Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a lost album from 1970 that contains all the fundamental aspects of a golden Nashville-pop classic. Bergen White's For Women Only has been re-issued by Rev-Ola, and is a wonderful release that fans of Bacharach, Bread, Webb and Nilsson should rush to own.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the wonderfully exuberant soundtrack from the forgettable late-sixties Frank Sinatra-vehicle Lady In Cement, released by Harkit records.
Another month, another Raph's musical overview, with April's best release chosen...
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the title track, and another awful release from Aussie wannabe hellraisers The Vines...Released tomorrow.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the 1974 solo album from Doors' keyboard man Ray Manzarek. The Golden Scarab is a fun, spirituality-obsessed concept album that cannot help containing some damn fine rock tunes. Released this week.
<p align="justify">We at CD Times were very lucky to be handed some hot information regarding <B>The Aerovons'</B> belated second album! Frontman <B>Tom Hartman</B> has confirmed that he will write and record ten to twelve new songs for an album with a view to being released very early 2005!The album's working title is <I>Now Hear This..</I>, and is likely to be released through <I>Cherry Red</I>, whose <I>RPM</I> label gave <B>The Aerovons'</B> stunning debut album <a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=563">Resurrection</A> a welcome release more than thirty years after it was left to gather dust in <I>EMI's</I> vaults.This is tremendously exciting news, and we will keep you informed of any further progress. <b>The Beatles</B> may have left us in 1970, but <B>The Aerovons</B> are clearly their musical little brother.
Barbarella Psychedella! Raphael Pour-Hashemi reviews the brilliant kitsch celebration soundtrack that so memorably accompanied Roger Vadim's 1968 film Barbarella. Let's face it, you've all seen that opening striptease by Jane Fonda...
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Summer In The Sixties, yet another 2 CD compilation designed to cash in on the pop rock and roll sounds as we approach our British summer...
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed a sunny compilation of million-selling instrumentalists The Ventures' psychedelic era, entitled Sixties Guitar Party.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Ash's attempt to break the US nu-metal market in the shape of new album Meltdown, and wishes someone else had the chore of having to listen to it.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Morrissey's return from his seven-year musical hiatus, entitled You Are The Quarry, which sees the former Smiths lead singer at his most introspective, and at his most characteristic. Released May 17th.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the fine soundtrack to one of the year's best British films Touching The Void. Composed by Alex Heffes and released through Harkit Records.
You've seen Kill Bill, you've wondered whether the Japanese rock and roll band featured amidst the violence are real...and they are! The 5,6,7,8's release a compilation of their early days singles, and Raphael Pour-Hashemi takes a look.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the next dance anthem set to storm the underground...Miss Kittin's Professional Distortion, which is released two weeks before album I Com hits the stores.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the mini CD/DVD combo from Four Tet, entitled My Angel Rocks Back And Forth. Featuring five bonus songs/remixes from last year's Rounds album as well as a DVD of Four Tet's music videos to date.
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed Hopes And Fears, the debut album from the heartfelt indie three-piece Keane, who are touted as the next big thing despite the sore lack of guitars or interesting songs. Released 10th May.
