1. the sacrament (disrhythm remix) 2. the funeral of hearts (acoustic version) 3. join me in death (strongroom mix) * 4. close to the flame (rappula tapes) * 13. for you (unplugged radio live) 6. it's all tears (unplugged radio live) 7. when love and death embrace (aormj edit) 8. buried alive by love (deliverance version) 9. gone with the sin (o.d. version) 10. salt in our wounds (thulsa doom version)11. please don't let it go (acoustic version)12. one last time (rockfield madness mix)13. for you (unplugged radio live) 14. the path (p.s. version) *15. lose you tonight (thulsa doom extended dub) * 13. for you (unplugged radio live) i finlandesi him (his infernal majesty) capitanati da valo, un personaggio di quelli che amano restare volutamente avvolti nel mistero, la band per definizione del leader stesso, impegnato nel genere "goth'n'roll" (esordio nel 1997, arrivato in top ten in germania oltre che in finlandia), tornano su mercato con un disco "prezioso" che puo' placare la "fame" di musica che c'e' verso questa band_dopo il grandissimo successo ottenuto con gli album precedenti, gli him tornano con una raccolta intitolata "uneasy listening vol. 1" , un progetto che include al suo interno rarita', versioni unplugged e remix delle loro piu' grandi hits_un disco dalle molte sfumature dove i brani riescono a stupire per l'intensita', per la toccante versatilita' vocale di valo, le melodie gotiche che sottolineano l'ottima fattura di tutte le canzoni fino all'ultima, anche se arrangiate semplicemente dal suono acustico di una chitarra_"uneasy listening vol. 1" include 15 canzoni scelte direttamente la leader carismatico della band, ville valo, tra cui 5 brani mai precedentemente pubblicati su disco, tra questi spicca una nuova versione del loro pi
Uneasy Listening Vol. 1; not the greatest of album titles, is it? An album of everyone's favourite songs by happy goth-metallers HIM reworked; but in what way? New-rave versions of their music or how about a hip-hop version of 'In Joy and Sorrow'? Turns out HIM have gone all romantic on us and have unleashed a loved up album of their songs re-worked to a much softer effect
Ville Valo has claimed this is an album for the girls!and he's not wrong. You can imagine a dejected she-Goth wistfully staring out of her window at the rain pining for her he-Goth while Uneasy Listening Vol. 1 plays.
It is fair to say that some of the songs hit the mark. 'Close To The Flame' throws up images of, dare I say it, Jeff Buckley and 'Gone With The Sin' is a majestic piece of music, lush with strings and vocals at their most sensitive all understated and slight.
The problem is that Uneasy Listening sometimes is exactly that. Too often does HIM try to re-work a song that did not need to be re-worked and some songs just come across as a joke. The vocals on 'It's On All Tears' are painful to listen to: much more than uneasy with Ville's voice pitching all over the place above music which sounds like Hank Marvin and The Shadows. Meanwhile 'When Love and Death Embrace' is three minutes fifty of AOR !which should strike fear into the heart of any music fan.
The big question is: who is this album for? HIM fans will already have much of these re-workings on special edition singles and those wanting to get into HIM should steer clear and aim for their earlier stuff such as Razorblade Romance or pick up And Love Said No. Let's just hope the 'metal' Volume 2 is not quite so uneasy on the ears. --Ben Ashmore
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