The Grip Weeds – How I Won The War (2015)

Artist: The Grip Weeds
Title Of Album: How I Won The War
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Jem Records
Genre: Rock
Format: Mp3
Quality: V0 VBR
Total Time: 50:09 Min
Total Size: 111 Mb

1. How I Won The War
2. Rise Up
3. Follow Me Blind
4. Life Saver
5. Other Side of Your Heart
6. See Yourself
7. Vanish
8. Sounder (instrumental)
9. Force of Nature
10. Crossfire (instrumental)
11. Heaven and Earth
12. Over and Over
13. Rainbox Quartz
14. Truce
15. Lead Me To It
16. AKA Victory
17. The Inner LIght

In 1967 John Lennon starred in a cult film called How I Won The War. In 1988, a band from New Jersey derived their name from Lennon’s character in the film, Musketeer Gripweed. In 2015, The Grip Weeds devised an album that delivered on the promise of the film’s lofty title. In truth, How I Won The War, the sixth Grip Weeds studio album of new material, features more emotional depth and a greater plot than the film of the same name. Like any great piece of art, the themes explored by The Grip Weeds in this ‘concept’ album are universal, yet there is plenty of room for the listener to insert themselves into the proceedings. Featuring vocal harmonies that would make CSNY jealous and muscular musicality on par with The Who, How I Won The War is the edgiest Grip Weeds album to date. There is no shortage of visceral stompers («Rise Up», «Follow Me Blind»), but How I Won The War is no one trick pony. «Other Side Of Your Heart» is an acoustic-driven slice of modern psychedelia that early-era Pink Floyd fans are sure to enjoy. «Life Saver» is pure power pop with an introspective bent, while «Rainbow Quartz» and «Over And Over» take wistful looks back to budding relationships and salad days. The pounding groove of «Force Of Nature» alone will remind Mods young and old what attracted them to rock and roll in the first place.

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