IN A BAR UNDER THE SEA

 

IN A BAR UNDER THE SEA
dEUS
september 1996
BANG! - island
tom barman
stef kamil carlens
jules de borgher
klaas janzoons
craig ward
contributing artists: didier fontaine, scott mccloud, eric drew feldman, pieter lamot, ian humphries, charles mutter, nic pendlebury, deirdre cooper, dana colley, jim brumby, vincienne, bart maris, piet jorens, peter vermeersch, rudy trouvť
01: i donít mind whatever happens
02: fell off the floor, man
03: opening night
04: theme from turnpike
05: little arithmetics
06: gimme the heat
07: serpentine
08: a shocking lack thereof
09: supermarketsong
10: memory of a festival
11: guilty pleasures
12: nine threads
13: disappointed in the sun
14: roses
15: wake me up before i sleep

Is it dEUS finest album yet? It is definitely the most diverse one. The first album after Rudy left, and dEUS seemed perfectly capable of making wonderful music, even without the magical touch of mr. Trouvť. (heís still on some songs though)
Things start off like an ancient blues record, with I donít mind whatever happens. What follows however, is one of dEUSí most energetic tracks to date, Fell off the floor man. Combining some nonsense lyrics and a powerful percussion, Fell off the floor man still is one of the audienceís favourites at dEUS gigs. Opening night is a very simple love theme, Theme from Turnpike is a far more dark, soundtrack style song, with an almost scary sample being the core of the track, assisted by a repetitive bass guitar and a wonderful, almost chaotically ending. The contrast is big when Little arithmetics follows, one of the most beautiful and simple pop songs the world has ever heard. Gimme the heat is equally beautiful, as is Serpentine, but in a more acoustic, less epic style. A shocking lack thereof has a more organic and more ambiguous sound to it, while Supermarketsong and Memory of a festival are two simple, cheerful pop melodies to lighten things up a bit. Guilty pleasures has a catchy rhythmic pop melody to it, while Nine threads sounds more like a down-beat, moody blues song. Disappointed in the sun has a wonderful, simple piano melody to it with some beautiful, poetic and universal lyrics as well. Roses has one of the most thrilling (kind of) love themes ever graced to mankind and finally Wake me up before I sleep ends this album off with an introvert, Palace-style song with a beautiful slide guitar. Words donít do this album any justice. Hear it, love it.

The tracks Rudy has co-written are Fell off the floor man and Supermarketsong.
He played along on I donít mind whatever happens, Supermarketsong and Roses.

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