Label: Klee Music - KLEE 04 • Format: CD • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Jazz • Style: Smooth Jazz
Buy the album here. Its exactly the sort of album you would expect to hear from Thomas Lang inand is not a nostalgia-fest. The aspect of the album that jumps out straight away is the theme — musically the album is a nod to John Barry, Ennio Morricone and ambitious film soundtracks. In fact, the songs themselves are like short films, with a strong narrative running throughout the lyrics.
Kicking off with the albums title track, flutes and a high in the mix-bassline sit amongst dark electronics. An almost spaghetti western guitar line features on this and several tracks and The German Alphabet is topped off with a high-energy vocal performance from Thomas.
The arrangement is wonderful on this song — strings and horns dip in and out of the mix, without over-staying their welcome. After an up-tempo start, Rain slows things down. The arrangement is Portishead meets Massive Attack. Rain is one of the trilogy of very electronic tracks on the album, and contains one of the finest vocal performances from Thomas.
I love the breakdown towards the end of this song, with some Robert Fripp-like electronics and sweeping strings. I think this will be one of the most popular songs on the album amongst fans. Pale Imitation is surely a contender as a future Bond theme. This is a classic Lang tune — with some lovely almost progressive organ and smooth percussion under-pinning an emotional vocal performance. Pale Imitation reveals itself to you over repeated plays — with little details rising in and out of the arrangement.
Just piano and voice, its a delight and Thomas channels his inner Rickie Lee Jones Rain - Thomas Lang - The German Alphabet this track. And I could be wrong, but towards the end, it sounds like Mr Lang lights up a smoke to The Bomb - Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up him through to the end of the song. Pulse is the first track I heard from the album, around a year ago.
The strings and vocals on the chorus are simply heart-wrenching. Colorado Boulevard is a gem of a tune, and is a beautiful late night torch ballad. Smokey, slow strings and trumpet power this expensive sounding, as powerful as Die Hugenoten - Beauté Divine Enchantresse - Mady Mesplé, Nicolai Gedda, Orchestre Du Théâtre Nation, jazz diamond.
Over time, I think this song will sneak into my heart as one of my top 10 favourite Lang tracks. Kiss The Canvas tells the story of the darker side of the sport, more pay to lose than pay-to-view. The darkest song on The German AlphabetWatchman closes the album.
The Copernicus - Candlemass - Candlemass of the electronic trilogy of tracks, there is a feeling of cold-war paranoia in the lyrics and a little of the spirit of Billy Mackenzie and The Associates in the music of Watchman.
Like the theme tune from a great, lost 80s movie, its no leftover. It looks as if this song can be bought in digital format from Amazon from 30th September. The album has clearly been put together by Thomas and the musicians who play on the album with so much love and attention. You must be logged in to post a comment.
Thomas Lang Posted on Sep 4th, Rain - Thomas Lang - The German Alphabet Others 0 comments. Album Theme The aspect Rain - Thomas Lang - The German Alphabet the album that jumps out Sheldon Gooch - Im Free away is the theme — musically the album is a nod to John Barry, Ennio Morricone and ambitious film soundtracks.
Shaken not stirred Pale Imitation is surely a contender as a future Bond theme. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.
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