Archival – Fear and Fate (released 23rd April 2021)
John Mayer – Sob Rock (released on July 16th 2021)
Duran Duran – Future Past (released on October 22nd 2021)
Dream Theater– A View From the Top of the World (released on 22nd October 2021)
NickJohnston – Young Language (released 26th November 2021)
Joe Satriani – Elephants of Mars (released on 8th April 2022)
I am grateful that over the last year I have been able to listen to these amazing releases. I enjoyed the music, because I like them all, so to be blessed with albums like this was a lovely surprise. For the first time I didn’t feel like I needed to look for them, they came to me. It is called the ‘law of reversed effort.’
Honing into a fletched clumbered path shown a mysterious moment in timehow confused was Iat the things waiting for me
being mine, confused again at this underlying, eventa sprocket loaded full of repent in your phonedo you feel like talking to my faceturning away as loss becomes frequentslipped through my hands...
can be extremely painfullosing someoneeven more sowhen that somebodyjust so happened, to be you.
No denial in the hands of the wolfor your desire to lay with a hay stacklet me hold you one more timeonce more dance to our shared livesa life that is ready to acceptslipped through the crackshad to turn backfound you lying stillloss of light from eyesburning passion wipes away secret tearswhere do you go?bowed at the knightGabriel, "bless her with delight"no more, slipped into the blight.
Duran Duran, British rock, pop and new wave band formed in Birmingham in 1978, have gifted us with a brand new album. The newest album ‘Future Past’ was released on October 22nd 2021 and has burned through to new heights.
From a band that brought excellent songs as ‘ordinary world,’ ‘come undone,’ ‘planet earth,’ ‘hungry like the wolf’ and James Bond theme from 1985 movie A View To A Kill.
Featuring Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and a variety of other guests like their previous album ‘Paper Gods,’ the album doesn’t rely on the guests, but rather utilises them to allow the classic sounds to shine through along with moving forwards in time, developing into some killer tracks, punchy, enjoyable and emotionally moving. Some of the best work this year from any band.
Forward looking indeed. Hearing the nostalgic memories of the synths, guitar and general instrument work combined with a futuristic and developing mindset make for a challenging listen, as you are in the safety of previous albums and then shot into new territory and yet, Duran Duran pull it off fantastically.
I don’t like to promote 1 song off the new albums anymore than the others, but I have my favourites already. They are all great songs and the album clocks in at a listen of around 50 minutes with 12 songs. A thrust back to the style of synth pop supremity and a wave of enthusiasm. Favourite, oh yes, probably Future Past, beautiful.
On my knees
Praying to God
Praying so near
All I can feel, fear
Scared lost art
Lingering lust on my tongue
... waiting for you
becoming once again
shot up the mountain
aside from me
all that I see.