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Quickly grew into one of my all time favourite albums,
This review is from: Road To Hell 2 (Audio CD)
This was my first Chris Rea album. I got it for £2 in a sale, so I wasn't expecting much. Instead I was surprised to find an interesting, almost experimental album. It sounds like a blues purist working with a disco drummer and being produced by a Pink Floyd fan. It even has found sounds and voices on it like '70s Floyd.
Others seem to hate this album, but it's grown into one of my all time favourites. I like the extensive use of loud female backing vocals, and I like the ethereal floating synth sound that accompanies most of the tracks.
"Can't Get Through" (after its silly opening set of voices and sound effects) and "New Times Square" are excellent rockers.
"Evil No. 2" has some great lyrics and an energetic, slightly wacky beat to it.
"E" and "Firefly" are nice laid-back, woozy, breezy songs (if you like Van Morrison's "Wavelength" and "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart" albums, then you should like these tracks).
"Coming Off the Ropes" is pretty weak, and the voice samples are embarrassingly bad, but it's not without its jazz club charms on its umpteenth listen.
I'm not joking, I do really like this album. I assume Rea himself hates it, and it's telling that none of the tracks have turned up on the three best of collections that have been released since 1999. Listen to it with an open mind, accept that it's not a traditional blues/rock album and you might be surprised by it.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2013, 21:30:22 GMT
Mr. D. Bain says:
One of your all time favourite albums, as McEnroe might have said 'you cannot be serious'. I have all Rea's albums and play them all...except this one, I hate it. I would have given it away but for the fact that my wife likes it...WHY? I just don't get it. As the saying goes 'one man's meat etc'. I respect the fact that it works for you, I just can't figure out why, maybe the synth sound that I personally dislike so much doesn't sound as bad to other people. In a way I'm pleased to see that not everybody considers this album to be a dud.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013, 22:14:15 GMT
BS on parade says:
What can I say, I like it. It floats my boat.
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