諾亞與鯨魚︰新生活要好好過

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是這樣的,當你生活走到盡處時,若然在音樂上找到安慰,你總會覺得生命是比較美好的。Noah and the Whale的聲音從來都與我的耳朵及內心有著共鳴的。之前大愛單曲《L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.》,然後聽罷整張專輯【Last Night on Earth】,我再次找到更大的共鳴了,這是在【The First Days of Spring】那令人聽得隱隱作痛的淒美樂章之後的一張對自我肯定,誓要新生活的專輯。

如果我是台灣那邊負責寫唱片文案的,我一定會寫,這是一張給受傷的你的療傷音樂,諾亞與鯨魚是帶著希望與動力為生命道路上跌倒的我們來個最溫暖的鼓舞。民謠新浪潮遇上Belle and Sebastian的精美輕搖滾加上Lou Reed式旋律及情懷,是這個春天心靈脆弱的樂迷的最佳禮物。

嗯,係可,我確實感到主音Charlie Fink之前經歷的情傷對他來說有多大的傷害。走出困境,我們每一個人都要從陰暗裏走出光明,光明何在,現實中難以體現,音樂上我則仍然感到。專輯序幕便是《Life is Life》對生命按restart button的肯定,是這樣的︰

He’s gonna change
Gonna change his ways
Gonna change
Gonna change his ways

And it feels like his new life can start
And it feels like heaven

緊接的《Tonight’s The Kind Of Night》是這樣子唱的

Because tonight’s the kind of night,
Where everything could change,

然後《L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.》是這樣子對著我唱的

She said, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
You’ve got more than money and sense, my friend
You’ve got heart and you’re going your own way”

“L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
What you don’t have now will come back again
You’ve got heart and you’re going your own way”

《Wild Thing》唱著的是對一個大眾不認同的人的特別的理解及愛護,這種同理心,我想就是對自己對別人的一個承擔幫助吧;《Give it all back》則是對青春及舊回憶的一個nostalgia,人隨著生活流,不自覺會漏下了誰或誰或誰,很討厭,這就是生活嗎,這就是生命嗎,這就是一定的定律嗎,這一定需要改變嗎,誰不想give it all back and turn back time?
《before we met》則是一個較平淡調子的一個檢閱生活,不過仍然是有那稀噓吧,這不過是以前的我,有舊的堅持⋯這是之前的我,那認識了你,我又得到什麼?

《Waiting For My Chance To Come》則是

Well it takes real guts to be alone,
Going head to head with the great unknown,
But there is no sweeter sound, on the kings round I’m bound,
And just waiting for your chance to come,

《The Line》的離別,讓我想哭,那種無奈,那種無力,那種⋯

“Is this the line?
Is this the line?
Is this the line between heaven and hell?
Is this the line where I get up and walk out?
Is this the line where you get drunk you yell?”

《Old Joy》則是很直接的,

Forget the things that get away, forget the things that get away,
Don’t dream of yesterday, don’t dream of yesterday.

其實很少音樂用字是如此直接主題如此淸晰的,Noah and the Whale,這是屬於我這一年的音樂,是屬於覺得生活要重新好好地過的專輯。

這個Live version很好聽

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. (Live from RAK Studios) from charlie fink on Vimeo.

TONIGHTS THE KIND OF NIGHT DEMO MSTRD by charliefink


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