The Next Best Thing

Seb

5/5

Grandiose ! Deuxième véritable album solo de Ray et ce dernier affirme de plus en plus sa personnalité musicale… Cet album est de toute beauté. Il est remarquablement produit, super bien joué, les compos sont excellentes, avec de l’énergie là où il faut, de l’émotion là où il faut… La reprise de Inside, tout premier tube de Ray avec Stiltskin peut sentir le coup foireux commercial à plein nez, mais j’y vois plus une volonté de s’approprier musicalement la chanson, sans que ce soit plus une reprise comme une autre dans son répertoire. D’ailleurs, le fait qu’il ne l’ait pas sortie en single va plutôt dans ce sens là. Sinon, il n’y a pas de véritable single dans ce disque et le choix de These are the changes, avec ces extraits de discours de présidents américains, est plutôt surprenant, même si la chanson est excellente. On croirait The Next Best Thing, la chanson titre, tout droit tirée d’un album de Genesis, mention spéciale à The Actor et Sometimes. Superbe utilisation de la trompette sur deux morceaux… Bref, un très grand disque qui n’est pas que du simple Rock, mais qui a quelque chose en plus, une petite magie qui vient surprendre lorsqu’on pense que c’est du déjà vu. Le seul petit reproche que je lui ferais est que certaines chansons aurait méritées d’être plus développées que ça…

Tracklist

These are the changes the day brings us
These are the changes the day brings
These are the changes the day brings us
These are the changes

Know me, see me, Try to understand me
Why you ask

Swing low in a dark glass hour, you turn and cower
See it turn to dust
Move on a stone dark night we take to flight
Snow fall turns to rust
Seam in a fusing mine like a nursing rhyme
Fat man starts to fall
Year in a hostile place
I hear your face
Start to call


And if you think that I’ve been losing my way
That’s because I’m slightly blinded
And if you think that I don’t make too much sense
That’s because I’m broken minded


Don’t keep it, inside
If you believe it
Don’t keep it all inside


Strong words in a Ganges sky
I have to lie
Shadows move in pairs
Ring out from a bruised post card
In the shooting yard
Looking through the tears
Out of the black slate time
We move in line
But never reach an end
Fall in a long stray town as the ice comes down
Rivers start to bend


And if you think that I’ve been losing my way
That’s because I’m slightly blinded
And if you think that I don’t make too much sense
That’s because I’m broken minded


Don’t keep it, inside
If you believe it
Don’t keep it all inside


(Keep it all Inside)
Don’t keep it, inside
If you believe it
Don’t keep it all inside
Don’t keep it all inside
If you believe it
Don’t keep it all inside

I can’t believe it, Inner feelings ever changing
This time it’s me slowly going insane
You can’t expect me to believe, not this time
Cause I’m going crazy
I’m going out of my mind


How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go


I had a dream, heavens gate came to me.
And I fell in to it
This never ending sleep
I had to try hard not to feel inside me
And it wasn’t easy to leave it all behind


How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go


You can’t expect me to believe
Cause I don’t believe it

How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go
How High
How High can you go

She was a loner type
Found it was easier that way
With no one to break the peace she gained
From learning to walk away


And he was without good reason
For changing her life the way he did
He took her for everything
Stripped her of dignity


It’s a lonely life
Never that easy these days
The money to pay the bills
It just don’t come easily
And he was a man that didn’t care anyway
He’d just play the clown and sit around all day


With an atmosphere
You could have cut it with a knife


It’s the fool in me
It wouldn’t be hard to see it
Others can hide themselves away
I have to live with it
Nobody wants left on a fence
Or spiritually die in ignorance
It’s all just a chance you take
Reality’s final break


With an atmosphere
You could have cut it with a knife

See the sign in my eyes. Mind escaping from me
On the crest of my wave too dark to see
And the soreness that I feel beneath the surface
Fear the worst is still to come


Threatening words come my way in some strange disguises
Flesh torn gestures in my face
Don’t take my place away
I could try to forgive, even though I don’t know what should be forgiven


Do I go crazy, before you take notice, until you can see it in me?


Drift away touch upon the deepest emotion
As I watch you’ll become, someone else’s problem
Given time I’ll make waves in another ocean
I’m the chosen one.


Do I go crazy, before you take notice, until you can see it in me, why can’t you see it in me?


I adore you. I deplore you
All your actions I can see through
I can’t pretend I know what’s going on


Do I go crazy, before you take notice, until you can see it in me, why can’t you see it in me?

