Questions about music

I got sent this today.

Completed in my lunch break without much thought.  Sometimes I think quick fire things are better if you think about things too long you can try to be too cool – and I prefer things a bit natural.

Ask me tomorrow and my answers would be all different I am sure – it all depends on what you are feeling on that day – what you have been listening to recently etc etc and that is the beauty of music – it fits everything, it has a place in every aspect/area of your life and can help you, hurt you, break you, make you…..music is a bit awesome like that.

Be cool if any of you wanted to complete it to!
So here goes:

  • 1: A song you like with a color in the title
  • PURPLE RAIN
  • 2: A song you like with a number in the title
  • 29 X THE PAIN BY THE WILDHEARTS
  • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime
  • SUNSHINE GIRL BY THE YO-YO’S
  • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
  • ANYTHING BY NICK CAVE
  • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
  • EVERYTHING!
  • 6: A song that makes you want to dance
  • MANY BUT SOMETHING THAT COMES TO MIND IS IT’S A GIRL THING BY MY LIFE STORY
  • 7: A song to drive to
  • DRIVING SONG BY SPINNERETTE
  • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
  • PINK ELEPHANTS AND LEMONADE BY MADONNA
  • 9: A song that makes you happy
  • STRAIGHT LINES – BY SILVERCHAIR – IT MAKES ME SHOULDER DANCE LIKE DANIEL!
  • 10: A song that makes you sad
  • RIP (REST IN PISSEDOFFNESS) BY BIKINI KILL
  • 11: A song that you never get tired of
  • ANTHEM BY THE WILDHEARTS
  • 12: A song from your preteen years
  • MANHATTAN SKYLINE BY AHA
  • 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
  • HEAD OVER HEELS BY TEARS FOR FEARS
  • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
  • LOVE FOOL BY THE CARDIGANS – OK I AM JOKING – I DON’T KNOW I THINK I AM THE ONLY GIRL ON THE PLANET THAT HAS NEVER PLANNED HER WEDDING
  • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist
  • HURT BY NINE INCH NAILS
  • 16: One of your favorite classical songs
  • ANYTHING FROM THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
  • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
  • I WOULD NEVER EVER EVER SING KARAOKE – IT’S MY GIFT TO THE WORLD
  • 18: A song from the year that you were born
  • I DON’T KNOW – I WASN’T REALLY LISTENING TO MUSIC AT THAT POINT BUT NICE TRY IN TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW OLD I AM
  • 19: A song that makes you think about life
  • ONE DAY SON BY FIGHTSTAR
  • 20: A song that has many meanings to you
  • FUCK THE PEOPLE BY THE KILLS
  • 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
  • THE PIXIES – ALLISON
  • 22: A song that moves you forward
  • RITE OF SPRING BY AVA
  • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
  • THINKING IN REVERSE BY THE DISSOCIATIVES
  • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together
  • EAU’D TO BEDROOM DANCING BY LE TIGRE
  • 25: A song by an artist no longer living
  • DRAIN YOU BY NIRVANA
  • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
  • I AM NOT EVEN A SNOW PATROL FAN BUT THE CHORUS TO CARS IS PRETTY DAMN ROMANTIC
  • 27: A song that breaks your heart
  • COUNTING FRIENDS BY THE SENSELESS THINGS – IT DOESN’T BREAK MY HEART BUT IT DOES MAKE ME WANT TO CRY
  • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
  • ACROSS THE NIGHT BY SILVERCHAIR
  • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood
  • TAKE ON ME BY AHA
  • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself
  • BABY COME ON BY +44

It’s just another Manic Monday

So it is Monday again.

I still feel broken from the weekend.  Either that or I am coming down with something – but saying broken from the weekend makes me sound/feel far more rock n roll than someone who maybe is about to become a snot machine!

So talking about being more rock n roll I think this should be the theme to Music Monday!

So……..

New Found Glory had a new single out recently called ‘Connect the Dots’ and a new album will follow soon enough.

 

Blink 182 have been out on tour across America and Canada – you lucky people you!  And Mark Hoppus announced that in 2014 there will be a new blink album.  That makes me happier than you would believe!

And on Friday I went to the Jubilee Club run by Chris McCormack – who used to be in 3 Colours Red and played guitar for Gary Numan, so have an old 3 Colours Red video to check out:

 

And I was talking to Chris about his brother Danny, and Danny used to be in The Wildhearts and The Yo-Yo’s so……….you guessed it check them out:

 

And I super love this song by the yo-yo’s

 

Happy listening/viewing people.

