Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Hello Old Thing, Hello New Thing: 2

The Emotions: So I Can Love You (Stax, 1969)

This Stax compilation arrived the other day. You look down the list at Isaac Hayes, Booker T, Rufus Thomas and you think two things.
1. Jesus, look how many great records they put out.
2. Jesus, I've really heard a lot of those too many times.

But there are still some great tracks in there, and this Emotions track is chief among them. Listen to it and, while it slinks about in the background, your world will be a happier, more interesting place.

The National Fake Empire (Beggars Banquet, 2007)

The National are two sets of brothers and another bloke from Cincinatti, Ohio. Somehow, this makes them seem almost unbearably romantic what with all the huge corn fields, half-empty, twilight bars and over-sized trucks tootling down dusty roads and stuff. Of course, it's probably nothing like that, but what do I know? Anyway, they make me think a little of Leonard Cohen and Joy Division and Nick Cave. Their album includes breezy acoustic strums and gentle trumpet-parpery, there's the odd treacly pop shudder and one rattling, pointed distress-call. This track is just brilliant. That's part of their appeal. If not all of it.

Anyway, enjoy...


Valentine Suicide said...

Lovely that Rob, thanks.
As usual my search of eMusic, the service I subscribe to, has none of their content !

Valentine Suicide said...

Apologies to eMusic. They have Alligator and Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers.

Rob said...

Hey VS - good to hear from you. This is from the new one - The Boxer out end of May. Consider this a taster!