22 July 2017
Goldfinger - The Knife
It has been a long time since I have wanted to hear a Goldfinger album, which is not meant in a disrespectful way to Goldfinger. For many years, I have just not been wanting to listen to Pop/Ska Punk as a genre and my tastes changed. But the more things change, the more they stay the same as well and in the last few years I have found myself listening to a varied range of music. This blog always keeps things interesting for me and Punk has worked its way back into my life. So, it was a bit of a joy to hear that Goldfinger were still going, I remember seeing them in Newcastle where they were playing support (not sure who they were supporting, I think it was around 2004). I always get worried about being nostalgic about a band, there is always a fear that everything is going to feel like a shadow of the past. I am hoping that this is not the case with 'The Knife', one way to find out.
01 - A Million Miles
Now that is how to start a Ska Punk album! An explosive start, straight out of the blocks for Goldfinger with 'A Million Miles' as they are musing the passing of time and not being able to hold back the emotional turmoil that has built up over the years. It is full of energy, it has a great riff and a chorus that is a true ear worm.
02 - Get What I Need
The horn section is back! Oh, how I have missed those horns in Goldfinger, it just sounds perfect. Once again, there is a reflective nature to the song, but only in the words to be honest as they look back at how much time has passed since those days when they were snot nosed punks. It has a great hook in the chorus, one that makes me want to pogo around the room and enjoy the moment. Sometimes you must lose yourself to find out what you need, but just because you are once lost does not mean you cannot be found again.
03 - Am I Deaf
Eventually, we are destined to become our parents in some ways (or the people that brought us up), a bit left behind and wondering why. In this case, it is feeling like the in crowd has moved and you are no longer making music that is popular. I do not think this is a diss on modern music, but maybe modern music fans who are not bothered about the past. That happens with every generation, it happened with mine and it will happen to future generations as well. But the song itself is a great little punk number, a little throwaway ironically, definitely one of those type of songs that would be good at a show though.
04 - Tijuana Sunrise
A song about finding out you are left behind and drowning your sorrows, all to a Ska influenced song that has a bit of a timeless theme to be honest. There is a melancholy to this song, a loneliness that holds everything together, but the music has a slight cheerful vibe to it as well. It is a good song, but it is one that does not leave a lasting impression to be honest.
05 - Put the Knife Away
The song that gives this album its tile and the first song to be released as a single as well, it is a song about facing demons and the struggle within. There are a few pieces of misery in the song, a few shades of darkness, but there is a plea for change as well. It is another song with a great hook, one that has an instant impact and sounds so fresh.
06 - Don't Let Me Go
Once again, the band have gone Ska, this time it is a plea for help and requesting not to be left alone. It is one of the slower numbers on the album, the Punk is so far away from this song. But it is bass heavy, the horn section is on fine form and it sounds great. What is there not to love?
07 - Beacon
The theme of feeling lose is once again brought to the forefront of the album, asking for assistance when you are feeling low is a hard thing to do at times. The message is strong, but the song has a filler quality about it to be honest. It is not a bad number, but it is not as memorable as others on the album.
08 - Who's Laughing Now
Sometimes relationships can turn ugly, this song is about the situation where you have been treat like shit and the tables have been turned. The song has a bite and it give the album a Ska fuelled adrenaline shot that was needed, sometimes Ska Punk needs that vicious energy to get the energy flowing again.
09 - Say It Out Loud
Goldfinger have picked up their goodtime vibe, adding a bit of Rockabilly, a bit of Blues Brothers and a lot of positivity behind the music. The words though are a totally different kettle of fish as they focus on backstabbing, lying and someone who is being a bit of a dick. You could dance to it and not focus to the words, you can focus on the message and let the music pass you by, it is a bit of a contradiction and it sounds wonder to these ears.
10 – Orthodontist Girl
A song about having a crush on an assistant who works in the dentist, wanting to say something, but being unable as it not the correct situation. It is a funny little song, one which acts as a beacon of light on this album. It is completely throw away, no doubt about that, but sometimes you just want a good time and for the serious subjects (important as they are) to be put to the side.
11 – See You Around
A song about being at the end of a relationship, looking at the events, places and times from a settled place and wondering what the future will hold. It is a standard pop punk number, it has filler wrote all over it, but it is not a bad number either. It is just a decent number that could have been wrote by any band to be honest.
12 – Liftoff
A synth based number, ska fuelled and more issues than your local libraries National Geographic collection, the penultimate song of this album is just a fun number that looks at leaving the world and searching for new love out there in space as the planet collapses. It has a catchy chorus, a sense of fun and it makes the sunshine on the greyest of days. What more do you want from a Pop-Punk song?
13 – Milla
A song about the love of your life turning up, love comes through at the end of the day and all is well! It is nice to hear something positive once more from this band, love is always important. It is a great little number, it is not the most energetic but it does not need to be. It ends the album on sunshine and that is a brilliant place to end this review as well.
This is the best album that Goldfinger have released, but it is not a perfect album by any means. It could have lost three songs and it would have made the same impact, there are a few numbers which are identikit to songs by other bands (something which plagues Pop-Punk as a genre) and it does not have something as big as ‘Superman’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ or their cover of ’99 Red Balloons’. However, none of that matters to a certain degree. Yes, it is throwaway. Yes, it has filler tracks. Yes, it is not the deepest of records I have heard this year. But that is not what this album is about, it is about having music that you can bounce around to. There are serious issues explored on this album, but they are handled in a way that will make people realise they are not alone. That is what makes this album such a great release for me, it will mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.
8 out of ten – Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my time, money and heart
Top track – A Million Miles
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