40 Records in 40 Years (33/40 – 2006)

First I must rectify something: my sister-in-law does not have married 2004 in Hawaii – their wedding was this year. In this respect I must apologise that apparently my memory does not seem to function for the past years, nevertheless, any more so. But the rest of the details were right. For me it was impossible to go to Hawaii as well this year. We have merged with another bank this year and in my position I got no holidays for the wedding. Anyway I remember that we didn’t traveled far away this year. We spent a few weeks at the seaside in northern Germany. I haven’t been there for ages and Christiane has never been there. As we used to travel to South East Asia we felt also well at the rough climate at the sea. It was great to walk along causeway feeling the wind in our hairs. This year we went for some weekend trips with a couple of friends as well. In February we went out for skiing and in autumn we went for a boat excursion on the Swabian Sea. Both times we had a lot of fun with them all. In this year the FIFA World Championship took place in Germany. The mood before and after the plays was simply magnificent. For example: the game between France and the Netherlands took place in Stuttgart. The whole city was filled with supporters of each team. Even four hours before the game started the main place was filled with thousands of supporters singing their fan songs. It was so funny to see the Dutch supporters salute to the garbage disposal (just because their dresses are as orange as the supporters dresses). That Germany lost the semi-final against Italy was sad but after all satisfactory.

A year of remarkable records:

  • The Whitest Boy Alive – Dreams: Perfect combination of funk, indie pop, electronic and house
  • Jan Delay – Mercedes Dance: German singer Jan Delay turned from reggae into funk
  • The Long Blondes – Someone to Drive You Home: The smash hits of this summer
  • Donald Fagen – Morph, the Cat: Still good after all the years
  • Ben Harper – Both Sides Of The Gun: A lot of great songs again on this record
  • Willard Grand Conspiracy – Let it roll: Alternative country/Americana at its best
  • Lily Allen – Alright, Still: Wonderful pop songs at all
  • Amy Winehouse – Back To Black: She got great with this record
  • Tom Waits – Orphans; Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards: Even his outtakes are better than something else

And again: some songs we listened to this year:

Some movies that came in the cinemas in 2006:

  • Babel: Little things can have influence on the everyone
  • The Departed: One more good movie about the good and the bad
  • Little Miss Sunshine: Funny road movie for the family
  • The Last King of Scottland: Remarkable movie about things happened this way
  • The Queen: Brilliant
  • The Devil Wears Prada: Another movie for the family again
  • The Illusionist: Great story with a fantastic finish
  • V for Vendetta: Another comic brought to the cinema
  • Volver: Spanish ladies power
  • Pan’s Labyrinth: Pictures between dream and cruel reality in Spanish civil war

Some things that happened this year as well:

An Egyptian passenger ferry sinks in the Red Sea – more than 1000 people die // Italy wins the FIFA World Cup against France in Germany // Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by a Iraqi Special Tribunal // Another Lebanon War because Israeli troops invade Lebanon in response to Hezbollah kidnapping 2 Israeli soldiers and killing 3. Hezbollah declares open war against Israel 2 days later 

For a long time above all a voice has not enchanted me any more so. “The Greatest” earns this title. Quiet, melancholy and touching songs and a magic voice which has pulled me immediately in her spell. Almost floating and hypnotically Chan Marshall’s song seems to me. Any more completely as economically does not arrange as on former albums, here her songs have mostly wonderfully been played in in small occupation. 
I was hypnotised from the outset as by this miraculous music and the incredibly intensive voice. Every song is reduced only to the essentials and is interpreted at the same time astonishingly completely. Painfully nice songs and melancholy positive songs flow into each other. No second too much and of course too briefly. This album should be absent in no record cupboard. Even a friend who hears otherwise almost only electronic music was completely enchanted immediately by the album. To emphasise single titles makes no sense – listen to them in a row!

Cat Power – The Greatest
Cat Power – Lived in Bars
Cat Power – Living Proof
Cat Power – Willie
Cat Power – Love & Communication


3 thoughts on “40 Records in 40 Years (33/40 – 2006)

  1. Your memory failing, that's a sign you're getting old, Wlater!!! Excellent choice of featured album, I have a few of her records, and this is particularly good.

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