Archive for April 8th, 2006

April 8, 2006

EDITORS – All Sparks (2x CD & 7″ Single)

All Sparks CoverKitchenware Records SKCD84 / SKCD842 / SKX84: 27th March 2006
1. All Sparks (Single Version)
"You're answering questions that have not yet been asked"
2. The Diplomat
"As her mouth moves, the hate begins to go"
3. From The Outside
"What a time to go, when he needs you so"
4. All Sparks (Cicada Remix)
"You burn like a bouncing cigarette on the road"
5. Someone Says (Acoustic)
"There's beauty in the lonely, you're the moonlight in this town"

'All Sparks' already sounded great on the Editors' album. But after hearing this new powerful version it sounds a bit thin and tinny in comparison. The Cicada Remix turns it into an Electro pop dance floor song. It sounds a bit too much like the kind of crappy dance music that goes straight to number 1 just by having some girls rubbing their breasts on the camera (Okay, rant over, on with the review).

'The Diplomat' is a song about a girl that's seemingly able to bring calm to the most aggravated situations. I love the way he reverentially sighs "You're an angel". I've listened to this a few times and it already sounds like some sort of stadium conquering anthem. 'From The Outside' isn't as good as 'The Diplomat' but it's still a respectable entry in Editors' canon of B-Sides. It seems to be about observing the collapse of someone else’s relationship. Thank god Editors are one of the few artists that care about b-sides.

'Someone Says' is about a person getting mixed up with something they shouldn't and you can't do anything to stop them. This acoustic version gives the song and Tom Smith's vocal room to breathe. Editors Website / Editors MySpace Page / Editors Fan Site

April 8, 2006

FRANZ FERDINAND – The Fallen / L. Wells (CD & 2x 7″ Single)

The Fallen, L Wells CoverDomino RUG219CD: 3rd April 2006
1. The Fallen
"So they say you're trouble boy, because you like to destroy, things that bring the idiots joy"
2. The Fallen (Ruined By Justice)
"I'm the word, the word is destroy"
3. L. Wells
"In the bright cold air, you seem as innocent and fair, as Rita Tushingham in 1961"
4. Jeremy Fraser
"What can you do when you’re left with a stare, and a bleeding heart"
5. Brown Onions
"Instrumental"

As you're probably already aware, 'The Fallen' is the best thing that Franz Ferdinand have ever done. It appears here in it's original version and a slightly shortened radio edit.

The version by Justice might just be the best remix you're going to hear all year. It cuts up Alex's vocal like a mad sword-wielding maniac. It then places it over an entirely new retro electronic backing with some extra drums and guitars. The bit at 2.13 where it sounds like Alex is some demented robot whose head is about to explode is amazing.

'L. Wells' is the other track in this so called "Double A-Side" and is about a girl called Lynsey Wells that the Franz boys have placed on a bit of a pedestal. At first I had a violent allergic reaction to this song because it's very different to anything that they've done before. Then I read the lyrics and realised they we're really good. So I went back to the music to see if maybe my first reaction was wrong. They've dispensed with the cold Art Rock sound that's previously suited them so well. It reminds me of The Beatles, The Kinks and two thirds through of Tubular Bells. I was wrong, this is a classic B-Side, but maybe not quite worthy of A-Side status.

Nick takes over lead vocals on 'Jeremy Fraser' which is about a schoolboys death. It's got a woozy fairground music feel to it. If you weren't told you'd probably not realise this was Franz Ferdinand at all.

As you might guess from the title, 'Brown Onions' is an Instrumental. It's damn good, especially at 2.03 when it cuts back to the bass guitar. Then a guitar comes in that sounds a bit like the Sesame Street theme.

The Fallen (Ruined By Justice)

Franz Ferdinand Website / Franz Ferdinand Fan Site

April 8, 2006

LARRIKIN LOVE – Edwould (CD & 2x 7″ Single)

Edwould CoverInfectious Records WEA403CD / WEA403 / WEA403X: 3rd April 2006
1. Edwould
"I've penned your poison 1000 times, you think you're mighty, I believe you're a swine"
2. It's A Long Way Home To Donegal
"We'll fight with our fists, swallow our fears, we'll be strong"
3. The Very Sad Ballad Of Brutus From No.72
"Shut up you I'm strawberry blonde, out in the alley I'm like the Fonz"
4. Edshould (Statik Remix)
"You are a disgusting child, I think so, everybody thinks so"

'Edwould' is the third single by Larrikin Love, who are like Babyshambles but, good. In the lyrics, Edward Larrikin gives himself a right going over. It's like a British version of Gogol Bordello and therefore, fantastic.

On the record sleeve it says that 'It's A Long Way Home To Donegal' is an 'Old Irish standard' by Max Smoke. However, I can't find any trace of an original so maybe it isn't. It also says it was recorded on 'One drunken evening' and probably sounds better when inebriated. Brilliantly a minute before the end it suddenly changes into the Pogues.

'The Very Sad Ballad Of Brutus From No.72' is a short nursery rhyme like song in the style of Syd Barrett’s 'Bike'. It's about having an argument with a ginger cat called Brutus. It was recorded in Jamie T's bedroom and is rather weird and wonderful.

Statik's Dub Remix is re-titled 'Edshould' and brings forward the bass to great effect. It reminded me of Babyshambles's 'Pentonville' but once again, it's actually good.

Larrikin Love Website / Larrikin Love MySpace Page