"Back To Life" by Neil & Liam

I don’t mind the Finns’ falsetto singing generally, but I find it off-putting in this track, Liam singing falsetto an octave above Neil. That’s my only real hangup, the more I listen it’s a fairly lovely track in general. The instrumental bridge is nice and very reminiscent of She Goes On.

Cradle2Grave posted:

Personally, I love the vocal chemistry between Neil and Liam on this track. Add that to some typically strong Finn songwriting (yet another beautiful middle 8) and this lead single has me excited for the album.

The live performance of the song has me excited for the collaboration and the possibility of seeing a live performance, although sadly, I guess that is unlikely in North America with the impending Fleetwood Mac tour.

The instrumental arrangement on the recording of the song leaves me a bit apprehensive about the album, although I will listen with an open mind (and ear!) as always.

I have been a fan long enough to know that Neil does not always do his best work in the studio, because he often does not know when to stop tinkering.

 

 

brownie posted:

I have been a fan long enough to know that Neil does not always do his best work in the studio, because he often does not know when to stop tinkering.

I agree with you there. I certainly noticed some of the early Intriguer songs were better than their final arrangements on the album. I felt at times during the Out of Silence recordings he had songs perfected, yet continued to nitpick when he could only really make the song worse from that point onward. And this was in a unique case where he'd consciously set himself very limited time to flesh out the record.

I recall Jaffaman saying Neil was quite cagey when selecting demos/rarities for the CH Deluxe albums, because he hates releasing unfinished/unpolished material. Seymour admitted that Only Way To Go Is Forward was one of the stronger tracks lined up for Intriguer, but they could never tame the outro into something more structured, hence it missed the cut altogether.

"I know within myself that I have a tendency to polish too much, and I’ve done that in the past on records and I don’t like that about myself.” - Neil, 2014

Cradle2Grave posted:
brownie posted:

I have been a fan long enough to know that Neil does not always do his best work in the studio, because he often does not know when to stop tinkering.

I agree with you there. I certainly noticed some of the early Intriguer songs were better than their final arrangements on the album. I felt at times during the Out of Silence recordings he had songs perfected, yet continued to nitpick when he could only really make the song worse from that point onward. And this was in a unique case where he'd consciously set himself very limited time to flesh out the record.

I recall Jaffaman saying Neil was quite cagey when selecting demos/rarities for the CH Deluxe albums, because he hates releasing unfinished/unpolished material. Seymour admitted that Only Way To Go Is Forward was one of the stronger tracks lined up for Intriguer, but they could never tame the outro into something more structured, hence it missed the cut altogether.

"I know within myself that I have a tendency to polish too much, and I’ve done that in the past on records and I don’t like that about myself.” - Neil, 2014

Agreed. That's why the recording of Out of Silence worked so well and I hope Neil records future albums that way. Eight hours to record the album with 3-4 tries at each song and that pick the best take and you're done.  I feel that Out of Silence has an emotional power that would have been lost with more "polishing".  That's one thing that also haunts Lindsey Buckingham who sometimes spends weeks and weeks on each song.

Hmmm....  Could be.  I am definitely liking that recording a lot more than I did the other day.  It seems somehow more substantial and less ethereal than it did when I listened to it previously.  Of course, this could be simply because I listened to the live version enough times that I really got to know the song.

I’m still not liking that Greek-sounding interlude in the middle, though.

brownie posted:

Hmmm....  Could be.  I am definitely liking that recording a lot more than I did the other day.  It seems somehow more substantial and less ethereal than it did when I listened to it previously.  Of course, this could be simply because I listened to the live version enough times that I really got to know the song.

I’m still not liking that Greek-sounding interlude in the middle, though.

My favorite version is the "radio edit" that doesn't include the interlude in the middle 8 of the song. It goes right into the bridge.

From time of Intriguer, (to me) this is the strongest/best first single (considering "Meet me in the air" not single but only kind of introducing with new album, like Divebomber was with Dizzy Heights). Easy memorable, fantastic strong refrain, modern but with some 80s feel, I am really sad and dissapointed that this song most probably wont get any attention outside Neil/Liam fan base... only 12.000 views on youtube in first week is sadly best showcase of someone/somethings popularity...

Mariola posted:

Yeah..and its an awfull one! 

I dissclaime my own words - no its not awfull, far from that...after few watchings, its actually pretty good, very much like videos from first half of 90s when music videos was pretty artistic and unique... welcome and enjoy

Reminds me on CH Nails in my feet video...anyone else?

Mariola posted:
Mariola posted:

Yeah..and its an awfull one! 

I dissclaime my own words - no its not awfull, far from that...after few watchings, its actually pretty good, very much like videos from first half of 90s when music videos was pretty artistic and unique... welcome and enjoy

Reminds me on CH Nails in my feet video...anyone else?

It reminds me of the Losing My Religion REM video.  It was filmed at Largo which is cool.

Sugar Mouse posted:
Mariola posted:
Mariola posted:

Yeah..and its an awfull one! 

I dissclaime my own words - no its not awfull, far from that...after few watchings, its actually pretty good, very much like videos from first half of 90s when music videos was pretty artistic and unique... welcome and enjoy

Reminds me on CH Nails in my feet video...anyone else?

It reminds me of the Losing My Religion REM video.  It was filmed at Largo which is cool.

Yes, it does remind.

Sounds too much like it should be on Dizzy Heights.  Video is a good concept but comes across not too great.  I am hoping for some more harder edged stuff from these two gents....I think they have it on them to make something quite upbeat...with a purpose.  I never expected another really mellow song.....and a bit of a downer.  Sorry, in my honest mood today...lol

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