First impressions: Fast Man Raider Man
I want to post my first impressions (after listening to 20 out of the 27 tracks -> yeah, I'll have to update this journal entry).
The very first impression after listening to the first CD yesterday, was a bit of a disappointment: The record sounded very "more of the same-y" to me.
Today I listened to the first CD and one half of the second CD: and now I think that "Fast Man Raider Man", will be a very popular record in my portable MP3-Players (by the way I am iRiver fan and use an old but great (!!) "H100 40GB" and an "IFP 895 512MB"), like Honeycomb
was last summer.
There are (roughly) two kinds of songs on the records. The first kind have a laid back soul/blues/southern rock feeling to them (for example: "Fast Man"). Nothing too experimental (now, that's an understatement !). Just great music. Then there are some (fortunately few) accoustic, more Country oriented songs like "Raider Man".
So, I guess now the score is "Fast Man 1:0 Raider Man" ;).
At the moment I could't really say, which tracks I like best but "Fast man", "Johnny Barleycorn" and "Dog Sleep" are some of the titles that I liked very much. So, I'll update my impressions, when I've listened to the rest of the album... Update
Just two words: "Too long" - no, make it three: "Way too long". That's my impression after listening through all of the 27 tracks. The songs tend to blurr together quite a bit, when you listen to the whole 2 CDs, which really is a shame, because on CD 2 there are really great songs too: "Down to you", "Kiss my ring", "Elijah", "The real El Ray" and more. Listening to each of the CDs separately is definitely a better experience for me. But still, unfortunately there seem to be quite a few fillers on both CDs (more on the second CD) and I really, really don't like the last 4 songs on CD 2 (which really diminishes the whole experience).
At the moment I would give "Fast Man Raider Man" a solid 7 out of 10.
So, it's not the perfect album, but I just can't understand the overly harsh criticism:
- 2,5 out of 5 in this month's issue of the Musikexpress
- 47 out of 100 on Metacritic.com (http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/blackfrank/fastmanraiderman
That's not only not fair, that's really ridiculous...