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“With a supposed early release date of the 19th of...”

written by Dreadlocksmile on 06/01/2006

With a supposed early release date of the 19th of December 2005 for an initial small run of just a thousand copies, the Ginger Valor Del Corozon album was finally delivered just after Christmas. This early release (the album has a full release on the 8th January 2006) includes two small mistakes on the artwork (mis-spelling of the album title on the spine, and a weird 'V' on the back cover). These mistakes won't appear on the final released versions, making it a bit of an odd collectible item I guess.

Track listing:
CD1
1. Ugly
2. Mother City
3. G.T.T
4. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
5. This Is Only A Problem
6. Ten Flaws Down
7. Paramour
8. The Man Who Cheated Death

CD2
9. The Drunken Lord Of Everything
10. L.O.V.E.
11. The Way
12. Drinking In The Daytime
13. Keep It Cool
14. Only Lonely
15. Your Mouth
16. Change
17. My Friend The Enemy
18. Bulb
19. Something To Believe In

The album begins with a deep carving of guitar riffage that carries along some thumping bass work, creating the album opener "Ugly". With a surprisingly funky yet dark sound, the track sends nostalgic memories racing back to the days of the 'Endless Nameless' B-Sides.

Next we fly into a truly feel good 'The Wildhearts Must Die' anthem of a track. Titled "Mother City", the song delivers some rock 'n' roll Willie Dowling sounding piano parts, addictive riffage and sing-along lyrics, producing an instant classic for Wildhearts/Ginger fans from the very first listen. You know the score by now...

Instrumental track three bounces in with some funky-funky, almost 'Clam Abuse' sounding bass riffage with some over lying 'Silver Ginger 5' style guitar work licking at the beat. Laced with samples, saxophones and trumpets, the track is a monstrous jazzy-funk-fest creating an insatiable feet tapper.

Straight in with some crunching guitar riffs, track four entitled "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" speaks volumes for Ginger's outstanding musical writing talents. An epic crowd pleaser of a chorus is bound to become a classic for live shows to come. Still clutching on to a feel good sound, with some more down beat lyrics accompanying it, the track screams out to be played in front of a energetic audience.

Coming in with a slower sound, "This Is Only A Problem" reminds you again of the 'Must Be Destroyed" album. Some haunting guitar work, and vocal building throughout. The song is a get-yer-lighter-in-the-air, sway with the crowd and sing till your lungs burst, monster of an emotional track.

"Ten Flaws Down" flys in next. The track was the second track that has been previously available for a few months on Ginger's MySpace page on the internet. A clear album favourite, the track combines some deeply emotional lyrics with thick guitar parts, until it all meets with a light-hearted chorus that swirls out old-old-Wildhearts. Just an absolute classic track that's guaranteed to please every fan.

"Paramour" slips in next, with joint vocals from Rachael (little j) Jones slipping delicately in next to our main man for the vast majority of the track. Some straight-to-the-point lyrics, that float from the song like lyrical butterflies, the track has a 'full' and well produced sound that fits in snugly at this early stage of the album.

Track eight is "The Man Who Cheated Death", which was the first track that Ginger put out on his MySpace page a fair few months back now. A beautiful, well written ballad of a Ginger track. Distinctive Geordie vocals rule over a slightly slower paced, but still powerfully written country rock that delivers some simple, yet almost dominating drums. This really is an album favourite. If you're going to hear one track from the CD, make it this one. And what a way to finish the first CD.

Disc two sets off to a Pogues sounding intro. "The Drunken Lord Of Everything" builds it's musical beat from the very start, layering instruments upon each other creating a cacophony of musical genius.

From the very first few seconds of track ten entitled "L.O.V.E." you know this is going to be a classic yet heart wrenching song from our ginger-dreaded musician. In fact, the title is an abbreviation for 'Loneliness orchestrated vaginal empowerment', a bit of a mouthful! With guitar parts that would sound at home in the film 'Labyrinth', this quietly moody and romantic track sends spirals of carefully crafted guitar playing through an almost instrumental musical voyage.

Next up we have an upbeat rock 'n' roll track with a hefty wedge of technical guitar work and meaty backing vocals entitled "The Way". Sporting a truly Wildhearts-esq sing-along chorus, this track is likely to become a crowd favourite at live shows.

Barely a break between tracks leads us on to "Drinking In The Daytime". A rather unsubtle song about booze habits. The track starts as a slow paced down beat song, but it soon mounts to a hurtling riff fest of a monstrosity that boasts some of the thickest guitar sounds of any of Ginger's work. You almost expect Random John Poole to be behind some of this track, but no... it's all Ginger. This is a complete must for all Wildhearts fans. A hell of a track; and you thought O.C.D. held the award for mental amounts of changing riffs? It's like a miniature "Sky Babies", but not so miniature at six and a half minutes in length.

Coming in at track number thirteen we have "Keep It Cool". Guitar heavy from the start, the song gives you that feel-good-wildhearts factor that I'm sure all WH fans have. Even at the first listen you'll find yourself singing along "Keep It Cool" in the chorus. More backing vox from Rachael Jones, the song flows well throughout, with some great guitar work building to mounting bridge that leads you towards a sing-along chorus that flows towards the end. Great stuff!

"Only Lonely" sounds more SilverGinger5 than anything else Ginger's done. A thick slab of guitar work from the start with a meaty drum beat deals out this fast paced rock track. You can't help but strap on that air-guitar and play along Conny Bloom style. Ginger's solo work is second-to-none, as he shows off his talent for writing funky and addictive guitar parts. This is another one of those tracks that you just can't wait to see live.

Next we are treated to a beautiful piano piece with Ginger's vocals singing over, entitled "Your Mouth". With memories going back to the Wildhearts track "Saddend", it's a real sit back and listen song.

Thundering in next is the track "Change" that sends echos of the SG5 track "Monkey Zoo". Thumping out a very well produced guitar sound on top of some thick drumming, the song is one of those that almost demands a second listen straight away.

"My Friend The Enemy" slips in next, delivering some corking guitar work and a 'Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed" sound. Unless I'm very much mistaken, we have a sly helping of bongos in the middle that takes you spinning straight into some classic riffage, that shows once again this man's talent for writing riff after riff!

Next up is "Bulb", which goes back once again to the sound of SG5 days. An instant classic, and it is so late in the album that you're going to find yourself returning to it over and over again. Another personal favourite from the CD, and the song has a funky sound that flys into an anthem of a chorus. I can see myself demanding this little number at the local rock club and bouncing around sporting a rather fine air guitar. This is a sit in your memory track that you're going to love!

Finally we come to the last track on the album entitled "Something To Believe In". With a hefty serving of backing vocals, this beauty of a track reminds me of early Ginger work such as "Church Of The Broken Hearted". A well placed organ adds a little extra to the songs slightly slower sound, ending this epic musical voyage.

This is certainly an album to be proud of by this hugely underrated musician. If you've been a fan of any of Ginger's work in the past then you're going to love this album. It shows a musical maturity that can only come from such a dedicated and long musical path, such as this mans career.

Hats off to Ginger, what an album!

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