Incredibly good record
Ein zufaelliger Leser | Prag | 05/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I liked some of the old boomtown rats stuff. Never really thought much about Geldof's solo stuff. This record, however, is incredibly good. Powerful. Emotional. The guy is singing his guts out. I have listened to this cd at least 30 - 40 times since I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Even if you don't understand the lyrics completely, this record won't leave you untouched. Enough said. Get it or miss out."
Doc Petersen | Germany | 11/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The new Bob Geldof Album "Sex, Age & Death" is a masterpiece. It impresses with innovative music and profound lyrics. "One For Me" and "Inside Your Head" sounds like the songs from the previous Bob Geldof albums with the "Vegetarians of Love" and "The Happy Clubsters". But most of the songs of the new album appear in a new, progressive style. "Mudslide" and "Mind In Pocket" invoke the young Peter Gabriel. "Scream In Vain" is reminiscent of the "Happy Mondays" and "10.15" cite Leonard Cohen. "Pale White Girls" and "A New Routine" are strongly suggestive of David Bowie in his "Sound and Vision"-phase, when he recorded "Hereos" and "Low" in Berlin. "Sex, Age & Death" is a milestone for the pop music in the 21th century."
One For Him.
Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 11/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Deep, dark and depressing. These would be words to describe Bob Geldof's "Sex, Age & Death", his first cd in nine years. Compared to his three previous solo efforts, Geldof changes his sound again. This time out, it's hushed singing, hypnotic rhythms, electronic noises. There's nothing here as upbeat as "The Happy Club" or spiritually philosophical as "A Rose At Night", and there's nothing as political as "This Is The World Calling". Instead, these ten tracks are personal statements about Geldof's relationships with people, namely Paula Yates, Michael Hutchence and Jeanne. At times, "Sex, Age & Death" sounds reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" on the track "Mudslide" and sometimes Bob Dylan as on the track "One For Me". I found two songs particularly intriguing: "6,000,000 Loser" and "Scream In Vain". Neither of these two tracks sound like Bob Geldof at all, and it's a credit to him to be able to stretch in new directions musically after a nine year absence. "Pale White Girls" would be a close third for Geldof showing a metamorphosis. Most of the lyrics on this cd are ruminations, rants, diatribes on love, trust, pain and carrying on. Only the final track, "10:15" offers any solace and peace of mind, leaving the listener with a spark of hope. I found the track "Inside Your Head" to be a little much with Geldof's chorus repeating the f-word over and over. The song is Geldof's address to Michael Hutchence (who had an affair with Paula Yates, Geldof's wife at the time). While I like anything Geldof does I didn't feel that "Sex, Age & Death" was as captivating a journey as 1992's "The Happy Club" or even better, 1990's "The Vegetarians Of Love". It is also not quite as good as 1986's "Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere". Still, it is Geldof, and Geldof is good at what he does, and this is a four star entry. If only his inspiration came in shorter than nine year intervals!"