 

 

Friday!!!!

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And here we are – it is Friday again and for some of us it is not just Friday but we have a few pennies to spend – so I will be hitting the bar straight after work and no doubt nursing my head for a while on Saturday.   If you are staying in tonight then the showing of Alan Carr that I went to see is on so what more could you want to do than watch Alan Carr and see if you can spot my ugly mug.

After dark at the (London) aquarium – the museums after dark was a hit and I think this wold be far more fun – go and see all the fishes all illuminated.

https://sealifeafterdark.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Oktoberfest in Shoreditch – 3,000 people drinking and eating over a few parks – sort of sounds like a mini London on a typical evening to me.

http://www.london-oktoberfest.co.uk/

 

London Tattoo Convention – to try to explain this seems daft – there will be inking going on and many inked people.  Bands will be playing at the 9th annual event and there will be food and drink – just don’t get drunk and get a tattoo – pretty much my one of my few rules in life

http://www.thelondontattooconvention.com/

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Wedding Show – maybe one more for the ladies – but it’s the national wedding show in London at earls court this weekend.  Lots of white, cream and frills and lots of brides in one room – I know it’s wrong but that sort of puts some fear in me.  Make sure you wear fixing spray on your make up ladies!

http://london.nationalweddingshow.co.uk/page/view/home

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Walk London – Autumn Ambles – get out and about – explore London – get some exercise – meet people!

http://www.walklondon.org.uk/

 

Victorian Carnival Kings Cross – Kings cross square is going to turn into a space of a Victorian carnival complete with fairground rides and street entertainers.

http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/detail.php?uid=34827

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Wimbledon Book Festival – Books are awesome – enough said!  There is a whole host of authors and activities going on – check it out:

http://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/

 

Astronomy Photographer of the Year – FREE – this is an awesome display of amazing astronomy photos at the Royal Observatory and it’s all at my favourite price!

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/

 

Tonight the Pixies play Electric, Brixton and Shonen Knife play Dingwalls on Saturday

 

And if you want to go and dance the night away I would recommend:
Jubilee Club at the Barfly in Camden run by the lovely Chris McCormack and Carl Barat http://www.jubileeclub.com/Jubilee/This_Week.html

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or you could pop over to Popstarz http://www.popstarz.org/ and go say hi to the gorgeous Jess.

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Throwback Thursday

I am not ‘throwing back’ too far with this one.

This was my birthday weekend with two of my dearest friends in a place that feels like my home from home.  (now I have the song ‘Home from Home’ in my head by the yo-yo’s for the day – thanks self!)

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We were in Swanage – somewhere on the south coast, it’s part of the Jurassic coast and is super pretty.  It’s a seaside town so far unspoiled but only time will tell if more people will move in only buying holiday homes and ruin more of the coast for us all – but that’s another rant for another day.

Swanage is somewhere I went to a lot as a child and I love it there, it really evokes a feeling of coming home to me as I near the place.  I don’t get to visit often enough so this year I wanted to make sure I could share the place with some friends….and they got why it was so special to me.

On my birthday weekend there is always a carnival rounded off with some amazing fireworks. I do of course say this is all in my honor, it’s not but you can pretend along with me.  And the Princess Fairy of the ball, i.e the birthday girl a.k.a yours truly – was bought a flashing light up magic wand.  And yes it is now pride of place on my bookcase.

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(And over my shoulder is a guest appearance from my little nephew Joel, see the place is so special one of my brothers and his family happened to be down there at the same time.)

So today’s Throwback Thursday is in honor of special places, special people, friendship, magic wands, birthdays and therefore cake!

Don’t wear beige – it will kill you……….

Fabulous Fashionistas…what a show – well done Channel 4 (not something I say all that often about TV)

I really don’t like fashion.  I like clothes, I like accessories but I do tend to agree with that old saying that fashion is so ugly that is why it is changed so frequently.

So this title of a TV show almost passed me by.

But then (thank goodness) I saw the advert and heard someone talk about it at work.

I like free thinking.  I like a bit of an independent spirit.  I like people to not conform to what they ‘should’.

Twinsets and pearls? Well only if you want to dahling.

Skateboard as transport – well then hell yes.

It should not be about age.

If you have your health you should be out there living life, not doing what people expect from you – that is how you live a life of regret.

