Album of the year ,so far 2013

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  1. signs

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    I know I have started this very early this year :smashin:, but I thought I should mention the stand out album so far for me ..

    Stereophonics ..graffiti on the train

    Brilliant album :thumbsup:
     
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    Either The Fall of Every Season - Amends, or Riverside - Shrine of new generation slaves
     
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    Riverside - Shrine of the New Generation Slaves. It'll be hard to top it tbh.
     
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    None - its been a terrible year for music so far IMO, the total opposite on last year whereby the end of March half-a-dozen classics had already been released.

    Its seems a lot of the dinosaurs are releasing stuff this year. Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Suede, the list goes on. Its going to be an average year.

    The only LP I have pre-ordered is James Blake.
     
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    Just googled for Riverside - Shrine of new generation slaves to find out what it was. Polish prog-rock?

    Is this some band like Porcupine Tree that everyone raves about, but ends up being way over-rated.
     
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    Porcupine Tree are excellent, as are Riverside. If you don't like 'em that's up to you.

    Over-rated they aren't.
     
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    The "Tree" are very overated! My first exposure to them was watching the live Blu-ray, which to me had a fair range of their material.

    It reminded me of "It Bites" and the worst Trent Reznor-style introspecive teenage-style lyrics I have ever heard!

    Of course lyrics are very subjective and if you can get beyond them I suppose if you really want to. However some singers just somehow increase the focus on how bad they are, and the Tree just did that for me.

    Maybe on record they mix the vocals down a bit, but live it was right-there, in your face. A 40+ man singing songs about, for as far as I was concerned, amounted to nothing more than a lyrical reaction to his mum moaning at him to turn his music down in his bedroom!
     
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    Of course I may of not detected the humour in the band, if you where to say they should be approached like Primus or Half Man Half Buscuit, I'd totally get it.
     
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    I get that you don't like Porcupine Tree. Fair enough.

    I do however, and I enjoy listening to them. Live they are one of the best bands I've seen in recent years.
     
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    For me it's Bowie. Looking forward to the vinyl release.
     
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    So far.....

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
     
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    That's a weird one. Not your choice obviously, but that the album has really divided Nick Cave fans. Some really like it, others have vowed never to listen to it again, and slated it as the worst he's done! :eek:
     
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    Not their best album..but I do like it more as I play it more...

    my album of the year so far... Off the Record - Karl Bartos
    with John Grants - Pale Green Ghosts a very close 2nd

    Curly
     
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    I really like baby by tribes, they sound a little like the vaccines
     
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    English Electric (Part Two) by Big Big Train - sequel to last year's equally marvellous album.

    Unusual folky/proggy mix but basically just great music with thought-provoking lyrics. Well sung, played and produced. Really enjoying it.
     
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    Digging the Riverside album, but for me it's gonna be Steve Wilson's new one, the raven that refused to sing. Particularly good in the Bluray audio version with the master hd 5.1 sound going on. Just love it so much.
     
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    Well Joe Bonamassa's Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House landed on my doormat today.
    I have to say I've only spun the Blu Ray and not the CD yet but the portents are there, this one will be hard to beat IMO.
    Very interesting blend of instruments, and they add a new dimension to some already familiar songs. I reckon it's the only album this crusty old blues follower has that features a Nyckelharpa on most of the songs.
    For me the standout track is Sloe Gin, just Joe, his naked guitar and a glockenspiel....... Yes really!

    This album is unlikely to stretch your system's bass, but it will fly with a system good on detail.
     
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    What's the sound quality like on the CD? I've got the "Beacon Theatre: Live From New York" by Joe and the sound quality is well dodgy in my opinion - there are drop-outs and all sorts on there :(
     
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    I don't have the Beacon CDs, just the Blu, so can't compare. TBH I only ripped the Vienna Cds to FLAC last night and pushed them to my kitchen Squeezebox set up, then gave it a quick check over a nice malt nightcap. It sounded good (even on my limited kitchen squeezebox and Acoustic Energy AegoM setup) but I'd need a more detailed listen before I firmly and honestly recommend based on audio mix quality. Probably over this weekend sometime....

    What I can say is that the DTS-MA on the Blu is very good, so I have high hopes for the CD version.

    In terms of the content though, this is not a great introduction to Joe's work as its not his typical display of electric guitar mastery, but if you are familiar with his back catalogue it is a very interesting album. I'm sure it will not be to everyone's taste so if you have the chance check it out on Spotify or Napster before you commit, as the sound and content is very different to his electric sets.
    As a musical experiment I think it works really well, the gaps left by the lack of electronics are filled with esoteric, unfamiliar, and unusual sounds. Be warned this is not a bog standard 'unplugged' type set with his normal touring/studio support. He has changed his usual band for a completely different mix of session musicians, each respected in their own field. The sound, pace, and overall feel is completely different to anything else he has done. IMO, of course.....
     
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    I'm a big Joe fan so am probably going to buy this anyway :)
     
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    Also maybe relevant to this thread - I'm a big fan of Porcupine Tree and ironically a big fan of Half Man Half Biscuit :laugh:
     
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    Totally relevant given the comments above, and Steve Wilsons new solo album. No doubt also 'overrated' according to someone. ;)

    Half man half biscuit! You think you know someone... :eek::D
     
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    :laugh: Yes I got into them at the very start in the 80s and just can't escape from their clutches :blush:

    I had a quick listen to the Steve Wilson album on the iTunes shop and I liked what I heard, I think that will be my next CD purchase :)
     
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    You bunch of old proggers!

    I've finally bought an album this year with a 2013 timestamp on it! My Bloody Valentine's "MBV" which I like. Very much looking forward to James Blakes LP next month.

    Going back on what I was saying about the year of the dinosaurs, I also learn that Texas AND Simple Minds have "new" material out this year. :boring: Will U2 complete the lineup?
     
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    John Fullbright: From the ground up (vinyl). A fantastic Americana album. He has a great voice which can be gritty or smooth depending on what the song requires.
     
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    ...and proud of it! :D

    I wouldn't call Texas dinosaurs? They were an late 80's - 90's band with their biggest hits in the early noughties? Now U2, that is a bunch of washed up old gits.
     
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    I couldn't agree more re U2. What is all the fuss about?
     
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    Dido - Girl Who Got Away, sadly only on CD, bit silly really as would nestle up nicely next to No Angel and Life for rent on vinyl. Safe Trip Home on the other hand should be relegated to MC.
     
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    There's been talk of 'over-rated' in this thread, and then U2 make an appearance.
    Now THEY are over-rated!!!

    They are to music what the Shawshank Redemption is to film!!!
    :mad::p:devil:
     

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