Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser – All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun

                                                    All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun

Two angelic voices and an acoustic guitar or two are a gateway to a beautiful place. This time it is Jeff Buckley and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) who are a perfect musical match.

There isn’t much instrumentally to the song as stated above it is a couple of guitars but what they are doing is still quality. The main draw though is the singing and extension the lyrical content. It begins with a sweet giggle over the guitar and Fraser taking the first verse showing her talents before Buckley takes over for the chorus. Solo they are both gorgeous but when they sync up and harmonize then it really, really highlights that these musicians were meant to create this stunning song.

It is a brilliant duet which lets both artists stretch their musical muscles showing each others strengths. I only wish there was more from the two.

 

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A Black Day Indeed. Thank You for the Soundtrack to my Formative Years and Beyond Chris Cornell.

                                               Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

There I was at work doing the scanning and reading the mornings headlines on the BBC News website, when the Breaking News Banner popped up informing me that a legend had past.  That legend was Chris Cornell.

Frontman for Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog as well as his solo career. I distinctly remember the man first from hearing and seeing the video for Cochise. The weird rattle and the blast of drums slowly building into this epic rock track, then it all came together with that riff and of course Cornell’s unmistakable voice. It is safe to say I was hooked and they became a staple on my iPod throughout school and have never left. I picked up the solid copies of Audioslave’s eponymous (2002) and Out of Exile (2005) on the schools history trip to Berlin, Krakow, Auschwitz and Birkenau. In the coolest record shop named Cover their top music always reminds me of that great time and moving experience.

Son after hearing Cochise I ventured into his other bands and kept on loving the music he was involved in. Along with the music he helped create Audioslave were a doorway into getting into the famous Seattle scene of the 1990s, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees specifically. He was a good friend of Alain Johannes,  Natasha Shneider and  Jack Irons the three people who formed Eleven. Whom are also linked to QotSA the list goes on, the man was very connected to a lot of bands that are of high importance to me. It shows how respected and awesome Cornell is. Oh and  he did arguably the best James Bond theme ever.

Chris Cornell is not only a phenomenal singer/musician but by all accounts a great human being. This heartbreaking news is true shock to myself, other fans and the music community. Now go and breakout some Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, or his solo stuff and play it loud!    

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Vinyl Vindication: KT Tunstall- If Only/The Prayer (Block Party) and Saving My Face/Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)

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Well aren’t they Pretty! I present the two newest additions to my small but ever growing Vinyl collection. Two singles from KT Tunstall’s second record Drastic Fantastic (2007) with their accompanying flip sides.

The vinyls are 7″ singles with two beautiful popping covers. One that is full of colourful floral patterns the other contrasts with it mainly being black and white other than the yellow outline to the writing, this is mirrored on the label also. But on the If Only record the label on the side not visible in the picture reflects the back of the sleeve…

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First up is If Only/The Prayer [Live for Radio 1] now I do love If Only but I did predominantly buy this for the cover of the Block Party track as I am sort of obsessed with it, I have never just played it once ever. It’s always multiple listens it is just so damn awesome with the cool  low ‘hmmmmm’s’ simple drum/percussion to bring it in with the sound becoming fuller for the chorus. With the outro really bursting to life with tremolo electric guitar and a speedy bassline.  In the original attitude is there in abundance which does transcribe to this version too. I just admire it!      

Saving My Face has  a special place in my life as it is my yearly shaving song where I play it at full blast and rather sillily change ‘Saving’ to ‘Shaving’ my face’ , I know it is dumb but it brings me endless joy (along with it being a good tune as well obviously). Ain’t Nobody is a classic so an artist of Tunstall’s calibre does it justice with her rhythmic take.

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Song of the Day

Song of the Day : Paramore – Told You So

                                                                                      Told You So (Official Video)

A refreshing new Summery sound for the band but one that everyone is familiar with it has brightened up the airwaves since its release yesterday.

It is vibrant with the funky licks, classic catchy vocals that are  are warped by drastically lowering the pitch every now and again adding a nice little dynamic. The drumming is very elaborate  which I would like to highlight as they really are key to the feel of the track.

Told You So is an upgrade from many of the hits that have been released over the past months, mainly because it has personality and is super fun! It’s easily my favourite pop song of this year so far.

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