Tag: 2001

Broken Social Scene – Feel Good Lost

ARTIST: Broken Social Scene          220px-Broken_Social_Scene-Feel_Good_Lost

TITLE:  Feel Good Lost

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s a big no

LINEUP: Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Brodie West, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearing, Bill Priddle, Jessica Moss, Evan Cranley, Leslie Feist (barely).

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A mostly instrumental (and the vocals are just ethereal really) record that’s good to put on while cleaning your bathroom, but that’s not a recommendation.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At first, they were an ambient instrumental group founded by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning and they gathered some friends and recorded this record of ambient doodlings.

It’s alright if you’re into that kind of thing, but I kept waiting and waiting for something to pop out at me and give me a reason to keep going. I didn’t find it.

Obviously, they’d change up and become the big ol’ Toronto collective histpers now and nod to, but this…this isn’t it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The duo formed the band in 1999 and it took a couple years to get this made.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: C: Be my guest if you like ambient noise scapes.

Snow Patrol – When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up

ARTIST: Snow Patrol                            220px-When-Its-Over-album-cover

TITLE: When it’s All Over We Still have to Clear Up

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: #129 UK

SINGLES: Ask Me How I Am (#96 UK), One Night Is Not Enough (#92)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None.

LINEUP: Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, Jonny Quinn

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Dull record that belies the strengths of the band for the most part.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The second full-length record from this group of Scotsmen just seems to be slow and moody for the sake of being moody.

While some may like the quiet, detached sounds and then morose subject matter, it just seems that the band more enjoys wallowing in the dour than creating some memorable hooks or melodies.

At times, the tracks do break out and get somewhat alive, but for the most part this is a record to avoid except if you really, really like them.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Songs from their next breakthrough were written during the ending sessions but held back.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the B-sides to the singles of the album were added on. 

GRADE: C-: It put me on a path towards a nap, and that probably wasn’t the intent. EXILED

Daft Punk – Discovery

ARTIST: Daft Punk                               220px-Daft_Punk_-_Discovery

TITLE: Discovery

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: #23 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: One More Time (#61 US, #1 Dance, #2 UK), Aerodynamic (#110 UK), Digital Love (#9 Dance, #14 UK), Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (#3 Dance, #25 UK), Face to Face (#1 Dance), Something About Us (#138 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None.

LINEUP: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Thomas Bangalter. Romanthony and Todd Edwards contributed vocals.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Donning their famous helmets, Daft Punk begins their dance world domination.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Beat, bass, rhythm, hook, rinse, repeat. Perfect for the dance floor, and for casual listening, Daft Punk’s second full length album is what caused their star to shine throughout the world.

By listening to his album, you can tell what they nicked from other songs, and what songs of theirs were nicked. An example “Harder Better Faster Stronger” was built on “Cola Bottle Baby” by Edwin Birdsong, and then Kanye West built an entire rap over the Daft Punk track.

The hooks are so hooky. The beat and bass are funky, and yet, over an hour, it loses steam except if you just have it on as background music. It’s a dance classic, but not perfect.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They added a membership card in the CD with a number that provided access to their web site. Forward thinking for 2001.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: It works more as single tracks than a whole album, but many of those those single tracks are stellar.

Matt Pond PA – I Thought You Were Sleeping / This Is Not the Green Fury

 

ARTIST: Matt Pond PA                                                                               220px-Matt_Pond_PA_I_Thought_You_Were_Sleeping_EP

TITLE: I Thought You Were Sleeping / This Is Not the Green Fury

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: These were EPs

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No no no

LINEUP: Matt Pond, Steve Gunn, Brian McTear, Brendan Kilroy, Mike Kennedy; then Jim Kehoe, Matt Raisch, Josh Kramer, Brian McTear, Matt Poind, and Brendan Kilroy, and strings a plenty on both.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Two EPs released by the prolific songwriter and his group to tide people over between albums.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you have good music ready to go, why not release it, especially if it doesn’t quite fir in a new album. Well, that’s the modus operandi for Matt Pond and his group (Matt Pond PA). 220px-Matt_Pond_PA_This_Is_Not_The_Green_Fury_EP

These are two separate EPs released in 2001, and on these, Pond’s chamber-rock sounds familiar even as he changes things up a bit (with a great guitar riff on “Put Your Hair Down” and about as high energy as he can get it “St. Andrews”). There’s some nice percussion work on “A List of Sound” – someone seemingly double-timing a cymbal.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The group started a recording contract with Polyvinyl after the first EP.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, I’m cheating and jamming two EPs together for a review, so I guess that’s deluxe

GRADE: B+: Two EPs of good material that didn’t quite fit, or he was impatient to release, is a bonus for us.

