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Bright Lights & Bruises

March 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Could Tom Waits sing? Could Nico sing? What about Paul Di'Anno? The answer is no. All three artists had pretty horrible voices, and yet they're legends in the music industry.

The reason I mention those artists is because we have an artist here who, although his voice isn't the best but is indeed very interesting, has graced our ears with some amazing music. Jay Malinowski, the lead singer of Bedouin Soundclash, has surprised me big time! I'll admit I've never really gotten into Bedouin Soundclash (although I bought their new album after hearing this one and it's pretty damned good). But I heard a song called "There's a Light" in a music store on Whyte Ave once, and I asked the clerk at the till who it was. With that in mind I went to find it, took it to the counter and slapped the money down on the counter for it.

Jay's voice, as I mentioned, isn't anything particularly amazing. Maybe the Tom Waits and Nico comparisons were a bit silly, but they're other artists who can not sing to save their lives yet I love them. Jay's voice is SLIGHTLY comparable to that of Paul Di'Anno's in a way, with the heavy rasp. Sometimes it can be unbearable, but nonetheless the music wouldn't be as good as it is without it. His singing absolutely fits the songs and the lyrics. Which also brings me to the songwriting aspect- he has some AMAZING lyrics on this. Try to listen to "Remembrance Day" without being utterly moved. It is that powerful.

The best songs here are his remake of BS' "Santa Monica", There's a Light, Life is a Gun, Naceritos and A Vacant Youth, but that's being shallow since the whole album is amazing. If you are looking for something fresh and new, give this album a spin. It's one of the best releases of 2010 for sure!
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Many have problems with Jay's voice, whether solo or with his group Bedouin Soundclash, but I truly love it. It's one of the most unique sounds out there in a sea of mediocrity. This solo album doesn't play as much to the reggae or island sounds that Bedouin Soundclash lean towards, but it has its own uniqueness that's definitely worth checking out.
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I absolutely love this CD!!! Every sond on it is GREAT! I haven't bought a CD in a few years and this makes up for it. I actually have it on repeat CD in my car so it just keeps playing it over and over. Very glad I bought it and the price just makes it even better!
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Simply the best. This is one you just have to experience to understand it's depth and complexities woven into the most catchy melodies recorded and put on one album in a very long time. This one has a permanent spot in my personal top ten albums of all time list.
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