on 11 December 1999
In a world caught between block rockin' beats and the vacant smiles of teeny bands, it's the words which pay the highest price. 'Commemoration and Amnesia' claims those lost words back and gives them back their command. This is Jones first collection of recorded poetry, but don't expect a decorous radio 4 type recital. Each poem has been interpreted and set to music by various members of the Manics, Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Spiritualized and others. These are poems written in a living language which breaths with the schizophrenic sensations of the present, and the inability to communicate. Tenderness, violence, apathy and frustration colour these poems and the music and diction amplifies their meaning in a way that the written page, often, cannot. Anyone who thinks that poetry is Wordsworth and Shelly and dusty library books, should listen to this. Jones writing proves that poetry can be about you in the now and what you see all about you, and more importantly it can inspire you to do something whether it be pick up a pen or express your opinions. Patrick Jones is Wales best contemporary writer, but if you haven't read any of his poems, or had the opportunity to see his plays, then Commemoration and Amnesia is the best introduction to a world where the Verb is more important than the Noun.
on 21 December 2009
Having consumed & digested Patrick's poetry books with relish, I thought he might be 'pushing it' a bit branching out into 'music' but NO WAY - THIS CD IS BRILLIANT.
Makes such a nice change to hear profound, isightful, thought-provoking words being used as lyrics these days. As usual Patrick doesn't 'mince' his words: this is POWERFUL STUFF INDEED but that's axectly what this de-sensitized 'society' needs to jolt it out of this desperate state of apathy (the Copenhagen climate change summit is a desperately sad case in point).
The music fits brilliantly with the poems and does not sound or feel disjointed or at all 'grafted' together as you might suspect. If you heard this album not knowing Patrick is primarily a poet, you'd just think you'd discovered a new songwriter of a simillar magnitude to Dylan but as divergent from him as the Sex Pistols are!
Turn this baby up LOUD and wake up the world!