Archive

The Moment

Review Type:

Artist:

I read a review of this album which said it was very good, so I requested a copy for Xmas. Life was complex and it took me nearly 2 weeks before I had a listen. I wasn't terribly happy as I hit play but I was smiling half way through the first track When the Moment Comes. Half way through the next track Pistol I was practically dancing as I walked down the street with headphones on. Up until this point the music was great but the vocals occupied a relatively narrow, gravelly range - no complaints, but my expectations were set.

Wrecking Ball

Review Type:

Wrecking Ball is Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album and, wow, is he angry. This is an album about the current state of the US, the lack of accountability for and following the global financial crisis, a lack of hope, and then, perhaps, hope for the future. The production is big, stadium-like rock but with enough layers to make it interesting. The lyrics are comparatively simple compared to some of Springsteen's earlier storytelling. The musical influences vary from rock, though country, Irish folk, gospel, country and R&B.

Sing In My Meadow

Review Type:

When Sing In My Meadow, the third installment in Cowboy Junkies' 4 part Nomad Series, was released I downloaded it (from the Cowboy Junkies clubhouse - surprise, surprise: I bought a subscription), got busy with other things and promptly forgot about it for a week. I had heard various rough mixes on the Junkies blog and had been wondering how it would fit together as an album.

I'm The Luckiest - 2012-05-23 mix

Performance:

Date: 
2012-05-23 to 2012-06-23

Pia and I gave up playing together some time ago. We're citing "musical differences"... and, I suppose, hectic lifestyles. Here's an epilogue: a relatively epic demo of I'm The Luckiest, scraped together from bits and pieces that I had around the place.

Jen and The Passing Acquaintances

Performance:

Date: 
2012-04-26

A few of us (Keith Matthews, Craig Birnie, Abhi Chatterjee and myself) have been getting together to play some music in recent months. A couple of months ago we asked Jenny Norman to come and sing with us. Jen already had plans to head to the UK to meet up with her partner Matt, so we decided to see what we could get done in the time before she was due to leave. We managed to fit in a few practices and then make this 1/2 hour appearance at the Pot Belly Bar's weekly Muso's Night.

Demons

Review Type:

When I first read that Demons, the second album in Cowboy Junkies 4 part Nomad Series, would be a collection of covers of songs written by some guy called Vic Chestnutt I was disappointed. I had never heard of Chestnutt and I was hoping for more original material penned by Junkies songwriter Michael Timmins... so I decided that 3 out of 4 (in the series) wouldn't be a bad outcome.

Renmin Park

Review Type:

Renmin Park is Cowboy Junkies first album in their 4 part Nomad Series, recorded to mark 25 years together as a band. This is a very good album and I like it a lot... but it doesn't sit comfortably with me in quite the same way as every other Cowboy Junkies album I own (i.e. most of them). I guess that this might be because it is "the experimental one" in the series and I see Cowboy Junkies as a guitar-based band. This album has many Chinese influences, based on songwriter Michael Timmins' extended stay in China.

Big Cool Lizard King

Performance:

Date: 
2006-11-20

At practice sessions with The Taken we sometimes used to get into a groove on a random jam - Richard Pearce really liked doing this when he sat in with us. On some of these jams I felt I couldn't contribute much on guitar so I would stick to vocals: channeling Jim Morrison and doing a "streams of consciousness" thing. This track is one of those things... perhaps best kept in the archive... apart from its entertainment value! ;-)

Closer To You

Performance:

Date: 
2007-10-16

Kelly originally showed me lyrics for Closer To You back in 2005. She asked me if I might be able to fit them to some interesting music. Although it probably wasn't what she expected, I turned it into a big pop or soft-rock ballad, which I like to think is in the style of some of Diane Warren's big ballads. However, it was too long and it was boring. Keith helped to tighten it up, removing a verse or so, and tweaking the spacing between verses and choruses.

Cover My Eyes - 2011-04-04 mix

Performance:

Date: 
2011-04-04

Cover My Eyes is another one of Pia's excellent songs. This song examines toxic relationships.

Most of the recording was done last Monday. I recorded my backing vocals and redid the bass on Friday. Tonight Pia re-recorded her main guitar, fixed a problem in the lead vocals and remixed it to pace the song better.

Pages