Label: Rykodisc - 8122-79831-7,Rhino Entertainment Company - 8122-79831-7 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Compilation • Country: Argentina • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
Release Date: Tracklist. Wow Batida - Drž Se had no idea morphine released this. While I am typically not a big fan of posthumously released material I may have to check this out. Great band, great review man. Yeah, that whiskey and self-loathing part really hit home.
I'll definitely check this out. Great review, no surprise there. The Night is an amazing cd. Album Rating: 4. Morphine At Your Service 3.
Review Summary: A new studio album 10 years after Mark Sandman died? Rank: 0 for A disc called 'Shade' and a disc called 'Shadows', sat behind artwork of some storm clouds, immediately following an album called The Night. Do you think they're trying to get at something? In fairness, though, the night-time is exactly when Morphine are at their best. It's been 10 years since Mark Sandman died on stage of a heart attack, and not a single alternative rock band has stepped up to the plate and claimed this niche as their own; Morphine are still the guys you'll want to be listening to when it's 2 in the morning, you're on your 20th cigarette of the day, and all you can smell is whiskey and self-loathing.
I guess that At Your Service had the potential to define that better than any of their other albums; after all, nothing gives rock music Youre An Artist (Alternate Version) - Morphine - At Your Service significance like a Youre An Artist (Alternate Version) - Morphine - At Your Service death. And true to form, it gets better the more downbeat it is. Unexpectedly, though, the material here mostly tends showing off their jazz influences rather than showing off their songwriting.
It's an album that stars saxophonist Dana Colley almost as much as it does Sandman, which is a curveball, to say the least. After all, how many singers have ever released their sexiest album 10 years after dying? There's something just a little seedy and dangerous about At Your Servicesomething which lends the title - which should only have referred to the live album on the second disc - a double meaning.
In a lot of ways, it sounds From An Artists Mind - Frederik Wiedmann - Field Of Lost Shoes (Music From The Motion Picture) an attempt to return to their first album and correct its flaws.
Where their best albums Yes and Cure For Carl Douglas - Dance The Kung Fu sounded like considering, planned studio creations, these songs sound like they came straight from jam sessions and gigs.
Credit where credit's due, then; At Your Service isn't even close to what we expected, but Save Me (Original Mix) - Meeker - Save Me an undeniable success anyway, taking the blueprint of their worst album and bringing enough intelligence and maturity to it to make it better than anybody could have imagined.
For an alum pulled together from previously unreleased recordings, it flows seriously well, too, with barely any Youre An Artist (Alternate Version) - Morphine - At Your Service spots, outside of "Women R Dogs". Yeah, the music here might be classic Morphine, but the lyrics are Sandman's worst ever - 'men are dogs, but like, women like them, so, like, that must mean women are dogs too, innit bruv? So what of the disc of live versions and remixes? In truth, the two gigs are both too early to include some of the tracks most fans would like to hear most although, interestingly, two songs from 's Yes appear in the The Warmth Of Her Organs - Gangrene Discharge - A Collection Of Trauma show while nothing from that year's Cure for Pain doesand there's no crowd noise, but it's all well-recorded and clear and it does the job perfectly well.
You can't say the same for the alternate versions, although they're interesting at least - the production on this version of "Buena" re-imagines it as a track from the debut, while "The Night" puts a buttload of reverb on the vocals to make it seem even more haunting, and adds more saxophone towards the end.
You can see what they were trying to do with that one, but it just sounds like they're over-egging the pudding a little. You probably aren't coming to this album for the alternate versions, though; certainly, I came for the new studio material, and it's pretty damn great. It doesn't just continue their legacy, it expands it, too; the material on the first disc of this album is unlike any of their previous records well, the good ones, anyway.
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