The Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 51:30 minutes | 614 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
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In the Psychedelic Furs’ early days, the band and critics alike described their sound as “beautiful chaos”. It was the swirling, barely-hinged yet strangely elegant result of a two-guitar, six-man lineup of musicians whose sense of style and attitude were far more polished than their technical aptitude. That was 40 years ago.
By the time of the Furs’ presumed final album, World Outside, in 1991, the beauty was still very much there, but much of the chaos had gone, whittled away by synthesizers, success, even the band’s maturity. It is no small revelation, then, that Made of Rain, the first new Psychedelic Furs album in 29 years, begins with the band’s most powerful, convincing conjuring of that beautiful chaos since those early days.
“The Boy That Invented Rock and Roll” is just as great as its title, a teetering, throbbing tornado of sound that features pretty little saxophone licks and a lush, expansive chorus almost in spite of itself. Richard Butler delivers sharp, sardonic couplets in his signature, David Bowie-meets-John Lydon rasp as if he has done nothing else during the three-decade interim. When he sings of “the suicidal, drunken dance / the sense that things will fall apart”, the words come across as pure prophecy from a man who has been around long enough to know his omens. The song is not just a perfect soundtrack to 2020. A bona fide Furs classic, it also bests expectations for Made of Rain all by itself.
1. The Psychedelic Furs – The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll
2. The Psychedelic Furs – Don’t Believe
3. The Psychedelic Furs – You’ll Be Mine
4. The Psychedelic Furs – Wrong Train
5. The Psychedelic Furs – This’ll Never Be Like Love
6. The Psychedelic Furs – Ash Wednesday
7. The Psychedelic Furs – Come All Ye Faithful
8. The Psychedelic Furs – No-One
9. The Psychedelic Furs – Tiny Hands
10. The Psychedelic Furs – Hide the Medicine
11. The Psychedelic Furs – Turn Your Back on Me
12. The Psychedelic Furs – Stars