Friday, August 27, 2010

Gordon in the morning: Listening to Leon

Gordon has a first listen to the new Kings Of Leon album, which is trailed, oddly, as

First listen to musical new album
Musical? Is it really? I had so been expecting another spoken-word one. Or perhaps Gordon was fearing that they might have put together an industrial noise record?

Gordon doesn't really have very much to say about the record, and what he does say is a bit vague:
The new songs have "No1 hit" written all over them.
[...]
There's something for everyone - classic rock, chilled-out numbers and anthemic epics.
To me, that sounds like it's a hotch-potch. Although to be honest, I'm not really expecting the "chilled-out numbers" to be anything other than slightly more plodding Kings Of Leon tracks.

As he can't really think of much to say about the record, he instead files a 'what I did on my holidays' sort of piece:
My listen to the precious new album, out on October 18, took place in dramatic secrecy.

Sitting at their label HQ, I wasn't allowed the full track listing, nor could I look at or handle the promo CD - which was removed from a safe and escorted into a locked room.
Fancy someone from The Sun not being trusted with secret materials.

Gordon also has a go at trying to turn 'Bono hangs out with Bob Geldof's dad' into a story. It isn't one.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"classic rock, chilled-out numbers and anthemic epics"

A loud song, a quiet slow one and a popular one. Yes. It sounds like every other popular rock/pop album for the last... well since recording began. Has Gordon ever actually listened to music before? Do Kasabian albums not have token ballads on them?

Olive said...

I wasn't allowed the full track listing, nor could I look at or handle the promo CD
to be fair, I don't let my 20 month old son handle my record collection for similar reasons.

James said...

@Olive - Good point! I also liked this bit;

"I wasn't allowed the full track listing, nor could I look at or handle the promo CD - which was removed from a safe and escorted into a locked room."

"...by a team wearing hazmat suits who held the CD at arm's length with a pair of 3-foot long tongs. After playing, the room was fumigated and the disc placed in a lead box and transported via rail to Sellafield, where it will shortly buried in a twelve-foot thick concrete casket several miles underground"

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