Welcome to the musical meandering insights of Aaron Joy. Here you'll find 600 reviews of CDs & DVDs of rock & metal in all its variations, mainstream & indie. What they all share is that the album or band is unique in some way & not every submission was reviewed. Please share these reviews or link to them if you like what you read. Reviews are no longer being posted here but feel free to e-mail Aaron & post comments. (Formerly the Roman Midnight Music Blog)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tragedy ~ We Rock Sweet Balls & Can Do No Wrong: All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees



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Style: heavy metal, tribute, dance, 80's rock

Label: Rocks Off Records
Year: 2008
Home: New York City (disbanded)

Members: Barry Glibb ~ lead vocals/guitars/piano
Robin Gibbens ~ percussion/vocals
Mo'Royce Peterson ~ vocals/guitars

Additional: Gibbous Waning ~ bass
Barely Gibb ~ drums
Women's Gibb Choir: Linda Glibb, Angelpussy, Olivia Newton-Chong ~ b. vocals
Claudia Chopek, Eleanor Norton ~ strings

Guest: Andy Gibbith ~ lead vocals


Whatever you're thinking seeing the name of this album your instincts are probably both right & wrong. Well-arranged songs, excellent production quality & lots of guts & a complete loss of humility highlight this release that mixes the bombastic fun of hard rock with the inherent fun of The Bee Gees & with a dose of sleaze. Brian Johnson-esque vocals mix with out of breathe driving metal rhythms & solos that keep all the melodies intact but throw in lots & lots of interpretation. This is an album I'd want to sneak in at a party, just to see the crowds response. At first: dismay. But, I have a feeling that within a couple songs the gang will be enjoying the music. A good song is a good regardless of its interpretation. Albeit, it's when the interpretation takes priority that the fun dies & turns the songs into a less-than successful Spinal Tap joke. Literally, Spinal Tap ... as their website shows photos of the band in spandex-gone-bad at Stonehedge while 'You Should Be Dancing' takes a bad turn with a pornographic voice-over bridge about dead babies, reminiscent of Spinal Tap's 'Stonehedge', ending with the request for the elves, um, babies to dance. It's a bit too reminiscent of 'Stonehedge' sadly. Elsewhere on the album one will find strains of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kiss & even Isaac Hayes, while the songs fall into the one-off joke that was Dread Zeppelin. But, when Tragedy abandons hawking their musical influences & get down to some rambuctious metal the album flies high. 'How Deep Is Your Love' is a stand-out track which is transformed into a power ballad. Also featured is 'Stayin' Alive', 'Jive Talkin', 'More than A Woman', 'Night Fever', 'Tragedy' & the lesser remembered 'Shadow Dancing', 'Too Much Heaven' & 'Our Love (Don't Throw it All Away)'.

CONCERT REVIEW: Farewell Show at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, March 2010. The album is not reflective of the live band. The live band is more important than the album. I was in the front row & can best describe it as the worst of metal, the worst of disco mixed with too much raunchy sex moves, confetti, spandex, glitter and lots of adrenaline for one of the best & most wild shows I've ever seen. Motley Crue seemed so tame & planned out compared this wild ride I'm glad I didn't miss. & Moby came out for a final wild guitar solo. R.I.P. Tragedy. Thanks for the music!

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 1 "Classic Rock", August 2010, click here to listen)



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