I am not a huge synth pop fan, but back in the 80s they did some creative stuff with synthesizers. A-ha, anyway, was never a band who only used synthesizers. And they have this incredible singer in Morten Harket, so they could make use of demanding melodies. For more than 30 years now, Morten has been one of the singers I have admired the most. I love his voice, I love his singing, his vocal range is amazing.
The only complete album of them I own is East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon. I bought it back then. It's a rather acoustic album.
After starting to enjoy a-ha's MTV Unplugged album earlier this year, I went on a journey through all their albums, listening into all the songs. And I found lots of gems I didn't really know before. It was li…Read more >
I haven't been here for a long time. I don't know for how long I will be here, but I hope even small contributions are appreciated.
The reason I am here is that since New Year's Eve I am on an A-ha trip. On German TV there was a one hour excerpt of their MTV Unplugged shows. I loved it and ended up buying the album - and later many songs from their studio albums.
For me this Unplugged album is a jewel. Whereas a-ha use synthesizers quite a lot, I love all things acoustic. Not that I don't appreciate some creative use of keyboards or some of the stuff you can do with synths. Anyway, what a-ha did with their songs on this album is brillant. Some versions are slower than the originals, but above all the acoustic versions show the very substance…Read more >
"Out Of The Game" is the title of the forthcoming Rufus Wainwright album, which was produced by Mark Ronson. Wainwright calls it the poppiest album of his career and Ronson calls it the best work of his career. What I've heard so far sounds great.
It will be released on 23 April in the UK, 24 April in Canada and 1 May in the US.
A teaser can be watched here: Read more >
It's been way over 4 months that I last nominated a song for Song of the Day. It hasn't appeared on the main page, yet. I'm fed up with taking a look at the queue every week to see if it has finally come up, although I like to see my nomination on the main page.
All the while I see nominations appear that are boring and meaningless, whereas when I write a nomination I make an effort to write a good one that really tells people something about the song. But what for? So that a few people see it for a few hours when they happen to come across the main page and actually give it some attention? And my last nomination that did appear there wasn't even there for a whole day, not nearly.
So if no one really cares for good nominations you won't get …Read more >
As my latest SOTD nominations suggest I have become a huge fan of Rufus Wainwright.
It started slowly. I rediscovered his wonderful version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, done for the soundtrack of the movie Shrek. I was immediately impressed by his voice and singing abilities. So I checked out more stuff from him on youtube - film songs, Judy Garland songs and also his own songs. I had know him to be considered a genius singer/songwriter, but I hadn't known his own stuff until then. When I started listening to his songs, something strange happened. At first, they didn't sound very melodic. They didn't stick like normal pop or rock music - even more sophisticated one - does. But there was something to them that kept me coming back, that mad…Read more >