The barely-hanging-togetherness of Sometimes I Forget You're Gone is something special.
Doesn't quite top The Things We Make for me, but then very few albums do. A couple of things I want to add about the album:
'Ten Places To Die' is so much more than a laidback interlude, it's a classic example of what they did best: sustaining an atmosphere while steadily cranking a song up and up.
'100 & Something Foxhall Road' is one of the simplest, most direct songs they ever wrote, and there's an emotional punch to it that never fails to move me. Once of the most wonderful closing tracks I can think of.
I hope she does a live DVD of this like she's done for other albums, especially as this one is quite the spectacle.
The song 'Rise' from 2002's Evil Heat was originally called 'Bomb The Pentagon', and was reworked following the 9/11 attacks. Think that's your answer right there.
Completely failed to clock the Spotify link at the beginning of the article (or forgot about it once I'd read to the end)! Cheers.
Looking forward to the future articles: Mozart & Bach are the only ones of those that I know in any depth whatsoever.
Have you planned out who else you're going to be covering in future articles?
This might be asking way too much, but it'd be really useful if you could give Spotify links to (or just recommend) particular recordings/performers. I know from my explorations of other composers just how much the wrong performance can kill a piece.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jclc3fq3Z7s (from http://news.qthemusic.com/2011/05/david_thomas_broughton_-_river.html)
One of the most interesting and entertaining people out there at the moment. I can't hear this album soon enough!
Giving it a whirl now; it does sound very much like a continuation of The Earth...
Got mine off Boomkat earlier
that you can have the identikit festival experience if that's what you want. Just camp somewhere near the main stages and don't bother investigating the site much more beyond those.
But the key thing is that there's so much more going on than that. For me, Glastonbury is about exploring all the nooks and crannies on the fringe of the site, that you just don't get at Reading, V et al. Out there, the festival's just as eclectic, weird and entertaining as it always has been.
Two of my favourite eateries
Will have a look out for the own-name records, ta.
They were playing over the stereo in Resident the other week and I bought it on impulse. The fact that it has a Tiny Vipers vocal on one track is the icing on the cake.
but it's a shame that there's that bloody great pillar in the middle of the room that at least partly obstructs the view for over half the people. Still a lot better than the arrangment they had before though; I remember one Electrelane gig I went to where I could hear but not see them because I couldn't actually get into the same room.
Managed to get my mitts on a copy of the 7", but only got round to listening to it at the weekend. It's a real slow-burner of a song, like it a lot.
There's no way I'm not going to this. Unless everyone snaps up tickets before I get the chance.
But I'm not sure yet whether that's going to turn into love at some point like it has with previous albums.
Also, what's with the lack of love for Horses In The Sky? I think it's one of their very best...
The Fleece one should be great for all you Bristolians too. Saw Godspeed... there way back when; fantastically intimate venue.
Really looking forward to the new record (and the show in the Freebutt)
I've just pre-ordered the shit out of the album
Though Blue Notebooks and Songs From Before come close, I think he's yet to top it.
This one is as good as ever. Really looking forward to tonight's show.
That was a pretty special moment, so could be worth a listen if they manage to pull off the full album.
The Union Chapel is a perfect venue for them.
Though unfortunately I'm going to have to 'cos I preordered it from Sub Pop so it's got to come over from the US.
Hands Across The Void is stunning, so I've got high hopes.