ALBUM TITLE : WE CAN DO ANYTHING
ARTIST : VIOLENT FEMMES
GENRE : ALTERNATIVE ROCK
DATE RELEASED : 2016
When a band reaches more than 30 years into their careers, not only that the problem of sustaining careers for more years is a problem, it is also a huge problem on what to sing about. Thus, other bands and other solo performers huge their catalogue to re-issue old songs, reworked unreleased tracks and demo songs, or raid other artist catalogues and make at tribute album or a songbook. Violent Femmes seem to have no problem at all in dealing with what to sing about in this current releases from the band.
Watch official video of “Memory” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPRRav0phyY
The title is very appropriate as the band can still do anything musically however, the sound of the album defy the logic of the title as musically the album is your usual Violent Femme stuff. Songs that are quite raw and rely only guitars and other acoustic instruments. It is the themes of individual songs that will prove that they can do anything. Yes, they can still compose songs without resorting to trite lyrics. Yes, they write songs not to please younger audiences but to tell them how is it to be 30 years after.
Thus, you have songs dealing about remembering in “Memory.” There is a song about wishing doing just about anything in “I Can Do Anything.” That they can still do punk rock with songs like “Issues” and “Holy Ghost.” That at more than 30 years, the band can still produced romantic songs like “What You Really Mean.” That, the group can still rock to songs like “Travelling Solves Everything.”
Listen to “I Could Be Anything” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0IJsyrZ_Cg
This is album is indeed a treat for fans and for non-fans, it is recommended that you listen first to”Blister In The Sun” before you indulge in a musical adventure with this album. I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it