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  • I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Quick View

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    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got became SinÉad O'Connor's popular breakthrough on the strength of the stunning Prince cover Nothing Compares 2 U, which topped the pop charts for a month. But even its remarkable intimacy wasn't adequate preparation for the harrowing confessionals that composed the majority of the album. Informed by her stormy relationship with drummer John Reynolds, who fathered O'Connor's first child before the couple broke up, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got lays the singer's psyche startlingly and sometimes uncomfortably bare. The songs mostly address relationships with parents, children, and (especially) lovers, through which O'Connor weaves a stubborn refusal to be defined by anyone but herself. In fact, the album is almost too personal and cathartic to draw the listener in close, since O'Connor projects such turmoil and offers such specific detail. Her confrontational openness makes it easy to overlook O'Connor's musical versatility. Granted, not all of the music is as brilliantly audacious as I Am Stretched on Your Grave, which marries a Frank O'Connor poem to eerie Celtic melodies and a James Brown Funky Drummer sample. But the album plays like a tour de force in its demonstration of everything O'Connor can do: dramatic orchestral ballads, intimate confessionals, catchy pop/rock, driving guitar rock, and protest folk, not to mention the nearly six-minute a cappella title track. What's consistent throughout is the frighteningly strong emotion O'Connor brings to bear on the material, while remaining sensitive to each piece's individual demands. Aside from being a brilliant album in its own right, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got foreshadowed the rise of deeply introspective female singer/songwriters like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, who were more traditionally feminine and connected with a wider audience. Which takes nothing away from anyone; if anything, it's evidence that, when on top of her game, O'Connor was a singular talent.

    - Steve Huey (All Music Guide)
    1. Feel So Different (2009 Remastered Version)
    2. I Am Stretched On Your Grave (2009 Remastered Version)
    3. Three Babies (2009 Remastered Version)
    4. The Emperor's New Clothes (2009 Remastered Version)
    5. Black Boys On Mopeds (2009 Remastered Version)
    6. Nothing Compares 2 U (2009 Remastered Version)
    7. Jump In The River (2009 Remastered Version)
    8. You Cause As Much Sorrow (2009 Remastered Version)
    9. The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance (2009 Remastered Version)
    10. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (2009 Remastered Version)
    Sinead O'Connor
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  • I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss Quick View

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    I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss

    Having recently signed to Nettwerk Music Group, SinÉad O'Connor prepares to release her 10th studio
    album in a career spanning over twenty-five years. The newly titled album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss
    will be released via Nettwerk Records.


    Indicative of where SinÉad is in life the album is passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her
    voice is as powerful as it is tender.


    The album's title I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss was inspired by Lean In's Ban Bossy campaign from earlier
    in the year. "Originally I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase
    'I'm not bossy, I'm the boss' and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the
    album since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl [Sandberg]'s campaign is a terribly
    important one," explained O'Connor. "At the stage I became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign it was too late
    to change the album title because the sleeve was already in print. But last week, when the record company
    received the promo shots, which included the cover shot you now see, they asked could they change the
    planned cover to the current one, and that allowed me the opportunity of changing the title. Very happy girl."
    From her breakthrough hit, 1987's Mandinka, to the multi-platinum international success of 1990's I Do Not
    Want What I Haven't Got with its number one version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," from her fearless
    genre-crossing forays into Irish folk, and roots reggae to her collaborations with artists as diverse as Peter
    Gabriel, Massive Attack and The Chieftains, O'Connor has trodden a unique path to become the one of the
    most iconic female artist of the past three decades. There is no one like SinÉad O'Connor.

    1. How About I Be Me
    2. Dense Water Deeper Down
    3. Kisses Like Mine
    4. Your Green Jacket
    5. The Vishnu Room
    6. The Voice of My Doctor
    7. Harbour
    8. James Brown (with Seun Kuti)
    9. 8 Good Reasons
    10. Take Me To Church
    11. Where Have You Been?
    12. Streetcars
    Sinead O'Connor
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  • How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? Quick View

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    How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?

    Lest the world dare forget who Sinead O'Connor is, it's about to be reminded once more. 25-years after her debut, 1987's The Lion and The Cobra, she returns with How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, her ninth studio album and as showstopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves.


    Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its 10-tracks play like an encyclopedic definition of O'Connor's impressive oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice.


    This is an album of consistently moving, exciting, brilliant and beautiful songs built around Sinead's voice at its very best, raw and passionate. The album contains original tracks all self/co-written bar one cover of John Grant's Queen of Denmark.

    1. 4th & Vine
    2. Reason With Me
    3. Old Lady
    4. Take Off Your Shoes
    5. Back Where You Belong
    6. Wolf Is Getting Married
    7. Queen of Denmark
    8. Very Far From Home
    9. I Had A Baby
    10. V.I.P.
    Sinead O'Connor
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    Solace

    200-Gram Double LP 45 Rpm Gatefold Reissue From Analogue Productions


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Features Into The Fire And Path Of Thorns


    The Analogue Productions/QRP pressing reissue treatment delivers sonics and luxury packaging second to none for discerning collectors. Now we've given three titles by Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan this premier makeover and you reap the benefits: Solace, Mirrorball and Afterglow.


