Mew - No More Stories / Are Told Today / I'm Sorry / They Washed Away / No More Stories / The World Is Grey / I'm Tired / Let's Wash Away (August 17, 2009))
Առաջին սինգլը` Introducing Palace Players.
First of all, Mew (from Denmark) always release really eccentric albums, so different from each other. If there wasn’t Jonas’ vocal, I would think those are different bands playing. But besides the vocal there is something that identifies the band. But no matter how hard I try, I cannot tell you what is that exactly! But, for sure, it’s somewhere in subconsciousness.
This album is really different from the previous ones (it seems everybody decided to change their sounds in 2009, just to remember Arctic Monkeys). First of all, they are using much broken beats (of course, they are always using this trick but with THIS music it creates a different atmosphere). Mew used synth sounds: I think this is the first time ever they did it (if I’m not mistaken). As a result, with broken beats it somehow makes an illusion of dance music.. But, I mean, after 10 seconds you will realize that it’s not really a dance music. Although, if Repeaterbeater ever is played in a disco, maybe there will be people dancing to it. Hmmm.. can make a try..
One more interesting thing on the album: there is a chorus! It spreads warm waves on some songs, which is sometimes really needed for Scandinavian bands, and Mew is not an exception. As a result, the music is still cold and snowy, but it seems that there are burning candles everywhere. Perhaps, this impression is the reason why I’m writing this not in the light of an electric lamp but a candle. Hawaii is just too beautiful! :)
Some years ago when I got interested in britpop they were one of my favourite bands. Of course when you are a teenager you should love these sweet chords and charming vocal. Starsailor: so depressive on the first album Love Is Here, but getting lighter and more positive album by album. I didn't listen to this music for such a long time but seeing they are having a concert near my city couldn't miss this!
Having the new album - All The Plans in my media library, never had time to listen to it (such a shame!). Well, and then I decided: why listen to it! I can enjoy it on the concert! ;)
Yes, they are not so young any more. I wouldn't say that the new album is more mature. They haven't changed and maybe it's good to see that. Althoug James Walsh isn't that slim any more, that's it :)
After the crazy and stressful week it was really nice to hear something from the past, something familiar, especially when it's live! They played lots of old songs, opening the show with Tie Up My Hands. This was the first song I have ever heard of them! Do I have to mention all the songs they have played? Ohhh, I was really happy to the old ones: Poor Misguided Fool, Alcoholic, Fidelity, Four To The Floor, Love Is Here, Silence Is Easy, In The Crossfire, Keep Us Together.. So much positive even in the most depressive ones. I like also the new album: Boy In Waiting, All The Plans, Change My Mind.. and of course, Tell Me It's Not Over. Never expected them to be so full of positive and making people laugh. Such a contrast with the music and lyrics! Paradox? :)
The venue was nice and full of people: NOT teenagers.. mostly. The crowd was speaking for itself: it's not an adolescent music, although I liked it when I was 15-16. But why likED? I like it now, too. So nice to get back to the favourite music!