||[Oct. 20th, 2005|04:59 pm]
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Why do albums have to be so long these days? I just downloaded the new Babyshambles album, "Down In Albion", and it runs for more than an hour. And, of course, it's patchy as hell. Cutting a minute or so off a few of the songs, and culling the running order down to 37 minute/10 tracks would have made for a lean, tight and brilliant album. As it stands, there's a duet with Kate Moss (of course why not?) and a reagae song sung by some guy Pete met "inside".
Crack + sycophants does not a good album make.
On the other hand, the 3CD "Luke Haines Is Dead" compilation, for all ts length and breadth, is absolutely essential. The only man from the class of '93 who still has lead in his pencil.
I have a strange desire to hear that Kate Moss one... do you have it on one of your portable hard drives/laptop?
They're not all long these days.
The Strokes did well at shortening things.
Franz Ferdinand tend to keep it lean too.
Pete Doherty is a tosser who gets far too much attention in the British press. Live, he is a shambles, but at least I didn't have to shell out cash to discover that!
The tabloids have been ridiculously tough on Kate Moss. So she took cocaine, what's the big deal?
She's a model, not a lawyer.
I love what Robbie Williams said, "I took cocaine with the journalists who are attacking her".
Back to long albums, the new Dave Dobbyn album has 15 tracks but is only 43 min long. It's really good too, probably his best. It has a real inclusive feel to it (that probably sounds weird if you haven't heard it!).
Many of the songs are inspired by Dave's christian beliefs, but it doesn't sound at all "christian rock" to me; it sounds great.
On ya Dave!
I guess the thing is, in "the old days" of vinyl. there was an imposed time limit of about 45 minutes for an album, unless you decided to make the album a double. In which case, it was generally a conceptual decision. Nowadays. you can just bung a few more songs on to pad things out.
I think that Pete Doherty genuinely is a very good songwriter, and if you ever download any of his acoustic Babyshambles material, it's excellent, not very shambolic at all, and has a nice singer-songwriter vibe. Sadly, his band aren't terribly musically proficicent, and I think his every whim is indulged by sycophants. He needs someone (Carl Barat? a good producer?) to act as an anchor, and to provide some much needed quality control.
... I should get the Dobbyn album. The man's a gem.
a) I love Dave. He gets no props from the youf. It's a pity.
b) I love Robbie Williams for saying that. (And she did, what, six lines? We're hardly talking David Bowie here...)
after spending about a year after 'up the bracket' was released being completly obsessed with the libertines and think i just don't have any more pete space.
i got the first 7" and wasn't impressed. however i did download a lot of babyshambles records when it was his the libertines home recording side project rather than a proper band and do like some of them. albion is a great song. in conclusion i think i will buy the babyshambles album when it comes out but will never listen to it. i miss that period when it felt like i was the only the libertines fan in nz and 'death on the stairs' and 'the delaney' felt like the best songs in the world.
as an aside rambling around the jens lekman website i have noticed there are similarities between him and pete doherty. he's kinda like a twee version. he has a blog which is very funny and interesting and a whole lot of mp3s from EPs and 7" that had like 30 copies pressed. so if you yearn for the pete of old you can just enjoy the jens of present.
... but probably without the distraction of supermodels and crack