giovedì 30 luglio 2009
Black Grape "It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah"
Ma si...divertiamoci, balliamo e per 45 minuti fregiamocene di quello che ci succede intorno. Shaun Ryder dopo l'esperienza devastante (in tutti i sensi) con gli Happy Mondays torna bello ripulito, o almeno sembra, alla carica con i Black Grape e questo esordio è da 10 e lode. Impossibile rimanere fermi: ironici, divertenti,scanzonati, accattivanti, sfrontati, dal rock al funk, al soul al pop in un frullato di melodie e ritmi che cattura l'ascoltatore . Insomma un passo oltre i Mondays ma sempre in quella direzione! Gran bel disco! (1995 MCA Uk)
Ryder tornera` a galla alla testa dei Black Grape nel 1995, formazione con due rapper (Ryder e Paul Leveridge), la chitarra bruciante di Paul Wagstaff e un'orchestrina di fiati e tastiere. Il ballabile poliedrico (funk, hip-hop, jungle, raga, house, reggae e heavymetal) di It's Great When You're Straight (Radioactive, 1995) sfodera l'impeto scanzonato dei Red Hot Chili Peppers e la coralita` epica dei Clash, dallo shuffle indiavolato di Reverend Black Grape alla giostra raga-psichedelica di In The Name Of The Father, dalla filastrocca decadente e spaziale di Kelly's Heroes al rap con organo soul di Little Bob. Ma a renderli celebri sono soprattutto scipitezze come Tramazi Parti. Album senza pretese, che continua semplicemente nella vena "folle" di Madchester, ma che segna anche un ritorno alla grande per Ryder. (Piero Scaruffi - www.scaruffi.com/)
After Happy Mondays crashed and burned in disarray, drugs and debt (for Tony Wilson, mainly), few thought that Shaun Ryder would ever get it together long enough to make a comeback. They were wrong. In 1992, barely a year after the final underwhelming Mondays album, Ryder and Bez put together a new band, featuring former Paris Angel Wags and rapper Kermit. But it wasn't until 1995 that the debut album 'It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah" dropped, featuring the rather fine single "Reverend Black Grape". The Grape were basically a rootsier, funkier version of the Mondays, but when Ryder sacked the rest of the band a couple of years later, it was all over. Shame. (http://www.xfm.co.uk)
Black Grape's debut revs up with a command from lead singer Shaun Ryder: "Oh, come all ye faithful, oh, joyful and triumphant!/Gather round while I blow my own trumpet!" The biblical bellowing seems appropriate: Black Grape are a resurrection of sorts – Ryder was formerly the main man in Happy Mondays, the most experimental, groove-ridden and recklessly Dionysian gang to come out of England's pivotal Madchester (Manchester) scene in the late '80s.
The Mondays imploded in classic it's-better-to-burn-out, etc., fashion, mostly because Ryder was, as he has said, "cracked out of me brain." But as the title of It's Great When You're Straight ... Yeah suggests, Ryder's messed-up past is just that – past. Black Grape teams him with covocalist Kermit Leveridge (ex-Ruthless Rap Assassins) and a rubbery musical core. The result is an exuberant '90s pop party, a hip-hop/white rock/dance club collage suffused with punchy cultural substance and great stylistic reach.
With his shady background and Northern England working-class accent, Ryder is a surreal street-beat poet whose raucous authenticity masks a careful lyrical craft. He's class conscious, art conscious, race conscious and, especially, pop-culture and consumption conscious. References include Dirty Harry, "the great smell of Brut," "Planet Reebok" and the holy trilogy of Batman, Jesus and Bruce Wayne. On "Shake Your Money," he delivers a bleak but melodically uplifting account of drug-dealing hooligans; riding a creamy Stax/Volt groove, he actually sounds soulful. Elsewhere, his ranting – crisply phrased if somewhat slurry – melds in vibrant harmony with Leveridge's raps, toasts and croons.
Black Grape's foot soldiers are guitarist Paul Wagstaff and drummer Ged Lynch, and co-producers Danny Saber and Stephen Lironi on keyboards, guitar, bass and programming. Former Happy Monday dancer Bez is also involved, although, as usual, his recorded contributions are inaudible – he's credited, metaphorically, with "vibes." Together they create a funky pop architecture of loping drum programs, hard guitar riffs and creepy ambience, rolling easily from raga to rock to Caribbean rhythms. It's great that Ryder's straight (yeah), but what's even greater is his dizzyingly weird and infectious new band, which is anything but (yeah). Black Grape are bent in all the right ways. (Jason Cohen - http://www.rollingstone.com/)
- Reverend Black Grape
- In The Name Of The Father
- Tramazi Party
- Kelly's Heroes
- Yeah Yeah Brother
- A Big Day In The North
- Shake Well Before Opening
- Shake Your Money
- Little Bob