day off - Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain)
Review: The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Aufheben
Back to "Aufheben"; the album starts with the mood setting "Panic In Babylon", which is incredibly effective in creating a vibe for the album. While many voices cry that the album as an art form is dead, Anton and the BJM have completely blown that theory into smithereens the moment that "Panic" dissipates into the second track, "Viholliseni maalla". The transition between these two tracks is downright staggering, not to mention the fact that at this moment as a listener I'm transported to album hypnosis. You know the condition- when an incredible record is far more than a collection of songs but stands as a WHOLE collection that sustains interest and commands repeated listening of the entire record. While many of my favorite BJM tracks of the last 8 years have been rhythm oriented (such as the incredible "Feel It"), "Aufheben" is where the rhythms meet melodies that are some of the most beautiful and haunting I've ever heard.
Take the melodies in "Viholliseni maalla" (thanks to google translate we know this is Finnish for "the enemy of my country"); I have no idea what the lyrics are or what la