KMA Sunday Service 16
Thank you for once again joining the congregation at our Sunday KMA Service, where we give thanks for that which Keeps Us Alive (that sweet, sweet music!!).
This week was full of musical greatness. Sometimes it just all falls together, and this was one of those weeks! Some of it fell together drunkenly… READ ON!
In honour (and may he RIP) to Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor (1954-2015), here’s a Sunday Funny for you!
1) This week’s WOM is brought to you by the letter “J.” No, not our illustrious Reader (and new Daddy) J. The letter J. And only for CD and CS. LP still to come…
2) \m/ \m/
As you know, I’ve been working at the library for the past couple of weeks. There’s a guy who comes in every morning right at opening, gets onto the computer and fires up Youtube. With the headphones on, he rocks Motörhead at really high volume, swaying his body and banging his head to the music. He does this for his full hour session on the computer.
Later this week, he upped his game. He started singing along. We were working away and suddenly heard “I swung a saber and I was a young Hussar / I was a Cossack, fighting for the Czar / I was a Viking, Berserker from the North / A Roman Gladiator murdered just for sport… I was with Bonaparte I died at Waterloo / I was a Frankish Knight, a Polish Jew…”*
…which was right around the time where one of the library staff asked him to keep it down.
I’ve taken to calling him Motörhead Man. I like him, and I think he’s making excellent use of the library’s resources.
* from the song Death Or Glory, on the 1993 Bastards album.
And now let’s get to what I had in my ears this week!
Baroness – Yellow & Green
I’ve been rocking all the Baroness I have, in preparation for the release of Purple on December 18. As for this record, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it but it’s a lot. Pure love, that’s what I have for this 2cd set.
Everyone should own it. Just WOW!
Them Crooked Vultures – S/T
Got this, in great shape, at the thrift shop (I know!). Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul frickin’ Jones. It rocks, it grooves, it swings, it’s a little bit off-kilter (in a good way)… Lots to love here. It’s an involved listen, not something for background music. Another strength, beyond everything already mentioned, is that it harkens back to a 70s rawk album feel (the JPJ connection perhaps), with enough to keep it feeling updated too. This record is a heavy trip. I really enjoyed it.
Tom Cochrane – Take It Home
I got this for $6.99 as a new release (the week it came out), thinking they were nuts for selling it so low. And then I played it and was blown away. And with each subsequent play, it only gets stronger. WHAT A RECORD! I wrote more about this, and erased it all. Here’s what counts: Without hyperbole, this is pure greatness from a master.
Instant classic. GET THIS!
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
I don’t know how many times I’ve spun this CD, but every time I do, it’s like a visit from an old friend. You know that comfortable feeling of familiarity and real quality, the conversation picking up like no time has lapsed since the last time you saw them. Not a bad song here, hell, not even a mediocre track either. I’ve probably already told you all how much I love this album.
If I had to pick a Lucinda record to recommend to someone, this would be it.
And finally, I reward Scott’s patience (impatience?) with my (yes) Drunk Review of the new Def Leppard record…
Def Leppard – Def Leppard
This merlot is making me feel warm and expansive. Yes! I was really tired when I started drinking, and I’ve gone past tired into this wonderful haze state of happily typing. This oughta be FUN. Will it be coherent? Who the fuck knows?
I must preface this by saying that my knowledge of DL ends at Pyromania, except for the hits after that. Mike sent me a Sparkle album that was later in the years but it’s not hitting my mind right now. Anyway, I own only the first three records. If that helps. I am aware of their SOUND, anyway.
Now, Deke says I don’t need to be drinking to hear this record and like it. Fair enough. Scott says I should try it drunk, as he found the record a little same-y. Mike’s holding off on buying it, and Jompa gave it an 8/10. What will I think from within my cups (and oh baby I am WELL into my cups)? Just gotta give ‘er…
Here’s a track-by-track…
Let’s Go fades in and asks me if I really want to do this now? Um, yes? Unless it’s inconvenient for your schedule, I mean, I could maybe do this another day? Not really an auspicious question to start an album, such dumb lyrics, but hey. Haha no matter, it’s Pour Some Sugar On Me, with some weird Kelly Clarkson “oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” pasted into the chorus of it. The acoustic breakdown and spacey lyrics in the middle are superfluous. But holy hell, I know this song and I’ve never heard it before! It’s pure DL and that isn’t a bad thing. They do what they do because what they do works (and sells records, except to Mike).
Dangerous has an awesome riff and I like the drums. Chuggy punk rock by Def Leppard. Good energy and drive. I like this track. The guitars in the background are busy in excellent ways. Is this a single? It should be. Holy hell this would’ve sold a shit-ton of copies in the 90s.
