Steve Mason

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What's it called?: 
Monkey Minds In The Devils Times
What does it sound like?: 
A collection of 9 songs, and 11 interludes/connectors between them, ensuring the listener remains engaged with the album. The album includes an eclectic mixture of sounds and styles, ranging from electronica, folk, rock, with added touches of Hip Hop, 1960s/70s four to the floor funk, and a highly effective 'Motown Soul meets Primal Scream' horn section. There is also an absolutely joyous and uplifting Gospel Chorus on "Lonely" Other stand-out tracks include: "A Lot Of Love", "Fight Them Back", "Come To Me" and the undoubtable high point (for me) "Oh My Lord". This is an album that has been thought about, carefully put together, and was a wonderfully immersive experience. In fact, I thought it was THAT good, when it finished I immediately played it again. It is now April 2013, approximately one third through the year, and I now own 2 albums (this one and David Bowie's "The Next Day") which are likley to be vying for the accolade 'Album Of The Year'
What does it all *mean*?: 
The title is (apparently) a Buddhist term for 'easily distracted mind'. PR bumph says the album is: "shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general"
Goes well with …: 
Doing nothing and just relaxing This is an album that should be consumed in one go, not split up and consumed piece-meal. By the same token, the majority of the tracks work just as well outside the confines of the album.
Might suit people who like …: 
Beta Band, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, John Grant


His voice is absolutely fantastic. I'm not quite as taken with the new record as with its predecessor, but then it's early days and "Boys Outside" was a grower, so I'm sure this will be too.

I think it's bloody amazing. First new album I've taken any real notice in for ages. My wife says his voice sounds a bit "weedy".

Sprawling in the best sense! The breadth is great and some great songs

I was toying with the idea of getting it on vinyl (seduced by fab cover). However, I'm glad I went for the CD as I think it forms a seamless whole that would lose something by being broken into 4 sides.

the album of the year so far for me. Underworld's Karl Hyde's is also very, very good.

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