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New Album. U2. Songs of Innocence.

10 Sep

So U2 surprised everybody with a sudden release of their newest offering Songs of Innocence exclusively on iTunes free for all the world to download. My hopes from January of this year for a completely un-hyped release came true giving fans a chance to judge the album on the music and nothing else. The release without any sort of build up is perfect no reviews to tell you what to think in advance, no time to re-new your hate of Bono (if your that way inclined), just the music to instantly hear and evaluate for yourself.

There’s no denying how huge it is when U2 release an album, this morning I walked the aisles of the dart and looked at so many people’s ipod screen displaying the new U2 digital album cover as they listened. A simple hand written vinyl record sleeve emphasising that that this is about the music and nothing more.

U2 Songs of Innocence

Today will be a day spent listening to the album and from my first cursory auditory glance its sounding good getting back to writing songs about real things from life, its not caught up in trying to sound like a “U2” album a lot less self indulgent than the usual ageing rock-star releases.

It’s looking like the first of a series of albums set to be released with this being mainly about the band and its members early existence in the 70’s in Dublin.

I won’t go into any more detail as I’m sure it will be reviewed to death and plenty reviews will struggle to be about the music and not the band. So have a listen for yourself and decide for yourself, because they have already made the money from itunes and the rest is just a gift for us to hear.

Listen to its first radio play exclusively by Dave Fanning here.


7 O’Clock Start – Gypsy Rebel Rabble.

20 Jan

Check out the gorgeous single ‘7 O’Clock Start’ from Gypsy Rebel Rabble released just before Christmas. A dark and wonderful song with a dark and beautifully shot video to go with it.
Gypsy Rebel Rabble deliver a kind of punk/country/folk with double bass, violin and beautiful harmonies delivered with punk style and energy. The song’s lyrics are full of hints of violence ‘I drove the car for the man with the black black heart’. The singer tells his story of being on the edge of something more sinister and trying to stay there, without getting sucked further in, the sentiment echoed perfectly in the video.
The intro builds with drums and some amazing violin before the restrained spoken/sang lead vocals arrive. The harmonies are perfect harping back to the 50’s/60’s of music while the song stays rooted in something more modern.

The chorus screams Aracade Fire with the lead vocals having a very Win Butler style which suits the restrained urgency in the lyrics. It’s the perfect song for the current popular culture trend towards story’s in television like Breaking Bad, Love/Hate and movie Drive. The dark themes of people falling and jumping into lives of crime and violence all captured in the sound and style of the song. Not to mention its damn catchy.

Gypsy Rebel Rabble have released two videos including this one as they gear up to the release of the Bastard Baby Brown EP which is due for release at the beginning of this year.
Check out their up-coming gigs to catch their energetic live performances here.

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