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a r t i s t :: Albert Hammond Jr.
t i t l e :: Momentary Masters
d a t e :: 2015-00-00
l a b e l :: Vagrant
g e n r e :: Alternative
s o u r c e :: CD
b i t r a t e :: 242 kbps avg
e n c o d e r :: LAME 3.98.4 -V 0
t r a c k s :: 10
p l a y t i m e :: 35:46
s i z e :: 62.43MB


1 Born Slippy 4:07
2 Power Hungry 3:48
3 Caught By My Shadow 3:03
4 Coming To Getcha 3:26
5 Losing Touch 3:54
6 Don't Think Twice 4:36
7 Razor's Edge 3:05
8 Touché 3:04
9 Drunched In Crumbs 2:56
10 Side Boob 3:47

Unlike so many instantly iconic rock phenomena before them, the Strokes didn’t
so much turn boring as frustrating. From 2006’s First Impressions of Earth
onward, they’ve sounded like a band constantly second-guessing itself—one that
knows it has to evolve beyond a signature sound, but unwilling to commit to a
direction. That erratic behavior has extended to frontman Julian Casablancas’
sideline pursuits, whether it as a Daft Punk-approved synth-pop singer or
polarizing prog-punk provocateur. But the solo career of guitarist Albert
Hammond Jr. has emerged as a beaming ray of light poking through these
turbulent skies—as his main band sounds more confused with each new album, his
own songwriting has turned more precise and concise.

That said, the refinement in Hammond’s work is less a reaction to the Strokes
than the result of significant changes in his personal life. In contrast to
the art-pop aspirations that fuelled his first two solo albums, Hammond’s 2013
EP, AHJ, was a slight, scrappy four-song affair. But it bore the weight of
considerable baggage: he spent much of the record’s press cycle coming clean
about going clean, kicking a prolonged addiction to cocaine, heroin, and
ketamine he claimed was draining him of $2,000 a week. If AHJ was a tentative
toe-dip back into solo recording, Momentary Masters is a confident full-body
Like its predecessor, the new album isn’t afraid to draw comparisons to
Hammond’s day job; rather than try to establish an identity separate from the
Strokes, it reasserts the carefree charm and hooky immediacy that’s gotten
lost amid the band’s latter-day experimentation. And unlike, say, Angles or
Comedown Machine, Momentary Masters manages to inject a little funk and
finesse into the Strokes’ wiry rock schematic without forcing the issue,
interlocking Hammond’s signature, spidery fills with "Tetris"-tight rhythms
that will have you double-checking the liner notes to see if Nikolai Fraiture
and Fabrizio Moretti were recruited for the record. (They were not—that’s
AHJ-era touring bassist Jordan Brooks and drummer Jeremy Gustin doing the
yeoman’s work.)
For an album reportedly inspired by Carl Sagan, the 10-song, 36-minute
Momentary Masters is remarkably lean and focused. The title refers to the
famed astronomer’s description of our infinitesimal standing in the universe
at large; it could also scan as a comment on the Strokes’ own experience as
one-time hype magnets, and the struggle to stay relevant after the spotlight
points somewhere else. "Sometimes, the sun goes behind the clouds/ You’ll
forget the warmth that could be found," he laments on the opening "Born
Slippy"—not a cover of the Underworld classic, but perhaps an oblique,
cautionary evocation of that track’s hedonistic Trainspotting associations. If
the song draws from the same well of influences as the Strokes—the chorus is
even underpinned by a rewrite of the "Marquee Moon" riff—Hammond forsakes
Casablancas’ disaffected cool for a down-to-earth humility befitting of a
former next big thing, and the seize-the-day urgency of a recovering addict
who no longer takes anything for granted. And just when you think you’ve got a
handle on the song’s A/B structure, Hammond introduces subtle but substantial
changes—a pointillist guitar-solo breakdown, new variations on the chorus
melody—that transform the song’s scale from modest to majestic.
At the outset, Momentary Masters suggests a parallel history for the Strokes
if they had signed to DFA instead of RCA, with the louche groove and
synthesized disco strings of "Power Hungry" bridging the early-2000s divide
between L.E.S. rock dives and Williamsburg warehouse parties. The album even
boasts a spiritual successor to "Losing My Edge" in "Losing Touch", though,
buoyed by the song’s spirited new-wave sprint and towering chorus, Hammond
sounds happy to be leaving hipsterdom behind. That sentiment is reinforced in
more plaintive fashion on a drum-machined cover of Bob Dylan’s "Don’t Think
Twice, It’s Alright", which initially seems like an outlier on the album, but
proves to be its thematic centerpiece. Embracing the song’s don’t-look-back
sentiment, Hammond blazes through Momentary Masters’ breathless second half
with a series of direct-hit power-pop pick-me-ups that channels the
guttersnipe grittiness of vintage Strokes—from the double-timed "Modern Age"
stomp of "Razors Edge" to the "I Can’t Win" echoes of "Side Boob"—but with a
tuneful flamboyance that reminds you Hammond is the biggest Guided by Voices
fan in the group. (And, no doubt, Bob Pollard would approve of a nonsensically
evocative title like "Drunched in Crumbs".) "Now that we’re not perfect, we
have to be good," Hammond sings on "Touché", like someone who’s being
extra-careful to not squander their second lease on life, but who’s liberated
from the pressures and anxieties that drive one to bad habits in the first
place. As the song’s taut rhythmic drive loosens into a gloriously goofy
chicken-scratched guitar solo, Hammond reinforces the notion that, while
rock'n'roll may be the gateway to a lifetime of vice, it can also be the most
effective form of rehab.
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The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr Announces New Album, Shares New Song: Listen

Albert Hammond Jr of the Strokes has announced a new solo album, Francis Trouble. The follow-up to 2015’s Momentary Masters is due out March 9 via Red Bull Records. View the LP’s cover art and tracklisting below. According to a press release, the album was written in honor of Hammond Jr’s twin brother Francis, who was stillborn.

