The thoughts and ocassional ramblings of a 30-something muso.
Hello, I’m a muso. I'm one of those guys you see digging around the racks of vinyl in London's backstreet record shops. I'm not addicted, I can give it up whenever I want. I just need to find that limited edition 7" single that the NME made single of the week. Maybe you've bumped into me in the queue for the bar at The Academy or The Astoria. There are thousands of us in London - I've seen all the regular faces in the record shops and at the gigs.

This blog is my attempt to write about the records that I love, the gigs I've been to and, well, anything else to do with music. Hopefully you'll find something here that makes you nod in agreement or rant in disagreement or maybe even laugh.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Two months off
It's been a funny couple of months. We spoilt ourselves in May with far too many gigs (over 2 a week) and I really could'nt find the time to update this blog. And then June had the world cup and we had a server failure at home and house guests, so again no updates.

But after a few weeks off of live music we jumped back in again last week with The Spinto Band, whi reaffarmed my love of live music. Everyone should see this band live at least once - they have so much fun and it's truely infectious.

Anyway, I feel compelled to speak out about the Razorlight album. Have you heard it ? It's a bit (whisper it) weak isn't it ? Have we listened to mouth almighty Borrel and wait for 2 years for this ?

My first gripe, there isn't much of it - 35 minutes / 10 tracks. And if you take away Kirby's House, which was on the Help album, then that's just 9 tracks. Oh, andthe version of Kirby's House on the Help album was much better IMO.

So I know you should judge by Quality rather than Quantity, so on to my second gripe, it's a bit MOR isn't it ? I'd say it plodded along, but can an ablum of 35 mnutes plod ? Have Razorlight written an album to appeal to the US radio format ? I suspect this is the album they will use to try an break America, but really it's not the band that wrote Up All Night.

Now, if you're looking for the album of this week, possibly of the summer then look no further than Lily Allen, who like Johnny, could be called mouthy. Her album is everything that the Razorlight record should be - it's fun, its witty, it's full of catchy songs. Most importantly it doesn't strive to be "a classic", but then anyone who strives to create a classic is surely setting themselves up for failure. Just ask Johnny B.

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