I've read some reviews of this album that say it's an exact duplicate of the original Keasbey Nights. These people obviously either don't listen well, or they don't understand music. There are so many differences, and I still find some when I listen to the album for the 100th time. The horn lines are nearly all more intricate, the bass on this album is absolutely astounding, there are lyrical alterations, and the solos are beautifully done.
Someone else said that Tomas needs to realize that music is for fans to listen to. What? No, it isn't. Making music is a way of expressing ones self, and if other people buy it, it's an added bonus. If you listen to the final track, it was either he re-record it with SM, or they (the label) re-release it with no real changes. But even that shouldn't have to be explained, because no musician should be making music to make fans happy. That would be like an author writing a book that he doesn't like, or a visual artist making a...
The mastermind behind the original Keasbey Nights, an album hailed as one of the best ska albums of all time, Tomas Kalnoky, has re-recorded the album with his new comrades who make up Streetlight Manifesto.
Many people will be criticizing him for touching up a record that many love for its raw and unpolished sound, but that's not what Tomas wanted. According to the interview at the end of the record (spoken by computerized voices of the Hawking type) they wanted to 'get it right for once'. All of the tracks have something different, some of them much more noticeable than others, with added verses, horn parts, etc.
Now for tracks.
1. Dear Sergio: The added verse (The one from BOTAR) adds a lot to the song and seems much like a epilogue to an old fan favorite. The chorus is also much better on this version. 9/10
2. Sick and Sad: As much as I liked the original, this one was so much better. A much better guitar, horn parts that are punctuated,...
Altho Keasby was an amazingly stellar Third wave ska album, Tomas Kalnoky's voice is probably the first thing I noticed, but outside of that the music is much reworked. And the fact is that all the musicians in Streetlight Manifesto are at least twice the muscians in Catch 22. This new album was Kalnoky's way to advert Catch 22 from re-releasing Keasby untouched because if there is one thing he hates about music is when a band re-releases an album un re-recorded with just some remade cover art, as a ploy to make more money, also he hopes no one will realize that they are esentially "paying $13 for an album they already own" he stated Toung in cheek. If you listen to all the talking at the end of 1234, 1234 they have the full reason why this album was released, as well as a computer voice (the same voice the rest of the ending talking was in so i'm assuming that it is Kalnoky's) Said over and over again "Weither or not a single record is sold, we're going to keep doing what we do."...
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