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My Review Of CD 1 - maybe my longest posting ever

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Markus 01:49 am MST 02/03/07

I´m not a great reviewer, but THIS really needs to be reviewed by everyone who got a copy because it´s so full of heart and soul that it should be reviewed even in Rolling Stone magazine next to Meat Loaf´s last attemtp to make another Bat Album without Jim. WE made a Jim Album not with Jim aboard physically but with him in our hearts and minds all the time - that´s for sure! I´m totally thrilled with NBAMN II more than with everything else I heard in the last year (ok, the Batman Demos aside and the Dream Engine performances maybe ;-)).
You may all have read my "liner notes" (Justin?) and some dreams will never come true but at least we HAVE dreams! Why has life the heart of a serpent? Maybe because we´ve all got such dirty minds that all we ever do is dream pollution? I don´t know but Justin, you´re not the only one. That doesn´t help a bit, I know, but it´s the truth. Heads up, heart open, mind open and let life come!

Here comes the review, brutal, honest but never meant to be disrespectful or insulting because that´s something no one here has deserved!

Overture / Bat: Brian, Baal, you both rock! I love this track and I really hope someday we´ll get a full contribution by Baal because he´s another great and talented Jimfan.

What Part Of My Body Hurts The Most? : Well, of course the best track on the album. ;-) Just kidding, let´s move on.

Everything Is Permtitted: Ryan, you have proofed your talent before and again, a nice rendition of this song. Not single wrong note and I like this. What I still don´t like is the overdramatic vibrato ALL over the place. FOR ME a bit too much, but still a nice one. The mic problems I had just like you but somehow we´ll fix it. :)

Remembering My Youth: Smeg, that´s not were it was but were it belongs to, this record. I liked the spoken parts in every Jim album before and I like your contributions. You´re made for them. Please do it again if the time has come.

Die Unstillbare Gier: Brian, your sound alone is fascinating this time but what you do with this oh so loved instrument is sooo beautiful even if you´re not "the" perfect player just like most of us are not the perfect singers. I´d love to sing to this sometime again like I did with Wolfgang in Stuttgart but with you on piano. (--> http://www.carpe-jugulum.com/markus/steinjam/ )

Teenager In Love: Aaron, you have to team up with Smeg sometime and submit some nice YMCA piece. ;-) Great!

In The Land Of The Pig, The Butcher Is King: Average slap bass-line? Gavan, I think your other description of this sound fits perfect and works very well! So does your voice and the rest of the music! Still wonder why we need Meat´s version after having Rob´s and now yours! One of my biggest hits on the album.

Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through: Stroke, I really like this stripped down guitar version by you. I´m not so shure about the singing but please do it again! If you listen to Part One of this CD you´ll recognize we all improved. Btw, your liner notes are great and I think that´s something of Jim´s magic: The music alone tells the words because when I first heard BAT I I was so thrilled with the music and Meat´s vocals that I "thought" I understood every bit without knowing much of english language. :)

Whistle Down The Wind: Laurie, this is just beautiful! There´s not much more I can say, it´s beautiful. :)

Heaven Can Wait: And another highlight! Why we´re NOT in the charts I´ll never understand... Great Mathias! I did this song too once and you beat me - completely. Have to try it again. Nice that it wasn´t your intention. ;)

Elnemmúló vágy: Sándor, damn you´re pro as it seems! I first complained about it but you´re a fan and so all I can say: Wonderful! One of the best Krolocks I´ve ever heard. Steve Barton, Michael Nicholson, Sándor Venyige. Better as Kevin Tarte. That says it all.

Left In The Dark: Andrew, even though your voice is probably not the best out there I found the emotion in your voice very convincing and your version of this song definitely touched me and is one of my favourites on this album! All instruments by yourself? How the hell??? Wow. Another Standing Ovation.

Finale Act One: Brian, why isn´t the finale not the final song!? ;) Well, of course it doesn´t matter. Nothing should matter to you, me or anyone else when it comes to this record! It doesn´t matter to me if someone likes my two songs or not because I like them and I know I tried my best and so did all people here. Brian, I could listen to you play the piano all night long...

É Sötét vágy: Nothing new here but another great voice joined in! It´s a too good!

So now I´ll close the book for now as I have to go out. Part Two will follow later. Please voice your opinions people!

Markus.


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