OUR OPINIONS, OUR THOUGHTS…
Our feedback of the 2014 Classic Rock Awards: as always a party and we get in a state of awe at the reading of the names of nominees and winners! The Doors of Jim Morrison won the “Inspiration” category: they’re still influential after so long time; Led Zeppelin and Queen weren’t a surprise; the Outstanding Contribution Award was given to someone who really deserved it. The nominees and the winners of the “VIP” category are a funny thing to see. Congrats everyone!
We were watching an Italian TV documentary, which is used to air reportage on mysteries, on odd events and the so-called theories of conspiracy. It is well done; the speaker is enough persuading, credible. At some point footage on rock music was aired: according to a theory of conspiracy, the sexy rock video clips are deliberately outrageous to let the listeners incapable to have children; watching on TV sexy nude bodies might discourage the fans to have children. It’s a crazy idea, but it I true that today rock stars are going beyond the limit of bearable transgression.
2014 saw the loss of at least a couple of rock legends: Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce (the Cream, bassist) and the Rolling Stones’ sax player: rest in peace and you’ll be sadly missed. They were unique figures in the rock industry, that’s why so much exploited at a point in their long time careers; their stardom lead to booze and drugs, which all had a toll on their health.
The 1986 circa so called “hair – metal” is what you probably would call “hard pop”: the second-mid rockers had a too strong imagery that they appeared too “soft” to be aside the other proper rock acts. We loved those “hard pop” musicians, because they were in contrast to the techno – rap – house music guys that was surfacing in that moment: “hair metal” was just amazing guitar riffs opposite to the then contemporary launch of the Ibiza dance clubs.
Off the current international charts, we are recently watching a vacuum of experiments in pop music, now invaded by the rappers, and a wave of “new ideas” in rock music. Yay!
We are noticing there is more energy in promoting pop music acts and albums than promoting rock music bands: when in rock music, the key word is simply “live tour”, in pop music it takes more than one key word to keep the fans awaken.
We wonder if the decision of releasing globally new studio records on Fridays would have a stronger impact in pop or in rock music in terms of sales. (!?).
THE LEGENDARY ROCK ALBUMS – OUR FEEDBACK
MICHAEL DES BARRES – THE KEY TO UNIVERSE (2015)
We can hear elements of Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams.
It’s a melodic rock and roll record, nothing heavy: it is light years away from the rock music played by Metallica, Megadeath, although there is guitar.
It’s an enjoyable album. Lyrics speak of love: sweet and romantic words. We guess women listeners would appreciate it.
Since his past awesome experience, both live and in the studio, with The Power Station, back in mid-80s, Michael sounds in a very good shape.
Our favourite tracks are: the two singles, Burning in Flame (rock-blues), It’s just a dream
DEF LEPPARD – HYSTERIA (1986)
This is a melodic-rock album, released in mid-80s, when synths ruled in the records sales charts and influenced the taste of both musicians and people.
We aren’t hard fans of the band, so we don’t know their history, but from what we knew we expected more from this album: it sounded instead a little teenage-style rock, not very professional, “wise”; it sounded very close to people, but not so relevant technically, just “easy-listening rock music”.
Lyrics are direct and they speak of anger, rebellion, war, feelings. By the way of love, “Love Bites”, it’s more a pop gem, a song that goes against the tide in the album direction.
Our fave songs are: apart from the famous hit singles (Hysteria, Rocket, Armageddeon it), we loved Women, Gods of war.
DAVID BOWIE – THE NEXT DAY (2013)
We were so glad he was back. Just like mostly of people and fans, we heard not good news on his health, that’s why we were excited to the announcement of a new studio album.
We left off to house music, heavily electronic opera, so we didn’t know what to expect, knowing how eclectic this artist is. Instead it’s a rock record, not exactly like Tin Machine or The Power Station, but the White Duke didn’t forget the guitar riffs.
He still sounds sophisticated, stylish, but that’s rock!
We find this album stylistically close to his music of mid 80s (Jazzin’ for the Blue Jean, Loving the alien, Absolute beginners).
Lyrics are wise, they mostly speak of love.
Our fave songs are: The next day, Dirty boys, Love is lost, Stars are out tonight, How does the grass grow?, I’d be rather high.
FACES – OH LA LA (1973)
It deals with the last studio album Rod Stewart wrote and recorded with the Faces, back in 1973.
In the line-up there was also the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Rod Stewart was the lead vocalist, but a couple of tracks of this album are performed by others (and we had rather Rod’s voice, for the record).
Musically, it’s an amazing, enjoyable melodic rock, guitar album, a pure gem of the Seventies rock music. There is a fantastic instrumental track, titled “Fly in the ointment”
We heard in elements of Rolling Stones and some blues mentions here and there.
Lyrics are love lyrics, mostly: delicate and passionate words, without vulgarity and obscene language spoken.
Our favourite songs are: Oh la la, Cindy Incidentally, Silicon Valley, Fly in the ointment.
ROD STEWART – OUT OF ORDER (1988)
The album is said to sound a better studio album than the previously released titled “Tonight” was, but it’s not on his best solo albums. With this in our mind we listened to it and honestly we can say we loved it.
The awesome leading guitarist, the former Duran Duran’s guitarist, Andy Taylor is credited as producer, which is true. What we didn’t know and we discovered when we got the record was that with him there was the whole Power Station crew (minus John Taylor and Robert Palmer) behind, in the Studio to play and to record the album and Andy, years later on his biography, said Rod was much satisfied of the level of musicianship of that crew and it’s not easy to make him happy.
It’s an amazing rock, funky rock album, featuring a couple of wise, poignant lyrics; Rod sounds in high spirits.
We love his Jeff Beck period, but the Power Station team made this a Rod Stewart’s rock gem.
Our fave tracks are: the singles, Crazy about her, Nobody knows when you’re down and out, Almost illegal.
DD TV xx