written by gt slade
|Some might wonder why Ms Archer chose "Hello" as the last song and begins with "Take Care." That's life. For "Take Care" establishes the musical tone with an eerily mystical arrangement from co-creator John Hughes. When Tasmin warns, "Be careful how you spread your views," I don't take it personally. Perhaps I should.|
|"Sedan" is a declaration of independence, or so I believe. Far from "Drive My Car," yet as rewarding a journey. The song is so pretty, you forget the singer is setting your agenda.|
|"Complaints" is my favourite – one of them. Beautiful music tangles with a serious lyric over relationship highs and lows. As with most of the album, Tasmin drops profound lines like, "If I could just remember where I need to pin the blame." The lyrics are very relaxing and sensuous, the tune gorgeous.|
|My mantra used to be, "Every time I want it someone else has got it before me."
These days, not so much. Deft lyrics compliment a zippy beat on "Effect is Monotony."
While I am commercially clueless, the song seems to have hit potential.
Turns out it will be released singly as "Every Time I Want It." [I'd say backed with "Complaints," but this is the Twenty-First Century, no more seven-inch vinyl. A stand-alone version of "Monotony" might include more agressive percussion because the kids like drum pummeling. Who am I kidding? I like the drums. Think Kenny Jones.]
|"Violence" showcases Archer's vocal pyrotechniques, with a suitably subdued accompaniment. There is wisdom within. She's not singing about fisticuffs. I would love to hear a stripped-down or even a capella version of this piece.|
|"A Day Will Come" has held me in awe since I heard it last year. "Who's winning, everyones lost." Love the lyrics, the tune and the interplay between the percussion and the rather plaintive keyboards.|
|In "Emergency," dissonance highlights another winning arrangement, evoking disorientation. I enjoy dissonance even more than drumming.|
|I see myself in "A Letter To God," to my discomfort. No, I'm not God! (If I were, would I admit it?) Besides, this is no religious song, more an examination of what constitutes success, what it means to be "somebody." Perhaps that is the modern religion – celebrity worship. Great music addressing a subject always drifting through my mind. Tasmin's treatment is deep, provocative, liberating.|
|"You're reaching out when it's inside." Why "Hope" when everything you need to do is there in you. Reinforcing some of the almighty themes and preparing you for|
|"Hello," which is filled with great musical effects that make one ask, "Was that the disc or are the neighbors freaking out?" It was the CD, although one can never be sure about the neighbors. Tasmin would "rather be lucky than brave." Luck is vastly underrated, so it's good to see it recognised. Ain't no Lionel; this is pure Tasmin. And as I've suggested, the song leaves you hungering for more.|
[10; 40'29; Quiverdisc, 2006;
Produced by John Hughes.]
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