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Cordrazine: Always Coming Down - Album Review

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by Mariam Alhazaa (subscribe)
I'm just your average Melbournian who knows how to have a great time in her home city. Vising my blog motivates you to love the small things this great city has to offer.
Published January 28th 2012
Besides sounding like a corporate pharmaceutical company, Cordrazine is one of those bands that's always been there but never really forced itself into our consciousness. They first performed as a band in 1996 but broke apart in 1998 after winning an ARIA for their work on the album "From Here to Wherever", but now they have reformed to create some of the most amazing music I have heard in ages. Their new album Always Coming Down features some of the most refreshing sounds in modern music - here are some of the songs you'll find in this album;

Sunshine - This is a sweet song. The video itself just shows two innocent teenagers kissing at what appears to be dawn. The tender and cheeky strokes of the violins resemble the chirping of birds in the early morning, just like the twitterpated birds in Disney's Bambi. The warm voice of the lead singer, Hamish Cowan, just feels like the icing on the cake.

Crazy - A song that questions your sense of tone and judgement of how instruments should be arranged, and, by doing so, they drive you crazy enough to want to listen to it again and again, until you figure it out. The song starts off with strings as if to begin a story but is then interrupted by a careful placement of drumbeats. The singer does a great job of sharing the light and shade of the instruments and there is always a sense of build up to the music, like there is going to be more, and at one stage it fulfils your need for more but before you know it the song ends.

Clearlight - a piece of music that portrays that desperate agonising anger that we all feel burning inside of ourselves because our judgement is impaired by desire and a need to have someone. The song reaches the ear and comforts those listening by saying, "we all feel this way". While listening to the song, I got a sense that I was listening to Queens' Freddie Mercury moaning, without the unnecessary theatrical dancing and moustache. If there is anything that this song fails at, it would be the contradictory title of "Clearlight". This song was anything but clear; if anything it left me confused and conflicted with my own sense of being.

Like an orgasm to the ear, I would willingly listen to this band's music and slow dance by myself in my most comfortable place, my room.

If you'd like to know more about the band please visit the official Cordrazine website.
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