Robert Plant – Band of Joy

Seeing as I really liked “Raising Sand” The last album, (which Robert did together with Alison Kraus) and all the other Led Zeppellin tunes, I decided to get Band of Joy, the new album by Robert Plant in which he collaborates with Patti Griffin, Buddy Miller & Darryl Scott,

This album has Robert continuing in a more Rhythm & blues direction with his music, with touches of powerful rock music – especially on “Silver Rider“. “You can’t buy my love” is also a (very lively) favourite of mine too.

I think all the songs are awesome in different ways, it is rare that I hear an album where I like all the tracks, anyway here is the track-listing for the album

*Angel Dance

*House of Cards

*Central Two-o-Nine

*Silver Rider

*You can’t buy my Love

*Satan Your Kingdom will Come Down

*Monkey

*Harm’s Swift Way

*Even this shall Pass

*The Only Sound that Matters

There’s nothing like a nice piece of hickory

Having watched The Outlaw Josey Wales, Fistful of Dollars, For a few Dollars more, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Gran Torino whilst in hospital, I got a bit of a taste for exciting Clint Eastwood films. So I decided to watch Pale Rider aswell.

It stars Richard Dysart as a greedy unscrupulous businessman named LaHood, who begins a campaign of Terror to drive out Law abiding prospectors who are living in an area rich in gold. Then a mysterious Preacher arrives in town, and after rescuing a local (Michael Moriarty) he is offered a place to stay and he manages to unite the locals against LaHood & his thugs.

So LaHood then ups the ante by hiring a group of twelve killers led by a chap named Stockburn (John Russell) and the fun really starts…

Why so serious?

The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale & the late Heath Ledger, I watched this awesome action-packed movie whilst I was in hospital. It is so much better than Batman & Robin & Batman Forever, the ones with Jim Carrey, Uma Thurman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tommy Lee Jones are just a bit silly, although the tunes by U2, Smashing Pumpkins and Underworld are pretty cool. Mind you I still prefer Prince’s score for the first one (Even if Jack Nicholson did overact Michael Keaton under-the-table, he made up for it in Beetlejuice, however I digress).
Bale stars as the caped crusader Batman who with the help of his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine) tries to rid the streets of Gotham City of crime. Also helping him in his fight against crime, are Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman).
A new crime wave has hit Gotham City, perpetrated by a master criminal known as the Joker (Ledger) and his men. They are stealing millions from the banks and embarking on an epic crime spree causing absolute chaos everywhere they go. So Batman sets out to stop him, unfortunately things don’t go smoothly and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) gets embroiled in the conflict with tragic consequences…

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous…

 Daredevil

Whilst I was in a superhero mood I decided to watch Daredevil too, it stars Ben Affleck as a Lawyer named Matt Murdock, who is blinded by an accident, and grows up vowing to rid the streets of crime after his Father is killed by thugs, so he becomes a vigilante crime fighter known as Daredevil. He then teams up with a female crime fighter named Elektra (Jennifer Garner) after her Father ends up being killed by the same thugs.

Sadly things end in tragedy when he tries to tackle a villain called Bull’s Eye (Colin Farrell) who has a handily placed Target on his forehead just in case any superheroes wish to clobber him *rolls Eyes*, and he learns that all the crime in the city is being controlled by a so-called Kingpin of crime (Michael Clarke Duncan).

Verdict: I’d Stick to watching the Dark Knight If I were you