- Audio CD (1 Dec. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Eagle Rock
- ASIN: B00006G89E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Green Blade Rising CD
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A new Levellers album. A chance for those who were students in the early 90s to relive the days when they believed there really was only "One Way" of life. But will this new album be able excite us now that we've all grown up and become the business exec/accountants that we used to love to hate?
I wondered whether the Levellers were attempting to get people like me to dust down their tie-dyes and head off in a camper van, or whether they're attempting to attract a new generation of middle class hippies. Lets examine the evidence...
To take the album at face value, it's not half bad. "Four Winds" is a catchy opener and no doubt you'll be singing along to the chorus in no time.
However, vocalist Mark Chadwick sums up the over-riding sentiment in "Falling From The Tree" when he sings 'I just can't get back to where I've been'. Much as it pains me to say it, he's probably right.
Energy levels amongst the songwriters have clearly declined over the years as there are far more ballads on the album than anticipated. But the Levellers prove they can still pen an upbeat tune. "Pretty Target" starts with a guitar riff that's bordering on indie; just add a violin and were back to Levelling the Land again. 'I won't let you down' coos Mark. And they don't. After all, this is what the Levellers do best.
In "Wild As Angels" a certain recurring theme becames evident in the lyrics. It seems that the Levellers realise they've grown older too. 'With heavy wings I can recall the freedom flown'. I know how he feels! This track saves the album though and revives memories of how vibrant and energetic the Levellers are as a live band.
Overall Green Blade Rising is one long plea for the stable base of Levellers fans to keep the faith. In "Wake The World" they claim 'You were brave when you were young. Would you ever believe it could all come undone?' The answer is no, but then I never believed I'd have to work for a living either. They finally lay themselves bare as they 'take a look around to see who's still listening'. We are still listening, but only just.
File this under one for posterity and let the next generation decide.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm certain the Levellers could release happy/ still angry/slightly anarchic songs till Hell freezes over.However they've chosen not to. Perhaps some people should ask themselves why instead of accusing them of selling out, everytime they release anything that doesn't sound like 'Sell Out'?
This has become a bit of an album of my summer. I hope it can become an album of your winter!
Thanks Mr Leveller
"Come on", "Walks with angels" and "Pretty Target" are for me as good as anything from their past. Its takes a few listens to get into, which might explain why it has had less airtime than it deserves. I seem to remember "Levelling the Land" also took a few listens before I really enjoyed it!
The anger of the early work has been replaced to an extent with pragmatism. Once of the differences between being 20 something and 30 something I observe. The message has not changed, while the delivery has evolved. The folk/rock/punk edge is ever present.
Its is by far the best CD I have spent my money on this year.
Hello Pig was a big let down for me, even as a die-hard levs fan, but this record has LEVELLERS tattooed right through the middle of it.
Four Winds lets you know that the Levs really are back in business and Pretty Target and Come On are superb.
The whole record oozes quality, you won't be skipping any tracks on this - Wild As Angels will have your foot tapping and you'll swear you've heard it somewhere before.
Wake the World is a chilled finish to a superb return for the Levellers. If I could award any more stars than 5 then I would!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like The Levellers then you will love this album. Not a bad song on this cd. Well pleased.Published 9 months ago by P Goodman
This is a great Levellers CD, it has some great tracks on it. 'Falling from the tree' is a brilliant track. I would highly recommend this product. Thank you.Published on 11 Nov. 2013 by Dream Customer
Probably one of the best albums I have bought. Somehow missed it with all the others that I have but it is now a firm favourite.Published on 27 Sept. 2013 by Chrissie