domingo, 2 de agosto de 2009

Mike Hugg - Stress & Strain


Mike Hugg (Stress & Strain) Polydor 2383 213 - 1973

El pasado Abril tuvimos el primer LP en solitario de Mike Hugg, "Somewhere". Aqui está ahora el segundo.

En "Stress & Strain" hay un tono general tal vez más relajado y reflexivo... si exceptuamos el único "alien" del disco, "Paradise City", una especie de reggae veraniego que incomprensiblemente rompe con el ambiente general del LP. ¿Tal vez imposiciones "comerciales"? ... Vaya Vd. a saber.
En cualquier caso, ahí está el humeante ritmo hipnótico de "Stress & Strain" abriendo el álbum y editada también como single. También está la espacial "So Sorry Please" con un fantástico estribillo, el pop clásico de "Tonight", la sólida fragilidad de "Solitaire", o la delicada "If You're Missing Me".

Un par de años más tarde Mike formaría un nuevo grupo más colorista llamado Hug, con una orientación marcadamente R & B y con rítmos bailables en su mayoría.

Mike Hugg sigue en activo actualmente, alternando la ocasional reunión de The Manfreds, con su trio de jazz mutante PBD (Piano, Bass, Drums). Larga vida al hombre de música.

Por cierto, puedes escuchar la canción "Wichita", segundo y último single de un posterior grupo suyo, Mike Hugg's Freeway, haciendo click en el enlace a mi otro blog, Canciones Atómicas, arriba a la derecha.

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Last April we posted Mike Hugg's first solo LP "Somewhere". Here's now the second one.

"Stress & Strain" has probably a more relaxed and reflexive overall mood... with the exception of the only "alien" of the record, "Paradise City", some kind of summer reggae that amazingly breaks the general ambient of the LP. Some "commercial" requirements maybe? Who knows.
Anyway, here's the hipotic smokey rhytm of "Stress & Strain" opening the album and also released as a single. There's also the wide and spacey "So Sorry Please" with such a fantastic chorus, the classic pop of "Tonight", the solid fragility of "Solitaire", or the delicate "If You're Missing Me".

A couple of years later Mike would form a more colourful new band called Hug, with a marked R & B orientation and with danceable rhytms.

Mike Hugg is still active in music nowadays, alternating the occasional Manfreds reunion with his own mutant jazz trio PBD (Piano, Bass, Drums). Long live the music man.

By the way, you may have a listen to "Wichita", second and last single of a later project, Mike Hugg's Freeway, just clicking on the link to my other blog, Canciones Atómicas, here at the upper right side.


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2 comentarios:

zenekar dijo...

Like a birthday gift...
Really really thank you!
This man is a genius at writing psychpop songs, I love his songs. Really thank you again and I'm really curious of everything what he did after 1970. So if you have anything else from him, feel free to upload:D
Ok, but it was really nice from you, thank you again and again! Laci

Sebastián Paredes dijo...

You're welcome Laci. I was planning to probably post this album in the future. But at your request, I've just done it now. Enjoy!

:-)