And so ends the Diwali weekend, I’m sure all of you had a great one and are now back to the long week ahead. But yet in an upbeat mood because more celebrations are on their way. Christmas, New Years etc. So for this week here are some song selections off the top of my head to keep you in the zone.
Desire – U2. In three minutes the boys from Dublin send out some killer rock n roll.
Footloose – Kenny Loggins. An all-time hit, you can’t just help dancing to this one.
Black Velvet – Alannah Myles. One of the great tributes to Elvis and that killer bassline.
Working Day and Night – Michael Jackson. A killer groove and a ‘still’ adolescent Michael bring the magic to this one.
Only The Young - Brandon Flowers. From his solo album, this is my current favourite.
Walk The Line – Johnny Cash. The song that keeps me going through it all.
Hazy Shade Of Winter – The Bangles. A great cover of the Paul Simon classic, makes me long for this weather in Mumbai.
Cloudy – Simon and Garfunkel. This one just flows from the last one. Look up to the sky when you listen to this.
That’s all folks, see you next week…if I may say so.
Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny
The Incredible Machine
Country music is one of the huge forces that govern American Music as we know it and proof is repeatedly given. Here once again the fab duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush bring some superb power to the genre. This is some hard country stuff, the opening track, ‘All We Are’ is a superb power scorcher that will make your heart soar. And after listening to this one I must say that although the album technically fits into the country genre, it is nothing like it. There is no whining and pining. No long drawn stories of sad cowboys. It is pop, rock, punk, and rock n roll all wrapped up in a country heart.
An Incredible album.
What do The Beatles, The Eagles, Leonard Cohen, Bill Withers, The Byrds… have in common? All of them have songs covered by the ‘Jewish Elvis’, Neil Diamond in his latest album a collection of covers of some of his favourite songwriters. I find it interesting when a stalwart artist decides to cover iconic songs that we all know so well. I know there will be some unique interpretations and renditions that will amaze and amuse me. So get ready to hear, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Hallelujah’ ‘I’m A Believer’ (which he actually wrote) and a few other gems sung in the inimitable baritone of Neil Diamond. And be amazed or amused, I leave it to you.
Rating- ** and half
After many soft releases of demos and EP’s, Kolkata rockers finally get a wide release of their first full length album on a bonafide label. The band has good musicians on board and a lot of that comes through here. The songwriting weaves in and out of various influences from Pearl jam grunge to Rage Against The Machine rap to straight up emo-rock. And while it’s all good while it lasts, therein lies the rub. Indian bands have a tough time shedding their influences and inspirations much at the expense of their creative output. And while I don’t support most of the musical choices here, I will still be happy that an Indian band that is not amongst the ‘campism’ that plagues Indian rock (yes it does!) stands heads above it all with an album they can be proud of. Now let the next one better this.
Get In the Ring!
Gimme some truth
John lennon (4cd boxset)
A lot of releases in various formats have hit stores worldwide in celebration of John’s 70th birthday. One of them is this lovely four-disc set of Lennon’s post-Beatles solo work separated and programmed in to four themes that defined his later life. Disc one is titled ‘Working Class Hero’, which collects his songs about the human condition in relation to the outside world. Disc two is called ‘Woman’ which feature all his songs about the women in his life, be it his mother, his aunt; ex-wife, Cynthia and mostly Yoko. Disc three is John’s philosophical ruminations, the really personal thoughts. And finally disc four, ‘Roots’, is John’s influences, his tributes and covers of classics that influenced him growing up.
This is a wonderful way for the new generation to get to know a man who loved life unconditionally and abundantly.
John Lennon Lives On!!