New Albums in my collection: November 2019

>> Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall
Multi-disc set with the concert film on blu-ray and DVD, and the audio on two CDs. The latest in Hackett’s increasingly frequent live albums. It’s hardly a redundancy though, as this time the songs are accompanied by a full orchestra. Genesis and Hackett solo songs of old (and not so old) are featured.

>> Anthony Phillips: Strings of Light
The first new album in seven years from the Genesis founding member is a showcase of his skills on a variety of acoustic guitars from his collection, similar to 2005’s Field Day. The 24 pieces of music span two CDs, and a DVD with a surround mix is also included.

>> Prince: 1999
New 2CD edition with a remastered version of the original album, plus an extra disc of single versions, remixes, and B-sides.

>> Wilderun: Veil of Imagination
Wilderun’s third album shows a band comfortable in their craft and expanding their scope. While they made their name taking the uniquely European genre of folk metal and putting it through a North American lens, Veil of Imagination finds them going more symphonic, with a generous helping of early Opeth influences.

[ Song of the Week ] Imagine Dragons – “Birds”

from the album Origins (2018)

So, like… I’m not even an Imagine Dragons fan. I’ve heard a few of their songs, and they make for some decent casual listening, but it’s not like they’re going to be my new favorite band or anything.

One day last week, I happened to randomly see this music video on a free TV streaming service which had just recently debuted a music video channel. I was curious so tuned in to see what they were playing, and after about ten minutes, this video began. It was animated, so that made me pause to take notice right away. And then I quickly got caught up in the story the film was telling, and thought it was really good. It didn’t quite have the gravity of, say, a Jess Cope film, but this short animated story was compelling and moving nonetheless.

On a side note, I wasn’t paying much attention to the actual lyrics in the song and how they might work with the images, but I rarely pay attention to the lyrics of any song until long after I’ve gotten familiar with it musically. So I don’t even know what the words to this song are. All I know is that the story the images were telling was enough to keep my interest, and the music seemed to fit.