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Gaucho
Gaucho
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is not to be missed if you like Steely Dan, 18 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Gaucho (Audio CD)
Admittedly i am only 16 but i do know good music when i hear it and this album is the perfect example of good music. The whole albums laid back feel is so wonderful and i rate it very highly. The song 'Babylon Sisters' has a horn section that is absolutely beautiful and the brass is what makes the song really amazing. 'Hey Nineteen' always makes me smile just because i love the harmonies created by the backing vocalists and also the guitar part in the background of the song is just to die for and i find myself playing it all the time when i pick up my guitar. It is just a catchy song that has a lot of feeling in it. 'Glamour Profession' i always think is too long but it doesnt matter because the chord progression and keyboards are so lovely to listen to that it wont bother most people anyway. The piano that plays at certain points in the song is only made better by the guitar licks and superb drum beat. 'Gaucho' has the best intro on the album in my opinion and i love the run with the horns. However, the verse, although absolutely captivating does get a bit tiring after the 5th listen. The end of the verse though is the best part of the song and the chorus is just sung so soothingly with harmonies between Donald Fagen, Leslie Miller, Valerie Simpson and Patti Austin i believe. This song reminds me of the song which Michael Mcdonald sang on the album Aja by Steely Dan. 'Time Out Of Mind' starts with a cool drum beat and then some awesome guitar licks come in. The lyrics i always rememeber from this song are 'Tonight when i chase the dragon' not because of its lyrical content but the lyrics suddenly kick in and i just love that part of the song. Absolutely brilliant. 'My Rival' i quite often pass by for some reason even though i absolutely adore the song. I just like all the different instruments that are used in this cleverly crafted song. Very cool. Lastly the album finishes with one of the best songs ever made...EVER. A cool riff starts off the song 'Third World Man' and then the song only gets better and better. Beautifully composed chord progressions are found dotted around this whole song. I cannot find any part of this song which i dislike. When the solo kicks in i just sit in amazement because it is so simple but the feelings and emotions that people experience differ and occur at different points. The song just affects people in an inexplicable way and its a great way to finish off one of my favorite albums. If anyone could recommend any other bands like Steely Dan please email me because id love to hear them. Everyone can love this album if they are feeling down or even incredibly happy. It can pick you up or bring you down but despite that im sure you will love this album whatever.
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The Bends
The Bends
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Price: £5.52

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! A fantastic album. absolutely captivating, 10 Aug. 2004
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
I bought this album from the advice of a friend and was amazed that id ever missed it. how did i live without it? it is beyond words to be honest. not only is the music melodically amazing but on a cerebral level this album will also work wonders.
First off the album starts with the song 'Planet Telex.' This track starts off with a brilliant chord progression and then Thom Yorkes vocals kick in and the album is alive. the chorus and verse on the song just link so perfectly and the whole song is a masterpiece. not my favorite off the album but id give it a 9.5/10
Then the title track 'The Bends' comes up. a nice heavy starting song which still maintains a calm feeling with Thom Yorke's singing. lyrically this song is superb, however, although the melody grows on you, this is one of the songs i was less impressed with. still well worth the listen though. 8/10
I believe that the song 'High and Dry' is the begining of the album. from here on out there are no complaints just all genius music. i LOVE the guitars on this song because they all seem to be working independently and yet they work as a whole aswell. a wonderful song 9.5/10
'Fake Plastic Trees' is a track that at first i was not impressed with but after a few listens the song started to get to me. it is now one of my favorites off the album. good acoustic sounds to finish this beautiful song 9/10
'Bones' ..... just astounding. bass line: perfect, drums: spot on, vocals: seemlessley changes from the grungier verse into the falcetto chorus, guitars: all interesting and all very clever. 9.5/10
'Nice Dream' is actually my favorite song off the album i think. if you prefer mellower songs this is the song for you aswell. the second chorus has some of the cleverest harmonies ever created. not just a nice dream but a perfect one. 10/10
'Just' is again an amazing track, one of the more 'rocky' songs of the album. the verses almost having a jazzy feel with just a simple chord strum and a drum beat to die for.after the second chorus there is an instrumental middle eight which i have attempted to recreate because after listening to it, it wont leave your head. after the octave pedal is used for the guitar part that keeps getting higher a kickass jazz chord comes in. i believe its an 11th and it is so unexpected that it actually knocked me back a bit. another GREAT song 10/10
'My Iron Lung' a mouth watering riff thats simple but very effective. the song starts off being very melodic and then as it goes on distorted guitars are introduced and then the odd but somehow fitting section with uncomprehensible lyrics ( i believe he says :the head shrinkers, they want everything, my uncle bill, my belisha beacon) but i may be wrong. then the heavy guitars stop and this 'frighteningly' mellow part comes in. the boys from Oxford outdoing themselves in this song. this is a more experimental song 9.5/10
'Bullet Proof...I Wish i Was' is the more hauntingly melodic song. much more depressing. but the chorus reminds me somewhat of coldplay. i love the whole song but it is not to some peoples taste as ive discovered. 9/10
'Black Star' 'blame it on the black star' the start of one of the best chorus' on the album in my humble opinion. the verse is nothing special(bass is great) but because of the AMAZING chorus it gets a 9/10
'Sulk' great starting riff on the guitar, great melody over the riff,great drum beat yet somehow the song doesnt seem to work for me. i was more dissapointed with this however after a couple of listens the sublteties are realised and i appreciate the song for its originality now. 8.5/10
'Street Spirit' if anyone dislikes this song they are insane. i love playing this song aswell. i have also attempted to sing it with the guitar but Thom Yorke's voice has so much character its impossible to recreate the sound. the majority of this song is minor which gives the more depressing feel but probly the best outro song to any album EVER. i believe that jonny greenwood plays the beautiful riff that carrys on throughout the song and all i can say about this song really is OMG i can't believe that any song can affect me on so many levels. the harmonies at the end almost want to make you fall to your knees. this is a song to die for and i would gladly kick the bucket to this melodic masterpiece. if anyone can find a song as beautifully crafted and executed as this please let me know. 15/10 ... nothing is even parralled to this song in my opinion.
This album should not be missing from anyones collection. they are all fine musicians, they can write melodies that touch the soul, they have discovered a way to bring different styles of music together to create the perfect album for any music fan with any tastes. if you buy this album you will not be dissapointed as there is something for everyone.


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