    Solace, McLachlan's second album, is considerably more mature and musically sophisticated than her 1988 debut, the promising if limited Touch. In fact, this disc is a must-have for McLachlan fans whose first encounter with her work was with her extremely popular later releases, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing.


    The opening track, 'Drawn to the Rhythm,' is a habit-forming gem of a song that soars on her smooth and heady soprano and Ronald Jones's addictive drums (though the drone of the billatron in the chorus seems incongruous). The rumbling, electric 'Into the Fire' grooves with a funky bass line; the lovelorn 'Path of Thorns' and 'I Will Not Forget You' are straight-ahead and bluesy. Always wise beyond her years, McLachlan displays a new awakening with introspective songs such as the Sinead O'Connor-esque 'Lost and Shelter.' The hymnlike 'Mercy' is the least interesting song - spare in comparison to the others - but it is a wondrous showcase of her multifaceted voice. Without a doubt, Solace is a testament to McLachlan's ever-swelling talent. - Amazon.com


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Drawn to the Rhythm
    2. Into the Fire
    3. The Paths of Thorns (Terms)
    4. I Will Not Forget You
    5. Lost
    6. Back Door Man
    7. Shelter
    8. Black
    9. Home
    10. Mercy
    Sarah McLachlan
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    Culture Of Volume

    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. The Juddering
    2. End Result
    3. Beaming White
    4. Turn Away
    5. Hearts That Never
    6. Entirety
    7. Carousel
    8. Don't Look Backwards
    9. Manner Of Words
    10. Montage Resolution
    East India Youth
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  • MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition) MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition) Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition)

    Limited Edition Double LP Picture Disc


    On the 19th of August, Placebo performed a unique one-off show for MTV Unplugged at the London Studios in the UK. Here we present the results of this incredible show. The band were encased in spectacular LED box during the performance, from where they belted out some of their most well-loved tracks such as 'The Bitter End' and 'Every You Every Me.' Some new gems were dropped in for good measure, alongside surprise guests Joan As Police Woman and Majke Voss Romme (Broken Twin). No Placebo show would be complete without some signature cover versions and this set did not disappoint, from the breath-taking opener to the show- Sinead O'Connors 'Jackie' to a melancholy version of Pixies 'Where Is My Mind'.

    LP1
    1. Jackie
    2. For What It's Worth
    3. 36 Degrees
    4. Because I Want You
    5. Every You Every Me (feat. Majke Voss Romme)
    6. Song To Say Goodbye
    7. Meds
    8. Protect Me From What I Want (feat. Joan As Police Woman)
    9. Loud Like Love


    LP2
    1. Too Many Friends
    2. Post Blue
    3. Slave To The Wage
    4. Without You I'm Nothing
    5. Hold On To Me
    6. Bosco
    7. Where Is My Mind?
    8. The Bitter End

    Placebo
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  • 100th Window (Pre-Order) 100th Window (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    100th Window (Pre-Order)

    100th Window is the fourth studio album from the Bristol-based trip-hop group Massive Attack. Of the band's original core trio, the album only features Robert Del Naja. Andrew Vowles departed shortly after the release of Mezzanine, and Grant Marshall refused to participate in the making of the record.

    Originally released in February 2003, 100th Window was written and produced by Del Naja and Neil Davidge, and features vocals from Horace Andy, SinÉad O'Connor and Damon Albarn (performing as 2D). It is the first album by the band that made no use of samples, and contains none of the jazz or jazz fusion stylings of the Blue Lines or Protection recordings.

    LP 1
    1. Future Proof
    2. What Your Soul Sings
    3. Everywhen
    4. Special Cases


    LP 2
    1. Butterfly Caught
    2. A Prayer For England
    3. Small Time Shot Away
    4. Name Taken


    LP 3
    1. Antistar
    2. Untitled

    Massive Attack
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  • 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert Quick View

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    30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

    On October 16, 1992, New York City's hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants who'd come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first Columbia Records album.


    The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, SinÉad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman,
    George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.

    Like A Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp
    Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
    Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
    Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready
    The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
    It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash
    What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
    Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
    Seven Days - Ron Wood
    Just Like A Woman - Richie Havens
    When The Ship Comes in - The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
    War - Sinead O'Connor
    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
    All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
    I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
    Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Eric Clapton
    Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
    When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Mary Chapin Carpenter/Rosanne Cash/Shawn Colvin
    Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
    License To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Mr Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
    It's Alright, Ma - Bob Dylan
    My Back Pages - Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty/Neil Young/Eric Clapton/George Harrison
    Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Everyone
    Girl Of The North Country - Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan
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    Gone From Danger

