You Can Listen, You Can Talk

by Carsick Cars

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The second studio album from Carsick Cars is the long-awaited “You
Can Listen, You Can Talk” from Carsick Cars,” following by nearly two
years the explosive and almost joyful anger of their first CD, “Panda
Noise”. Produced by P.K.14 frontman Yang Haisong, their first CD threw out into the Chinese indie scene some of its most iconic songs, including “Zhongnanhai”, widely seen as the anthem of disenfranchised Chinese youth, and “Rock and Roll Hero”, a standard for younger bands. Their new record was produced by legendary producer Wharton Tiers after New York composer John Myers caught a Carsick Cars show during his visit to Shanghai and was so struck by the band that he immediately began lobbying for Tiers to produce them. As might be expected, the second CD is much bleaker and more complex than the first, with delicate, shimmering songs side by side with powerful, rage-filled eruptions of noise and chaos. But for all their differences both CDs are marked by the almost magical song-writing skill of frontman Shouwang, whose facility for combining complex harmonic structures with beautiful melodies and straight ahead guitar riffs make him one of he best songwriters in the world.

Formed in 2005, almost from the very beginning Carsick Cars has been
at the center of the explosion in Beijing musician and has received a
mixture of snarling opprobrium, especially from some of their elders,
and near-fanatic enthusiasm from their rapidly growing fan base among
culturally sophisticated but alienated young Chinese around the country.
Their 20-city tour of China in March 2009 with label-mates The Gar has
already passed into Chinese musical history as one of the key events in
the development of the Chinese independent music scene, and their
shows indicate how for many in the young audience Carsick Cars “belongs” to them as much as the young Bob Dylan “belonged” to his fans in the mid 1960s. Besides being one of the most admired and written-about bands in China, they have also received a huge amount of attention from musicians and critics in Europe and North America, having played in numerous festivals, most notably All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK and the Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and toured with Sonic Youth in Europe.

More matured as they are, the new album reveals their attempts to break down their thinking models. A range of instruments and composing styles were involved, with rich melodic structures and the various tones and playfulness with texture that has always been so beloved a part of Chinese music. The quality of this album profited greatly from the word of Wharton Tiers, whose studio experience with some of the world’s leading bands has helped both in precision and intensity. Two years of accumulation and creativity have intensified their sharpness and increased the primal strength of their music. In this era of all-entertaining music, rock music has received its revival call and energy from Carsick Cars

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released June 26, 2009

Producer: Wharton Tiers

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Track Name: One of them
他们天天说着  
同样的谎言  
来吧请你别怀疑
成为我们的一员

让我如何相信
让我如何相信
让我如何相信
让我如何相信
可是他们他们他们却面带微笑
  
他们站在后面
捂住你的双眼
来吧请你别怀疑
成为我们的一员
  
让我如何相信
让我如何相信
让我如何相信
让我如何相信
  
可是他们他们他们却面带微笑
Track Name: Dear Friend
I am not here to pick anyone up
Or waiting here to be picked up
i am still here because i wanna be here
just like him to be alone
  
dear friends , thanks for coming
dear friends , thnks for coming
dear friends , wanna be alone
dear friends , wanna be alone
  
sometimes , i got really strange feeling
why i let so much time to go by
i am not here to pick anyone up
just like him to be alone
  
dear friends , thnks for coming
dear friends , thnks for coming
dear friends , wanna be alone
dear friends , wanna be alone
Track Name: Pan
Please don't bother our neighbors
Turn the music down
and I still don't know
how to tell a different story
  
A dangerous feeling came over me
Please don't talk too much
Two devils in my head
Please don't talk too much
  
Sorry,sorry,i broke your mirror
but i couldn't stop myself
If you leave the window open
I just don't know what i'd do
  
How do you feel about my music
Please don't talk too much
Two devils in my head
Please don't talk two much
Track Name: Invisible Love
All the perfect sundays
All the perfect times and dreams(stories)
Don't you remember if at all
  
There is something i know
That perches in my soul
Should be you and nobody else
  
Look in your eyes
Look through your mind
I feel like i will be somebody else
  
I fell all the way down to here
But you helped me to fight away my fears
Loving me for who i am
  
And i said
  
Invisible love
Invisible love
Invisible love
Invisible love
  
Can you see?
Track Name: Poor Man
可怜的人把手伸进你的口袋里面  
可怜的人无奈的看着你的脸
他说他也曾经拥有梦
可是她们全部都被
这城市淹没
可怜的人孤独的走在街上
可怜的人最终不知去向
他说他也曾经拥有梦
可是她们全部都被
这城市淹没
Track Name: At The End of The Day
他问我是否
是否迷失过
像是在梦中的一样
像是在梦中的一样
在一天的尽头
你感到无尽的失落
  
他问我是否
是否享受这种感觉
同时你也也感到了
感到了恐惧
在一天的尽头
只有镜子和电视机
  
他问我是否
是否喜欢大城市
在一天的尽头
你才能感到自己的存在
  
他问我是否
是否想要离开
或是想要消失在
消失在无尽的车流中
在一天的尽头
你感到无尽的失落
Track Name: A Friend From Big City
my friend ,where are you going
are you trying to cross the beautiful darkness
oh,the big city won't set you free  
my little street , will take you to nowhere
    
he said count to seven
he said can you dance with me
he said do you feel like that
he said it was long time ago
    
my friend , where are you going
are you trying to say something i don't know
don't wait until the party is over
my little street ,will take you nowhere
he said count to seven
he said can you dance with me
he said i try to remember
he said feels like long ago
Track Name: Kill Tomorrow
We gonna kill tomorrow  
Run away from this wild world  
Print the wall with gasoline  
Throw yourself out of the window
  
We gonna kill tomorrow , tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
tomorrow , tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow
Track Name: Silence
Traffic jam
Building site
Subway
Faces
Cigarette
Narrow street
White smoke
  
Silence
  
Silence , silence stays in my head
What i fear comes from everywhere
And you will never truly understand
You will never ever feel your fear again
  
Traffic light
Towers
Shopping mall
Working class
Factory
Fourth ring road
White smoke
  
Silence
Silence , silence stays in my head
What i fear comes from everywhere
And you will never truly understand
You will never ever feel your fear again
Track Name: You Can Listen, You Can Talk
Nothing ever said or writen
Lu xun says he lives too far away
all the songs die in early summer
all the songs die in early summer
we all live in the metal cage
just like the writer says
welcome back to the free nation
welcome back to the free nation
  
you can listen
you can talk
you can listen
you can talk
you can listen
you can talk
you can listen
you can talk
Track Name: She Will Wait
When i walk in the shadow of the day
She will move in seven different ways
She remembers what i use to say
I remember nothing but her shadow

She will wait
She will,they say
She will wait
I remember nothing but her shadow

When i walk alone during the night
She is waiting and waiting all the time
She remembers that the world was bright
I remember nothing but her shadow

She will wait
She will,they say
She will wait
I remember nothing but her shadow