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My Bloody Valentine盯鞋迷幻復興
迷濛歌聲+白色音牆=青春曾有的失落與癲狂

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2006年至今,英國傳奇廠牌4AD經歷一場令人驚喜的復興,旗下TV On The Radio的《Return to Cookie Mountain》、 Beirut的《The Gulag Orkestar》、Scott Walker的《The Drift》都獲得極高評價,而這波復興的最高潮,就是紐約樂隊Blonde Redhead的《23》。

這個令人印象深刻的三人組合由日籍女主唱Kazu Makino(吉他手/主唱)、義大利孿生兄弟Amedeo Pace(吉他手/主唱)與Simone Pace(鼓手)組成,1993年受Sonic Youth鼓手Steve Shelley賞識,納入Smells Like Records廠牌發行首張專輯《Blonde Redhead》,幾波轉折,在芝加哥獨立廠牌Touch And Go發表了代表作品《Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons》(2000),再簽入英國傳奇廠牌4AD旗下,推出令人迷醉的傑作《Misery Is A Butterfly》(2004)至今,已整整過了十四個年頭,這段歲月,已足夠讓蹣跚學步的嬰孩出落成楚楚動人的少女,從深受Sonic Youth影響的扭曲實驗噪音,逐步蛻變為旋律流暢、清幽美麗的迷幻之聲,相較於之前的作品,他們變得更容易接近了,《23》已是Blonde Redhead的第七張專輯,4AD廠提供了最堅強的後勤支援,製作班底可謂一時之選,錄音工程師Chris Coady(Yeah Yeah Yeahs、TV On The Radio) ,混音師Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine、Killers、Nine Inch Nails)和Rich Costey(Franz Ferdinand、Muse、Bloc Party),整張專輯沒有低點,每首歌曲都有作為單曲發行的品質,一氣呵成聽下來,令人回想起九0年代Shoegaze與Britpop輝煌年代,那初次遇見My Bloody Valentine、Radiohead時,內心被撞開,情感被釋放的強烈感動。

首波主打歌〈23〉神似My Bloody Valentine的吉他聲線和迷濛女聲,迴盪著絢麗而迷亂的青春氣息。〈Dr. Strangeluv〉也是一首目眩神迷的佳作,狂放不羈,滿懷激情,震耳欲聾的聲響包裹著蜜糖旋律,讓人難以抗拒。〈SW〉以及〈Publisher〉裡男主唱Amedeo Pace的唱腔,則是勾勒起Radiohead在《The Bends》時期的身影,瀕臨絕望的悲傷,形單影隻,默默於寧靜的角落療傷止痛。〈The Dress〉可以比擬Lush與Swallow這些4AD仙樂美聲。〈Silently〉輕快悅耳,貝斯聲線如New Order般清脆雀躍,〈Top Ranking〉更宛如瑞典樂團The Cardigans,讓消沈的心緒得以振奮起來,經過幾張專輯淬練,Kazu Makino嗓音已有曲折於悲涼、狂喜、苦澀與甜蜜的情緒深度。〈My Impure Hair〉重新感受著蕩漾與迷醉,微妙而難以言明。

儘管我們已經變得不是當初期待的模樣,依然確信音樂有召喚青春熱度的神奇魔力,曾幾何時,重聽盯鞋迷幻與英搖已是一種永誌不忘的儀式,每次吉他彈奏起,迷濛歌聲飄出,你我都在尋覓這些聲音,不知不覺,23遍過去了,我們確信,多年之後,仍會反覆聆聽Blonde Redhead的《23》。不管獨自細聽或是在人群偶然遇見Blonde Redhead,她們的音樂總像凌空飛舞的火炬,從再熟悉不過的痛調與親密氛圍中,再一次映照出消逝的夢想、年少時光的苦澀、日後難以重回的認真與狂熱、青春曾有的失落與癲狂。(galeer)

Twenty three seconds
All things we love will die
Twenty three magic
If you can change your life

Your tainted heart, your tainted heart
My tainted love, my tainted love
Repent now
How many times
As long as you live
How many times
The world will go around

He was a friend of mine
He was a son of god
He was a son of a gun
He was a son of god

He was a friend of mine
He was a son of god
He was a son of a gun
He was a son of god

Twenty three seconds
In you I see a chance
Twenty three magic
If you change the name of love

Your crazy heart
My crazy love
Repent now
How many times
As long as you wish
How many times
The world will go around
How many times
As long as you want
How many times
The world will go around

He was a friend of mine
He was a son of a gun
He was a son of god
He was a son of god

He was a friend of mine
He was a son of a gun
He was a son of god
He was a son of god

He was a friend of mine
He was a son of a gun
He was a son of god
He was a son of god

Twenty three
http://www.uppercutmusic.com/artist_b/blonde_redhead_lyrics.html  所有歌詞
http://www.amazon.com/23-Blonde-Redhead/dp/B000NJLYSK/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-0471252-4568822?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1189443629&sr=1-1  歌曲試聽
http://blog.roodo.com/galeer/archives/3048853.html  專輯介紹


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