Here are my thoughts after playing it a lot today.
"The New Stone Age" - Interesting percussive intro meets spaced-out unique and apocalyptic therepeutic song of remorse. Creative and avant-garde.
"She's Leaving" - "It's Over" type of lyric, meets big 80s sound. Kind of a run of the mill song, that doesn't do much for me, though it is a nice tight arrangement.
"Souvenir" - Keyboards and melody is the strength, good vocalist on this track.
"Sealand" - Beautiful and peaceful instrumental.
"Joan of Arc" - A decent song. For me personally, all the best stuff on this CD follows this song.
"Maid of Orleans" - Very nice piece, and I like the clearly real drums used in it. Nice follow-up to the previous song.
"Architecture and Morality" - Very cool piece, I can see why it would be the title track.
"Georgia" - Good of an eighties tune as I ever heard.
"The Beginning and the End" - A very strong finishing song, maybe my favorite.
Overall, the keyboard melodies and arrangements are very good. To me, personally,the CD has a good start, and a great finish with the run of songs following "Joan of Arc".
I will definitely be adding a few of these to my itunes.
So good stuff, and thanks for expanding my horizons. Have to admit I wouldn't have considered giving it the time of day, if you didn't post it, and my first play of it, it didn't sink in how good it is.
I can see from the videos of the songs on youtube, that the band was very into the songs when playing them, and have a really good vibe going with them.
So cool and unique stuff, for sure; thanks for sharing it. I will continue to play throughout the week, since it is "CD of the Week", and sharing any additional thoughts.
Also, I will try to get to those videos you posted yesterday, when I get a chacne, and let you know what I think.
The drum machine often makes for good effect; sometimes I wonder if actual drums would have enhanced it. But I realize that may be imposing my paradigm on it, without fully soaking it in, so I will continue to listen to it throughout the week, before my final analysis.
For some reason when in the studio they tend to use the drum machine. The band has four members one of which Mal Holmes who is the drummer, so when they play live the drum sound is definitely different and better in my opinion.
I absolutely love OMD and have done for many years, long before ELO came into my life. This is probably the reason why I enjoy ELO’s 80 synth period so much. ‘Souvenir’ will always be a favourite.
I’ve never really understood their obsession with Joan of Arc though. This album has two songs about her.
I know, Horace, that you said OMD have no ELO connection that you know of but there is one small one. Andy McClusky put together the girl band Atomic Kitten and wrote many of their songs. One song that he didn’t write was this, ‘Be With You’ :
Which, as you can hear, borrows shamelessly from ‘Last Train to London’.
Uh, maybe "shamelessly borrwos from 'Last Train to London" would probably be an understatement, to say the least. I hope Jeff Lynne got some of the writing credit for it!
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
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