Luxury of Hysteria album review

To be truly honest, this is almost the solo album that I didn’t buy. There was lots of talk of orchestral arrangements and the dreaded ‘conceptual’ album. It didn’t work for Kiss (Music from the Elder), the Ramones (End of the Century) and I didn’t want to see Timmy go down a similar path. Before you get delusions of Phil Spector moments , like getting Timmy being made to play the intro chord 500 times, don’t stop reading just yet. Well Timmy’s solo efforts take a while to grow on you. But thankfully I am here to say, The Luxury of Hysteria is an absolute corker. Gone are the melancholy moments of Ghost Songs (an album to shoot yourself to) and the guitar sleaze of Dirty Ron and Spit Polish. The Temperance Union are still there but used sparingly. At the forefront are some brilliant orchestral arrangements. They add so much more texture and dynamism to a very familiar and rocking Rogers vibe. I’d almost go out on a limb and say that the orchestral arrangements are far from classical, far from contemporary. They almost remind me of Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys went he started adding orchestras – yes to me at least this album is that good (I’m not a huge Beach Boys fan so please spare me the emails). Most tracks feature Rogers’ trademark half flamenco, half steel string sounding guitar work. Definite highlights would be When Yer Sad and James the Second. But there’s no dead weight on this album. No flabby bits whatsoever. 5 out of 5 Mr Rogers. Perfect songwriting, perfect tunes....

Tim and Tex. My Other Half album

Got a great surprise when I woke up today. Was driving to my GF’s place when they said on RRR radio that the new Tim and Tex album is out today. Bloody corker! So Borders had it for $24.95. Gave it a very quick listen and man is it catchy. There’s none or very little of the melancholy strums of Ghost Songs, or the hip flask swilling sleaze of Dirty Ron, but a hell of a lot of tongue in cheek outright cheekiness. Will require several more listens to give a more thorough review, but so far the only track I don’t get is ‘Fire Escape’.  Frankly I think this easily tops that double album. Everything else is fresh, and almost reaks of Willy Nelson and Johnny Cash (or Julio Iglesius(?)) duets of old. There is an aural texture to this album that seems instantly legendary. The superlatives keep coming. But you can hear whisky being poured between tracks it revels so well. Even Richard Kingsmill, radio JJJ music nerd, at first thought it was a throw away album and admitted Rogers had come out with some belters. He’s right. Some of it also reaks of ‘What Rhymes with Cars and Girls’ which is a bloody good thing. Timmy has several solo tracks where this becomes apparent. One track had strong violin tinged bits which sound like the mellotrons used on ‘Hi Fi Way’. Tex has at least one. I hope the boys have another album in them. Because so far, this is a fantastic album. Rogers seems to be in a bit of a happier place with these...

You Am I Convicts Review

Timmy and the boys have bought out their absolute heaviest release to date. There’s every chance when you throw in the CD and hear Thank God I’ve Hit the Bottom, you might think you have the wrong CD. Rest assured you haven’t. This album sounds more like the result of an amphetamine fueled punch up in the back of a tour van then 12 months in the studio. And with Rock and Roll, that’s a good thing! There are some out and out classic tracks straight off the bat. Highlights are the angsty My Own Hand, the aforementioned Hit the Bottom, Nervous Kid and The Sweet Life. Slower moments such as Explaining Cricket (to Americans), Thuggery and Secrets still hit the spot. Even though they slow down, they never go below the speed limit. The page of this album is like mashing the loud pedal down through the floor and only slowing down when you see cops coming. All 35 minutes of it! Sonically, this is You Am I’s best sounding album since Hi Fi Way. Songwriting wise, probably their best written since #4 Record. Every song is full of Roger’s trademark Aussie lingo and experiences. From the getting picked on by BMX Bandits as a teenager in Nervous Kid to the ‘You’re beautiful, but you’re fucked’ of The Sweet Life it’s all there. What I like most about this release is that it’s the tightest lead guitarist Davey Lane has ever been with the band. There are great duel guitar parts in Gunslinger and sleazy bluesy harmonies in The Sweet Life and just plain no shit, hard hittin’...

