^^ That's what Chart said about the new Con's CD (and gave it 5 out of 5)
This is what I think:
Tournament of Hearts is a great CD, more mellow, more personal than the brilliant Shine a Light. The rhythmns on TOH are not quite as richly textured, as deeply layered as on SAL. For me, I miss that. I miss the purely visceral groove that SAL had running throughout the whole cd. TOH is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but I still swoon for SAL.
I love the Constantines. They first really came to my attention when they were touring with the Weakerthans. I had heard the odd song before but it didn't really register.So the band comes on stage and this clean-cut pleasant-looking young man steps up to the mic and out of his lungs booms this HUGE voice: deep, raspy, powerful. There's no way this choirboy should have the voice of a demon, but he does.
Bryan Webb's voice is indeed a staggering weapon, as Chart states. It pierces through my guts and plays havouc with my intestines whenever I hear it.
Generally I am drawn to male voices in music, with a few notable exceptions (Neko Case, Christine Fellows). And the voices I'm drawn to usually fall into two categories:
- open, friendly, slightly nasal voices, like John K Samson (the Weakerthans), Gordon Gano (the Violent Femmes), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)
- genuinely beautiful voices, with wide vocal ranges and rich artistry, like Matthew Good, Rufus Wainwright, Hawksley Workman, Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
Oh I guess there's a third category, although it's accents more than voices. I love the posh little British accents of Brit pop, like Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Morrissey (the Smiths), Carl Barat (the Libertines)
... bloody shitcakes, did I ever go off on a self-absorbed tangent there ... sooo, Tournament of Hearts - it's still growing on me, it's the Cons so it's great, but I still love Shine a Light best of all.
Oooo, update - the Constantines are touring the UK with Sleater-Kinney in early November. Now that's an interesting collaboration. So, if you're in the UK, ummm, you could go see them ...