|2. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness|
|3. Woke Up This Morning|
|4. U Don't Dance 2 Tekno Anymore|
|5. Bourgeoisie Blues|
|6. Aint's Goin' To Goa|
|7. Mao Tse Tung Said|
|8. Hypo Full of Love (The 12 Step Plan)|
|9. The Old Purple Tin (9% Of Pure Heaven)|
|10. Teh Night We Nearly got Busted|
|11. Sister Rosetta|
|12. Peace In The Valley|
Not a bit of it though. And then you realize that it could never sound dated. It was unique when it came out and it remains so now. If it does have a problem it’s that it has a slightly comedic feel to it, almost spoof like. A shame really because most of the music here is actually quite beautiful.
You can start off quite jaded but as soon as the opener ‘Converted’ kicks in you’re starting to sway. The most beautiful track here is ‘Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness’, listening to this you realise that it just doesn’t matter if music is hip or trendy. You just have to ask ‘Is it any good?’ After its use in ‘The Soprano’s’ you should really be sick of ‘Woke Up This Morning’ but it still works powerfully. The cacophony which introduces ‘Mao Tse Tung Said’ shows a funky side almost reminiscent of ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ by Byrne & Eno, and the Grand Ole Opry would no doubt cry out for something like the Nashville sound of ‘The Old Purple Tin’. Tragically ‘The Night We Nearly Got Busted’ is not a song about an almost successful attempt at kidnapping a boy band.
Mr. Cynical (that’s me by the way) was honestly expecting this CD to sound horribly embarrassing, and to be well past its sell by date. That it doesn’t is a credit to the originality on display here, and although the album does tail off towards the end, you’re always left with a smile on your face.
There are no bad songs on this album, not even marginally weak ones. 'Converted' gets things started in terrific fashion, following on to the exceptional 'Speed of the Sound of Loneliness,' The Sopranos theme 'Woke up This Morning' (preceeded by an excellent skit-like bridge)and track after track of inspired sound and lyrics.
Another great asset to the CD is that you can play it low and just relax to it, or hike up the volume and turn your bedroom into a nightclub (especially with a surround sound sub woofer beating the crap out of the walls and floor!) Just try 'Mao Tse Tung Said' on this sort of a setup without repeating the track at least once. I defy you!
It's an album I couldn't tire with if I played it 24/7... If it's not magic at work here, it's something pretty close.
Love to the 3.
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