I wont come back...
Cody ChesnuTT- Ive been life.
The final single from the above album, Ive been life was recorded with a collection of ten musicians in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the place where great soul legends Al Green and Ike and Tina belted out their own classics and it is nice to hear their naturally compelling brand of soul music is still alive and well in todays performers. Eerily, Cody could actually be Marvin Gayes reincarnation- he looks like him, he harks back to Gayes best material (in my opinion, circa Whats going on), he holds a note in the same rhythmic and meaningful way, his lyrics telling a story of a celebration of black culture and more specifically Africa in this track. Yes, a fusion of aural colours, Ive been life is destined to blow away all manner of sad winter moods and get a twinge in the old buttocks as I defy listeners not to want to shake something, justifying that Cody is more than deserving of the praise being heaped upon him. Lets hope that there isnt another ten years before the next track.
Released 18th November, 2013.
I never really liked The Pigeon Detectives. The names just a bit crap, isnt it? They used to write drab indie songs, as I recall, harping back to 2004, though I had all but forgotten them. So I wasnt overjoyed when I received this CD. I literally had to build myself up to listening to it. Weirdly, its not at all what I expected. The clichéd songwriting of their previous three albums has pretty much gone (I know, I never had any idea that they had released so many either), replaced by something much more mature and raw, though not denying their roots. Hurrah.
Julian Casablancas from the Strokes has a new label called Cult Records! Yay! One of his signings is his previously-addled guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr. Again, yay! Seriously. I love The Strokes and Mr Hammond Jr, perhaps not surprisingly, writes songs that sound like them, just without the same vocal crooning of old Jules. He has the same style though and his years of addiction havent done him any harm, no sir. Twit twoo.
And, joy of joys, Rude customer is one of a few songs taken from AHJs EP, er, AHJ and is a catchy sweetly written story about, erm, a rude customer. It doesnt appear to get any deeper than that and why the hell should it? In fact, I am sure there must be a deeper meaning but I dont need to get it. With melodic pop, driven by the trademark sound of AHJs guitar, and working with the same dude who produced Angles a few years ago, simple music likes this keeps me happy and doesnt have to be ruined by a pretentious backstory. I get enough of that from visiting Camden in my lunchhour. Having not released anything since 2008, its a pleasure to have Mr Jr. back on the scene. And if you like this, why not check out St Justice which sees him shagging a supermodel in the video. Ahem. Good song though.
AHJ was released on October 8, 2013.