Unruly Child — Unruly Child

Unruly ChildUnruly Child

An eponymous pop rock album from the 90’s. I stumbled upon something from their second album and thought I might give it a chance this Friday evening. And guess what? It was just as horrible as I feared it would be.

I tended to like the first track, On The Rise, but the next ones started to get unbearable. I don’t know why this album never made it big, since it certainly has the “qualities” for it. For starters, each song lasts for exactly four minutes, which is an optimal length for radio plays. The album also includes both wannabe driving rock and lame guitar solos mixed in with the slow, boring feel-the-love blubber. However, the guitar is clean and the voice of the singer adequate. In addition to that, the last song even shows a glimpse of creativity (it lasts 6 minutes instead of 4)!

Album Saturday — One Album Wonders: Summary

The theme for this Album Saturday was One Album Wonders — bands with only one album released: 9 different discographies!

Relatively Clean Rivers — Relatively Clean Rivers
★★★★

The first song of the album promises you an Easy Ride, and that’s what it is, in spite of some more experimental and futuristic sounds along the way in such songs as Babylon. After all, the rivers you’re rowing are only relatively clean. A sunny and lazy album to relax to.

Weed — Weed…!
★★★

Weed is a spinoff by Ken Hensley, and the familiar Uriah Heep style can be heard occasionally eg. in Before I Die. For the most part Weed…! fails to satisfy the listener, though the instrumental at the end of the album is ingenious and deserves especial praise. My Dream is also worth a mention, being the most thought-provoking piece of the album. It starts with an extremely quiet piano, lasting for over 2 minutes, showing the sound of silence at its best.

PanPan
★★★★☆

This Danish band fascinates with its full and grave sound as well as a style that differs greatly from the rest of the 70s scene — Pan are simply one of their kind. The mastermind behind Pan is Robert Lelièvre, a French singer, songwriter and guitar player. Therefore the songs Il N’y a Pas Si Longtemps De Ca and Tristesse are sung in French, and the latter one proves to be the best song of the album. The guitar lovers won’t be disappointed either with the magnificent solo ending in Lady of the Sand.

Toe Fat — Toe Fat
★★★★

Toe Fat is another project featuring Ken Hensley, which precedes Weed…! by a year and appears even before the Uriah Heep itself . Here, the raw sound of the guitar dominates right from the beginning. A nice and fluent addition to any hard rock collection. “Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall…”

The Lovin’ Spoonfulthe Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Al KooperEric Clapton and the Powerhouse; Tom Rush  — What’s Shakin’
★★★★

The blues scale always works — and it does it once again. This collection of rare performances includes Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse, a band which only recorded 4 songs, the fourth of which remains unreleased up to the date. Yet Powerhouse manages to feature a highly enjoyable version of Crossroads and other blues classics such as Spoonful,  Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and Stepping Out are all there. My favourite was the only track by Al Kooper, Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes.

Orang-UtanOrang-Utan

Partially unlistened, a couple of songs wouldn’t play on Grooveshark

 

AardvarkAardvark

Mostly unlistened, due to the same reason.

 

Iron MaidenMaiden Voyage
★★★★

This is probably not the Iron Maiden you’re thinking of, but a band with the same name which appeared much earlier, formed in 1964. This is their one and only work, a hard rock album featuring long and elaborate guitar jams, especially in Liar (somewhat similar to UFO style). These jams are bound together with a concept theme of a sort, and could have been even better if not for the poor sound quality on Grooveshark. Still, I’m glad it played at all, taking into account that the last two albums didn’t.

Titus GroanTitus Groan
★★★★☆

Highlighted by a twelve minute long epic Hall of Bright Carvings and It’s All Up With Us to continue the brilliancy, this album brings out the whole beauty of the progressive rock scheme. Yet a change of pace is introduced with Open the Door Homer, the flute player suddenly quits and all prog vanishes in the air like a puff of smoke — together with my hopes for a perfect record.

