locked wrote:You know I soooooo want to get back on board with this band, just made an ipod mix of my favorites live and studio Hip tunes (I call it "Scott's Favorites" aka "yer favorites") but I noticed I didnt pull one song or performnce
beyond "In Violet light" which I still contend was their peak year for live shows...
These new songs just sound bad, bad, bad to my ear...
Heard them all.. drip. drip, drip too..
what the f*ck happened to MY Hip?
They forgot how to write any good rock songs..
and Gord just cannot sing anymore, I'm sorry to say "the emperor has no clothes"
I gotta disagree with you, man. I saw them three times on the '09 tour, and again in Edmonton a month ago. Gord's singing sounded great at every single one of them and the band blew my socks off just like they always have. I also caught Gord solo last year when he toured for his album The Grand Bounce, and it was some of the best singing I've ever heard from him. His voice is fine. Yea he sounds a bit rough in a couple spots on that video you posted. But every rock singer has their rough moments, and let's be honest. Gord has never been a perfect singer. Most rock n' roll frontmen aren't. I've heard a few bootlegs over the years where even guys like Eddie Vedder and Bono sound like crap or they're singing off-key. It happens to everybody. Anthony Kiedis...now THERE'S an awful singer. As for the three new songs, I think they're great. I guess our ideas on what the Hip should sound like are a little different these days. "Streets Ahead" will need to grow on me a bit, but "Drip Drip" is a terrific ballad in my opinion, especially when they launch into that beautiful chorus with Gord and Paul singing harmony. "Transformation" just flat out rocks. I really like the groove, the punchy guitars, the lyrics, and the intensity of Gord's delivery. To me it's got a real old-school feel to it. If I had to compare it to an older song, I'd say it reminds me bit of "Looking For a Place to Happen".
Listen, I'm as big a critic as anybody when it comes to my favorite bands, and I wasn't very keen on the Hip's last album. For every brilliant song on We Are the Same (Morning Moon, Depression Suite, Last Recluse, Queen of the Furrows) there were just as many mediocre/filler songs (Coffee Girl, The Exact Feeling, Honey Please). Bob Rock's glossy production polished away all the edges until they were left with a somewhat bloated sounding album with too many layers of keyboards, strings, and the like. And don't get me wrong, I have no problem with the Hip stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something different. "The Depression Suite" is a great example of the band experimenting with their sound and pulling it off brilliantly. When they opened one of their San Francisco shows with that tune in '09, it fuckin' blew my mind. But the album as a whole just didn't do it for me. I thought World Container was a MUCH better record. It was a better collection of songs, it was more focused, it rocked harder, and had more of an edge to it.
Anyways, I think they're headed in the right direction with these new songs. Not to mention I'm absolutely ecstatic that they've ditched Bob and are producing the album themselves. I understand if you're not digging the latest incarnation of the Hip's sound, and if you really are done with this band, it'll be sad to see you go. You and I have had some great discussions about this band over the last couple of years. But when a band has been around as long as the Hip, eventually they're gonna ruffle some feathers. I get that. They lose some fans along the way, and then gain new ones. That's the curse of longevity, and it happens with any veteran band. As a guy who grew up listening to the Hip, these guys will forever be my favorite band, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. They've been the soundtrack to my entire adult life, starting way back when I was just 16 and I first heard "Up to Here". Very rarely have they ever let me down when it comes to their studio output, and they've NEVER let me down live. Some albums are better than others, and they don't always hit it out of the park with every song ("Coconut Cream", anyone?). But that happens when you've been in the game as long as the Hip have. Their kick-ass performance in Edmonton earlier this summer only reaffirmed my belief that they're still the greatest rock n' roll band on the planet. You might wanna wait until the new album comes out and give it a good listen before you write them off just yet. If it's not your cup of tea, then so be it. But this band is way too good to not be given a second chance. Personally I hope they win you back. Their Boston gigs won't be the same without ya!
"I try my best to chug, stomp, weep, whisper, moan, wheeze, scat, blurt, rage, whine, and seduce. With my voice I can sound like a girl, the boogieman, a Theremin, a cherry bomb, a clown, a doctor, a murderer. I can be tribal. Ironic. Or disturbed. My voice is really my instrument."