Archive | November, 2008

Feeder!

29 Nov

So last Friday James, Mary-Lynn, Rebekah, James, Karen and I went to see Feeder in Mandela Hall..

The support band were some bunch called The Chemists. They were fairly good, playing a surprisingly good cover of Toxic by Britney Spears!

After this Feeder came on, and played a fantastic set that included songs from all their albums.

Highlights were We Can’t Rewind, Buck Rogers, Just A Day, Feeling a Moment, Just The Way I’m Feeling…

Some random boy got the setlist…can’t believe Yesterday Too Soon was in twice but didn’t get played!

An excellent night :)

A Hundred Million Suns- Review

21 Nov

Guest writer Alistair Rolleston returns with a review of Snow Patrol’s latest album.

DISCLAIMER (from Another King and guest writer Alistair Rolleston): At Another King we generally have a policy of not dictating what songs we think you should or shouldn’t listen to however for the tenth song on this album we are making an exception. “Disaster Button” contains a very loud, obvious and unnecessary swear word and we would advise that you skip this song. You have been warned, it is not mentioned for the rest of the review.

A Hundred Million Suns

“Snow Patrol are back. Bigger and better than ever. Behold, I give to you their fifth studio album, “A Hundred Million Suns”

It’s hard to overstate how far Snow Patrol (originally called Polar Bear) have come since their humble starting in Dundee University in 1994. With their breakthrough album, “Final Straw”, the band gained almost instantaneous worldwide recognition after  10 years of obscurity.

Lightbody said that after years of writing about break ups, he wanted to write an album about love. Truth be told, I’m all for this more cheerful slant on life, I’ve been frequently told that my music library could do with being more cheerful, too much Dashboard Confessional, Muse and the like. The album is a pure symphony of sound that takes a while to get your head around. Don’t expect to be enthralled by it all right away; it took a while for it to grow on me. But rest assured, grow it did. From the dizzying heights of “If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It”, through the ever-so-soft “Set Down Your Glass” to the 16 minute Epic that is “The Lightning Strike”, this album blew all reservations and worries I held about it out of my head.

My favourite song on the album has changed I’m sure no less that four times. Currently it sits at “Set Down Your Glass”, a beautiful slow soft melody Lightbody wrote because it was as close as he could get to painting how he felt. The frustration he feels at being a useless artist is palpable through the song, almost as if he’s saying “I’m sorry, but this is as good as I can do, I don’t care how fantastic it is, it’s still not good enough for you.”

Other songs deserve special mention. “The Planets Bend Between Us” uses fantastic imagery of Ireland’s coastline, creating scenes of running and screaming down the beach for the fun of it. “The Lightning Strike” is a full 16 minutes long, a time Meatloaf himself would be proud of. Split into three parts, it moves through a midnight storm through to the daybreak the following morning, following “The planet’s last dance”, whatever that means…

For all that the album does well, please don’t think that I think it’s perfect. It’s not. Lightbody’s lyrics in places are downright shoddy, with “Crack the Shutters” springing forcibly to mind, where he seems to have forgotten how to rhyme. I’m not entirely sure what happened, whether he’s trying to closely relate the lyrics to events in his own life, or if the song was simply written in a bit of a hurry. Whatever the reason, it suffered as a result.

Critical reception of the album so far has been… mixed. For every good review I’ve read of it, I’ve found a mediocre one as well. Not bad, but mediocre. Oft quoted is that this album seems to sound a lot like their last, and that songs are beginning to sound similar.

Well if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

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Why Men are Never Depressed!

18 Nov

Greetings all Male readers of Another King! Ever been walking through town or through your school and realised that the opposite sex always have a glum look on their face? Well I recently come across this scientifically-proven study which took place at Oxford University, under the careful watch of Dr. I. P. Phreely, and it gives us 30 crystal clear reasons why the Male gender is the happier one, enjoy!

