The title of this album is somewhat misleading, gracing us with exactly the opposite of the proposed experience, but perhaps also symbolizing how many of us in the world are feeling at this moment.
Tomcats Screaming Outside is a beautiful album from the former singer/songwriter of Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal. But don't expect an '80s-sounding revival on this offering. Indeed, Tomcats possesses the familiar, from-the-guts vocals, open emotionalism and pop-at-its-best sensibilities that has run through the catalog of his past work with the group. However, here he revolutionizes his sound with the use of electronics, building a foundation upon which he layers chiming, sitar-like rock guitars with slinky, throbbing bass lines to create a cinematic backdrop for his poignant lyrics. Spaciousness and grandiose song structures abound, along with socially conscious writing on songs like "Bullets for Brains" and "Hypnoculture." Touches of drum and bass alight here and there, adding a hypnotic and trance-like feel.
But the strength of this release lies in his ability to draw listeners inward and mindfully upward. Orzabal's tortured voice and flexible musicianship have resulted in a diverse collection of songs worthy of contemplation and composed of sheer aural pleasure.
You notice that the temperature seems to have dropped about ten degrees in the room and a chilling silence rings in your ears. Strange shadows dance beyond the corners of your eyes. Suddenly, you feel a cold hand slide up your shoulder and a
Some albums take you by surprise, leaving you a little bit changed for the better. Innocence and Despair does just that, subtly grasping you by the hand and guiding you on a lovely, lo-fi, majestically imperfect journey.
The Langley Schools
The silver cord that has tentatively linked all Tool albums (including Lateralus, their latest aural enigma) is an underlying longing for release and reunion with some version of divinity. Here, singer Maynard James Keenan charts more hopefu