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A Song for Every Country in the World!

By: Charbarred | in: Music |

Sometimes I get something in the mailbox that makes me really glad I got into this whole blogging thing…

Army Defense

A band called Army Defense has just released an album called “77 World Tour” in which they recorded a song for every country in the world. The album consists of 191 songs, all of which are fully produced and realized.

This is not a bunch of stoners with acoustic guitars trying to nail some weird Arabic scales. From what I’ve managed to get through, the songs are well thought of and played amazingly. Musically it echoes Sebadoh and Guided by Voices (and not the early hissy stuff). It’s a very broad album that covers all that’s good in rock music, and concentrates on paying lyrical tribute to its subjects rather than just imitating certain musical styles.

Army Defense consists of five singer songwriters. They claim to have recorded 20 albums since 2004. “77 World Tour” is an incredible achievement and was recorded in a little over a year between 2005 and 2006 (that’s about 15 albums worth of material in a year). The album can be downloaded in its entirety from their site. They have another site, aptly named The Longest Album in the World which comes complete with an interactive world map.

If you’re still thinking this is a nice shtick to draw some press, have a listen for yourself, and see why I’m holding myself back from using an exclamation mark in the end of each sentence.

Army Defense - Serbia and Montenegro

Army Defense - Switzerland

On the web:
Army Defense
Download the Album
The Longest Album in the World


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Posted on March 12, 2007

Comments

9 Responses to “A Song for Every Country in the World!”

  1. Rustycat on March 12th, 2007 1:05 pm

    Wow! Loved the concept, loved the music.
    Great find Char!


  2. Alibastard on March 12th, 2007 9:23 pm

    Yeah. That is amazing. Sufjan eat yer heart out!


  3. Giovanna on March 13th, 2007 7:58 am

    This is a grrrrreat idea, I am speechless. Of course I rushed to listen to Italy…I must say it was a kind of a shock to me: it felt so strange to hear talking about Sicily in a country-rock melody, I was expecting some Mediterranean tune! :)
    I liked India too: an unusual but delightful association of Dylanesque sounds and sitar… :D
    France is so melancholic, I can already see the Champs de Mars covered by a mantle of dead leaves…an automnal Simon and Garfunkel-ish touch.
    I’ll keep on travelling…


  4. Dime on March 14th, 2007 2:24 pm

    does anyone know where i can get the lyrics for these songs


  5. Sandwalker on March 14th, 2007 4:17 pm

    It is great to hear a non commercial sound of original material. Good for you spread the word to the world. Must have been a great trip.


  6. Shannon on March 14th, 2007 6:11 pm

    To see the lyrics to the songs, you can go to http://www.armydefense.com and click the link that says ‘Original Site.’ Then click on the link that says ‘Groceries.’ You will find a list of song titles/countries, and each one links to a page with information about that song. We used this web tool to organize the production of the album.

    Thanks for the plugg! We thoroughly enjoyed making this album, and are flattered to receive such a nice review. Thank you for listening!

    Army Defense


  7. Rustycat on March 14th, 2007 11:58 pm

  8. Magoonífico on March 24th, 2007 11:46 am

    who would ever think about playing a concept like this one?! great idea, I wonder how the portuguese one sounds like…


  9. Isabelle on July 21st, 2009 11:13 pm

    jai ajouter ce site dans mes favorie. ma revenir c sur


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