|Rockfour / Nationwide|
|Add Date:||2004-05-17||Pull Date:||2004-07-19|
|Week Ending:||18 Jul||11 Jul||13 Jun||6 Jun||30 May||23 May|
|1.||Jul 20, 2004:||The Literate Pop Fans |
|4.||Jun 11, 2004:||Distraction-Limited |
|2.||Jul 14, 2004:||press and release |
|5.||Jun 05, 2004:||Mor On - The Literate Pop Fan |
|3.||Jul 06, 2004:||The Literate Pop Fans |
|6.||Jun 01, 2004:||The Digital/Analog War |
To the End
|DJ BZ + Mor|
Psych-pop from Israel’s premiere export band. Plenty of great guitar moments (especially if you like the psych pop sound of the Byrds, late Beatles, Syd’s Pink Floyd and their likes). Intense rock, excellent drumming, powerful vocals, and overall a strong album, but a few dull songs and lack of experimental spirit are a drag. More of the down side, the album was recorded live (in 9 days only), and producer Jim Diamond apparently didn't deliver; the album really misses that the rich, full interesting sound of Rockfour's self production in previous albums (the fantastic One Fantastic Day being the latest example). Still, all tracks are solid and there are some standouts (albeit no "hits"). Lyrics are more mature than you’d expect, as band members are in their late 30s (divorce lyrics in track 1!). I believe most lyrics, like the cover art, refer to the extended US van tours the band has been through at that time...|
Start with: 5,8,1,9 (for upbeat rock), 4, 13 (quieter pop).
*1.Divorce song. Excellent rock pop tune with driving rhythm guitar and an exploding distorted section. Mid tempo.
2.Signature Rockfour retro-psych pop sound; many different guitar sounds and some Surfy riffs. Fast tempo.
3.Noise Pop, softer, 12 string, more dreamy vocals. Mid tempo.
*4.Quiet, Beatles-like track. Resonating guitar, soft drumming, vocal harmonies. *
**5.Driving rock. Rambling drums, Byrds’ guitars. Picks it up a notch toward the end and goes into a distorted guitar solo. Don’t waste this on quiet hours! [This is the only track on this album that was previously recorded by them in Hebrew, and it amazingly survived the transition].**
6.More jangly guitars, intense drumming, interesting transitions. Mid/fast.
7.Slow tempo, soft strumming and drumming.
**8.Fast tempo noise rock. Simple guitar riff carries the track along, with loud guitar/drum bridges. Explodes with energy. Can’t wait to see this one live.**
*9.Off-key slow no-wave acoustic strumming into a fuzzy (as title promises) chorus and hard-rock riff. Last 30 secs variations on a Hannukah song. Mogwai influences?.*
10.Slow tempo, distorted guitars, even the drummer relaxed a bit. Beatles vocal harmonies in chorus. Neil Young’s “I Believe in You”?
11.Fuzzy vocals, powerful rhythm guitar, mid/fast, driving energy, but dies in the chorus… what happened there?
12. Jangly guitar is back, mid tempo, loud; last minute acoustic and quiet.
*13.Quiet closer, nice guitar and bass over sorrowful vocals.*
|1.||Honey||7.||Have a Good One|
|3.||Next Monroe||9.||Fuzzy White|
|4.||Candlelight||10.||I Can Read You Now|
|5.||To the End||11.||Crush on Subtitles|
|6.||Mad Routine||12.||Moving Fast|
|13.||Much More to Offer|