The following lines from the Neil Young’s song “On the Beach” basically sums things up for me at the moment……

“Though my problems are meaningless
That don’t make them go away”

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Present Tense – Lyrics


Do you see the way that tree bends?
Does it inspire?
Leaning out to catch the sun’s rays
A lesson to be applied
Are you getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone, re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You’re the only one who can’t forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

Have you ideas on how this life ends?
Checked your hands and studied the lines
Have you the belief that the road ahead, ascends off into the light?
Seems that needlessly it’s getting harder
To find an approach and a way to live
Are we getting something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone re-digesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You’re the only one who cannot forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense, to live in the present tense

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In my opinion, the latest album from The Boxer Rebellion is, so far, the one of best albums of 2011.  Their progressive, sublime, alt-rock sound with layers reminiscent of Radiohead, Coldplay and The Fleet Foxes is full of dark tones. However,  the album manages to maintain a beauty and aura of peace and upliftment even though the music is dealing with themes around the acceptance of death and loss.

What really adds to the musical experience is the wonderful artwork and  booklet type album cover.

The artwork and album cover design was created by the Icelandic artist/designer, Jónas Valtýsson. (click here to see his website , it well worth the visit).

Jónas explains on his website:”I wanted to convey the feeling and meaning of the album with a simple metaphor for life. A single leaf full of life on the front cover. The leaf ages step by step inside the booklet, ending on the last page where only the bare skeleton is left.”

Take a look below:

 

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