a little like the late, great Scott Weilan, but he also has his own sound and style. The old STP sound is there as well so hopefully the have their groove back and we will see some great things from them. Give it a try…if for no other reason than my brother-in-law was involved with recording the album. That makes it worth it right there alone!!
- Dorothy – 28 Days in the Valley – (Roc Nation Records): A new band on the scene is Dorothy. The band really delivers some great, heavy, old school blues rock & roll. The lead singer, Dorothy Martin, is a powerhouse and force to be reckoned with. Her searing vocals exploded on the scene with “Raise a Little Hell” and can’t wait to hear what she has to offer this time around.
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Rick Springfield has been releasing music since the early 70’s. You have the teeny bopper music from the 70’s to the pop hits he had in the 80’s including “Jessie’s Girl” which made him very famous. And now at 68, he brings his 20th studio album called “The Snake King”.
He has done many styles over the years and this time he ventures into the Blues genre. The album is a mixture of Blues Rock and straight up Blues. Now, this isn’t Blues like you would think with Curtis Mayfield or Robert Johnson, heck it isn’t even Blues like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. This is Rick Springfield Blues. He can try different genres, but he will always have that Rick Springfield sound and feel to his albums. You can’t be around for 5 decades in music and not have your own style or vibe.
The Blues can be very depressing and sad at times and you might think, how is Rick going to honestly convey those emotions. Well, let me tell you he hits the nail on the head with the blues. Rick has suffered immensely with depression and he has had many issues in his life. He digs deep and captures the stories and feelings from those dark times.
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For My Sunday Song #82, “Angels on the Moon” by Thriving Ivory is the one I wanted to share this week. The song was the first single ever released by Thriving Ivory back in March 2008 and actually went Gold in the U.S. It was a minor hit, but it was a song that stuck with me and moved me in someway. I became a huge fan of their music as a result.
The song itself can mean so much and people can interpret the meaning differently as there is no set meaning I can find. For me, it feels like the person is struggling with life and they are in a dark place. He seems lonely, but wants to live and hope people will know his name or at least who he is. He is ready to break free and live, enjoy life and feel that sunshine on his skin.
The person also talks about people leaving us too soon and when he dreams he sees those that have left before us. He even shouts out those that were lost in the 9/11 attacks with the line “This is to New York City angels /And the rivers of our blood”. The loss of those before him, make him want to live that much more. The song could mean something different to someone else, but this is my take.
The song is a ballad and what I really love about the sound is Clayton Stroope’s vocals. He has such a unique quality to his vocals. They are so soothing and inviting to me and you can’t help but feel everything he is singing. It is also one of those voices you either love or you don’t, but for me I love his sound, his delivery and everything about it.
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Finally a Friday with an abundance of new releases. There are so many I am interested in that this could take awhile. I hope to get to them all sooner or later. I think there is a little something for everyone today. The ones that are striking my fancy are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are looking forward to getting or if I am missing something added to the comments. Have a great listening weekend.
- Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger – (Napalm Records): Whether with Alter Bridge, Slash or just by himself, there is no getting by the immense talent that is Myles Kennedy. He can definitely sing, but his guitar playing is just as sensational. Looking forward to the focus being all about him. I have purposely not listened to anything off this album yet so I can enjoy it all at one time.
- Judas Priest – Firepower – (Sony Music): Judas Priest is back with a brand new album. Enough said…Mic drop!!!
- Thirdstory – Cold Heart – (Verve Label Group): After waiting for two years, we finally get the full length album they have been promising. My daughter and I saw them open for Tori Kelly two years ago and we bot really enjoyed their harmonies and just the power of their voices. Three guys doing amazing things singing together. We are going to see them again in April when they headline a little club here in Charlotte.
- Calum Scott – Only Human – (Capitol Records): This former Britain’s Got Talent contestant from 2015 finally gets his debut album. After the release of his cover of “Dancing On My Own”, I was completely blown away by his vocals. Can’t wait to enjoy this one.
- Three Days Grace – Outsider – (RCA Records): I have had two heavy and two soft albums and now back to heavy with Three Days Grace. I followed them since their debut in 2003 with the song “I Hate Everything About You”. They have given me consistently good albums and I expect nothing less from this hard rock band out of Canada.
- Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides of the Sky – (Experience Hendrix LLC): Jimi Hendrix…worth giving a listen solely for that matter. This is the third and final in a series of unreleased tracks and surprised their have been so many and why did it take so long for them to come out.
- The Fratellis – In Your Own Sweet Time – (Cooking Vinyl): (MOVED TO MARCH 16) And there is still one more I want to hear and that is the Fratellis. When I heard their album Costello Music, I adored their sound and the whole vibe. As a result, I have been absorbing all their albums and this one will be no different.
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams – (Bottleneck Music)
- The Neighbourhood – The Neighbourhood – (Columbia Records)
- Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On! – (Suicidal Records)
- Ministry – AmeriKKKant – (Nuclear Blast)
- Nightwish – Decades – (Nuclear Blast Records)
- David Byrne – American Utopia – (Todomundo LTD)
Welcome to March and Friday New Releases. There is not a ton of new stuff, but hopefully there is something for you. I have a few I will try out, but not super excited about anything. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Leave a comment and let me know if there is anything that you would like or something I missed (which I am sure I missed a lot).
