Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

R-1259237-1377112122-2012.jpegIf you have been following my blog for quite some time then you will have learned that I like paying tribute to artists that I respect in the industry. Today’s album of the week is one of those tributes to another artist that we lost, but right in the beginning of 2018.  Dolores O’Riordan was the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries who on January 15TH was discovered and pronounced dead at her hotel room in London. There are no details on the cause of death, but I wanted to pay tribute to her by covering Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? for this week’s album of the week. The album was released on March 1, 1993 and it featured O’Riordan (Vocals), Noel Hogan (Guitars), Mike Hogan (Bass), and Fergal Lawler (Drums). The album was a huge success for the band as it went number one in the UK and Ireland while peaking at number 18 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album sold over 5 million in the US making it five times platinum while being certified two times platinum in the UK (selling 600,000 units).

MI00021791721. I Still Do– The very melodic and brooding opening track starts and Dolores amazing voice carries you through. This is a track about Dolores having to make a tough choice because she knows she is not going to be around and long distance relationships don’t always work, but she loves him and can’t leave him. 4.5/5

2. Dreams– One of my favorite Cranberries songs ever with it’s upbeat tempo that reminds me of the glory days of 80’s post punk music. I think the track is about how things always change in one’s life, but one thing is for sure and that is she’s in love. 5/5

3. Sunday– The beginning of the track makes me think we are in a dream state at first, but when it kicks in it’s a pretty good mid tempo track. The track is about a guy coming into her life, but she couldn’t muster up the words to say that she needed him. 4/5

4. Pretty– The tempo is slowed down while Dolores just takes over the track vocally while she talks about the same thing saying we know you’re pretty, but there’s no need to act like your better. 4/5

5. Waltzing Back– A track that has some acoustic elements to it with some cool yodeling from Dolores in the track. I’m not really sure what the track is about, but it could be about the wife of a soldier who is mad that he husband is being taken to fight in the cause. 4.5/5

6. Not Sorry– A cool track that starts with some piano before some clean channel guitars come in in this brooding track that is about a girl basically saying that the way you treated me you shouldn’t be mad that I hate you. 4.5/5

everybody-else-is-doing-it-so-why-cant-we-56e9f3c411d647. Linger– An amazing track on the album that Riordan once said is about her first kiss with a soldier that she once fell in love with. The track has that element of regret in the lyrics which puts it into perspective. 5/5

8. Wanted– A more upbeat tempo track about a relationship in which she feels like she likes them, but they don’t like her. 4.5/5

9. Still Can’t …– The element of post punk in this track is incredible and it sounds great too in this track that is about a guy who did wrong, but he hasn’t done anything to fix it. 5/5

10. I Will Always– a very beautiful track musically that is yet so tragic in lyrics because it’s about how she holds on to a relationship even though it’s bad for her. 5/5

11. How– Another cool track on the album that is once again about a relationship gone wrong and how both parties pretend like the other isn’t there except she knows. 4.5/5

12. Put Me Down– The last track on the album which is very haunting especially with Dolores’s breathy vocals. If you guessed it, I think it’s another track about a relationship that is just no good. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Dolores is an incredible vocalist that I feel is extremely underrated and deserved more than what she had. One thing is for certain and that is her fans know how incredible she is. Check out the album for yourselves, I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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jeff dunhamThere is an avenue of comedy that hasn’t really been explored much and that is the act of Ventriloquism. Now I am not saying that it isn’t being practiced, but before 2007 or 05, had you heard of any famous Ventriloquist having comedy specials on Comedy Central? I’ll even let you think for a minute before I give you this next answer. Time is up and I didn’t think so. You couldn’t come up with anyone at the time other than Jeff Dunham, the world famous Ventriloquist with his famous puppets Bubba J, Walter, Peanut, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and more. The only thing is that it has been a couple of years since his last comedy special and now Jeff has a new one that is a Netflix Original stand up special in Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster where he performs in the country of Ireland and presents all of his friends and even a brand new puppet as they tackle topics like drinking, fatherhood, and even maybe the secret of Jeff’s own beginnings and so much more.

dunhamI am a huge fan of Jeff Dunham and I have laughed so many times at his comedy specials, but this one lives up to the name of the special. The thing that bothered me is that I could see him lipping everything that the dolls were saying. That was an issue for me because I saw a little girl belt out a song on America’s Got Talent and she did a better job than Jeff. That wasn’t the least of his troubles in this special, the problem is that he is trying to grow with the times considering he is a new dad, but it just wasn’t completely funny. The best segments of the special came with the new puppet Baby Sheamus, Peanut, and some of Achmed’s segment. The rest of it was just kind of boring and them going back and forth about Jeff being old and having kids at his age. This isn’t a terrible special, but some comedians just don’t transition well into that fatherhood stage of their careers. The Baby Sheamus was a nice touch and a nice way to win over the crowd in Ireland, it’ll be interesting to see how the show grows with that puppet. I think this special is worth a least one viewing or maybe two at most. I am going to give it an B- for a final grade.

frankSome of you may be saying TGIF for the fact that the weekend is officially here, but I am saying it because to me and this blog it’s Filmfest Fridays which once again means we explore another independent or foreign film. This week’s film is a little bit of both because it’s an independent film, but it’s also a foreign film (UK-Irish Comedy). The film is called Frank and it stars Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken) as Jon, a young and aspiring musician who desperately wants to write music and become famous. Along the way, he will hook up with an eccentric rock band led by a man named Frank (Michael Fassbender) who wears a mask all day. There is one problem with the situation, all of the other band members want him to leave, but Frank believes in him and so he wants to prove to everyone that he can do it, but he may have bitten more than he can chew. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) as Clara, Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly) as Don, François Civil (As Above So Below) as Baraque, Carla Azar (Sucker Punch) as Nana, Mark Huberman (Noble) as Management Guru, and the film was directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did).

frank 2This was an absolute awesome film that is just pure madness from beginning to end. It’s also kind of a coming of age flick, but in the sense that Domhnall Gleeson’s character finally realizes by the end of the film that the band will only drive you to pure madness until you submit. The band has a history of losing keyboard players with one hanging himself and the second tried to drown himself. One of the astonishing things about this film is that the entire soundtrack is almost entirely sung by either Gyllenhaal, Fassbender, or Gleeson which is awesome. Michael Fassbender puts on one heck of a performance in this film as that strange and allusive Frank which during the whole film you want to know what he looks like under the mask. The film is also a coming of age for Frank who has to eventually learn to step outside of the mask like breaking out of his shell. It’s an amazing film with everyone doing an amazing job in the acting department. The real MVP of this film is the screenwriters in Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan who wrote this ComDram (Comedy/Drama) or Dramedy (if you like). This film should have won awards if it hasn’t already done so because I enjoyed every aspect of it and it was cool to see them travel to SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, TX which is a dream destination of mine. Check out the film on Netflix where it is streaming and I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

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