Don’t just sit there and let life happen around you – that is how you get old.

Never give up.

Always give 110%.

If you fancy a day being lazy then do it 110% don’t do it and feel guilty and only half indulge in it.

Take life by the horns…….and take a leaf or two out of these ladies book!

You have Jean Woods (75) – I want her to be my Gran – I think she is absolutely awesome.  Her way of thinking – her spirit – what a fabulous lady.

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Sue Kreitzman (73) – she seemed like an interesting lady but I don’t think the show featured her enough – it does leave you thinking you don’t know that much about her but she did seem to embrace colour and embrace life – so thumbs up to both of those!

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Gillian Lynne (87) – you won’t believe her age – she moves better than I do now and I am many years younger.

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Bridget Sojourner (75) – so stylish you would swear she was mega rich but in fact all her clothes are from charity store – and cheap at that!

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Daphne Selfe (85) – Model extraordinaire – in her 80’s. Go Girl!

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Lady Trumpington (91) – (well the child in my loved the surname for a start) Lady wasn’t quite as ‘fashion’ or ‘high street’ as the others but she had a spirit in her – a ‘I don’t give a….’ kind of spirit.

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They were all/are all amazingly independent women.

‘I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about me.’

‘I’m now 85 and I think [about] when I get old… but so far I haven’t got old’.

‘You just mustn’t allow the ageing process in’

 ‘The moment you start letting yourself go is the moment when you are old’

Bridget and Jean were by far my favourites – and that is not to play down anyone else on this show – just if I could be anyone when I was older – I’d like to be me but with the spirit of Bridget and Jean! In fact – I’d happily visit them both for cake and a gossip, weekly!  If you’re listening Bridget and Jean – give me a call…..I need some life advice!!

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Watch the show whilst you still can:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/fabulous-fashionistas/4od

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

I saw something on the news headlines this morning that broke my heart.  You will know that I love Elephants and support the DSWT….anyway, it was reported that the killing/poaching/murder of elephants and rhino is on the up in Africa (I argue that you shouldn’t hate the poacher, if you want to hate, hate the greedy dumb idiots behind the poaching) – well 80 elephants had been poisoned with Cyanide.  This is a chemical that will not only kill the elephants, it could leak into the land and also anything that feeds from the carcass of the elephant will also die and so on and so forth.  So how many deaths will result from someone needing a trinket?

It made me think about the repercussions of our actions.

These people are not seeing the elephant as anything worthwhile; they are not seeing anything but their own wanton greed.  They are not seeing beyond their own nose.  They really are not seeing the bigger picture.

This little issue is rife around the world.  I don’t just mean poaching but not being able to see the bigger picture.

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Companies and the government quite often act for the ‘now’, they don’t look at the bigger picture.  If the Government really cared beyond securing more votes, they would look at the bigger picture.  Sometimes it takes a lot of investment now to get the rewards in many years to come.  To me that is surely better than a short term project that could ultimately fail or have no impact on the future, or even worse, have a negative impact on the future.

It is not for us to teach our children how to live in a destructive and brutal world, it is for us to teach our children how to care and live more kindly.  Native American elders that had the chance to see the ways of old and the new ways always said that one day the people would see that their way of life wasn’t so daft and out of touch after all.  And it’s true.  How many of us want to escape the rat race and live more freely!?!

Recently I have purchased many dvd’s and books about life on the Yukon and Alaskan living.  I could never do it – I don’t eat meat.  I don’t like it to rain too often, and I wear dresses, but still there is something beautiful about the survival and the harmonious circle that goes on there!

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I have been thinking of the repercussions of actions a lot.  We quite often see that as a negative thing or view it in a negative way – but there can be amazingly good rewards and great lessons learnt from being aware of our own actions and others and how the things we do and say impact on others.

Take for example last November.  I was attacked by a girl at the Vans Warped Tour UK.  She came out of nowhere and seemed to be off her head.  She caused me quite a bad head injury.  I lost a massive section of hair (which is only just starting to grow back but hoorah it is growing back!) My head was very tender for some time.  I have memory issues that are looking likely to be permanent from this; I also have a shoulder injury that I am combating with special exercises every day.

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I don’t hate the girl that did it – I pity her – she probably didn’t even remember what she had done but last year it really had an impact on me.  It is still having an impact on me.  She must be so filled with hate look what it does to her.  It’s downright ugly.