- Andrew W.K. – You’re Not Alone – (Bee & El/Sony): Here is someone we haven’t heard in a long, long while. I am looking forward to explore what he has in store. It is can usually be fun, strange, or who knows what, however, it is usually interesting.
- Michael Schenker Fest – Resurrection – (Nuclear Blast): This should be an very interesting release as well. The guest list is quite impressive and any Schenker fan will love. Guest appearances by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schön along with contributions from three original MSG singers – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley. Plus Doogie White is on it, who plays with Michael in Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock.
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Aldo Nova’s debut album came out in 1981 and it gave him his one and only hit. Yes, he is considered a one-hit wonder. That song was “Fantasy”. The reason he is considered a one hit wonder is the song “Fantasy” was the only song that he released that made it in to the US Top 40 Chart. It reached up to #23. He did have two other singles make the Billboard charts, but they never broke the Top 40. I find that one hit wonder label ridiculous because on the US Mainstream Rock chart he had 3 Top 15 songs…”Fantasy”, “Monkey On Your Back” and “Blood on the Bricks”. The One Hit Wonder status only relates to the US Top 40 chart.
All that aside, let’s talk about the song “Fantasy”. The album version of the song opens the album and is 5:05 in length. The single version that we are discussing from the 45 that I have is a lot shorter at only 3:13, What is the big difference? The opening sequence on the album (and the video) has a a slower build up with the synth sounds creating a helicopter that is flying in and after it lands you have a laser blast that then kicks in to the song. The radio single cuts all that out as well as the last minute of the song which is basically repeating the chorus over and over. It is now short and compact and full of punch.
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I would venture to say that I am not in the same demographic this album is geared towards. I am a 49 year old male who does not frequent dance clubs or listen to much pop radio, but you what? I don’t care. I am really digging this album and the fact I say I am digging this album proves I am not the audience for this music.
The album ‘Blue Madonna’ is BØRNS second full length studio release and a follow-up to his 2015 stellar release ‘Dopamine’. With a name like BØRNS, the sound of his music and his whole style, I thought he was some European act that was breaking in America. Boy, I was wrong. He is actually from Michigan and a full on American.
He has his own style for sure as you can see by that amazing outfit on the cover. I am no where cool enough to pull off that look. BØRNS has a whole androgynous vibe about him as well with his hair, his clothes and his very high vocal range which adds to his mystique. His falsetto will leave Adam Levine very jealous. Now I guess I should talk about the music.
The sound and sonic vibe of the album is a mixture of pop, psychedelic pop and electro-pop. The album is a little moody and dark at times. This is definitely not something I am normally drawn to, but there is something about his songs that attracts me to it. Ever since I heard his first hit “Electric Love” back in 2016, I have been a fan. And with his first single off the album, “Faded Heart”, I was anticipating another great album and I wasn’t disappointed.
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For My Sunday Song #80, I chose the song “Hazard” by Richard Marx. The song was off Marx’s third album ‘Rush Street’ and went on to become his third #1 song on the Adult Contemporary charts.
I love a song that tells an interesting story and this is one of those songs. We all know Marx is an incredible songwriter and if you don’t you must live under a rock. The song “Hazard” tells a great story. It tells the story of a young man, who is an outcast in the town of Hazard, Nebraska. No one seems to like him and they all feel he is a little strange. He meets a girl, Mary, and falls in love, BUT…Mary ends up dead and he is the prime suspect. What also is great about the story is you don’t find out if he did it or not. It leaves you as the listener deciding on your interpretation and whether you feel he did it or not. What do I think? I might tell you later.
The song is at a ballad like pacing, but definitely not a love song. The music and pacing give the song an eerie, dark tone to it which adds to the drama of the song and makes you feel the sadness the main character is feeling at the loss of his love and trying to convince everyone he is innocent. I think it is beautiful.
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Welcome to the last Friday of February for new releases. There isn’t a whole lot of new ones that are peaking my interest. There are a few I will listen to and as usual, they are highlighted in Blue. Let me know if there is something that tickles your fancy or if there was anything that I don’t have on my list. Thanks and have a great weekend.
- Alice Cooper – The Sound of A E.P. – (Edel Germany): Alice Cooper’s latest album ‘Paranormal’ is absolutely stellar. This is really just a single release of “The Sound of A” from that album, but what makes it special is the 4 B-Sides you get as well including Live versions of “The Black Widow”, “Public Animal #9”, “Is It My Body” and “Cold Ethyl”. That makes it worth it!!
- CoreLeoni – The Greatest Hits Part 1 – (Frontiers Records): Leo Leoni, guitarist from the band Gotthard, releases this on the 25th Anniversary of Gotthard to celebrate rock and bring back some songs that Gotthard has left behind. With singer Ronnie Romero taking on the vocals this could be a very interesting project. Worth at least a listen.
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