How Cool Is This?
Posted on Jun 26th, 2008 by Alan @ 2:23 pm

I’ve just been playing with wordle (a gadget that creates text clouds based on the frequency that words appear in a block of text) and I wondered what would happen if I copied and pasted the contents of the current front page of this blog. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE this!

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No-Man – All Sweet Things / Pigeon Drummer
Posted on Jun 23rd, 2008 by Alan @ 9:28 am

As promised, some new No-Man. I’m posting a couple of tracks so you understand my “WTF” reaction when I heard the second of these for the first time… “All Sweet Things” opens the new album and is typical No-Man, so laidback it looks like this man. Another track in the same vein follows (“Beautiful Songs You Should Know”) before “Pigeon Drummer” plays, and it’s probably the last thing I’d ever expect to hear on a No-Man record.

Gavin Harrison is responsible. You bad, bad man. I soiled myself.

All Sweet Things:

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No-Man – Lighthouse
Posted on Jun 20th, 2008 by Alan @ 3:16 pm

My first No-Man post – but not the last… I’ve got another one on the way with a couple of tracks from their new album “Schoolyard Ghosts”, but first here’s one from their 2001 album, “Returning Jesus”.

It took me quite a while to get into No-Man, mainly because I picked the wrong starting point. I started with “Speak”, a 1999 compilation of re-recorded versions of their very earliest material from the days before they had a record deal, and I still find it hard work to listen to it even now that I’m more familiar with them. I think my problem with them initially was that Tim Bowness’s vocals often seem to slow the music down – it’s not the liveliest music to start with, and his delivery seems to drag it back even further. The fact that I persisted with their stuff is purely down to Steven Wilson’s involvement (as you may have spotted the Porcupine Tree kingpin can do no wrong in my eyes). And it was definitely worth persisting, once I worked my way through their back catalogue and found “Returning Jesus” and “Flowermouth” I’ve not looked back. Those two records stand out as their finest work, although this year’s release is pushing them close, as you’ll find out in the next few days.

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