terça-feira, agosto 24, 2010

1333. PJ Harvey - White Chalk

The story of this album is simple - PJ taught herself how to play the piano and recorded an album of herself playing it. The songs have so much air in them that they become filled with a dense aura to them. Her lyrics and rhythmic playing of the piano makes the album a haunted masterpiece that sucks you in, quickly.

8.9 out of 10

quarta-feira, agosto 04, 2010

1332. Flaming Lips - Dark side of the moon

People were outraged when they heard this lp. I'm not sure what they were expecting. A proper remake of an unremakable lp? Remakes shouldn't be carbon copies. Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake was a frame by frame color reproduction of the original - sure it was a massive undertaking to replicate the master, but for the viewer who wasn't part of the process it felt like seeing the original again but with less gifted actors. So the Lips do what I think is the only way to cover Dark Side: doing it their way - enlisting the help of their crazy friends, making the entire album feel more like a theatre production. Peaches, Rollins and Coyne's nephew's band all add a weirdness and live energy to the project that makes it a winner for me.

8.2 out of 10