<p align="center"><img border="0" src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/images/covers/alanismorrissettelaunch.jpg" width="300"></p> <p align="justify">Keep hold of all your cutlery, as <I>Canadian</I> wordsmith <B>Alanis Morissette</B> is releasing a new album on the 17th of May, entitled <I>So-Called Chaos</I>. Below is the press release for her new album: <p align="center"><img border="0" src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/images/covers/alanis_socalledchaos.jpg" width="300"></p> <p align="justify">Great things can come out of <I>So-Called Chaos</I>. When <B>Alanis Morissette</B> first burst upon the global music scene in the mid-Nineties, she created a truly massive commotion. She did so by dramatically reinventing the role of confessional singer-songwriter for a whole new generation of music lovers. On many levels--sonic, psychic, commercial, and cultural--the impact of <B>Morissette’s</B> 1995 album <I>Jagged Little Pill</I> was tremendous. The album--produced with <B>Morissette’s</B> collaborator <B>Glen Ballard</B>--sold more than thirty million copies around the world and became one of the most successful recordings in music history. That success quickly transformed <B>Morissette</B>--previously a moderately known singer and actress in her native <I>Canada</I>--into perhaps the most talked-about artist in the world. With just one album of deeply felt songs intimately chronicling her own often-bumpy ride into adulthood, <B>Morissette</B> became, at age 21, a global superstar and a spokesperson for her generation.Before long, <B>Morissette</B> also established herself as a live performer of rare intensity, and earned the respect of fans wherever she performed. In 1996, she received <I>Grammys</I> for <I>Album of the Year</I> and <I>Rock Album</I>, as well as <I>Female Rock Vocal Performance</I> and <I>Rock Song of the Year</I> for <U>You Oughta Know</U> - the explosive song of love and rage that helped kick off the commotion in the first place.In the years that have followed that initial breakthrough, <B>Morissette</B> has continued to bravely and unflinchingly chronicle her own journey in powerful ways on 1998’s <I>Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie</I>, 1999’s <I>Unplugged</I>, 2002’s <I>Under Rug Swept</I> and that same year’s CD/DVD offering <I>Feast on Scraps</I>. Along the way, she’s also found time to act, on the big screen (a memorable role as <I>God</I> in <B>Kevin Smith’s</B> film <I>Dogma</I> and the upcoming musical <I>De-Lovely</I>), in acclaimed TV shows (<I>Sex And The City, Curb Your Enthusiasm</I>) and off-Broadway (<I>Vagina Monologues, The Exonerated</I>). And in recent years, <B>Morissette</B> has also taken on considerable charitable and civic-minded work in her impressive attempt to raise consciousness as well as funds for assorted good causes. On her latest effort <I>So-Called Chaos</I>, <B>Morissette</B> sounds paradoxically like a woman who has found her own separate peace with the world. A deeply thoughtful individual by nature, <I>So-Called Chaos</I> finds her in life-affirming, positive place, making music that in a sense sums up her past strengths along some newfound maturity and perspective. “I may still be talking about things in my life that were challenging,” she explains, “but I’m approaching life and thereby my songs with less blame.”<B>Morissette’s</B> previous studio album <I>Under Rug Swept</I>, which featured the riveting hit <U>Hands Clean</U>, found the singer-songwriter taking the production reins and delivering arguably her most accomplished album up until that point. This time around, <B>Morissette</B> chose to share the responsibilities behind the board and the results are extremely impressive. She sets her free-flowing vocals, luminescent melodies and fervent introspection in a seamless mix of rock, pop, folk, electronic and Eastern stylings. “I had spent a few years rising to my own occasion in terms of wanting to see, out of curiosity, what producing a record on my own would be like,” <B>Morissette</B> explains. “Then once I tasted what that was like, I realized my favorite aspect of making a record was the writing of it.’And so for <I>So-Called Chaos</I>, <B>Morissette</B> returned to a more collaborative recording approach. “This way was so much more relaxing for me,” she explains. “I actually wound up doing the first phase of the recording and producing with my friend <B>Tim Thorney</B> whom I’ve known since I lived in <I>Toronto</I> as a teenager. Then after we did that initial phase of recording, <B>John Shanks</B> came in and offered his objective take on things. We wound up being a team, with <B>John</B> and <B>Tim</B> and I doing it together in different phases.”The sessions for <I>So-Called Chaos</I>--held primarily at Groove Masters studio in <I>Santa Monica, California</I>--featured performances from <B>Morissette’s</B> touring band (guitarists <B>David Levita</B> and <B>Jason Orme</B>; bassist <B>Eric Avery</B>; keyboardist <B>Zac Rae</B>; and drummer <B>Blair Sinta</B>) as well as some favorite associates of <B>Shanks</B>, including