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****************************************************************** GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS NEWSLETTER ***************************************************************** Volume 2, Issue 7 September 10, 1990 ------------------------- ALBUM REVIEWS ================= ****************************************************************** Welcome back to the Rock and Roll Newsletter Album Reviews. If you'd care to look over the reviews for August, I've zipped 'em up and put them in the IBM Textfiles directory. The name of the file is ALBUM_2.ZIP. As well you'll find ALBUM_1.ZIP, which contains the reviews from April to mid July. As you know, we're posting a current and a classic album review in this section. This week I'll review Cheap Trick's latest release, "Busted". As well we'll take a look back at Kate Bush's 1985 L.P. "Hounds of Love". Hope you enjoy, and keep calling!! Anyway, on with the stuff for this week... ***************************************************************** CURRENT ALBUM ================= CHEAP TRICK +++++++++++++++ BUSTED ++++++++++ "Busted" is the recent release by power pop band "Cheap Trick". This is marks the second album they've made since reuniting with bassist Tom Petersson. It follows the immensely successful "Lap of Luxury". Cheap Trick first came out in the early seventies out of New England. They immediately grabbed attention for their catchy brand of pop rock as well as their zany image, mostly perpetuated by leader and nut-bar supreme, Rick Nielson. The one thing that always set them apart from other groups was the sheer strength and versatility of the lead singer, Robin Zander. He's been known as "the man of a million voices". In the first part of their career their style was a combination of new wave and hard rock with a touch of Beatles influence thrown in. Lately, they've been concentrating on the pop-rock side of their style. "Busted" follows the latter pattern. Personally, I liked them better when they were a little rougher around the edges. "In Colour and Black and White", Heaven Tonight" and "Dream Police" are L.P.'s which rock far more than their recent material. Still, drawing on the strength of Nielson's writing and the power of Zander's voice, they rarely release a weak album. As I've said, "Busted" is basically a power pop album, but it does have a few moments that get down and dirty. The title song "Busted" and "Rock and Roll Tonight" are two that rip and tear. One very interesting song on the album is "Had To Make You Mine". This song oozes Beatles, right down to the twelve string guitar, ala George Harrison and the John Lennon style vocals. For any other band this would be an insult, but for Cheap Trick it only proves the depth of their writing talent. "Cheap" has always had a bit of a juvenile streak to them, more than likely attributed to Rock Nielson who refuses to really grow up. Two songs which illustrate this are "Can't Understand" and "Walk Away". Let me tell you, these guys can never be accused of not covering all the bases!! As like every single album they've ever made, there is at least one genuine killer song. On this L.P. that tune is "Can't Help Falling In Love". It's a can't miss: first rate, and guaranteed to knock your socks off. From the super catchy intro, replete with Tom Petersson's twelve string bass magic, to the unforgettable chorus by Robin Zander this tune is probably one of the best songs of the year. I wouldn't be surprised if it's nominated for a grammy. I'll even take bets on it!!! This album is typical of Cheap Trick's recent work. No curves and no surprises. It sounds somewhat homogenized and tied to a formula. But I will say that when they're good, they're damn great. No other rock band active now can combine commerciality and quality the way "Cheap Trick" does. If all pop music was done this well, the world would be a much better place!!! Just kidding, but really, it beats the tar out of most of the crap out there these days...I might even listen to A.M. once in a while!!! ****************************************************************** CLASSIC ALBUM ================= KATE BUSH +++++++++++++ HOUNDS OF LOVE ++++++++++++++++++ The spirit of the Classic album review has been, up till now to pick an album from the late sixties or anywhere in the seventies. I'm going to make an exception because I believe "Hounds of Love" truly deserves to be considered a classic. It was written and produced entirely by Kate Bush in 1985. It's a beautiful, haunting L.P. that seems almost mystical and medieval. I was never a big fan of Kate's, but this album changed me over totally. She makes use of unique instruments such as balalaika, cello, dijeridu, bouzouki, double bass and various wind pipes and whistles. She combines these with such modern devices as fairlight computer and Linn electronic drums. Her songs range from soft comforting ballads to eerie fairy tale scenes. Lyrically she is as strong on this album as any artist I've ever heard. One song called "Under Ice" is the tale of a little girl skating on a frozen river imagining that something's is trapped below, only to find her imagination has placed her beneath the ice. It is one of the spookiest songs I have ever heard. The single "Running Up That Hill" tells of Kate's attempt to make a pact with God to change places. "Mother Stands For Comfort" is a unforgettable tribute to the comfort that ever Mother gives to her children. "And Dream of Sheep" is one of the prettiest, most soulful ballads around. The whistles at the end will give you goosebumps!! "Cloudbusting" is the true classic on the album. It's beautifully portrayed with airy bells and powerful strings, real and synthesized. It's a fantasy about a land named "Organon" where a young girl's father makes a machine that will mystically induce the clouds to rain. The video that features Donald Sutherland was more a mini play than a music video. Kate Bush takes us back to her childhood in this album. It's a place of dreams, fantastic characters and beautiful imagery. Even looking at a picture of Kate, you can imagine a little girl hiding inside the guise of a faery princess. This L.P. is an absolute must for everyone to at least listen through once. It's captivating and capturing, real and yet unreal. It's fantasy but also recognizes the reality of imagination in all of us... Not a word of a lie... Note: I looked up Dijeridu in my dictionary and couldn't find it, maybe someone could find out what the heck it is for me. More Notes: Try whistling some of the eerier melodies to a cat. They go positively snaky!! : Try listening with headphones!! ****************************************************************** See ya for now. I hope you dug the reviews. These two albums are both excellent. See if you can grab hold of a copy of either. Remember, call back each week and see what the heck is new here.. See ya next week... Rock Star... X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X


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