Sting: Bring on the Night

Sting: Bring on the Night.I love Sting. His voice isn’t among the finest, but his skills in writing lyrics and composing music are. Even so, I did only have two of his albums before he released all his old ones digitally remastered. This is the first in a series of reviews of these digitally remastered Sting albums. And if I’m able to rob enough little old ladies, I might buy and review all the The Police albums, too…

"Bring on the Night" is a kick butt live album recorded in Paris, Rome and Arnheim in 1985. Since this was Sting’s first tour after releasing his first solo album (at least to my knowledge), "Bring on the Night" features both good old The Police tracks like "I burn for you" and, at that time, new material from the fabulous solo album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles"

The best thing with this live album is probably that the exteremly talented crew he used on "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" are also with him on the tour: Darryl Jones (bass), Branford Marsalis (sax), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards) and Omar Hakim, the best drummer I’ve ever heard. These guys are freackin’ extreme.

Another thing that it might wise to point out about these new digitally remastered albums is that they all feature a data track with one of Sting’s music videos. "Bring on the Night" features a rather low quality version of "Love is the seventh wave", not much to jump around for, but it’s a nice bonus.

When it comes down to the question of ‘to buy or not to buy’, the answer simple: Buy.

Portishead: Roseland NYC Live

Portishead: Roseland NYC Live.This is one of the best live albums I have ever heard! It is the first Portishead I have bought, and it sure won’t be the last. Portishead is no bad live band. Lead vocalist Beth Gibbons gives you nothing but crystal clear vocals. It’s not like hearing the Spice Girls live when the producers decides to take the risk and turn on the girls’ microphones during the concert. This is the real thing and it sound great. The best track is probably track #10, Roads. It was recorded during the Quart Festival in Kristiansand, Norway. Play this one loud and let yourself be seduced by Gibbons magical voice. This is a must have for all Portishead fans, and a should try for the average person with some self respect…

Coldplay: Parachutes

Coldplay: Parachutes.Music doesn’t come more touching than this. With their debut single alone, the emotion-fortified “Shiver,” Coldplay prove they can shift between elated and crushed in a breath, as singer Chris Martin pours out music’s oldest chestnut (unconditional yet unrequited love) with the shakiest of voices and a backdrop of epic guitars. For 10 tracks on Parachutes, he adds new-found meaning to the most tired and overused rock sentiments — love found, love lost, love unrequited — over acoustic guitars and emotionally fraught rock.

And for once, all the clichés ring true because Chris Martin genuinely sounds like a man picking over the bones of his life, coming up with just as many reasons to be cheerful as seriously depressed. Not that Parachutes is a depressing album–there’s too much conviction to the guitars and hope in Martin’s words for that. Instead it’s a beautifully tender balance that comes as close to perfection as anything that’s come before it.

Oh, yeah… This album really grows on you. A friend of mine bought the album and the first time I listened to it, I thought it was OK, but nothing more. The second time it was a bit better. The fifth time I listened to it, I completely fell in love. This album is just damn spectacular! I’ve now bought a copy for myself and I gave one to a friend of mine for his 22nd birthday.

Goo Goo Dolls: Dizzy Up The Girl

Goo Goo Dolls: Dizzy Up The Girl.With hit single ‘Iris’ from the motion picture ‘City Of Angels’, Goo Goo Dolls set the standard for this album. Because it’s a great album, with good American pop/rock. Or at least that is what it sounds like to me. Here is what said about the album:

“One listen to “Slide,” the crafty, yearning second track off their sixth release, suggests the streak continues for Buffalo’s finest. Not surprisingly, aspects that make the aforementioned songs memorable–warm, acoustic stylings; strings; heartrending hooks–also make Dizzy come alive elsewhere.”