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Exile On Locust Street
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The Best album of 2009?
The Crowes have just RAISED THE BAR to say the least. To put out a double album of brand new songs for the price of a single album is one thing. But another is that it is played to perfection straight out of the box, no overdubs, no backup singers, no nutin' honey.
When I first heard the talk about the new album being the album of the year I felt it was the same old talk that always comes up. But now after hearing it over and over, I would have to say that THEY ARE RIGHT. These are NOT songs that have been played 600 times in concert. These are 20 brand new songs that are played flawlessly live. I have not heard even one mistake; they seem to be played perfectly. And these songs are like pure poetry, it is easy to tell what instrument is doing what. And there are songs on it that I would normally never listen to, but they are so well done that I can't help but listen to them. And I think Chris really likes to say Locust.
Well this is Locus Street the album. From Amorica to Americana, these guys have really gone country. The whole country. This is American music. And this is classic rock at its best.
A song for everyone to sing.
There is a lot of variety to the tunes here. `Exile On Main Street' is considered one of the greatest rock albums ever and I would not be surprised if `Before The Frost... ` is considered as the Crowes Exile. In hindsight one can see where this album is coming from: Thunderstorm, Tornado, Wyoming And Me, My Hearts Killing Me, Josephine, There's Gold In Them Hills, Whoa Mule and of course Locust Street. All those songs sound like they could be on this double album.
Now take a deeper look. If you take away the brass balls production values from `Side' and `Lions', and replace them with the hickory hewn values we have on the new one, then you have another series of songs that seem to be leading up to this one: Welcome To The Good Times, Go Tell The Congregation, Miracle To Me, Soul Singing and Greasy Grass River all seem to fit in this pattern. Greenhorn even has touches of Miracle in it. Maybe all that is hard to see at first glance, but it is pretty easy to see that Goodbye Daughters and Good Morning Captain certainly go together, as well as the rest of the last album,`Warpaint'.
And pay close attention to my favorite, I Ain't Hiding. People are calling it disco. Well it has a couple spots that might remind you of Emotional Rescue, and it does mention dancing, and you can dance to it... but it is much too rocking to really be a disco song. I don't think KC and the BG's ever had a cranking guitar solo like that.
Get Cabin Fever and watch this album performed live ~ and note the "Birds" type opening.
I leave you with this thought...
The Birds meet Hitchcock
SHAKE ~ The grave flying doves And nobody laughing
SOUTHERN ~ Who killed that bird out on you window sill
AMORICA ~ Do you know when to freeze or take flight
SNAKES ~ He had twenty-nine blackbirds But only one flew
SIDE ~ It needs no explaining 'cuz we both felt it go south
LIONS ~ Now I've traded my black feathers for a crown
LOST ~ If I found you a floating feather I would be amazed
WARPAINT~ My wounded bird There's nothing for you're here
FROST ~ Then what sent those blackbirds on the wing
FREEZE ~ Aimless Peacok
So like Hitchcock, who appeared in each of his movies ~ the Crowes seem to have a bird reference in each of their albums.
Posted September 24, 2009
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