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This review is from: Opium Hotel 2 (Audio CD)
Kory Clarke released his first solo CD "Opium Hotel" way back in 2003. Far from commercial it was a pure of intent & didn't give a toss about conforming to Korys Warrior Soul past. It was eclectic, unique and I loved it.
After initial talk of a more standard rock follow up Kory joined Dirty Rig before reforming Warrior Soul in 2007. In interviews however he continued to talk of releasing a second volume of "Opium Hotel". In 2011 he finally did.
If you liked the first OH album you will like Part 2, if you didn't nothing here is likely to change your mind.
"A Message From Mr Harris" opens the CD, a direct link to the first album, it fades into the second track "Best Birthday Ever". "Americas New C*nt" is truly punk & belligerent, "Kiss On This" was leaked back in 2004 & still rocks today. "Masquerade Party" is just a simple vocal/acoustic guitar piece.
After a short burst of spoken word "Junky Stripper" arrives. Kory would appear to be very fond of this song as he has re-recorded it for the new Warrior Soul album "Stiff Middle Finger". The version on here is a little looser but just as essential.
"Super Drug" could easily fit on the 1994 Space Age Playboys album. "Something Deserved" is more of a soundscape than a song, "It's My Time" however is a straight forward catchy pop/rock song. The next two tracks are actually old/previously released material. "Painting Spaceships" is a hard to find Space Age Playboys (the band) track that was released on the bands website back in the late 1990s. "Paradigm" however is actually from the Mob Research CD released in 2009. The version here is the same except for a short piece of spoken word at the end of the track.
"I'm Your Pilot" is utterly deranged and completely genius and the closing spoken word/poetry piece "Spain" is quite beautiful.
Overall Opium Hotel II is perhaps not quite as monumental as the original was, whilst it's nice that "Painting Spaceships" has finally had a proper release & "Paradigm" may well expose people who missed the Mob Research album to it's genius, I can't help but wish there was more new material instead.
There has also been a slight mastering error on the CD leaving annoying gaps between the tracks that I'm guessing should not actually be there.
There has been talk of a third visit to the Opium Hotel...here's hoping it's true.