Hisingen Blues is the second album from Graveyard. As the title already suggests, it's very blues-oriented. Which may be good for some, but bad for me. Blues is not my favorite kind of genre. But this doesn't mean that this is a bad album, it's just a bit harder to get used to it.
The opener "Ain't Fit To Live Here" starts off with very heavy rock and it's pretty fast. Nothing bluesy here. The second song "No Good, Mr Holden" starts off with some backmasked lyrics. I tried to reverse it, but couldn't make out the words. Something about "Oh confusion" or something like that. Anyway, this might be a nice reference to all those accusations that where made back then, about how rock bands put subliminal messages in their song and you can hear them if you play the record backwards. The second song is also VERY bluesy and sets the bar of things to come.
Third song is the title track "Hisingen Blues". This is the song that got me hooked on this band and you should all give it a try. It's THAT good! One of my most favorite songs in the past few years!
After this great song the record becomes a lot slower again with "Uncomfortably Numb". I think it's a good decision to put this song there. "Hisingen Blues" is a pretty fast song, so this track gives us time to settle down. Also, if they had put another fast song after "Hisingen Blues", then it would have to compete with that song directly, which would be a lost battle for that other 'fast song', haha.
Anyway, I think "Uncomfortably Numb" is a very good song. It would've worked great as the last track on the album as well. It leaves you in a very thoughtful mood, so you either sit there and think about the song or you think "this is not the mood I want to be in, right now" and you start the album from the first song again. ^^
"Buying Truth" is another 'fast song' and I think if it was one spot earlier in the track list it might have been an easily forgotten song, because you are still flashed by "Hisingen Blues" (have I already mentioned how great that song is? ;) ).
Before I comment on every song here, I just finish this review off by saying that "Hisingen Blues" is a good album. I don't like it as much as the predecessor, but I have to admit that it sounds a lot more "mature". Wether this is a good thing or not is up to you. "Hisingen Blues" offers us a lot of blues-oriented songs, but it also offers us some very good rock songs, like the title track or "Ungrateful Are The Dead".
Again, this album is very short. Even 20 seconds shorter than the debut album, now how about that?!
I give this album 8 out 10. I like the predecessor just a tad bit better. But if you are into bluesy rock songs, then this album is definitely for you!
01. Ain't Fit to Live Here - 3:05
02. No Good, Mr Holden - 4:46
03. Hisingen Blues - 4:13
04. Uncomfortably Numb - 6:11
05. Buying Truth (Tack & Förlåt) - 3:26
06. Longing - 4:49
07. Ungrateful are the Dead - 3:09
08. RSS - 3:48
09. The Siren - 6:00
10. Cooking Brew - 4:05
Songs to try out:
As I've said: Hisingen Blues is one of the best songs EVER. ;) You can even get it as a free download on Last.FM! Just scoll down a bit until you get to the "top tracks".
Other good songs are "Uncomfortably Numb" and "Buying Truth".
For blues songs, check out "The Siren" and "No Good, Mr Holden".