Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Minus 5 - Stroke Manor 2019 ( Free Download )

The Minus 5 - Stroke Manor 2019
The Minus 5 - Stroke Manor 2019
Scott McCaughey, leader of the Minus 5, may not be a household name, but he ought to be. In addition to the Minus 5, McCaughey has led seminal Seattle band Young Fresh Fellows for decades. Along with the Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, McCaughey co-leads the Baseball Project, an ace pop-rock band whose songs do indeed focus on the colorful history of baseball. McCaughey is also a member of Filthy Friends, the alt-rock supergroup fronted by Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. And speaking of R.E.M, McCaughey played an integral role in that band's albums and concert tours from 1994 through the band's retirement in 2011.

McCaughey's rock 'n' roll career came to an abrupt halt in November 2017 when he suffered a life-threatening stroke. But it was during McCaughey's first three-week hospital stay that Stroke Manor was born. Although doctors speculated that McCaughey, who lost much of his musical memory, might not play again, he began scribbling down the words that would become the lyrics on Stroke Manor, while still in the hospital.

The album, which was recorded a few months into his recovery (and initially released in a limited edition on Record Store Day 2019 on 13 April), opens deceptively with "Plascent Folk", a pastoral ballad that features at least one word ("plascent") that only existed in McCaughey's mind in the days after the stroke.

The second track, "My Collection" is more representative of the sound of Stroke Manor. "My Collection" and the next song, "Beacon from RKO" are guitar-based rockers that will probably remind R.E.M. fans of their 1994 album, Monster, minus Michael Stipe's oddly lecherous lyrics. Instead, McCaughey's surreal words don't literally tell the story of his stroke but evoke the feeling of being disoriented and trying to find the way back to something relatively normal.

These songs are followed by the super-catchy pop tunes "Bleach Boys & Beach Girls", and "My Master Bull", which initially sounds like it wants to turn into psychedelic bubblegum chestnut, "Green Tambourine". "Beatles Forever (Little Red)" is a subtle tip of the hat to the Beatles, of course, but also to Peter Buck, who made McCaughey a Beatles mix to help him recover his musical memory not long after the stroke.

File Information:
Artist: The Minus 5
Album: Stroke Manor
Released: 2019
Style: Alt Rock
Format: MP3 320Kbps
Size: 97 Mb
Album review
01.Plascent Folk
02.My Collection
03.Beacon From RKO
04.Bleach Boys & Beach Girls
05.My Master Bull
06.Beatles Forever (Little Red)
07.Message of Mother
08.Well in Fact She Said
09.MRI
10.Pink Bag for Rip Torn
11.Scar Crow
12.Goodbye Braverman
13.Top Venom

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