The night is better than the day
Paul Montag | Minneapolis, MN | 01/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's nice to see someone who has a lot of talent also take an easy and natural interest in his/her colleagues, living or dead, who have done, or are still doing, the same thing they are. For instance, a lot of my favorite novelists and movie-makers ('filmmaker' sounds a bit too serious) are great readers and movie watchers. Constant involvement in observing (which, in art, should be participatory) what's going on in a given industry probably shows genuine zeal for the purposes of a particular medium, in which case an artist is less apt to just go through the emotions while creating their own work. Instead, it's art with a purpose, as they say.
And that certainly seems to be the case with the music of David Johansen (no matter which categorical style he's in the mood to be a part of) and on 'Here Comes the Night,' there are no exceptions. He's been filled with all sorts of inspirations and uses them to his advantage by coming up with stuff that is uniquely his own.
If it weren't for a couple of tracks that are pretty boring, the album would be near perfect, especially if spirit and feeling are tastes of yours.
I don't think any of the songs here are quite as good as 'Heard the News' (off of 'Sweet Revenge' and definitely worth buying) but that's okay because 'Here Comes the Night' is full of music that just feels thick and nourishing to the soul.
Intense rockers are commonly heard but there is also some reggae, cajun, and oldies-sounding harmonies thrown into the mix, too. A minute-and-a-half into track 9 (I can't recall title since cd is not at my work) and the next 40 approximate seconds thereafter contains a hypnotic melody that made me feel like I fell in love, but I don't know who with. It just sounds soooo good.
So if you like any of David Jo's other music and have never heard this, you should for sure. And if you're familiar with the Rolling Stones' live shows from the 90's until today, you'll probably be surprised to see whose picture is on the back cover.
Not as good as the first one, but o.k.!
Martin 13 | Slovenia | 06/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of his first album "David Johansen" (Blue Sky) and when I heard this I was a little dissapointed. Too much keyboards for me, bass is sometimes too reggae, but songs like "Heart Of Gold", Bohemian Love Pad" make this album listenable."
She Loves Strangers is one of my wonder year songs
Daniel Hayes | Clermont, FL. | 09/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It was Monday June 8th, 1981, and I was 13 still had not told Pat how I felt about her, and would never, but this song was on my radio during recess, and it was love at first hear. I still love it after all these years. I really didn't feel this was a classic album, but it does have some tasty morsels that are really great. "You Fool You" is another one, and the title cut is pretty good, but the rest is all hit, or miss, but "Heart Of Gold" is the worst with the harmonica on it, and it was my first taste of David Johansen before I knew he was a New York Doll. Of course by this time I was cranking it up on WMMR in Philly, and this was where I first discovered Johansen. As I said before "She Loves Strangers" is one of my wonder year songs, and unfortunately, I couldn't get the radio stations to play it almost 24/7, and I never did tell Pat how I felt, or kissed her. I just look back at this, and just say it's a good album, but not a classic.