I am glad it didn’t happen to someone less strong willed – it’s the sort of thing that could’ve really messed someone up.  As it is – I am a bit freaked out about being out on my own now but it never hurts to have your wits about you.  I have noticed it has stopped me doing some things socially.  I am sure some friends think I am just being flakey but it freaks me out being out on my own when things are getting rowdy – you know what I mean about the streets on a Friday and Saturday night I am sure.  Messing about at a party once a girl turned to me and said ‘You better shut up otherwise I’ll pull the rest of your hair out’ . Excuse me but fucking ouch!  I rose above it and laughed and walked away.  I know she was trying to be funny – but seriously – it was about 4 weeks after the incident, I was still getting hospital treatment, way too fresh!  Anyone I’ve mentioned this to has been horribly shocked so I think I did well to walk away and not say something.

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I am not a bad person and don’t warrant such things happening, I mean who does really – but I realise that I can’t be held responsible for other people’s actions and I can’t carry that with me.  It’s not my fault that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it’s not my fault that someone else’s idea of humour doesn’t let their brain translate to their mouth fast enough – nothing mean was meant by the comment at all I am sure – it was a flippant moment – but it’s one I don’t think I will ever forget.  And shows how a careless moment can last longer than was intended.

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Once upon a time there was some ladies who came into my work place – I hadn’t realised what a bad day they had been having – but something else was going on with a parcel they needed so I stayed at work a few minutes later than normal to help them out with the parcel, to explain how it all worked and to sort them out with a taxi home.  They weren’t native to London and English wasn’t their first language.  To me it was a small gesture that I made.  If I can help someone out then I will – that is just the nature I have.  The next day these ladies came to work with a lovely plant for me.  Apparently it had been the final straw in what was a really bad day – and my little gesture put their faith back in people and in things working out.  Every time I see these ladies they are extra friendly and still really grateful.

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Now both were little things – both the comment from the girl and my actions with the ladies at work, but both had longer term reactions.

So don’t be so quick to judge a situation.  Don’t be so quick to dismiss things or speak before you think.  You don’t know someone’s story; you don’t know what they have been through.  We all have the time to be a better person.  We can all spare someone a few moments to help them or to listen to them.  We all have the ability to help each other out a little more; to be conscious of our surroundings, to be conscious of our place in the world, to be conscious of our footprint on earth.  We all have the power to make the world a better place just by little actions and little thoughts that can occur without much effort.   If everyone did one nice thing for someone each day just imagine the repercussions of that.  A tiny ripple in a pond spreads out to be a wave in the ocean.  Just remember that.

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Treat Tuesday

One of the best things in the world is friendship.  Gossip, wine, cake, tea…..it’s all up there as some of my favourite ways to pass the time.

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(this was Vinteas in Royal Leamington Spa – it’s a lovely place, lovely food, amazing choice of teas and coffees and really lovely staff)

This week is my friend Marion’s birthday.

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And we pretty much did all the above.  It doesn’t have to cost mega bucks but is something to be savoured and enjoyed.

And that’s my advice for a treat on a Tuesday – meet up with a friend – have a coffee, have a chat and have a giggle and see how much better you feel.

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(I’d been looking for these for ages as I love anything Black Cherry – and although nice – they were not worth the wait)

There are also these awesome little things – bath bombs that leave behind a little mermaid whose tail changes colour in the water.  Come on, who doesn’t want one of these Magic Mermaids.  Rubber ducks in the bath are so over!

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In the world of fashion the treats are not so treatful………….

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 These are good though!

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 (but not so much the hat on this one)

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I also bought some books – I know – surprised you right!

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I have read Adorkable by Sarra Manning out of these three gems – but it’s so lovely I had to buy lots more of Sarra Mannings books.  You can find her on twitter https://twitter.com/sarramanning and you can find out more about her from her website and blog http://www.sarramanning.co.uk/

Adorkable is about Jeane Smith – she is a blogger extraordinaire, she is a dreamer, she dares to be different, she lives away from her parents and goes to school when she feels like it.  She has a few friends in real life and gazillions of online friends.  She falls for the most popular boy in the school and this leaves her questioning many things about the life she thought had been so perfect.  It’s a lovely coming of age story, of not being afraid to stand out but not getting lost in the world you create to protect you from the world.

Along with Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli – I have definitely found two new favorite authors this week and that makes me happy – I now have a tonne of new books to buy and read.

