Arno Carstens - Atari Gala
"Every song is an event or a tale, a celebration or a warning cry, that stems from life's experiences."
What we thought:
Arno Carstens is back with his 4th solo and 10th studio album, Atari Gala
, boasting 12 new songs. And although it doesn't offer much more than his previous solo albums, it doesn't offer much less either.
Writing about love, life, death and spirituality, the album is exactly as Arno describes it: personal experiences put into song. And let's face it, if you've been in the music industry this long, you can basically do what you want to, right?
The album is a definite radio-friendly hit parade. But…and there is a but…there's some good news for all the Springbok Nude Girl fans out there. (FYI: I'm more of a Springbok Nude Girls fan than an Arno fan.)
It comes in the form of some (afterlife) satisfaction with head-banging
"One Law", ominous base driven "Sticking It In" and Blue Eyes-like "Goodbye Crazy". And if this doesn't rock your world, the production quality, big sound and tight musos will.Best track:
"Goodbye Crazy". You'll be humming the chorus when you're in the shower wondering, "Where did I hear this?"Worst track:
"Invaders". Whether he wanted to sound like a mix between Johnny Cash and Chris Cornell or not, it's just a bit scary.Sounds like:
It does remind one of his previous solo albums, but one thing about Arno is that he doesn't really sound like anyone else.Watch Arno's video for Two Dogs here: