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Album reviews Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by SaraM » Wed May 29, 2019 9:09 pm

I have to admit I've been stalling because I don't think either are likely to be my sort of thing.

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Thu May 30, 2019 7:51 am

Reviews please

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by SaraM » Thu May 30, 2019 9:42 am

Right, despite multiple attempts, they're not drawing me in. I don't think they're bad, by any means, just not for me.

With the Faith Brothers, again, it's the voice, or manner of singing. It's hard to put my finger on it, but there's an energy about it which I find off putting. It's got it's own sound, so it's better than 2 stars, but I don't actually like it, so can't give it 3.

:star: :star: .5

Similar with Big Country, actually. I wasn't into it at the time, just seeing it as up tempo chart music. That sort of song format is just too derivative, unless you're really bringing something new to it, or have got something unique to say. I associate it with the boring bits at festivals before the metal bands came on.

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by hector » Thu May 30, 2019 2:33 pm

Faith Brothers 'Eventide'

I liked it..... not enough to play it regularly, but enough to give it an airing every now and then.... sound to me sort of like a cross between Paul Heaton (Housemartins) and REM..

:star: :star: :star: .5

Big Country 'Steeltown'

I didn't like Big Country before listening to this, and still not convinced, but I played it a couple of times, but only so long I can cope with the bagpipe effect on the guitar before I get tired of it.....
Not going to be played again in Hectors house

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by faaip » Thu May 30, 2019 7:06 pm

Not gotten round to listening yet, know BC from the 80's of course but they're of their time and incredibly dated when heard on the radio..Maybe the album is different
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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by Muppet the Cat » Thu May 30, 2019 7:23 pm

Apologies 64 and Durly, I've been a bit slow (but not the only one) posting up on these two.

Big Country: Steeltown
The Skids were the second band I ever saw (Lincoln Drill Hall, in 1977/78) and Scared to Dance is one of the best punk/new wave albums of that time IMO, so I've always had a soft spot for Stuart Adamson (who I once met at Munich Airport, whilst returning from a school exchange trip to Germany, when I was 15 - he noticed the Skids badge on my denim jacket).
I loved The Crossing, which I played to death when it came out (but, there's a but coming here)................I never really fell in love with Steeltown. This is notwithstanding the guy in the room next to me in the shared house when I was at Poly was from Corby and so seemingly felt obliged to play it non-stop.
All in all I'd struggle to give it any more than a :star: :star: :star: rating

Will post up the second nomination later. Cooker buzzer, has just gone, my tea's ready !! :)

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by Muppet the Cat » Fri May 31, 2019 6:05 pm

Faith Brothers 'Eventide'

Found this hard going I'm afraid, just didn't do it for me.

Best track IMO is 'Dust In The Soul', but overall just :star: :star:

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown'

Post by 1964white » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:51 am

Durly's nominated albums

Faith Brothers 'Eventide'

5.0 Durly
4.0 64
3.5 Hector
2.5 Sara
2.0 Cat

3.4 Average rating

Big Country 'Steeltown'

5.0 Durly
3.0 64
3.0 Cat
2.5 Hector
2.0 Sara

3.1 Average rating

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown'

Post by 1964white » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:47 am

Billie, Faaip, Ges & Ian to post up their review/ratings on Durly's nominated albums

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Re: Album Club Review - Faith Brothers 'Eventide'/Big Country 'Steeltown' REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:01 am

I'll give the current albums for review a couple more days & then we'll move on to my choices :)

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:33 pm

Sorry Durly, sadly only five reviews on your selected choices

At least the average rating for both albums were above 3

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by faaip » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:54 pm

1964white wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:33 pm
Sorry Durly, sadly only five reviews on your selected choices

At least the average rating for both albums were above 3
Bit busy with drafting at the minute and to be honest neither album grabbed me. Obviously remember Big Country from the Eighties but they always seemed a bit forced and second rate Skids...Bit like Foo Fighters and Nirvana, the copy not as good as the original.
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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:59 pm

faaip wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:54 pm
Bit busy with drafting at the minute and to be honest neither album grabbed me. Obviously remember Big Country from the Eighties but they always seemed a bit forced and second rate Skids...Bit like Foo Fighters and Nirvana, the copy not as good as the original.
Drafting or grafting mate :)

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by faaip » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:02 pm

Drafting ...busy part of the season and this year they're all coming at once
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Post by 1964white » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:53 pm

Cat's nominated albums

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

5 Cat
5 Haighy
4 Ges
4 64
4 Sara
3 1304
2.5 Ian
1 Faaip
0 Rat

3.2 Average Rating

Manic Street Preachers - Lifeblood

4.5 Cat
4 64
3 Mrs 64
2.5 Ian
2 Faaip
2 1304
2 Sara

2.9 Average Rating

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Pearl Jam 'Ten'

5 Ges
5 Faaip
3.5 Ian
3.5 Sara
3 64
2 Hector
1 Cat

3.3 Average Rating

Counting Crows 'August and Everything After'

5 Ges
5 Faaip
5 64
3 Sara
2 Ian
2 Cat
1 Hector

3.3 Average Rating

Hector's nominated albums

David Bowie 'Low'

5.0 Hector
5.0 64
4.0 Sara
3.5 Cat
3.0 Ges
2.5 Faaip
2.0 Ian

3.6 Average Rating

Sparks 'Kimono My House'

