30 Reviews in 30 Days: #10
Since I’ve been more in a pop mood today:
The Shamen – Boss Drum
Bought this more than likely from Yesterday Discs in Wichita, KS, where I did work for a few years.
1. Boss Drum – Eletronic pop is the over all feel for this CD. We start out spacey, like what music will become in a century or so.
2. LSI [Love Sex Intelligence] – This was one of the singles off the album, if I recall correctly. Either that or I often started listening to this album at track two. Poppy, hooky, danceable. A quick search on Google validates my thoughts as I found the official video:
3. Space Time – While the lyrics are sparse in sections throughout the album, I liked this album and The Shamen because they have intelligent lyrics and this song is makes it evident.
4. Librae Solidi Denari – Sampling in minute layers keep this song simple. Varying speeds make for an interesting adventure when dancing to this track. No vocals.
5. Ebeneezer Goode [Beatmasters Mix] – Another song in its single form I dug back in the day. Still do. The video that used to get a lot of airplay on MTV back when the M stood for Music is still fun to watch: The track on Boss Drum is nearly double in length. The video link contains the lyrics in the about section. This is one of their most lyrical tracks. It’s about a character in the neighborhood, a good fellow, who likes to have fun and according to the video interpretation, even in the sepia tones – like to dress up for the party. No drug references, just good clean fun. How can one not like this song in any mix form?
6. Comin’ On – More of an acoustic feel, with a bluegrass jazz undertone throughout. A more laid back sound compared to the intensity of “Ebeneezer Goode.” And while I mentioned the cleanness of the lyrics in the last track, the imagery in the video for this one, you have to wonder.
7. Phorever People – Multicultural lines blur as we move forward as one race, the human race. Music shall bring us together. Disco era influence is prominent in this song.
8. Fatman – We slow down the beat with a bass only beginning for a couple of measures. Adding drums and samples slowing to the deep, slower base beat. The vocals seem forced here. Lyrically, the Fatman is most likely a metaphor, alluding to those in positions of power, whether than be government or corporate. It’s almost too serious of a subject for the rest of the album. But perhaps it serves as a warning for us to pay attention and not be too distracted with the fun, else the fatman might “take away your fun.”
9. Scientas – Tribal, Native American style influence in a lullaby almost as the penultimate track rocks you to sleep with the sounds of a rainmaker, sounding like running water. New age electronic song. If you have been on an intense workout with the prior eight tracks, this is your signal to cool down with some yoga stretches. It could also mark the dawn and sunrise, after a night of partying with Ebeneezer Goode.
10. Re: Evolution – The mellow is continued with a music tracks underlaid over a lecture by philosopher Terence McKenna. The music complements and does not distract from the soul of the words that McKenna speaks. Accordign to the liner notes, the spoken word is “The Rave” recorded as part of an interview with The Shamen.
11. Boss Dub – This track and the next are marked as “bonus tracks” on my original CD. The whooshy beginning blends well from the last track’s end. Instrumental versions.
12. Phorever Dub – The mix here is not a straight up vocals removed version of “Phorever People” but the underlayment reenvisioned and reinvented as a tool for DJ’s to mix and blend into their club night, perhaps in anticipation of a visit from Ebeneezer Goode.
The liner notes do not include the lyrics, just the credits, but its not hard to figure out the lyrics as they are clean through out the album. I did spin this a lot in the 90’s before it got packed away and forgotten about as I moved on to other albums, bands, sounds.
Listening Notes: Same Samsung laptop and earbuds as the last posts.