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11 Jun 2008, 1:20 de Coffinwood_MillHello friends!
And so...here it is - finally. I could not bring myself to write proper reviews due to a lack of motivation and time constraints so I took the liberty of providing some of my favorite reviews for twenty of my favorite records from 2007. Feel free to post your thoughts and your own lists should the urge strike you.
1.) And Also The Trees – “(Listen For) The Rag And Bone Man”
How this swarthy band eluded my attentive ear for so long has me positively baffled. Having only recently discovered the brilliant music that AATT have been writing for the last 25 years, I was delighted to discover that their latest record is arguably among the most mysteriously urgent and darkly mesmerizing to date. Nothing this year even came close.
“And Also The Trees have been ploughing their own musical furrow since the late 70s and this, their latest album, illustrates quite neatly the strange…
12 May 2008, 8:58 de EdwardHFri 9 May 2008 – Onetwo
Onetwo's first full gig in The Netherlands and Claudia Brücken and Paul Humphreys got a warm welcome. As usual the set was a mix of songs from the Onetwo releases, songs from their past (Propaganda and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), and some covers.
It was refreshing to hear they didn't play the exact same songs as last year in Krefeld. Biggest surprise to me was the version of OMD's "So in Love", which was sung as a duet by Humphreys and Brücken. According to Paul they screwed up "The weakness in me" the night before, but this night it was perfect.
Too soon the gig ended, it was a bit short for my taste, but I had a great evening and judging by the enthusiastic reactions from the audience, I was not the only one.
After the gig, Claudia and Paul came to the merchandise stand to talk with their fans.
The Theory Of Everything, parts 1 and 2
13 Dic 2007, 22:20 de momosupermoMon 10 Dec – The Dare! Tour
It’s 72 hours after the League stormed Perth, I can honestly say it was one of the best concerts I have ever attended.
The night started so well with Onetwo, the electronic supergroup with Paul Humphries from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Claudia Brücken from Propaganda as support. Back in the day, their two respective bands would have been at least equal billing to the League, and as a result the crowd treated them with great respect and rightly so. Starting with a few of their own tracks, the crowd livened up when they played OMD's Messages, then a groovy version of local lad Billy MacKenzie's Club Country and finally, to our great surprise and delight, a faithful version of Propaganda's Duel. As if that wasn't enough to send us 40-something fading new romantics into apoplexy, they also played a track co-written with Depeche Mode's Martin L Gore. Gripping stuff.
Emerging from behind the iconic Dare! sleeve photos, the League took the stage to rapturous applause. …