Bel album que ce "Book of Lightning", certes sans surprise ... mais ce n'est pas ce qu'on attend quand on connait l'immense talent de Mike Scott, comme en témoigne le magnifique "Sustain". L'écoute est agréable du début à la fin si on se donne la peine de bien vouloir intégrer le paysage musical que nous offre le compositeur interprète écossais.
Mes titres préférés : "Sustain", "Everybody takes a Tumble", "You in the sky".
cet album est bien des Waterboys, il n'y a rien à redire là-dessus, on retrouve la voix inimitable de Mike Scott, et le violon de Steve Wickham, ainsi qu'une ambiance celtique caractéristique du son des Waterboys. Au début de l'écoute, on est légèrement surpris par la présence de 2 chansons rock, comme si Mike Scott avait viré de bord, mais le naturel revient vite au galop et , même si ces chansons sont loin d'être dépourvues de classe, ce sont les suivantes qui donnent tout leur sel à cet album. Une mention particulière pour la dernière que Mike Scott interprète tout seul s'accompagnant à la guitare. Bref, un bon album de plus au répertoire des Waterboys...
je viens d ecouter ce cd des waterboys et c est tres bon . une voix formidable , celle de mike scott qui est capable des effets les plus prodigieux . tout me semble tres bon , ce groupe de pop est , je crois , le meilleur . moi qui ecoute les beatles , j ai ete surpris que l on puisse s inspirer de mr lennon sans jamais l imittrter style plagiat ,si vous aimez la pop de qualite , n hesitez pas a vous procurer cet album .comme il est ecrit ci dessous ou dessus , l adjectif sans surprise me parait floue . avec les waterboys avec ou sans surprise , c est toujours de qualite je pense reelement que les waterboys font partis des meilleurs groupe depuis les beatles . c est un cd magnifique , les melodies sont tres pertinentes , les arrangement comptent sur la voix superbe de mike scoot , un chanteur unique en sont genre avec un geni de l interpretation . les violons sont places tout comme les autres instruments , et cela donne une coherence absolu a ce cd . je vous souhaite d avoir acces a ces compositeurs , a ce groupe exceptionnel.
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Best of Both Worlds25 août 2007
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It's hard to know the reason for the connection I feel to the Waterboys music. I even somehow missed the Big Music days; it was Fisherman's Blues which first caught my attention. I loved it. Bought all the earlier music. Very different, but loved it also. Room to Roam was a bit of a letdown but I saw them on tour for the first time then and the fun was still there.
Then came the long slow decline with a release or two I hated, and a couple more where the description was enough to keep me from buying. The highpoints of those years for me were collections of odds and ends, and expanded versions of the original releases.
Now comes Book of Lightning. I won't describe the songs...you can hear the samples. But it's lively and fun again for me, taking me back to the reasons I first fell for this band. If you liked the first four Waterboys releases, regardless of what you think about what came later, I urge you to get this one because I think you'll like it too.
I'm hoping radio shows they're doing next week will be on the internet, and I'm definitely planning to see them on tour in November. You can check out their website for info on all that. For now, just start listening to this one.
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Best Waterboys CD In Decades27 août 2007
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I was completely surprised at how wonderful that this new cd is and almost equally surprised by the lack of attention it is getting, considering that it was released in Europe months ago. As a big fan of The Waterboys in the 80's I've since listened to Mike Scott's output of the past almost 20 years and didn't care for a lot of it. Rock In A Weary Land (2001?) is a muddy sounding mess with poor songwriting and is practically unlistenable. Book Of Lightning is the polar opposite. The songs are catchy and bear up after repeated listenings, plenty of good rockers but also some softer introspective material. "She Tried To Hold Me" is a masterpiece that marries incredible lyrics with an amazing vocal. The production is perfect for the material, very clean but not sanitized and overproduced. Mike's voice is wonderful here. It is rough at times (I want to say Dylanesque, but I know that would put some people off) and sounds absolutely wonderful with this material. What also hearkens back to the 80's is the album length - 45 minutes - 10 songs and not one of them makes me reach for the skip button. I don't see restraint like that much from my favorite artists. If you like anything else by The Waterboys I can't imagine you being disappointed with this.