drummer <B>Kenny Aronoff</B>. The resulting album is a set of <B>Morissette’s</B> most adult and compelling songs, compositions that more than ever explore life’s emotional dualities. “I do tend to explore both sides of an argument on some of the songs here,” she confesses. “Either that interests me as a person and a writer or I’m a schizophrenic. Of course, both may be true.”Of the opening <U>Eight Easy Steps</U>, <B>Morissette</B> says, “it’s my taking responsibility and busting my own chops at the same time--essentially finding the gifts in all the struggles that I’ve been through. Until I found the gifts of my struggles, I would still be stuck in that resentful place, that victim place. But as soon as I found the good that came of those circumstances, I could actually enjoy them for what they were, and bless them as opposed to feeling wounded by them for the rest of my life. The song is my way of looking at it all objectively, and then also just making fun of myself.”According to <B>Morissette</B>, the gorgeous <U>Out is Through</U> was written “with a little resignation on my part. I can conceptually and intellectually say I’m up for the really courageous work that it takes to make a romantic relationship work. And at the same time I would often find myself sabotaging things and creating a relationship’s end, while thinking that it was circumstantial. Really it was just part of me that wasn’t really ready myself. This song is my way of saying I’m ready to actually walk my walk now.”Another song of self-analysis, <U>Excuses</U> is for <B>Morissette</B>, “me bringing into the light certain negative and unconscious thoughts that were running my life. I think that’s one of the biggest responsibility-taking songs. And it’s also potentially one of the most embarrassing songs too, because it’s pretty transparent in terms of some of the uglier thoughts that were really driving the car for a while.”Far more pleasant and romantic thoughts pervade <U>Knees of My Bees</U>, a lovely and playful love song. “I wanted to find a way to express how infatuated and how in love with my boyfriend I was,” she reveals. “The title was something I actually said to him several times in conversation--`You make the knees of my bees weak.’… so that line is very precious to me”.Another lyricist might simply call their beloved “the bee’s knees,” but characteristically, <B>Morissette</B> finds a way to make the language of love feel fresh. “I think part of the reason I like playing with phrases is because the English language bores me a little bit,” she explains. “Obviously, everything has been said before backwards and forwards millions of times, so I want to play with it in the same way that someone would play with paints.”The wordplay is a tad more formal for <U>Doth I Protest Too Much</U>. As <B>Morissette</B> explains, “It’s hard for me not to notice in myself--and in others-is that that which we protest very much about is often the exact thing that we would benefit from truly admitting and surrendering to. So if I’m really trying hard to convince someone that I am not scared, you can know that it means that I’m exactly scared. And that song is my humorously outing myself or busting myself again.”<U>Not All Me</U> was written in the middle of what <B>Morissette</B> calls “a very conflicted time for me in a relationship. I’ve been really tolerant and patient most of my life with people being angry and projecting a lot of their anger onto me. I just started reaching a point where I thought it would benefit me--and the relationship--to set my limit or boundaries with that. Basically the song is about asking the other person to take responsibility for their part in a very firm yet kind way.”The title track to <I>So-Called Chaos</I> is a song about the biggest of pictures. “With the low level of consciousness that we’re at on this planet, we are in need of police and arbitrators, laws and rules. My thought in `<I>So-Called Chaos</I>’ was that if our consciousness was raised, we wouldn’t need all that. We wouldn’t need to be regulated from the outside--we’d be able to be regulated from the inside based on a respect of life and knowing that we’re all connected. That song is me pointing towards that in a three-minute way.”<U>This Grudge</U> is about mystery of the concept of forgiveness. “It’s always been such a popular little word, and always so confusing to me,” <B>Morissette</B> admits. “I conceptually understood what forgiveness meant, but I didn’t know how the fuck to really do it. Forgiveness sounds like such a great concept on paper, yet when I would try to go do it, I felt like it was just saying the words and not experiencing it with this person. That song is really just allowing me to show my readiness to truly forgive.”