5.0 Hector
4.0 64
3.5 Ian
3.5 Sara
3.0 Cat
3.0 Ges
3.0 Faaip

3.6 Average Rating

Ian's nominated albums

Bruce Springsteen 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'

5.0 Billie
5.0 64
4.5 Ian
3.0 Faaip
3.0 Ges
2.5 Hector
2.0 Sara
2.0 Cat

Average rating 3.4

The Stone Roses 'The Stone Roses'

4.5 Cat
4.0 Ian
3.5 64
3.0 Ges
2.0 Faaip
2.0 Sara
2.0 Hector

Average rating 3.0

Sara's nominated albums

Talk Talk 'Spirit Of Eden'

5.0 Sara
5.0 64
5.0 Durly
4.0 Ges
4.0 Hector
4.0 Ian
4.0 Cat

4.4 Average Rating

Calexico 'Algiers

5.0 Sara
4.0 64
4.0 Faaip
3.5 Hector
3.5 Cat
3.0 Ges
2.0 Ian

3.6 Average Rating

Faaip's nominated albums

Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo

5.0 Faaip
5.0 Sara
5.0 1304
4.5 Ges
4.0 64
4.0 Durly
3.5 Hector
3.0 Cat

4.3 Average Rating

Almost Killed Me - The Hold Steady

5.0 Faaip
5.0 64
4.0 1304
4.0 Durly
4.0 Ges
3.0 Sara
1.5 Cat
1.0 Hector

3.4 Average Rating

Durly's nominated albums

Faith Brothers 'Eventide'

5.0 Durly
4.0 64
3.5 Hector
2.5 Sara
2.0 Cat

3.4 Average rating

Big Country 'Steeltown'

5.0 Durly
3.0 64
3.0 Cat
2.5 Hector
2.0 Sara

3.1 Average rating

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:35 pm

We go again with two of my all-time favourite albums. Go gentle on me

Wishbone Ash 'Argus'

From 1972 'Argus' is the third album by the underrated twin-guitar orientated rock band Wishbone Ash. It is their most commercially and critically successful album. One of few bands to have a top three album with no chart success in the singles charts. I could have gone for any one of their first three albums, all superb in their own right

:star: :star: :star: :star: :star:

The Delines 'The Imperial'

From 2019 'The Imperial' is very likely to be my album of the year as I've not stop playing this beautiful masterpiece of an album since I first heard it four months ago. Country soul at it's best, melodic & dreamy. A real grower!

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Post by SaraM » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:24 pm

Not listened to early Wishbone Ash since I gave up my vinyl. Happy to remake the acquaintance. Had a little listen to the Delines when you first mentioned them and liked what I heard.

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by Durly » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:34 pm

The Delines album is also my album of the year so far. Willy Vlautin is my favourite current songwriter and can do very little wrong in my world. This builds on the success of their excellent debut 'Colfax' and adds more piano, keyboards and trumpet to create a sumptuous record.
Amy Boon's voice is gold and works perfectly with Willy's lyrics about the mostly ignored, blue collar America that struggles to make ends meet.
Full of dysfunctional characters but full of warmth. The whole album is great but the title track takes the breath away with the story of a woman meeting up with her old lover after he has spent 10 years in prison and she's moved onto a more stable but obviously less passionate relationship. "So let's have one last drink.....hold my hand under the table before I leave....".........Heartbreaking and wonderful

5 Stars.

Will have a go on Wishbone in the next couple of days and report back. A band whose name I know very well but know very little about their actual music.
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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by 1964white » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:49 pm

Durly wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:34 pm
The Delines album is also my album of the year so far. Willy Vlautin is my favourite current songwriter and can do very little wrong in my world. This builds on the success of their excellent debut 'Colfax' and adds more piano, keyboards and trumpet to create a sumptuous record.
Amy Boon's voice is gold and works perfectly with Willy's lyrics about the mostly ignored, blue collar America that struggles to make ends meet.
Full of dysfunctional characters but full of warmth. The whole album is great but the title track takes the breath away with the story of a woman meeting up with her old lover after he has spent 10 years in prison and she's moved onto a more stable but obviously less passionate relationship. "So let's have one last drink.....hold my hand under the table before I leave....".........Heartbreaking and wonderful

5 Stars.

Will have a go on Wishbone in the next couple of days and report back. A band whose name I know very well but know very little about their actual music.
Their debut 'album' Colfax is equally beautiful, it's a long time since two albums have totally captured my heart, delectable gorgeous music 8-)

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Re: Album Club Review - Wishbone Ash 'Argus'/Delines 'The Imperial'REVIEWS PLEASE

Post by faaip » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:00 pm

Delines and the Imperial

First listen right through and to be honest I thought I was listening to Etta James (the amount of times I started to sing I'd rather go blind was silly to start) and I just couldn't shake the feeling I'd heard it all before. Lyrics were interesting, poetic without always hitting their mark for me, sometimes forced, sometimes run on..... A bit West Coast/Alt Country the actual music isn't anything special probably heard a million times before. It's the voice and hit and miss lyrics that lift it slightly above the ordinary.



stand out was Roll back my life, Eddie and Polly may grow and I could take half and leave half tbh...

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