See me out, out the door, across the way
And let me walk for miles and miles and miles
Calm me down when I get scared
And hold my life in your hand


The living space inside my head is there for you
Like a long lost friend
Innocence and pride
Makes me vulnerable sometimes
Love ain’t enough


Sometimes love just ain’t enough
Sometimes love ain’t enough
You give it time
Somehow time’s all you have


It’s the meaning of life
And no amount of time will change a thing
Why oh why
In Gods name do you lie?
All the time


Sometimes love just ain’t enough
Sometimes love ain’t enough
You give it time
Somehow time’s all you have

Autumn leaves are falling down again.
Last year seems like yesterday
What to do now that those days have gone
I have to start again.


Inspiration ain’t so hard to find
Words already on the page
I just have to write it down
In my own way
Say something worth saying


Time comes and goes
A life unnoticed
Cry out loud


Don’t let me wake from this dream
I won’t be a friend in need
No one escapes from this feeling
No no


I tell myself hold on
Everything is right, not wrong
Love is what I ask for tonight


Hold onto me
I can’t breath
Why am I alone


Blame them but don’t blame me
I know all the liars disagree
You can’t just escape from believing
No no

Life’s a magic train hell and back again
Rollercoaster for emotion
You think you’ve seen it all you think you know it but you don’t know


Life’s a magic train that we’re all travelling in
Each new day another station
She said she wanted me but it might take a little time
Make take a little time


Am I supposed to wait around for you?
I’m not opposed to waiting around
I just need to know cause it’s nice to be needed
It’s getting me down, doing it now


I hold on to love
It’s a better place for everyone to be
I alone can’t save the world
I’ll only save this little part for me
I lie here in my bed
Wishing it would all just blow away


Am I supposed to play the clown for you?
I’m not that use to fooling around
You say you need me now
Well I’d like to believe it
It’s getting me down and doing it now
Getting me down and doing it now
You’re going ruin my life

I smile at the misplaced faces
Trying to convince myself
All the answers lye with me


I look at my broken picture
Find it so hard to believe
As now the past comes back to haunt me


It’s alright I’m alright
I just need to believe
I’m not afraid anymore
I will feel my way back
Lay your hands on me


Wish I hadn’t been so vain
Been and gone and thrown away
Regrets I keep
The blame I give to me


It’s alright I’m alright
I just need to believe
I’m not afraid anymore
I will feel my way back
Lay your hands on me


Here’s the point I raise blame
And discipline the fool inside my head
Where nothings fair and no one there
To honour all mistakes I’ve made
And looking through my own debris
I see nothing but me and more of me
It’s so distressing all the blessing
Never seems to fall on me.


The pictures framed to form an edge
The truth it lies within the heart
It’s funny how we live this life and
Never seem to live enough
I won’t be true
Cause I can’t seem to
It’s only just a state of mind that
Time and time and time and time again


It changes, I swallow
What I want to say
I’m broken up I cannot breath
I cannot be I need I need to
All in all and every time I follow you
I see it out; see it out of blind eyes


It’s alright I’m alright
I just need to believe
I’m not afraid anymore
I will feel my way back
Lay your hands on me

Upon my life love of an honest day
The memory of you will slowly fade
Within I hold
Hold it all alone
The fire in my soul begins to burn


Better to be alone
Better be alone
It has to be said
Better to be alone
Better be alone


(I believe in me)
No sense in holding on
No eyes to see clear
Pretend to gain control
Of my life


Better to be alone
Better be alone
It has to be said
Better to be alone
Better be alone
It has to be said


(I believe in me)
No sense in holding on
No eyes to see clear
Pretend to gain control
Of my life

So what’s it all about
Does anybody know?
It’s hard to figure out
To be patient
The time is nearly now


The walls are closing in
And time is running out
I’m getting out


These changes wash over me
In my head


The fear is taking over
And left me so alone
It leaves me feeling angry
With myself


These changes wash over me
In my head
These changes wash over me
In my head in my head


What’s it all about what’s it all about
Does anybody know?
How can I explain to you?
When how do I, I don’t know I won’t go
What’s it all about where’s the feeling gone
I can’t explain it
It’s in my mind
Burning like a fire that won’t go out it won’t go out.


These changes wash over me
In my head


So what’s it all about
Does anybody care?
Can you feel the fear?
Washing over everybody, everybody’s head


These changes wash over me
In my head
These changes wash over me
In my head in my head
In my head in my head
In my head

Infos générales

Sorti le 28 juin 2004

Ray Wilson (chant, guitares, basse, « mouth organ », guitare slide)
Amanda Lyon (choeurs)
Irvin Duguid (piano, strings, orgue hammond, moog, harpsichord)
Nir Z. (batterie)
Scott Spence (guitare)
Ashley Macmillan (batterie)
Colin Steele (Trompette)
Brian McAlpine (piano, orgue, accordéon)

Single : The Next Best Thing : sortie le 28 juin 2004