“These are by far my scariest and darkest shadows,” <B>Morissette</B> says of <U>Spineless</U>, a song exploring the fear of weakness. “I’ve been so afraid of being the things I sing about in this song. The gift of my terror of being a disempowered female is that it led me to become a forthright and courageous feminist and activist. Part of what made me so compulsive about being so strong is that I’m terrified of being weak, of being the other archetype for women-mute and meek. I felt like at least singing about it started me down the path of being able to integrate those parts of me so that they don’t run my life, that I’m not compulsively strong all the time, that I can balance a softness and vulnerability with my strength and empowerment.”Finally, there is <U>Everything</U>--the first single from <I>So-Called Chaos</I> and a song that offers the same grand expansiveness of another of <B>Morissette’s</B> past classics, the Grammy-winning <U>Uninvited</U> from the <I>City of Angels</I> soundtrack. “That song is basically the crux of my own inner work and training over the last couple of years where my goal is not so much to be good, as much as it is to be whole. That’s my goal-- to be all these parts of myself. I remember as a young girl all the way up till today, I would always write in my journal, `All parts,’ `All parts,’ `All parts.’ My fantasy--my highest vision--was that at some point in my life not only would I feel all parts of myself were accepted by other people, but that I would accept those parts. So this song is my chronicling my ongoing journey toward wholeness. And in that way it is the ultimate love song. It’s the ultimate love song to someone else, and it’s the ultimate love song to myself. To even play it back, it just shifts my cells.”<B>Morissette</B> is excited to take the songs from <I>So-Called Chaos</I> on the road and shift some cells for audiences too. “I am beside myself with anticipation to tour,” she says. “I’m really excited to travel the world even more than I have over the last couple of years. In keeping with wanting my life to be a little bit more balanced, I’d love to make it that I’m touring whether I have a record out or not, and the tours themselves won’t be breakneck year-and-a-half tours. I choose to balance everything out a little bit more.“We also recorded 14 acoustic songs from the last five records--including this one--with the intention of releasing that mid year. I am inspired to balance my energy expenditure and my energy rejuventation, regardless of what it is that I’m doing with my days.”At the heart of <I>So-Called Chaos</I> is a woman coming to terms with who she is an artist and as a person. It’s an album that powerfully documents a woman driven to ask big questions. “For me, one big question is, ‘What is my life’s purpose?’ And that begs a second question: ‘Is what I am doing every day in alignment with that purpose?’ My life purpose is to inspire courage and compassion and the raising of consciousness on this planet, so then every little thing that I do, whether it’s a conversation I have, or a relationship that I nurture, a tour that I go on or a song that I write---it serves me to see how in alignment it is with my purpose. My choices are a lot easier to make when I have my purpose to reference.”<I>So-Called Chaos</I> is music that comes from a woman with great talent and an even greater sense of purpose. Released May 17th in the <I>UK</I>.<center><a href="#" onClick="Alanis=window.open('http://www.hyperlaunch.com/alanis', 'AlanisBlip', 'width=680, height=460, scrollbars=no'); return false;"><img src="http://www.hyperlaunch.com/alanis/images/button.gif" height="60" width="120" border="0" alt="Click here to find out more about Alanis Morissette!"></a></center> <B>Alanis Morissette</B> releases first single off <I>So-Called Chaos</I>, entitled <U>Everything</U>, on May 10th. You can watch the video here: <B>Everything.asx</B> <a href="http://mfile.akamai.com/9139/asf/stream.wmg.com/wmi/uk/alanis/Everything_w_hi.asx">Hi</A> / <a href="http://mfile.akamai.com/9139/asf/stream.wmg.com/wmi/uk/alanis/Everything_w_lo.asx">Low</A> <B>Everything.ram</B> <a href="http://mfile.akamai.com/9139/rm/stream.wmg.com/wmi/uk/alanis/Everything_r_hi.ram">Hi</A> / <a href="http://mfile.akamai.com/9139/rm/stream.wmg.com/wmi/uk/alanis/Everything_r_lo.ram">Low</A>
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the bizarre acoustic (if you can call it that) album from prolific Brooklyn outfit Animal Collective. Out May 3rd.
<img border="0" src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/images/covers/eamon_single.jpg" width="150" align=left><a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=609">Eamon's</A> <U>Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)</U> remained at Number One in the UK Singles Chart this week, fighting off <B>Maroon 5's</B> <a href="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=604">This Love</A>, which charted at Number Three. Elsewhere, <B>Franz Ferdinand</B> earned their second top-ten hit with <U>Matinee</U>, which charted at eight.Full chart placings available <a href="http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/c/uk/single_charts.html">here</A> at <B>Dotmusic</B>
Raphael Pour-Hashemi has reviewed the beautifully warm debut album from singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma, who is already making waves after supporting Jamie Cullum. Could she be the new Beth Orton? Read on....