01-Supposed to Be There Too.mp3 (Size: 38.73 MB) (Files: 10)
01-Supposed to Be There Too.mp3
02-On That Stage.mp3
05-Just Like This.mp3
09-Thankful All the Same.mp3
11-Present Day Memories.mp3
Mike Park's first album. Released in 2003.
If you buy this record, it goes to support his non-profit organization:
"Mike Park is one of the kingpins of the third wave ska revival. He was the singer in Skankin' Pickle and formed Asian Man Records. Maybe the last thing one might expect from Park on his debut solo album is low-key acoustic folk-pop in the style of early Elliott Smith or the New Amsterdams. That's what For the Love of Music is, though. Park'srich voice is backed by acoustic guitars (with the occasional hushedelectric guitar) and minimal percussion as he works his way through tenvery personal songs that deal with racism in the ska and mod scenes("Supposed to Be There Soon"), old-school racism ("From Korea"),getting older ("Counting Sheep"), and family junk ("Present DayMemories"). The songs have winning melodies and the political lyricsaren't as clunky as they could have been. Park has a punk inflection to his vocals that Smithnever had; many of the tracks here (like the righteous "Challenging Me"or "Hey You!") would be great punk anthems if fleshed out by afull-band attack. Parkdoes a good job of transferring his ska-punk energy and commitment tothe stripped-down bedroom sound, and fans of his older music should beable to make the transition right along with Park smoothly. ~ Tim Sendra, All Music Guide"
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