viernes, 2 de junio de 2017

nuevo disco de Roger Waters "Is This The Life We Really Want?"

Is This The Life We Really Want? (¿Es esta la vida que realmente querés?), inquiere Roger Waters desafiante, desde el título de lo que es sólo su quinto álbum de estudio como solista. Pasaron nada menos que 25 años desde la aparición de su trabajo anterior, Amused To Death (1992) - que volvió a lanzar en 2015 en una edición remasterizada -, pero el ex-Pink Floyd mantiene intacta su visión, y su capacidad de trazar un diagnóstico tan exacto como impiadoso sobre el estado del mundo, con una obra conceptual que tiende links directos a The Wall (1979) y al mencionado Amused... En el disco, Roger vuelve a la carga sobre las obsesiones que han estado presentes a lo largo de toda su obra: la guerra, la influencia de los medios de comunicación, la alienación, los manejos sucios de políticos y gobernantes, la inacción de los ciudadanos, y un estado general de cosas que ya había resumido magistralmente en el clásico de Pink Floyd, "Comfortably numb". En la parte musical, el contexto es cien por ciento Waters, con efectos, sonidos ambientales, diálogos y ruidos de máquinas mecánicas uniendo las canciones. La influencia del productor Nigel Godrich (trabajó con Radiohead, Air, Beck y McCartney, entre otros), no es especialmente notable en la música o los arreglos, que suenan como una continuación natural de trabajos anteriores. Parecería ser que su principal función como productor ha sido convencer al artista de sintetizar sus ideas en el formato de un álbum de canciones no demasiado extendidas, con una banda que se limita a proveer una suntuosa ambientación a las letras del cantante (prácticamente no hay solos, y las intro son mínimas o inexistentes).
Extraido de la revista Rolling Stones

Is This The Life We Really Want? (Is this the life you really want?), Roger Waters challengingly, from the title of what is only his fifth studio album as a soloist. No less than 25 years since the appearance of his previous work, Amused To Death (1992) - which he reissued in 2015 in a remastered edition - but former Pink Floyd remains intact his vision, and his ability to chart Diagnosis as accurate as it is unprosy on the state of the world, with a conceptual work that tends direct links to The Wall (1979) and to the aforementioned Amused ... In the disc, Roger returns to the load on the obsessions that have been present to him The war, the influence of the media, alienation, the dirty handling of politicians and rulers, the inaction of the citizens, and a general state of things that had already masterfully summarized in the classic of Pink Floyd, "Comfortably numb." In the musical part, the context is one hundred percent Waters, with effects, ambient sounds, dialogues and noises of mechanical machines joining the songs. The influence of producer Nigel Godrich (worked with Radiohead, Air, Beck and McCartney, among others), is not especially notable in music or arrangements, which sound like a natural continuation of previous works. It seems that his main role as a producer has been to convince the artist to synthesize his ideas in the format of an album of songs not too widespread, with a band that merely provides a sumptuous setting to the lyrics of the singer (there are practically no solos , And the intro is minimal or non-existent).
Excerpted from Rolling Stones magazine


A Kind of Magic cumple 31 años

A Kind of Magic es el álbum de estudio n.º 11 de Queen, el cual se lanzó a la venta el 2 de junio de 1986 en el Reino Unido y al día siguiente en EE. UU. El álbum tuvo gran éxito en Reino Unido, alcanzando el primer puesto en las listas y manteniéndose en éstas unas 63 semanas. El disco en sí es, en su mayoría, la banda sonora de la película Highlander en la cual podemos encontrar sus canciones en este álbum (a excepción de los temas "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure", "Friends Will Be Friends" y "One Vision" que no pertenecen a la película). Precisamente, One Vision, pertenece a la banda sonora de la película Iron Eagle, El disco fue producido por Queen, Mack y David Richards.


A Kind of Magic is the twelfth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 2 June 1986 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Capitol Records in the United States. It was their first studio album to be recorded digitally, and is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander, the first in a series directed by Russell Mulcahy. A Kind of Magic was Queen's first album to be released since they had been acclaimed for their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. It was an immediate hit in the UK, going straight to number one and selling 100,000 copies in its first week. It remained in the UK charts for 63 weeks, selling about six million copies worldwide (600,000 in the UK alone). The album spawned four hit singles: the album's title track "A Kind of Magic", "One Vision", "Friends Will Be Friends", and "Who Wants to Live Forever", which features an orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen, while the last track, "Princes of the Universe", is the theme song to Highlander. Although Queen would release another two albums with Freddie Mercury (excluding posthumous releases), A Kind of Magic would turn out to be the band's last album promoted with a concert tour, because of Mercury's diagnosis with HIV the following year, which subsequently caused his death in 1991. For the first time in their career, the band allowed themselves to be filmed while they were in the recording studio. The video for "One Vision" shows them in various stages of writing and recording the song.