Blue Cheer — Vincebus Eruptum

Blue CheerVincebus Eruptum
★★★★☆

Blue Cheer is one of those bands that went through a wide range of styles, in a way that is comparable to The Velvet Underground. Yet their first and legendary piece of work, Vincebus Eruptum, is arguably their best. According to many sources, with this album Blue Cheer did not only shape the hard metal we know today — they invented it. Prepare to be blown away by their raw power.

Starcastle — Citadel

StarcastleCitadel
★★★★

In their third album, Starcastle try a more pop approach. All songs are 4-5 minutes long, and especially songs like Can’t Think Twice and Could This Be Love were made ready to become hits, which can be noticed musically as well as lyrically. Yet, Starcastle manage to preserve their usual ”yessish” sound, and the album is not only as enjoyable as the ones released before, but even contains some new elements to entertain a listeners mind.

Long Fin Killie — Houdini

Long Fin KillieHoudini
★★★

This experimental rock album is from 1995 and tells about a man named Houdini and his sexual experiences. Some songs get quite good at times, yet the vocals are not satisfactory, and many compositions lack variation. Hollywood gem draws clear reference from Yes, but falls short in many ways. The Heads of Dead Surfers might be the best song of the album, with a successful touch of avant-garde. If you’re in an experimental mood, you might enjoy listening to this.

 

Album Saturday: Experimental Rock — Summary

Captain BeefheartSafe as Milk
★★★

Interesting themes and ideas brought to life. Sometimes a nice, surrealistic setting comes short by returning to the conventional blues rock scheme. An album worth listening to.

 


Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones
★★★★★

By mixing together jazz, blues and a piece of his own soul, Tom Waits has truly found a music niche of his own. Enter it for an ultimate chillout.

 


The Monks
Black Monk Time
★★★★

A clear “stomping” beat that fuses the whole album works well. Blast off with The Monks!

 


Os Mutantes
Mutantes
★★★★☆

A Brazilian psychedelic rock jewel, extremely rich with ideas. The Spanish language doesn’t disturb, but on the contrary sounds funny and leads on to a mental equilibrium.

 


The Mothers of Invention
Freak Out!

Partially unlistened

 


The Godz
Contact High with the Godz

Partially unlistened

 


Faust
Faust
★★★★

If I should compare Faust with anything, then it is basically Revolution n.9 taken much further. This record came from another plane, yet is harmonic musically.

 


David Bowie
“Heroes”
★★★

Beaty and the Beast as well as the ambient tracks on the B-side of the album are nice, but overall the album failed to impress me.

Album Saturday: Roots Rock – Summary

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) ★★★☆ The songs are simple, but well performed, and possess a full and driving sound. Easy rock for beginners. Free Bird at the end really stands out, and exceeds the overall level of the album by far.
The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band ★★★★☆ A very enjoyable and concise album, right from the beginning down to the Whipping Post. The vocals are somewhat rough, but the guitar is truly singing. Puts you on a good mood.
The Band Music from Big Pink ★★★☆ A calm entity, recommended for lazy mornings.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys ★★★★☆ The rhythm couldn’t get more hypnotic – each beat and guitar note falls on the right place and drags you further into the memphis.
The Eagles Eagles Partially unlistened
Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN ★★☆ CSN concists of slow, sad tracks that don’t stand out. Could fit nicely for a calm evening. Not to be confused with their first album Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers ★★★☆ Positive background rock that doesn’t demand attention yet contains pleasing guitar riffs. Gets significantly better towards the end.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet ★★★☆ Taking into account that this album came out in 1968, The Rolling Stones must have really been ahead of their time. The ability of the band to complement each other’s sound and create this fullness of sound makes this album enjoyable in many ways.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ★★ The strong voice of the singer deserves a notice, but the sound already marks the beginning of the brainless 80’s pop era. Mystery Man is the only song worth mentioning.