Мемчи́ки - эта абщение с илитай. Эта не толька шутки пра тваю мамашу, но и шутки пра мамашу админа. Мемчи́ки - эта гигабайты тральских шутак. Мемчи́ки - эта абщение. Мемчи́ки - эта тралинк лалак. Мемчи́-и-и-и-и-и-ки!!!
представил клип на первый сингл с грядущего альбома – "Muted Beatings"

Watch Albert Hammond Jr.'s Heartbreaking 'Muted Beatings' Video

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. explores the joy and heartbreak of love in the new video for "Muted Beatings." The track will appear on the musician's next solo album, Francis Trouble, out March 9th via Red Bull Records.

Fraser Rigg directed the video, which stars Hammond Jr. and actress Portia Doubleday. The pair play a couple deeply in love, though the video's romantic, sun-soaked sequences are juxtaposed with scenes that are much darker and veer towards the surreal. Early on, Hammond Jr. opens a door sitting in the middle of a beach and later seems unable to comfort Doubleday as she weeps on the couch. At the end of the video, it becomes clear that Hammond Jr. has died as he watches Doubleday pour his ashes into the ocean.

"I followed Fraser into the abyss," Hammond Jr. said of the "Muted Beatings" video. "He had a real vision he expressed by saying 'Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.' I felt like he was moved by the song and knew how to capture it visually. I understood what he meant but to me the love didn’t represent human connection. I knew It would be the most universal way to show it visually but I found myself realizing the cycle of who I was and what I was about to become, with the death of my old self and the birth of this new person, was what transcended time and space. That love for life, that lust for life is forever reshaping itself."

Мемчи́ки - эта абщение с илитай. Эта не толька шутки пра тваю мамашу, но и шутки пра мамашу админа. Мемчи́ки - эта гигабайты тральских шутак. Мемчи́ки - эта абщение. Мемчи́ки - эта тралинк лалак. Мемчи́-и-и-и-и-и-ки!!!
Второй сингл, строукс-строукс-строукс. Замечательно просто thumb.gif

Это сообщение отредактировал валерыч - 16.02.18 в 20:20
И ещё один отличный, душевный сингл, сильно похожий на Строукс!
Возможно, это будет его Магнум Опус. По крайней мере хочется верить. Очень жду. Уже завтра в русском Apple Music будет, в районе половины 11-ого вечера!

И первый обзор уже:
Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble (2018)

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1. DvsL
2. Far Away Truths
3. Muted Beatings
4. Set to Attack
5. Tea for Two
6. Stop and Go
7. ScreaMER
8. Rocky’s Late Night
9. Strangers
10. Harder, Harder, Harder

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Artist: Albert Hammond Jr.
Title: Francis Trouble
Label: Red Bull Records
Genre: Rock
Quality: 250 Kbps Avg
Time: 35:35
Size: 63,92 MB
Rip Date: 2018-03-09
Str Date: 2018-03-09

Track List:

01. DVSL 2:57
02. Far Away Truths 3:38
03. Muted Beatings 3:16
04. Set to Attack 3:28
05. Tea for Two 4:08
06. Stop and Go 3:52
07. Screamer 2:31
08. Rocky's Late Night 4:16
09. Strangers 3:43
10. Harder, Harder, Harder 3:46

Release Notes:

The Strokes' lead guitarist Albert Hammond Jr's fourth solo album, 'Francis
Trouble', will be released via Red Bull Records!

'Francis Trouble' explores a deeply personal topic иC the stillborn death of his
twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had on Albert's
life and music.

Although he had always known of the existence of Francis, it was not until he
was 36 years old that he learned from an aunt that part of Francis had remained
behind in the womb and was born along side him иC a fingernail. With his music
moving in a different path than before, Hammond Jr wondered if this new
direction came from another avenue of himself, perhaps emanating from whatever
he and the departed Francis had shared for the few short months they had

Taking a page from Bowie, Hammond Jr says: "What the music says may be serious,
but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously. I
think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The
music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message."
Working within this mentality, Hammond Jr created Francis Trouble, an homage to
both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of
identity that arise because of their intermingling. The number 36 became
especially relevant, as he had learned more of Francis's story at that age, and
because he was born on the 9th day of the 4th month of the year. Significantly,
the album is exactly 36 minutes long.

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Это сообщение отредактировал spect - 10.03.18 в 23:14
Магнум опуса, по-моему, не вышло. Прошлый альбом походу был им..

Не вышло, да. Но душевно получилось! И разнообразнее, и ярче. Если продолжит и дальше развиваться, думаю, он у него впереди.

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