You Am I’s first video in aaaages

There is a god. Here at musichead.com.au is the latest video from Timmy and the boys. The new single ‘ain’t it funny how we don’t talk anymore?’ played for the first time on JJJ last night on the ‘2006’ show. Admitedly, when you hear the intro to this tune, it will throw you. It’s a bit of a departure from the typical You Am I stuff. I was expecting something remeniscent of the ‘Sound As Ever’ or ‘Hi Fi Way’ days when the band were first finding their sound. But with the opening Peter Townshendesque chords, I almost thought it was The Living End. Frankly, (and I don’t want to jinx the boys, I love ’em dearly), how can this miss? It’s short, it’s punchy and maybe even a little bit more radio friendly with slick, rocking grooves to it. This is a very, very catchy tune. Also it sounds a lot more cohesive than a lot of their stuff since the Dress Me Slowly album. Lead guitarist Davey Lane really is tight in there and sounds a lot more a part of it than the Deliverance album. Oh and of course, look at Tim rock out in the video! The man is just made to rock. God bless Timmy Rogers, the world’s one and only true rock star in a world of clarlatin try hard pigs! Raise your glasses and salute the Jolly Rogers! Our boys are gonna go off this year if I have anything to do with it!Launch the video on...

More on the new You Am I album

Hey guys, I know you could just read this for yourselves at the You Am I forum, but the more syndication the better! As far as i’m concerned Timmy and the boys derserve all the grass roots publicity that they can get. And at last, a bit of clarification on why the release is called Convicts! http://www.musichead.com.au/site/artist.asp?actID=53500&bio=1 “Hey, d’you remember that night when you told me, ‘You know, you’re pretty good, but you’re no Ray Davies’?” asks Tim Rogers, with raised eyebrow and a sly grin, before cuffing me on the shoulder, laughing like a drain, and spluttering, “I’ll always remember that …” To try and make amends for this gaffe, from a draughty vantage point roughly 4,000 miles north of your good self, this whinging pom would like to take a dew minutes of your valuable (drinking) time to reflect upon why Australia is one lucky-assed country to have a band like You Am I warming your cockles, nursing your broken hearts, and sound-tracking the downing of a schooner (or three). Since 1992, You Am I have bagged seven ARIAS, set a record for three consecutive straight-in-at-No. 1 albums (“Hi-Fi Way”, “Hourly Daily”, “No. 4 Record”), attracted legions of adoring fans, sound-tracked two movies (Idiot Box, Dirty Deeds), picked up some heavyweight admirers/touring partners (Oasis, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth), been asked to gig with their idols (The Who, The Rolling Stones), gave foreign artists their first widespread exposure downunder (The Strokes, The Detroit Cobras, The Dirtbombs), AND inspired a host of Australian bands to do things their own damn way (Silverchair, Jet, The Vines, The Sleepy Jackson, Wolfmother, Dallas...

New You Am I Album released May 13

Thank you god. Was reading the You Am I forums today and it appears more or less official that the new album will be called ‘Convicts’ (not ‘The Old Heave Ho’ as Tim Rogers speculated last year). It sounds like it’s going to be an absolute friggin’ corker: You Am I sign with EMI Seven albums into the rock and roll career of the much loved You Am I, and EMI is incredibly excited to confirm the band have signed a deal that will see the new album from this great Australian rock band released in May on the Virgin label. Titled ‘Convicts’, the album was recorded in sixteen days over a three month period in five studios. Produced by Greg Wales in Sydney during 2005, it is described by Rusty as “a little bit punk, a little bit psychedelic with a beating heart of pure energy”. Andy Kent said, “Feels good brothers and sisters.” Tim Rogers said, “I’m calling it a comeback. We’re back fools!…..or mmm, We’re back, we’re fools”. John O’Donnell, Managing Director of EMI Music Australia said, “You Am I are one of the best Australian bands of all-time. Their body of work has left an indelible stamp on this country over the last decade and more – and they have influenced just about every artist of substance to have emerged since they started. But as Johnny Thunders once said ‘you can’t put your arms around a memory’ and we only signed You Am I because when we heard ‘Convicts’ we immediately knew it was amongst their best work ever. We’re humbled and proud to be...