So, in the ever expanding collective that happens to be this very blog, I have decided to go back to something I used to do quite regularly, but have stayed away from recently: REVIEWS. So, I’ll be going over a couple movies, some records, maybe some equipment…you just never know.
And since, it’s the first in a series, I thought I’d go with a super sad/super happy combo. Anyway, on to the words…
First, an utterly depressing yet very engaging film, The Bridge. The film is a look at the increasing and oddity filled mysticism with committing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
For the majority of 2004, the filmmakers filed the bridge from different locations during the day, and captured about 26 deaths. And, after watching the first splash of water, you’ll get the feeling. Its a helpless feeling really, just watching people plummet into freezing, current-ravaged, shark-infested waters. The film also tackles interviews from family members of those who jumped, including family and friends of Gene, a long haired, black clothed dude who paces on the bridge for the majority of the film. The way he leaves the Bridge ends the film, and his struggle is one of the main features of the film. And while its a little unnerving watching people die, it’s a feeling that opens your eyes to the plights of every day people, whether or not you agree with their means to an end.
VERDICT: See it. It’s depressing, in a totally awesome way.
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do?
Now, for the super happy! The second full length from Detroit’s own, finds Mayer Hawthorne rollicking through 60′s, Motown-tinged jams to swelling horns, and sugar sweet ballads. If you liked his first album, you will love this one. From the “save your city” A Long Time, to the ultra-catchy (and personal favorite) Finally Falling, MH really lets his songs take their own wings and I feel like he is really hitting a groove with this album.
Much better song structure, melodies, and just the overall musical presence is building and growing off of the last record and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. The best part of his songs, is the fact that you can’t tell what decade they were made. Timeless, yet grounded in the future. And while some people may not “get it” or think it’s just Smokey Robinson 2.0…well, basically, you are wrong. [And since when is wearing your influences on your sleeve a bad thing?]
I will say though, I did enjoy the older version of “No Strings”, which had instrumentation from one of my favorite producers, Classixx. You can listen to that version by clicking right here. (The newer version closes out this album.)
The smooth soul and classic funk sounds abound over this album, and with his ever-increasing popularity, the sky is the limit for this dude. He has the cool points, a swingin’ band, and he also eats a ton of good food too. And to think, he played for about 100 people at Outside Lands in 2010….
VERDICT: Buy it. Totally worth the purchase.
TOP TRACKS: Finally Falling, A Long Time, Stick Around, You Called Me.
and now, the super sweet video for “The Walk”…
Until next time,