Aussie Ninja subtracts 1 more than 4
Publisher: Shock Records
Thu, 13 July 2006
by: Australian Ninja
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"Everybody's talking about the new sound
funny, but it's still rock n' roll to me."
As far as review CDs go, this is one that I have really enjoyed. The Minus 5 [golden gun album] as a band - have great energy in their songs. When I listen to their album I am reminded of 60s music. Not so much in style, but the feel of it. Even the songs that go on about guns are very 'happy' feeling songs.
My first impressions of the album reminded me of The Beatles. First, this band is not really similar to them; I'm just saying they reminded of them. Why? Well The Minus 5 have the ability to crank out short peppy songs with a fun beat that you feel like singing along to. Short, fun, chock full of peppy goodness. Pop songs. That's why they reminded me of The Beatles. Plus the lead singer sounds like he's from the region John Lennon came from. Whether he is or not, I don't know.
Some albums for me, they have a real sweetness to them.
When I'm really into an album there will be the honeymoon period, where I listen to it every day for a week or two. Then after that it becomes a regular, shuffled around amongst my other music. It becomes integrated with my music collection and life goes on - ob la de, ob la da.
Well, The minus 5 album I've listened to whenever I can since receiving it for review. Granted I didn't play it as much as some of my all time favourites like Nirvana Unplugged but this album got a heck of a lot of plays in a short time period. One song I particularly enjoyed was called 'Cigarettes Coffee And Booze'
"All you really need are cigarettes, coffee and booze." It's a good song, but they forgot oxygen.
Listening to this music, I feel energised. And if you're feeling down, then you won't be for much longer after listening to this album. Is not music the blending of harmonious sounds that are pleasing to the ear? And does not all good music leave us feeling good for one reason or another? Okay, this is a review - not another episode of Kwai Chang Kane's Barefoot Adventures. But this album did leave me refreshed, feeling good.
For example as I wrote this review I tried to make some phone calls each of which infuriated me and I basically got dicked about when I asked for help from the person I was speaking to. [Does Aussie Ninja have an anger problem... maybe he does kids, maybe he does]. But afterward as I listened to the music, and typed some more the rageahol dissipated and I felt more mellow. The sensational Buttonhole audience doesn't really need to know that - except that when I listen to music - Damn It Jim, I want to feel good 99% of the time.
The other 1% of the time is for when you listen to Radiohead or Leonard Cohen. If we listened to these talented performers the majority of the time we'd all be on anti-depressants I tell you.
The minus 5. They are pretty good. And they are not shit at all. I listened to them a lot. They made me type short sentences. In honour of their short songs.
Sometimes after I've reviewed a product it will go on to a friend for their enjoyment - which means I didn't want to keep it for myself. The Minus 5 CD won't be going anywhere, no sir they'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands. Wait a minute, statue of liberty? You maniacs, you blew it up! Damn you, damn you to hell!
Special mention should be made to the album cover/ jacket design. The gatefold cover depicts a golden gun on a black background that looks really cool. Printed on the inside of the fold out cover are the lyrics.
Under the CD - the centre of the cover - is a picture of a skull with a knife sticking in one eye socket and a six-shooter gun in the other eye. The back cover has a mock Bible; open to the page with song titles and band credits.
Yes sir, I liked it. Recommended for fans of rock and roll. Also for people that like stuff. People like you, your mate and that guy in the corner with the pocket lint in his mouth.
by: Australian Ninja
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Short feel-good songs full of energy. Time to totally flip out with cool guns while we rock and roll.