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Another Gem6 avril 2007
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E Book of Lightning gives us yet another gem by The Waterboys. The lyrics are crisp, intelligent, and they cut to the core. The melodies are more radio-friendly than "Universal Hall," but we've come to expect each album will have its own sound. You can hear traces of Mike Scott's influences (Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beatles), but he is no imitator. He synthesizes these and other influences to create his own great music.
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The Ninth studio album gets a 9!4 octobre 2007
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I've been a longtime Waterboys fan and couldn't wait for this release!
`Book of Lightning' starts out with `The Crash of Angel Wings'. I'm not connecting with it like I do with other Waterboys tunes. However, I can say it's quite catchy and I like the lyrics.
`Love Will Shoot You Down' is nothing short of fantastic! A true rock and roll song that is a definite highlight on this release. I especially like the lyrics on this track:
Time, old Time, King Time is moving back and forth like a backlit dancer on a pale white horse On a mad racecource in a hungry land you will be forced to play your secret hand and love will shoot you down, will shoot you down
`Nobody's Baby Anymore' surprised me, having an unusual vocal style for Mike. I love it!!! Gotta give it to the boys for always offering something different... and the vast majority of the time it works. This is another catchy song but what I really like about it is the subject matter. I read somewhere that it's about our planet and the lack of care for it. This track was partially penned twenty years ago and was recently completed for inclusion on `Book of Lightning'.
The pace of the album slows down a bit for a breather. `Strange Arrangement' is a hauntingly striking offering that tugs at my heart every time I listen to it. Mike Scott has a way of making his songs cozy and effortless to embrace. The feelings injected into this tune cannot be faked and really say a lot about him as a person - someone with lots of compassion, wisdom and soul. Mike is the founder, songwriter, vocalist & an instrumentalist.
I think everyone can relate to `She Tried To Hold Me'. This is a great, easy-going song with one of my favorite lines ever: `like she was skin surrounding thunder'. Wow.
My husband's standing behind me laughing. He claims that it's a perfect description of me on a daily basis. That may be so... but he's the tornado that spins a mess throughout the house! He agrees and we hug.
`You In The Sky' is delightful, dripping with glittered honey... and just a little Bob Dylan DNA. This track originally appeared on the `Fisherman's Blues' album.
Other Major Highlights are `It's Gonna Rain' and `Sustain'.
If you are familiar with The Waterboys you know that their music weaves its way into your veins. It becomes a large part of that soundtrack to your life. Please give `Book of Lightning' a listen.
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City of Kings9 septembre 2007
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The Waterboys have released such a variety of musical styles that they are hard to predict. Their fans either need a broad range of taste or stay on their toes. "Universal Hall" which was very soft held a couple of jewels that I still play, "This Light is for the World" and "The Christ in You." I look forward to new work from the Waterboys with the enthusiasm I used to have for the next album from The Moody Blues. Waterboys frequently have more uplifting positive messages and incorporate that Findhorn philosophy into the music. "The Archivist's Tale" in the booklet about a person from the future tuning back into the good and bad from our era is classic example of the esoteric backbone of Mike Scott and the band. "Book of Lightning" is an appealing mix of churning rockers and softer pieces. The CD is the musical polar opposite of "Universal Hall."
"The Crash of Angel Wings" opens the set with Mike Scott's smashing electric guitar Jeremy Stacy's percussion, "Here she comes like rumbling drums." "Nobody's Baby Anymore" jumped out with a slightly slower beat, but the electric waterfall of sound still in high gear and religious Palm Sunday imagery in the lyric amid a field of emotional chaos, "I've stepped out on highways that were studded with jewels; I rode into the City of Kings on the back of a mule; I kissed riches, strode tall in my britches, I knew esprit de corps." "You in the Sky" is another of my favorite tracks with its slower beat and Scott's dreamily romantic lyric, "Let me know you, lover woo me, open up my heart and sing your song right through me." "Everybody Takes a Tumble" has a flavor of "Fisherman's Blues" era with Steve Wickham's fiddle elevating the track into a breathtaking classic, "There's vengeance in my belly, slime on both my shoes & everything bad that you ever heard about little old me is true; My trigger finger is itchy, my humour is black & you just stumbled blind, babe, right into my track." Other tracks like the softer "Sustain" or the pounding "It's Gonna Rain" are also excellent. This is an impressive set from this classic Irish band, best of year quality. Bravo!