Weezer – Weezer (The Green Album)

ARTIST: Weezer                     220px-Weezer_-_Green_Album

TITLE: Weezer (The Green Album)

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: #4 US, #31 UK

SINGLES: Hash Pipe (#106 US, #2 Alternative, #24 Mainstream, #21 UK), Island in the Sun (#111 US, #11 UK, #31 UK), Photograph (#17 Alternative)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Don’t Let Go.

LINEUP: Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, Mikey Welsh

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a delay, Weezer’s back with no real change of sound.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The pain, the shame, and the bad press of Pinkerton soon moved into like and love for the album from the cult of Weezer, but their next release, (The Green Album), moved the band back to their familiar roots with hooks and choruses like always, but the lyrics non-confessional.

The sound was harder edged than their original album, so they didn’t scrap the Pinkerton musical vibe, and the songs were catchy as ever. But the shine was gone from the mainstream, and just the alternative folks were buying into it.

Musically, it’s a good album. Short, but to the point and not a lot of filler. It fits pretty well in their canon, and you could do worse, especially in 2001.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They changed bass players to Mikey Welsh, and then he left soon after the album was recorded.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in Japan and the UK.

GRADE: A-: Hooks and choruses and not much filler.

Ryan Adams – Gold

ARTIST: Ryan Adams                             220px-ryan_adams_gold

TITLE:  Gold

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: #59 US, #20 UK

SINGLES: New York, New York (#112 US, #53 UK), Answering Bell (#39 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Firecracker

LINEUP: Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, Jennifer Condos, Richard Causon, Benmont Tench, Chris Stills and other session players who popped in and out

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Adams extends himself, and makes a case for rock-and-roll semi-stardom. He kinda succeeds.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s one of those things that the first two tracks of an album aren’t my favorites, but that’s the deal here. A sprawling album that focuses more on rock-and-roll with just a few hints of his alt-country persona, Ryan Adams’ Gold makes a definite play for the radio on several tracks and those somewhat fall short for the most part.

Yet, it’s the deeper cuts that make the impact. The long track “Nobody Girl” doesn’t wear out its welcome even after nine minutes, and the slow-burning rocker “Enemy Fire” crackles with emotion, as does the slow piano ballad “Sylvia Plath”.

It’s a long album, but sticking with the deep cuts gives you some reward.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Adams wanted this to be a classic double album, but his record company truncated the album and put the last five cuts as a special bonus disc. Adams was not impressed with that decision to say the least. Those last five cuts aren’t streaming, but they should be. Thanks a lot, Lost Highway.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: See above, and there’s even a version with two added tracks along with the five others.

GRADE: B+:  Adams’ deep cuts are more sincere and heartening than the ones he prepped for the radio.

Rilo Kiley – Takeoffs & Landings

ARTIST: Rilo Kiley                                  220px-rilo_kiley_-_take_offs_and_landings

TITLE:  Take Offs and Landings

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Science vs. Romance

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope, probably not.

LINEUP: Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, Dave Rock

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from band led by two former child-stars showcases Jenny Lewis’ voice, a few decent songs, and enough potential to keep you interested for the next record.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At times confident, at other times tentative, Rilo Kiley’s debut showcases Jenny Lewis’ voice and the quirky, at times overly descriptive songs that would be their trademark.

This batch, though, doesn’t seem like it’s fully baked. Yes, there are some very nice moments, but it seemed that sometimes the songs lingered too long, or they weren’t fully conceptualized.

Lewis’ voice, though, keeps you coming back for more, despite the flaws. The quirks would expand, and become endearing, as time went on. It’s a decent start.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Blake Sennett was in the Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B:  It’s more for Rilo Kiley completists, but there are some highlights, such as the single.

