Tuesday, March 20, 2007

DAVID USHER's Strange Birds

The new album is out and in my hands and playing on my computer. It is solidly and consistently fantastic. I haven't had it long enough to have a favourite - but I think it'll be either "ugly is beautiful" or "so far down". Compared to other albums, the music is more upbeat and energetic, although the lyrics still have a lot of "darkness" to them. I like that there is some variety. It is easy to tell the songs apart - you don't have that sense that you've heard that song before when you get to track 11, yet you could peg it as David Usher easily. I remember the first time I heard Forest Fire on the radio in Thunder Bay - I knew right away that it was Moist - or "David Usher" as it turned out. The lyrics, as always, are brilliant, cutting, angsty and interesting....

I've broke tradition - this being the first time I haven't bought the new album on the day of its release while travelling. I bought Morning Orbit in Nanimo, BC and "if god had curves" on the way to Cape Breton, NS. I think I bought Hallucinations just before heading back to Fredericton, NB. I'm not going any where today (although there is a concert in my future on the weekend). Of course, that is breaking another tradition - I usually mange to miss all of his concerts by being in the wrong province or having his concert canceled in Thunder Bay due to drummer injuries.... :(.

Anywho... I'd better get back to writing about Wheal Jane...and listening to David Usher...



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Blogger Unknown said...

Actually, I think you will find your signed copy of Hallucinations was in fact not purchased by you. Someone, perhaps in search of the elusive BB points stood in line to purchase a large stack of CDs all to be signed by Davey

11:46 AM  
Blogger Jennith said...

Nah... I just have 2 copies of Hallucinations - the signed on and the one I orginally bought. The signed on is cooler. :P

12:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Now that is dedication. Do you think Strange Birds is a little New York Centric, like its a good album, I actually like the music a lot. But as a Canadi-o-Toronto-ian I'm still smarting from the cultural abandonment, so its salt in the wound.

1:27 PM  

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