My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-11
Brief Background: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is the debut album the English band Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The album was recorded and released in 1980 through EMI. The band were upset about their contract when recording was done and stole the master tapes until they were able to get a higher percentage.
What I think: When I first considered listening to all of the albums in this book I, of course, read some reviews on it. A negative that came up a couple of times to negate the book’s authority was that it contained three Dexys Midnight Runners albums. That really gave me a pause. There was no way they have that many essential albums.
Or maybe they do! The writers of the book are one for three with this one. It’s absolutely phenomenal. The music is this amazing horn-based soul, basically a cleaned up version of Memphis soul, that just sounds perfect. Through out, I mean every song is awesome. Then you have Kevin Rowland’s vocals, which I didn’t like throughout the first half of the album, but eventually grew on me. He can’t sing, and many individuals can’t sing and still lead bands, but he can’t sing and does this spastic thing with his voice that really annoyed me… the rest is so good that it only took until the second half to get over it.
My favorites here are “Burn it Down”, the instrumental “The Teams that Meet in Caffs” and the final song “There, There, My Dear”. Give it a listen, you won’t regret it (though I can’t promise you’ll come around to Rowland’s voice).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that this should be here. In fact, I may listen to the next to albums on my own to see what they are about.
Rating (Out of 5) 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes(354/465)
Amount that are new to me: 76%