Happy shopping people – I mean everyone needs a little treat once in a while don’t they.

Star Girl

I may be an adult but I have a firm grip on my childhood and my innocent ways of thinking.  My imagination is still allowed to run wild, I’ve never reined that in and I never care to.

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I know I sometimes see the world in a way that is different to the ‘norm’, but who wants to be normal anyway?
Well, most high school kids to be fair.  Most of us hit an age where all we want to do is fit in.  Some of us manage it, some of us fake it, and some of us feel all the more alienated for even trying.

Jerry Spinelli captures this in words that evoke such strong emotions – even though I am starting to dip my toe in the world of being a Young Adults writer, I still don’t really know how he does it.

The language is simple, yet the emotion it provokes is complex.

Star Girl has fast rocketed up the list of ‘Favourite books. Ever.’

I wish I had known of this book when I was at school.

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I didn’t fit in.  I was told I was always a step ahead in what I did and the things that interested me.  And when the rest of my year caught up – I had moved on to something different – accidentally pushing myself into being an outcast.  I’ve always felt too weird for the ‘straight’ kids and not weird enough for the ‘weird’ kids.  I never found the jigsaw that the piece that is me fits into.

I still haven’t.

I don’t think I ever will, so I am trying to embrace just being me.

If you like it that’s fantastic, and by ‘it’, I mean me.  If you don’t then there is little I can do about it to be honest – I can’t help but be me, I can’t really be anything else but be me and if you want me to change or try to make me change – ‘we’ probably shouldn’t ‘be’ in the first place.

Star Girl blew my mind.  I read most of it on a train journey to see a friend, I devoured the rest the following morning, and once I had finished it I just wanted to start reading it all over again.

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Star Girl isn’t like the rest of the people at school.  She’s lovely.  She’s kind.  She wants to do things for others, purely to do kind things for others.  She goes to some extremes to find out people’s birthdays and the things they like.  She follows people and makes up a story about who they are and how they became who they are.  She pays attention but doesn’t let the world squash her.  When she starts a new school the children are fascinated by her.  The fascination fast becomes suspicion, and because they can’t pin her down or put her in a box it confuses them.  And because it confuses them they want to stamp her out.

This is the story of one little girl trying to fit in and the issues involved in trying to be something you are not.

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Whatever your age, whatever your sex this is one book you really should read!

Music Monday

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

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Now let’s get the gripe out of the way first – why two different editions? If you make an album and are pleased with the tracks then set that album free – don’t put out to versions with slightly different prices.  That just smells of stupid record industry rot that I don’t like – you may be able to tell.  And that’s a dig at the record label and not the band!

Now with that out of the way, of course I did buy the deluxe version as to me if the tracks were meant to be on the album then that is how I should be hearing it.

So the track listing for the deluxe versions is thus:

Supersoaker

Rock City

Don’t Matter

Beautiful War

Temple

Wait For Me

Family Tree

Comeback Story

Tonight

Coming Back Again

On The Chin

Work On Me

Last Mile Home

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I don’t think that King’s of Leon will ever pull major musical punches but that’s not a bad thing – they have found a sound that works for them and for the fans and they deliver and slightly tweaked version of that with each album, so there is growth, there is a richness to sound that gets thicker with each release.  You know what to expect from a Kings of Leon album, not in a boring way but more in a comfort blanket kind of way.  I think that Caleb’s vocals get clearer and clearer as his confidence has soared.

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The brothers (and cousin) are now family people so there is more of a family flavour to this album, less about shagging around and more about the complications and delicacies of relationships.  Kings of Leon are nothing if not honest.  And I like them all the more for it.  They can poke fun at themselves and they do admit to things not always being peachy.  They may be married to models (ok so that’s only Caleb) but he will admit to the human side of the relationship.  All the tracks are driven by a melodic bass line and rising drums and there’s almost a gospel feel to some of the backing vocals.  Kings of Leon are a band that I have loved from the early days.  The days when they were all mumbled vocals and big, big hair.  Today I don’t tend to go to their shows as much – I loved them in the smaller venues but didn’t like some of the fans in the bigger venues.  I feel the time has come to change that and go and see them in one of the bigger venues again and ignore the football hooligan element of the crowd.  The music scene doesn’t always interest me anymore but I was eagerly awaiting this release and I feel that Kings of Leon are still most definitely a band that are still relevant to todays’ sound, they still have a lot to say and long may they continue saying it.