Man Enough has a 70s funk bass intro. Hello Sly Stone! Well, we’ve shifted gears without a clutch but I can dig it. It builds, but the pay off is a bit thin, sterile. I like the guitars but wow it sounds over-produced somehow. Haha it’s DL. Of course it is! Am I man enough? Ask around. Fuckin’ right I am. Now, am I man enough to be your girl? Depends on who’s asking, big boy! Also, sort of a fun play on Pearl Jam’s Hail, Hail lyrics, where they ask if you’re “woman enough to be my man.”
We Belong is the mid-tempo rawk ballad that builds and lifts us up with U2-esque guitars. It’s alright, but I feel like I’ve heard this song before. It has a big, echoey sound to it, if nothing else.
Invincible has a good start from the battery, it promises a peppy punky tune. It flips into decent 80s DL rawk soon enough. The verses have more bite than the chorus but hey, we’re millionaires selling records based on a sound we’ve perfected. LOVE US!
Sea Of Love is not a Honeydrippers cover, as I hoped it might be. Instead, it’s a big rawk tune that chug rawks its way through funky-enough verses to a typical DL lite chorus. Again they do this to me. I know it’s the chorus that sells, but you can’t have a riff like that in the verses and instrumental bits and then go all pussy in the chorus. Dudes! Seriously! Cut out the choruses and this song rocks well.
Energized is bad electronic whatever with lyrics pasted in yet maintaining the DL sound. All at mid-tempo MAYBE. Then the chorus says they’re felling “energized” but I ain’t feeling it! Holy Savage Garden (as covered by DL), Batman!
All Time High brings the rock. I actually sat up a bit at this intro, it’s got a great energy. Again the chorus sort of makes it radio-ready, but I like the rest. A lot. Maybe a fave track here.
Battle Of My Own brings the acoustic guitar Led Zeppelin-style. But the vocals are DL! WTF! Wait, I need more wine… Ah, that’s better… except they’re still doing Zep. Does Zep know about this? You’ve got “a battle of my own,” have you? Hm. A big fan of Zep and wanna show it (and capitalize on it) somehow, is that your battle? Zep, Zep, Zep.
Broke ’N’ Brokenhearted is balls-out rawk. Let’s just go, and I love how he so prettily sings the first verse. It take a bit out of the bite. The chorus (again) makes it blah. This deep into it, though, I can’t even complain about the choruses anymore. I know what they’re doing. They put all the hard work and gritty stuff into the verses and solos (like here, nice solo!) and then the chorus sells records to even they unwary passersby. He’s singing about “you’ve got no soul!” but I don’t think he’s dumb enough, at this point, to be referencing himself?
Forever Young has a cool switch in time signature/ear trick thing going on. It hangs there and then rocks up on you even though you think it shouldn’t work. Also, I don’t want to be forever young. Not unless I can know then what I know now.
Last Dance. Ah. The acoustic ballad. So middle of the road, so full of cliched lyrics, I skipped ahead and didn’t miss a goddamn thing.
Wings of An Angel is totally owned by the guitar. It’s a DL rock song, but nothing else they do here can hold a frickin’ candle to that guitar. Yes yes yes to the guitar here.
Blind Faith is not a tribute to the band. Instead, he’s still asking if this is really all just whatever and whatever. Dude, seriously, you’ve been doing this so long, is this the best you can do, lyrically? You don’t still believe this shit is deep, do you? You aren’t still slipping notes into high school lockers are you (because that’s just wrong)? This track? I like the pay off (with the record’s only falsetto) at the end. But the rest of it is meh. Not enough wine to sell it to me tonight.
I am really fucking drunk. I hope this has been comprehensible.I feel really good. This hasn’t happened in a very long while. You know, for all of that, I liked this record. But only in so far as I know DL and my own expectations were totally met (because it sounded like what I expected it would). Those who know the difference between albums might say differently. Thanks to Deke for making sure that these tunes got into my ears! And thanks to everyone else for their reviews, which I’m gonna go back and read a little more closely no that I’ve been through it myself. Also, I’ll do it sober, tomorrow. Not now. Right now I’m gonna go lie down and sleep the sleep of the dead.
We’d like to thank you very much for joining us for another KMA Sunday Service. We hope you enjoyed your stay, and that you’ll leave a small offering of a comment or two in the comment collection plate as it is passed around, though of course, as always, this is merely a suggestion and not an obligation. We invite you all to join us again next week, when we once again bring you the KMA Sunday Service!