Thoughts and Stuff... No Offense Meant!
Frankie Big Face: The faux live stuff gets very irritating really quickly, though having read your explanation, it falls into one of those two steps back one forward kind of things, I understand why, but I still don't like it... sorry! the style of the 'first' song is very very 'Ookla the Mok' I kept wanting to sing out... "and we had sex", song 'two' is much better (musically) than the first but nowhere near as enjoyable, a genuine paradox!!! also for some reason part of my brain kept screaming 'Sex Pistols' to me (I know not why), overall this'd be a really good song without the spoken intro and middle part, with just a two beat pause between songs (I feel!).
Paco del Stinko: Beautiful story about one boy and his whale! in a couple of places you let yourself down lyrically.... but goddam you, you get away with it! that echoey ghostly noise is fabulous, I've been chanting this track all week and the demented 'whale song' outro is near perfect! Any chance of providing a tab for this? (exclude the outro though, I'll never be that good!) Release the Whale!
Glenn & Rachael: For me I found this difficult, everything was there, near perfect harmonies, great driving rhythm, excellent tale of 'tall tales'.... but for some reason, to me, it all gets a little samey!, probably if it had just opened up about three quarters through with I dunno a nice little acapella breakdown, or something else just to break up the relentlessness, though the pots n pans outro is excellent, makes the track sound a bit like a train hitting a restaurant (maybe the one Frankie was playing in?!?)
Ross Durand: Smash hit release from the much sought after album 'Ross Durand's Tales of Salty Seamen' (sorry couldn't resist!), fabulous folky sea shanty rock style, that you make seem effortless, the whole idea of slaughtering a whale to get the money to buy the ring to win the girl, but failing to kill the whale and losing the girl is just brilliant, yes this sounds familiar, this is a well trodden theme, but by christ you do it so well, you convey the tale as if it had really happened, gorgeous track.
The Worldly Self-Assurance: This was the track that started badly and grew for me, I had a difficult time really feeling the song, but I kept coming back to the outro, it's an excellent piece of work and I'm going to have to type 'Whale Song' again, after that the puzzle slotted, or should that be 'floated' together, one simple question for you guys.... Are you placing subliminal messages within these tracks?
Ken Mahru: --- Ken Vs Paco --- I never noticed it before this 'Nur Ein' (probably to my shame, because I hadn't listened much to Ken before), but you guys really sound similar, you could be the new 'Simon and Garfunkel' or should that be 'Garfunkel and Garfunkel', Such an easy to sing-a-long to song, probably because it's a touch lyrically repetative, but you pull it off majestically, kitchen utensils challenge is excellent!