  1. Your last name stays put.
  2. The Garage is all yours.
  3. Wedding Plans take care of themselves.
  4. Chocolate is just another snack.
  5. You can never be pregnant.
  6. Car Mechanics tell you the truth.
  7. The world is your urinal.
  8. You never have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
  9. You never have to drive to another petrol station because this one is just too icky.
  10. Same work….more pay!
  11. Wrinkles add character.
  12. New shoes don’t cut, blister or mangle your feet.
  13. One mood, all the time.
  14. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds…flat.
  15. You know stuff about tanks and engines.
  16. A 5 day holiday requires only one suitcase.
  17. You can open al your own jars.
  18. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
  19. Your underwear is £8.95 for a three pack.
  20. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
  21. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
  22. Every thing on your face stays in original colour.
  23. The same hairstyle lasts for years…maybe decades…
  24. You only have to shave your neck and face.
  25. You can play with toys all your life.
  26. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one colour for all seasons.
  27. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
  28. You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife.
  29. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.
  30. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on 24th December in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier!

Take it easy, Alastair

Hitler, Facebook and Uno

17 Nov

Hitler

Hitler on the Downfall of what our American friends call “Real Estate” (aka property).

I am interested to know whether anyone else finds this parody amusing or whether you all think like my Mum who responded “Some people have way too much time!”.

Facebook

Challies’ most recent “A la Carte” post alerted me to a brilliant post entitled “Thinking Biblically About Facebook” written by Justin Buzzar. A must-read if you use a social networking site.

Uno

Just another link as I’m afraid I haven’t had any useful orignal thoughts however I’m pretty confident that this piece of Christian satire creates an orignal idea- “I Prayed About It Cards“.

Boyzone Promoting Homosexuality

14 Nov

boyzoneRev. David McCullough’s has written a response on his blog to the newly released Boyzone music video for their upcoming single “Better”.

“The message of the Boyzone video is yet another subtle effort of the homosexual propaganda machine. This video, that will be watched by millions, is sending out a deadly message to young people. It is stating that homosexuality is simply another norm. The video very cleverly interweaves softly lighted, black and white images of heterosexual couples with a homosexual couple. “

I recommend reading the whole article as it gives a balanced, Christian response not only to this video but to the thorny issue of homosexuality in general.

The controversial video can be found on youtube.

P.S. Previous problems regarding the feed of He Rules Over The Nations have been resolved and you can now add it to your feed reader.

President Obama

6 Nov

Having received constructive criticism that this blog is becoming overly political I have been trying to resist the temptation to write a post regarding the US Presidential elections. The reality is that if you are interested in the subject there are alot of christian bloggers, more wise and eloquent than myself, who have been giving their perspective on the issue. Despite this I cannot resist them temptation to pass comment any longer but I am restraining myself to three brief points about the election of America’s 44th President.

1) Obama is not the Saviour America needs, Jesus is.

2) The media may wish to report this as a moral victory drawing a line under the wrongs of the past in the United States and as we realise that Rosa Parks, the Bus Boycotts and Martin Luther King is within living memory, I too am excited that a black man can now be President. However this is not a moral victory. Equality on the basis of skin colour may have been achieved but the US has now clearly shown their support for brutal discrimination on the basis of where a person is living. If you are an occupant of an American womb pro-abortion Obama does not believe you have the right to life.

3) God is Sovereign, remember Daniel 2:21.

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BBC Inconsistency

1 Nov

Along with all other sentient creatures I am utterly fed up of hearing about the lewd antics of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. I am also fed up with the description of their actions as “school boy”, any prank phone calls which I have ever made or laughed at, have been of far greater sophistication and intellect! Despite my continuing gripe that the actions of two overpaid “comedians” received more news coverage than the humanitarian crisis in Congo, I have at last come across an article that is actually worth reading regarding the furore.

“The BBC has, finally, taken action over the lewd behaviour of two high-paid presenters. But when lewd remarks were made about Christ and his followers, the BBC didn’t budge an inch.

In 2005 the BBC’s decision to broadcast Jerry Springer the Opera sparked national outrage and led to over 60,000 complaints to the Beeb – twice the number received over the Brand-Ross affair.

Here, we compare the two incidents and how the BBC responded.”

Read the whole article from the Christian Institute.