by KASHISH DAS SHRESTHA
LIFEHOUSE : NO NAME NO FACE
LIFEHOUSE : NO NAME NO FACE
No Name Face is Lifehouse's first album and is different from the modern rock sound flooding the market, but maybe not as different as you would want it to be. It is different in the sense that it actually sounds like the modern rock sound that prevailed during the early modern rock scene (a bit of grunge/Goo Goo Dolls and so on). It has been quite sometime since we last heard a modern rock album like that. But of course this does not mean that this is a really good rock album, but it is pretty good. There are upbeat rockers like Hanging By A Moment and Unknown, and slower numbers like Trying and Everything.
The music is nice, the voice has a bit of Eddie in it, but it sounds good, and the lyrics are your average rock lyrics about love and life. All in all, No Name Face is a great album to listen to for modern rockers, specially those who miss the old days, and pop listeners could also like some of the songs in there such as Hanging By A Moment.
The album opens bright with the song Baby's Arms, then going mellow with Already Gone, and Anytime before gaining tempo on Love Sickness, the 4th track, on the album, originally performed by Mack Rice. Other covers on the album are Elmore James' Cry For Me Baby (8th track) and The 12 Years Old Boy (12th track). Cray also worked with his wife Sue Turner Cray on the song Far Away and Renew Blues is a minute-long on-the-spot jam session, bringing out the rainy day blues feel.
Cray has worked with some of the finest artists in the business, on this album, including his old band mates Jim Pugh (keyboardist), Karl Sevareid (bassist) and drummer Kevin Hayes. Lyrics, mostly soulful, sing about relationships gone bad, lost love and love found. The music backs it up perfectly and the singer-songwriter/guitarist Robert Cray's guitar works lives up to the reputation of the artist. Shoulda been Home is a work of art to listen to for any blues lover, and good one for listeners of soul/R&B.
Buddy Guy: Sweet Tea
With the 2nd song Baby Please Don't Leave Me, the album moves on to a slow blues/rock like mood with a Guy solo, but quickly progresses to a more upbeat scene Look What All You Got. Most songs follow that groove and not to mention the guitar solos, excellent guitar solos where Buddy Guy just seems to squeeze the lemon till the juice runs dry. I Gotta Try You Girl is more than 12 minutes long and has plenty of Buddy Guy on the guitars. Who's Been Foolin' You finally has a change of pace, a little upbeat before closing the album with It's Jungle Out There, probably the only song that will sound like blues to new listeners of the music.
A very well crafted album with guitar solos being everything from raunchy to melodious, and lyrics, well they're all singing the blues. This album is definitely worth drinking if you like 'em ol' blues.
David Gray: White Ladder
The album begins with the single Please Forgive Me followed by the hit single Babylon. By the 3rd song you realize that the music in this album is going to follow the same pattern that you've heard in the first two songs, but you probably won't mind if it does. All the songs are soft in tempo, soothing in sound, honest in voice, rich in melody and simple to the ears. Not quite comparable to Travis or Coldplay (musically), but somewhere in the same area lies David Gray's White Ladder. The way they've played with the drums and the acoustic guitar and the piano is also quite notable. Another English, and another mellow album this season. But hey! They've all been good, haven't they?