|1. Touch of Trash|
|3. You & The Night & The Music|
|5. Light My Fire|
|6. Silent Partner|
|8. Let It Rain|
|9. She's A Lady|
|10. Love, put on your faces|
|11. Postmodern Blues|
|12. Let It Rain - Vamp|
It sounds AMAZING on SACD.
I though MFSL was a load a crap, then I heard this.
I'm a believer. . . WHAT else they got?
This album has been #1 on my "Desert Island List" since I bought it several years ago. Why? (1) Because it's so good, I can't get enough of it, and yet (2) because it's so intricate, I find new things every time I listen, and most of all (3) because even after practically wearing it out, there are new questions, things I'm not sure I fully understand and appreciate.
You'll love it in two bars. You'll still be learning it in two decades!
One can almost see this disc as the story of a character who roams the shadows of Orwell's "1984", but has found the methodology not to meet the same fate as Winston. The Doors' raucous "Light My Fire" survives in this world, albeit as a plaintive whisper/prayer, a feeling echoed in "Silent Partner". Peace is found in far and few corners - "Let It Rain", with another grand chorus backing Patricia's dramatic vocals, "You & the Night & The Music", and the wordless yet free "Constantinople." Biting wit breaks up the gloom and doom: "Postmodern Blues" and "Company" are wry - though occasionally self-important - and complex in their modern cool pictures.
The allusions to Dickens and Orwell are not coincidental. Patricia Barber is an author in her own right - she simply uses a piano instead of a pen. In many cases, one does not even need the lyrics (sharp as they are) to have the picture painted.
One suspects "Modern Cool" drained Barber somewhat, as she would follow up this tremendous album with two 'easier' releases - a short-ish live CD and a cover version disc - neither of which (intentionally?) would approach the majesty of this album.Read more ›