Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Album Review - Rambling Bones & His Bloody Agents

Far removed from Fuzigish, South African underground legend Bones is back with his second solo album but this time he is not alone - he’s brought his Bloody Agents with. Filled with charisma and the sweat of a thousand club gigs, the latest release showcases his unique talent for songwriting.

This album seems to be a little more reflective than the first installation with the lyrics weaving in and out of colourful metaphors. The recording itself is masterfully stripped down and reflective of Bones’ live aesthetic, no fancy studio tricks here but a definite step up from the bare basics production of the EP “Live with Rusty”. Kudos must go to recording engineer Stevie G for very tasteful production. 

Stand out tracks include “Crystal Ball”, “Baboon Moon Rising” and the highly addictive “When I’m with You”.

Review : Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

Since his split from post hardcore band Million Dead in 2005, Frank Turner has become one of the hardest workers in the music industry. His songs are infectious folk/punk sing alongs that have sparked the interest of mainstream audiences all over the world. He has toured extensively, playing gigs in venues as small as peoples bedrooms and as large as some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, supporting acts like Green Day and Flogging Molly. 

England Keep My Bones is his fourth full studio album to be released by Epitaph and could very well be the best one yet. Although the production seems a little dry at times, it contains some of his best song writing to date. The acoustic guitar is his weapon and his lyrics aim for your heart. With a tip of the hat to Dylan and Springsteen, Frank Turner delivers a truly memorable album that is modern and yet traditional and very nostalgic.

"I can't wait to get this record out there," Frank explains. "The new songs have been going down really well live, but I think that when people hear the studio versions they're going to go nuts. I really think it's the strongest set of material I've had on one record."

Stand out tracks include the single “Peggy Sue Sang The Blues” and the uplifting “I Still Believe”. Turner will be touring extensively in the spring in summer, with dates in Europe, Canada, the US and Australia.