Artist: Chris Connelly
Album: Artificial Madness
I´ve been stuck in a “post punk” period for quite some time now, listening to all the great music that developed out of the British punk scene in the late 70´s. This album definitely nods (According to me anyway) at this era with its relentless rhythm section and great chaotic guitar layers (Less traditional riffing), building a huge wall around the songs to Chris Connelly´s vocals that somehow float between spoken word and concrete singing. It´s an awesome album!
So this is supposed to some sort of a closure of the music year of 2011. It got me thinking a bit of what I’ve acctually been listening to during the year. I guess that these five records are the ones that have made the biggest impression on me, but perhaps more as a music fan than as a musician though.
Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
I heard the record and saw one of their release party gigs on the same day. And then everything really made sence. All those things that perhaps doesn’t really reach out on the record does sound totally natural live. One huge record…
J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
Mellow, laidback and J is delivering as only J can. Some really nice acoustic playing and J seems to be pourings his heart out through the 10 songs of the album.
Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style
My ”going to work” record of the year. If the mood is down just throw on Hang ´em high and you´re ready to conquer the world. Basically nothing new but the Boston lads sound more engaging than they have done for years.
Mastodon - The Hunter
What can you say? Impressing stuff as usual. By now you´re almost getting used to the band always reinventing themselves so it’s kind of neat with the sometime more straight forward approach on this album.
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Dark, moody, engaging and really beautiful… Polly Jean has a voice like nobody else.
I dont really listen to whole albums nowadays with spotify and grooveshark and what not but here it is… Not necessarily in this order.
Noah Gundersen - Family
Michael Dean Damron - Plea from a ghost
Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
Motorjesus - Dirty pounding gasoline
Machine Head - Unto the locust