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Gone But Not Forgotten

6 Oct

The Tea Party’s darkly, worldly song “Gone” may already be considered retro to some, having been released in 1999, but it obtains the retro aspect for other reasons.

Lead singer Jeff Martin delivers a performance even Tom Jones would be proud of. Slightly dialed back from Jones overly dramatic vocal performances, Martin, with his deep register, still brings plenty of retro drama and passion. Like an updated version of “I Who Have Nothing,” “Gone” delves deep down into a state of loneliness.

The instrumental section in the middle comes off as mysterious and just a bit psychotic with its staccato movements.

Set against an orchestral background of rich sounds and chock full of pained lyrics such as Broken moments in time could still shine, but they’re getting old,” “Gone” gives off a dark vibe that is just downright chilling.

Discography:The Tea Party (1991), Capitol Records Demo (1992), Splendor Solis (1993),The Edges of Twilight (1995)Alhambra (EP) (1996),Transmission (1997),Triptych (1999),Tangents: The Tea Party Collection (2000),The Interzone Mantras (2001),Seven Circles (2004),Live From Australia (2012)

Official Website: http://www.teaparty.com

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Glory Be To “Gloria”

3 Dec

With a roaring drum roll, an angelic chorus of “ooh’s” and manly grunts, sweedish band Mando Diao burst into your eardrums on their track “Gloria,” in a highly theatrical manner.

Shades of 1960’s pop rock surface in this energizing song, in which co lead singer Björn Dixgård taps into his inner Tom Jones. The gruff growls and vocal Olympics Dixgard brings to the table echo’s Jones many hits

Glittering in over the top vocal and musical licks, “Gloria” delves into the retro rock genre, injecting garage band style with a retro Tom Jones meets The Animals flavor.

One can almost picture women’s undergarments being flung into the air.

Eerily similar to “Gloria” is Jones masterpiece “Delilah” . The lyrics both feature dramatic scenarios where a woman is seen as an object of desire, to the point of murder.

In “Gloria” the Chorus swells:

Gloria alone now forever/Gloria away in the air now/Gloria she’s no longer your slave

She now watches him from “Heaven’s Gate”

The lyrics also allude to the fact that the man has told Gloria many lies in his “freakshow” and is responsible for her misery.

In “Delilah” the songster confesses that he is a slave to a cheating woman who is no good for him.

“But I was lost like a slave that no man could free”

So of course he resorts to murder.

“She stood there laughing/I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more”

Dramatic enough for you?

Discography: Bring Em’ In (2002), Hurricane Bar (2004), Ode to Ochrasy (2006), Never Seen the Light of Day (2007), Give Me Fire (2009)

Official Website: www.Mandodiao.com