A conflagration of events led me to Spotify on Friday the 31st of July. I needed music.
I started it up but had no idea what to listen to. So, on a whim I decided to do the Release Radar. This is a comp of newly released music supposedly crafted for you based on your past listening, which usually I pass on, oftentimes wanting to hear that one exact thing that will do it for me. This time however, Manson was the icon pick and I didn’t really know what I wanted to listen to… so…
Here is the track list that was presented to me.
I started listening to ‘WE ARE CHAOS” which was pretty good. Despite my not so great concert experience with Manson, I am still a huge fan. While listening to that track though, I started looking at “Wrong Train”. By the Psychedelic Furs? Wait, a new track? A new album?! What the hell?
Halfway through the Manson I clicked on the album name “Made of Rain” and was surprised to see that there WAS a new album by the Psychedelic Furs. It was released THAT DAY. I was flabbergasted. I tried to so some quick math. It was almost 29 years exactly since their last studio release “Book Of Days”.
That is a long time. Wow. However, I knew they were still playing. I saw them in 2013 (and they were amazing).
I opened the album and hit play.
The title of the first track “The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll” made me wince. As a rule, for me, songs that include the term rock & roll in the title are a turn off, but I must admit, this track was great! OMG the Psychedelic Furs have a new album!
Here is an interesting tibit from the Wiki:
When the band reunited in 2000, they had intended on recording new material but principal songwriter Richard Butler did not feel confident in any newly-written songs until six months before prior to the sessions for Made of Rain. It is the first studio release by the group since 1991’s World Outside and was preceded by lead single “Don’t Believe” on 31 January 2020. The album was initially scheduled to be released on 1 May, but was delayed until 31 July due to logistical issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The album is the band’s first with members Rich Good (formerly of The Pleased, who joined in 2009) and Amanda Kramer (formerly of Information Society, who joined in 2002).
This album is great, and as my litmus test I listened to it again today to make sure I wasn’t just drunk on excitement. I wasn’t. This is a great album. Richard Butler’s voice is still sharp and strong and still has that crinkle to it that infected me back when I bought “Talk Talk Talk” when I was in High School for the “Pretty in Pink” track.
I find “Made Of Rain” to be a wonderfully delicious ride. Opening hard with “The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll” you delight in the tight sound of the entire band. Then “Don’t Believe” reminds you just how piercingly good Richard’s voice (still) is. My favorite tracks are “This’ll Never Be Like Love”, “No-One”, “Wrong Train”, “Tiny Hands” and “The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll” (despite my misgiving as previously mentioned). Here is the track list:
- “The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll” – 3:37
- “Don’t Believe” – 3:45
- “You’ll Be Mine” – 4:48
- “Wrong Train” – 4:13
- “This’ll Never Be Like Love” – 5:10
- “Ash Wednesday” – 5:38
- “Come All Ye Faithful” – 4:23
- “No-One” – 4:23
- “Tiny Hands” – 3:46
- “Hide the Medicine” – 3:46
- “Turn Your Back on Me” – 4:14
- “Stars” – 3:57
My music review game is somewhat limited, so I also offer this:
which also includes a video if your into that. I remember when I used to devour videos, but a few have totally ruined songs for me, so eventually I got away from them. I didn’t watch this video so consume at your own risk.
I went to Amazon immediately and weighed my options. I had my finger on the button to order the vinyl, then hesitated. If I was going to buy some vinyl, I really should get some older Psychedelic Furs albums that I’m missing. Then I looked at the CD. I waffled. Then I scrolled a little bit and to my surprise there was another CD option.
This is an Amazon Exclusive. It is a CD with a booklet signed by Tim and Richard Butler!
I’m not saying that I am STILL bummed that I couldn’t get Richard’s signature on my “Forever Now” album (see link to my post above) but here was my chance to get it. I ordered this version of the album which was only $20 ! Not sure how exclusive these copies are, but this was the first day they were on sale and there were only 14 left when I ordered.
This CD is coming from the UK, so won’t arrive for a few weeks, but I’ll addend here with some pics when it comes.
At any rate, the album is really really good, and I don’t mean really really good for a band that hasn’t released anything for 29 years, it is just really really good.
Give it a listen.