Up until 2 months ago, this band had somehow had slipped past my knowledge of their existence. However, as things have a way of working out, i found myself at one of their shows (that oddly enough took place 1/2 mile from my flat). And then, that moment hit. Somewhere in between Maja's prowess as a front woman, being mashed between seasoned Sounds fans shouting lyrics, and walking home hungering to find out and listen to this band as much as i could, I crossed my own rubicon. I was a sounds fan, and more than that, i found myself enjoying music more than i had before. This may seem trivial, but for a geeky athletic scientist who sometimes gets into a music rut, this was 10,000 lbs of pipetters and cell culture lifted from my back, free to enjoy and dance. And, i imagine, this may be what the members of The Sounds felt, in producing this album. Free from constraints, utterly inhibited to produce the music they wanted, to promote and tour....They crossed their rubicon, breaking from their labels and constraints. The first track 'no one sleeps when i'm awake' grabs your attention, with jutting vocals and a strong backing, and doesn't let go as you're carried above the crowd into '4 songs & a fight'. From here, enjoy the ride as the sounds explore a new side to their music (from what i in my green appreciation of the sounds can infer), with rifting guitars to an almost trance like mantra of 'crossing the rubicon', a symbol almost of a turning point in their album, as the sounds take to deep lyrical reflections, ending with the soft eerie chords of 'Goodnight Freddy,' a swelling lullaby, sounds style of course.
Overall, I've listened to this album probably 2 dozen times through, from start to finish. And i'm not bored yet. You may disagree with me. And that's ok. I've found a new note of music that jives with me, and there's no turning back.
Their album is out now (and online @ ilike if you want to listen first).....
Awesome Cd...Rundgren does a great job directing the Dolls.
Great review and Buy the cd Friday!
Yes but when you really look at what is out there or is it their you will find that it is the only thing that can be said or done about the whole thing.
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So, I definitely reviewed this record for the Free Times. And I'm sad to see it wasn't ported over, considering it was a much more substantial review. For shame.
i love Del. This album is so sick people should def check it out. He is one of the illest MCs out there. He actually did some dope interviews too. People should show him some love.
lil wayne is the s*it and people be hatin on him i love him his music like what tha hell wayne is crazy bad!!!! who ever dont like it can kiss his azz
lame review -- take another listen, nimrod. maybe for the ADHD generation you sway with, its not for the uppity at heart.
This is a well thought out review. My wife and I are "uber fans" of JJ Grey & Mofro and this article encapsulates why.
Just a little over a year since "Country Ghetto" was released, the guys are back in studio (with a "new" drummer") recording their next. Coming out in Fall '08, no word yet on an exact date, or a name.
There is a new fan site though: www.mofrofans.com
From a couple of huge fans, thanks for letting people know about this awesome band!
yo neyo is so cute guys u know the guy is really talented wit good voice i like him so much wish i could meet him in uganda
Actually, I think the song is about the George Michael who was caught smoking pole in a public bathroom a few years ago.
With regards to the album Tapes 'n Tapes....Is there actually a song on there regarding, George Michael....The singer, songwriter, George Michael, who's about to kick off his U.S. tour....Finished an 80 show SELLOUT of Stadiums and Arenas throughout Europe; headlined as the first to open the brand new Wembley Stadium to a sellout crowd of 72,000 people on June 9, 2008, that a second show was scheduled because of the high demand for the next night to another 72,000 people...If this "so called" song is about THIS George Michael, and it just happens to be a slap in GM's face...then this group needs a wake-up call.
how do you like him NOW???
Turner Cody's new album (First light) will soon be available on http://www.byrecords.com/en/artists/turner-cody
It really must be a big mistake the Willie Nelson label, along with Ryan Adams sought to sign this young man. Not to mention his tour dates with Drive By Truckers, rave reviews and much hard earned lessons in school of hard knocks. Is this music not pop country enough for those who control what passes for country & western these days? Stripped down and dirty, just like Texas Outlaw tradition. Sorry if you don't see the light. Your loss.
I strongly disagree with this writer "connoisseur". This is the best album, songs, and song writer to come along, in a long time.
There is a Ryan Bingham "craze". All the major alternative-country, Texas Country artists have joined together to help get this guy started -- why? Because he is incredible -- the voice -- the stories! He needs to be heard.
Mescalito is his 3rd album. The other 2 were self-produced.
There's a reason Marc Ford (former lead guitarist for The Black Crowes) produced & played on this album. And, there's a reason Marc Ford's incredible son, Elijah is now Ryan Bingham's bassist. They know something you fail to see.
We did this album in one evening on borrowed studio time. It took a week of editing and a buddy to shoot the cover. We had a ball with it. None of us became pros. All have lived normal and great lives. All are not in late 50's. What a way to pass into manhood----.
Good luck to all you aspiring music makers.
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