lunedì 8 febbraio 2010
Six By Seven "The Way I Feel Today"
A mio avviso un disco magnifico, probabilmente il più bello del gruppo che riesce magicamente a far quadrare un cerchio che, a dire il veero, rasentava già la perfezione. Ballate visionarie e salvifiche, passaggi di una melodia cristallina, assalti sonori che spaventano per brutalità e cattiveria....il mondo dei Six By Seven è sempre oscuro e cupo, ma come non riconoscere il paradiso dietro queste nuvole minacciose? (2004 Mantra)
The press release that accompanied the CD states that this is Six By Sevens continued assault against mediocrity. While it certainly isnt a mediocre album, its not one that will set 2002 alight either, but obvious influences from the likes of Radiohead, Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine have allowed Six By Seven to produce a heady mix that runs through the entire gamut of emotions.
The Way I Feel Today peaks with the hauntingly melodic "All My New Best Friends", before plunging, without warning, headlong into the Clash-esque two-minute punk blast "Flypaper For Freaks" - Chris Olleys snarled lyrics providing a marvellous wake-up call to the senses that even had the neighbours banging on the wall. And this is exactly what the album is about. You're in the arms of your lover one minute and then cast into a dark void the next.
There are the pure unadulterated declarations of love that are recent singles "So Close" and "I.O.U. Love", while the rifftastic and stand out track "Cafeteria Rats" is a scabrous attack on those who talk themselves up to hide the emptiness of their lives.
The albums title track packs an emotional punch with Olley assuring us, the way I feel today is because of you, while "American Beer" is a towering epic, underpinned by existential anger.
There are low points. I awoke with a pain in my head, screams Olley on "Speed Is In/Speed Is Out" and that is exactly what you could be left with after this and follow-up "Karen O" - one of the weaker tunes - which features an incessantly annoying bass-line.
It appears though that Six By Seven have successfully survived the loss of co-founding guitarist Sam Hampton between the release of The Closer You Get in 2000 and The Way I Feel Today and this new offering from the scaled down four-piece - their fourth - is easily their best to date. (Jack Smith - http://www.bbc.co.uk/)
Six by Seven have been banging their heads against a wall of mainstream indifference for quite a while now. 'The Way I Feel Today' is the Nottingham band's third long-player and initially promises more of their trademark noise-infested beauty - the aural equivalent of being battered into submission by a thug who pauses occasionally to massage your bruises.
It's a heady and often abrasive mix as album opener 'So Close' demonstrates. The melody is there, but it's buried amid layers of guitars. Yet a sea change is apparent in the band's modus operandi, judging by second track 'IOU Love', which may well be the poppiest thing they've ever done and an unabashedly romantic paean.
Away from the white noise, frontman Chris Olley proves that he can do tender as well as he does anger while the shoulder-shrugging observations of 'All My New Best Friends' finds the band digesting and spitting out the machine because they don't like the taste, rather than raging against it as before.
The employment of pianos and strings perhaps best illustrate how the departure of co-founder Sam Hempton has made Six By Seven stop momentarily, reassess and embrace a bigger picture. The Pixies-style noisefest that is 'Speed Is In, Speed Is Out' and the bile-flecked riffing of 'Cafeteria Rats' show they're not about to totally reinvent themselves but these are welcome diversions rather than the whole story.
More than anything else, 'The Way I Feel Today' has an assuredness and an emotional depth so many guitar bands are currently lacking. This is the sound of a band fully on top of their game, still kicking against the pricks but from a different corner, wearing their hearts on their sleeves and making records like their next meal depends on it. If there's any justice, it will at last propel them to the fore and allow them to restore some passion and commitment into an otherwise vapid and self-obsessed mainstream. (Simon P Ward - http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/)
- So Close
- I O U Love
- All My New Best Friends
- Flypaper For Freaks
- Speed Is In, Speed Is Out
- Karen O
- American Beer
- The Way I Feel Today
- Cafeteria Rats
- Bad Man
SIX BY SEVEN