Ike Reilly – Salesmen & Racists

ARTIST: Ike Reilly MI0001605602

TITLE:  Salesmen & Racists

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: This didn’t grab radio play, sadly.

LINEUP: Ike Reilly, Brad Elvis, Danny McGough, Mark Everett, Ed Tinley

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Singer-songwriter gives his songs about small-time losers, roughnecks, drunks, and down-and-outers a light touch with a humorous delivery and it doesn’t dilute the songs’ impact.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ike Reilly’s debut mined rich characters and cautionary tales about life’s marginal folks. The title comes from “Last Time” and the other songs (“Angels & Whores”, “Commie Drives A Nova”, “Duty Free’) also explore those who live on the edge, and even may have to leave the country because of some…issues.

Reilly’s melodies and voice isn’t sad or lachrymose, though. He sings in a mostly bright, cheery style and most all of the songs are jaunty and rocking, even when he’s talking about plane crashes, bad sex, or having to call an attorney because of an assassination.

The backing group, including “E” from the Eels (listed as Kool G Murder), treat his songs with rocking arrangements and gives Reilly enough room to give his characters of low lifes life.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Reilly worked for years at the Park Hyatt in Chicago and was even “Employee of the Year”.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: Definitely one to pick up if you take a shine to characters that aren’t right…

Comets on Fire – Comets on Fire

ARTIST: Comets on Fire  Comets_on_Fire_-_Comets_on_Fire
TITLE: Comets on Fire
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No sir, none of these
LINEUP: Ethan Miller, Noel von Harmonson, Ben Flashman, Utrillo Kushner.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: LOUD NOISES! Yet intriguing due to von Harmonson’s Echoplex. STILL IT’S LOUD!

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Man, this is one loud racket! Comets on Fire ain’t for the dainty. Their debut is about as loud and raucous as any, but it’s all seemingly in control even if it sounds out of control.

The secret weapon is von Harmonson’s Echoplex, which thanks to its delay, echo and other properties sounds like a deranged space alien playing with a wah-wah pedal and a talkbox. That adds a lot of color to the proceedings, whereas Comets on Fire would just be your typical noisy-garage band without it.

The songs all kind of run together. Miller shouts and screams vocals and plays his guitar like crazy. The drummer is trying to keep it all together, yet all that’s really holding it together is the weird sounds from the Echoplex.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was released on Jello Biafra’s label, Alternative Tentacles. Also, the last track has a hidden track attached to it. I exiled it because it’s 20 minutes of wanky noise.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: There’s something compelling about these LOUD NOISES!

Neil Finn – One All

ARTIST: Neil Finn 220px-One_All_(Neil_Finn_album_-_cover_art)
TITLE: One All (One Nil everywhere but the US)
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: #26 US Heatseekers, #14 UK
SINGLES: Rest of the Day Off, Wherever You Are (#32 UK), Last to Know, Hole in the Ice (#43 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I doubt it.
LINEUP: Neil Finn, Wendy Melovin, Lisa Coleman, Jim Moginie, Lisa Germano, Mitchell Froom, JJ Johnson, Jim Keltner, Sheryl Crow, other backing singers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second solo album by the ex-Split Enz / Crowded House leader is less adventurous than his solo debut, and more mainstream. It still has solid songs.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this record. While it is not as adventurous, playful, or sonically intriguing as his first solo album, Finn creates some quite good songs that remind folks of his other bands while keeping a distinctly solo stamp on them.

Finn’s gift for melody and thoughtful lyrics is there, and the arrangements don’t overwhelm the songs and are beautiful at times. 220px-One_Nil_(Neil_Finn_album_-_cover_art)

He’s got a lot of great session players on here. At first you’d think with Wendy & Lisa of Prince fame there’d be some funky shenangians going on, but it’s just great adult pop music.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The US version was renamed to One All, and swapped a couple of tracks and added remixed versions of four more. The one streaming here is the US version.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: A-: I like this as much as his first solo album. It’s two sides of Finn, and both are excellent. I wish he had more acclaim here.