    Although it might appear that Joan Baez has had an uphill struggle in her career as an interpretive singer in a popular music field dominated by singer/songwriters, in fact she has kept her music fresh over the years by seeking out successive generations of upcoming writers and championing their work. In the 1960s, that might have meant Bob Dylan and Richard Farina, for instance, but 30 years later she is still finding new work by young artists and popularizing it, even if they also perform the songs themselves. On her 1997 album, Gone From Danger, those songwriters are Dar Williams, Sinead Lohan and Richard shindell, each of whom contributes multiple songs, as well as Betty Elders and Mark Addison. They provide her with a host of new social issues to tackle as well, among them pedophilia (Elder's heartbreaking Crack In The Mirror) and immigration (Shindell's caustic Fishing). As usual, she proves herself a superior interpreter, intelligently presenting the complex, mature concerns of the songwriters, whether the subjects have political or emotional resonance (or both).
    1. No Mermaid
    2. Reunion Hill
    3. Crack in the Mirror
    4. February
    5. Fishing
    6. If I Wrote You
    7. Lily
    8. Who Do You Think I Am
    9. Mercy Bound
    10. Money for Floods
    Joan Baez
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    Lovers Know

    After touring the world as a member of the Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner's words ringing in her ears: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album. Lovers Know, The Mynabirds' third full-length release, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It's definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible. Whereas her last album, GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. "There's something about wandering the world over," Laura says, "that makes you realize how similar we all are - everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it's true. Love - or the lack of it - is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it's also the thing that can make us sing." Burhenn has released two previous albums as The Mynabirds on Saddle Creek, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both of which were produced by Richard Swift and met by critical acclaim.
    1. All My Heart
    2. Believer
    3. Semantics
    4. Say Something
    5. Orion
    6. Velveteen
    7. Shake Your Head Yes
    8. Wildfire
    9. Omaha
    10. One Foot
    11. Hanged Man
    12. Last Time
    Mynabirds
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    Roger Waters The Wall


    Limited Edition Triple 180 Gram LP Set
    Accompanies The Concert Film, The Wall, Filmed During Waters' 2010-2013 Tour


    Now that Roger Waters has released his new concert film of The Wall, filmed on the former Pink Floyd singer-songwriter's recent world tour, he is putting out an accompanying soundtrack album. Between 2010 and 2013, the singer performed the 1979 double-album, home to Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), live more than 200 times. Like the film, the soundtrack, titled Roger Waters The Wall, contains recordings from around the world and is being released as a 3 LP Set.


    Waters performed the album for approximately 4.5 million people during the course of the tour with help from an 11-person backing group. Singer Robbie Wyckoff handled the vocal parts that Floyd's David Gilmour sang on the original record, while the guitars were handled by Dave Kilminster, former SNL bandleader G.E. Smith and Snowy White, the last of whom performed on Floyd's original The Wall tour. Waters' son Harry performed Hammond organ and piano on the tour.


    Frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, who provided music production and mixing for the film, produced the album.


    The soundtrack will run longer than the original Wall album, which spanned only two LPs, as it includes two songs removed from the original release - Last Few Bricks and What Shall We Do Now? - which Floyd had added back in for live performances. This version of The Wall also includes The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes, which Waters incorporated into his performances of the album beginning in 2011 in tribute to a 27-year-old Brazilian man that London police killed thinking, wrongly, that he was a terrorist.


    The soundtrack marks the third time The Wall has been released as a live album. In 1990, Waters released The Wall: Live in Berlin, which he'd recorded and filmed less than a year after the Berlin Wall fell with a star-studded cast, including Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Marianne Faithfull, the Band, SinÉad O'Connor, Cyndi Lauper and Tim Curry, among others. A decade later, Pink Floyd released Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81, which contains recordings of Waters' final tour as a member of the band.


    Waters told Rolling Stone that the meaning behind The Wall hadn't changed for him over the years. The context changes, but the story remains the same, he said. If people see this movie, what I hope is that that they may look at one another and go, 'You know what? We are a community, and we are many. There are a lot of us.'


    - Kory Grow, Rolling Stone


    LP 1
    1. In the Flesh? (Live)
    2. The Thin Ice (Live)
    3. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1 (Live)
    4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives (Live)
    5. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (Live)
    6. The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes (Live)
    7. Mother (Live)
    8. Goodbye Blue Sky (Live)
    9. Empty Spaces (Live)
    10. What Shall We Do Now? (Live)


    LP 2
    1. Young Lust (Live)
    2. One of My Turns (Live)
    3. Don't Leave Me Now (Live)
    4. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3 (Live)
    5. Last Few Bricks (Live)
    6. Goodbye Cruel World (Live)
    7. Hey You (Live)
    8. Is There Anybody Out There? (Live)
    9. Nobody Home (Live)
    10. Vera (Live)
    11. Bring the Boys Back Home (Live)


    LP 3
    1. Comfortably Numb (Live)
    2. The Show Must Go On (Live)
    3. In the Flesh (Live)
    4. Run Like Hell (Live)
    5. Waiting for the Worms (Live)
    6. Stop (Live)
    7. The Trial (Live)
    8. Outside the Wall (Live)

    Roger Waters
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    Total Strife Forever

    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. Glitter Recession
    2. Total Strife Forever I
    3. Dripping Down
    4. Hinterland
    5. Heaven, How Long
    6. Total Strife Forever II
    7. Looking For Someone
    8. Midnight Koto
    9. Total Strife Forever III
    10. Song For Granular Piano
    11. Total Strife Forever IV
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