Did you check the video above? Good.
“Little Wing” is not on the album, but how could I not add that clip to this post, right?
I honestly forgot about the new Hendrix album, until a curly Angel emailed me to ask me if I’d like to have it.
I’m not that knowledgeable about Hendrix. Hell, I still have to look up how his name is spelled. What I do know is that he looks like he could be Wiz Khalifa’s father, that he did some crazy ish, but most importantly his sound. You hear a Hendrix song, and you immediately go “That’s Jimmy! Or is it Jimmi? No? Ah, Jimi.”
“People, Hell and Angels” is a great album. It is pure musical enjoyment from beginning to end. Nothing crazy, but good rock music, and all Jimi.
The booklet that comes with the cd contains, next to some pictures, a little background about each track. I may have been listening to the album on Rdio, because I couldn’t import it on my laptop (It was on the fritz.), but I’m glad I got a physical copy as well, thanks to the good People at Sony Music Belgium.
I recommend you get the album and listen (and read!) for yourself.
Although it starts off slow with ‘Silence’ (Bag Raiders Remix), it picks up quickly with the second track. And maybe it’s just me, but Katie White sometimes has a bit of a Gwen Stefani sound, definitely on ‘Hit Me Down Sonny’. Also, snare drums anyone!
‘Hang It Up’ (Live in Paris) is one of my favorite tracks on the album. When I heard the first 3 bass notes my brain went: “Smells like teen spirit?!”. It does turn out to be a tough song. Well, ‘tough’ in Ting Tings terms. The guitar sounds familiar too. I haven’t been able to pinpoint it yet. I was thinking of Prince at first. I don’t know.
Continuing with ‘Give It Back’ keeps on rocking it. It got me air-drumming. Always a good thing!
‘Guggenheim’ is crazy. Not hectic and wild, but scary mental. Except when you actually listen to the lyrics. I guess you might need to hear the song to fully understand what I’m trying to say here. ;-)
‘Soul Killing’, despite the title is an uplifting song; Summertime music with a kick some ass attitude. ‘Day To Day’ (acoustic) continues with the spring/summer type feel. It is one of those tracks that when you realize you haven’t pressed the skip button, you know you’ve got it bad. Butterflies all over the place, if you know what I mean.
I found ‘One By One’ and ‘Help’ both to be rather boring. These two songs don’t seem to go anywhere.
The final track ‘In your life’ is a nice and slow exit. It made me somewhat think of the ‘Kill Bill’ soundtrack.
The album cover kicks ass, but the sticker saying ‘Possibly the album of 2012’ is pushing it a bit (imho). Like I said, it is very enjoyable. I am definitely keeping a couple of songs on my daily playlist.
‘Happy To You’ brings nothing explosive or disruptive, but an easy and gentle yet frisky listen. Some tracks really get you moving. Despite having to sit still in a chair all day, it got me through an afternoon of work, which is always a big plus.
I’m also really digging the album art. I read on Andrew’s blog it is called a jackalope.
For those of you who’d like to enjoy the album before its release next Monday, you can stream the album in its entirety on the De Standaard’s website.