Bernard Bernard | Laws I Love, Volume Two

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Laws I Love, Volume Two

by Bernard Bernard

Alternative experimental pop
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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1. The New Biz
1:51 $0.99
2. Bhakti
2:32 $0.99
3. People Like To Fuck
2:45 $0.99
4. Big Ideas
2:26 $0.99
5. Eternal Mambo
4:31 $0.99
6. Collapse
3:52 $0.99
7. Red Summer Dress
5:28 $0.99
8. Eskimo Breathing
5:15 $0.99
9. Shaman Heavy Rain
20:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Part Two Of The Laws I Love Trilogy



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Baruch Yosef ben Lev

B2's In The Idness Bidness
In his grand follow-up to 2006's "Laws I Love, Volume 1," Bernard Bernard outdoes the dozens of other muffins he's made until today. "Laws I Love, Volume 2" is a masterful exploration of the sounds, visions, and phrases of half-sleep. The dewy haze which permeates this album has a neon dream-sensation vibe to it, a medulla oblongata cantata. These are the voices of eternity calling out to the long-lost self somewhere in conditional existence. "Come back to oneness," they beckon, "Come back to oneness." These voices are a penetrating presence in the dreamlife of the sleeper, a threnody of primal urges, sweet appreciations, and god-glimpses.

Bernard throws down with every intention to fuck our skulls. He pronounces on arrival that he's coming at us with a mythos "full of jizz." Yeeeeeah, baby. Love is here, the same place you were made, nothin' but a re-run. Remember? And then we move directly from jizzle to pussycat as B2 sings about the beloved she-soul Bhakti, the guru-muse, a keeper of the uncarved block. Bhakti is Shakti. Boasting the album's strongest hooks, the song "Bhakti" is staunchly beautiful, at play in the feline of the Lord. And, well, what better to follow jizzle and pussycat than the eternal truisms of "People Like To . . (YOU Know)"? Human beings like to mate. Human beings like to watch other human beings mate, too. That's weird. Don't you think? It's a dance tune for the ultimate Dance. In "Big Ideas," the source consciousness becomes lucid. Dream is revealed as dream. The soundtrack is like a Las Vegas Salvia Lounge. There is more than one person and yet there is only one. That's the biggest idea. Jack leaves behind the beanstalk. He goes wading in the valley of the jolly ho ho ho. Listen to the water talk. Ssh. Listen. I said LISTEN. Put your feet in the cold sand. The ocean is telling you a story.

Which brings us to the epic center of the mindquake: the nexus of "Eternal Mambo." Ye Olde Thesis. Rock and Roll is attempting to slither away from itself in avoidance of unnatural death. The ghost of Africa is singing in tongues, angel language. A prism in the "play of light." Heaven is a synthesis. Mind, body, and spirit become one. "Mambo" is the knot in the pretzel, separating the two distinct halves of the album.

And B2 emerges from the big bang in a considerably darker mood. "Collapse" does just that. Dredging up the shards of mom-love. It is in this new chapter we learn the Dreamer is Bernard Bernard himself. This is holy personal mystery. The ongoing saga of Brightness and its many confrontations with the material. "Red Summer Dress," a prequel to "People Like To . . (YOU Know)," is a long retreat into the Dryad woodlands, there to ogle and fantasize. Lie on your back, look at the sky, pretend she likes you, fake it real, fake it real, fake it real. "Eskimo Breathing," the most delightful tune on the rekkid, is a litany of mundane particulars intermingled with personal revelations and spiritual dance-words. An autobiography of the continuous present. The self is firmly rooted in the earthly body. Definitely not a phase. And don't miss the jazzy aftermath! Yowza! The album proper concludes with the moving "Shaman Heavy Rain," a shaken realization, a commitment to a destiny which is always right here. No more the pantheon of farewell. Now only the lack of all replica. The very thing. Right HERE. The other side of the pretzel. Lastly, the hidden track is a wicked mash-up of the entire album. An overture in reverse, an echo of the eternal mambo, repeating endlessly the grand invocation:

"Butchie, you've got to fix the wall."

Yup. Preach it, brotha. B2 has done it again.

JD Mannon

Beautifully abstract and absurd visionary gleam, musically his most complete wor
B2 (Bernard Bernard) discs are always unique explorations and Laws I Love Vol.2 continues that course, this time more cohesively. The emotional journeys in his lyrics, jagged-soft blends of melancholy, lust, reverence, mourning and celebration are testaments to this unique artist's palette and pathos.
The disc opens fittingly with the revele wake up call that is 'The New Biz'. Here atop a thick hip-hoppy groove B2 reminds us we "know in our heart's what our heart realizes" and to "let the love begin with me/you."
Track 2, titled 'Bhakti' is a sweet nursery rhyme/love letter to a cool white cat that whispers "creativity" to the artist in his dreams.
The title of track 3, 'People like to F@*#' is largely self explanatory in it's message. (Check out the vid on YOUtube, same title, different mix.) This track's hypnotic vibe also utilizes steel drum patterns in beautifully abstract ways.
Water talks to B2 on 'Big Ideas.' This fourth track exposes B2's fervent love and mastery of organized chaos. This piece could've been called 'screeches, crashes and smooth jazzy passes.' The repeated outro phrase of "Big ideas, giant country" offers the notion of limitless possibilities in not only our own backyards but throughout the universe.
The rest of the Laws I Love Vol.2 is equally as expansive and inspirational, it is only because of text limitations that this reviewer sadly cannot tell the whole story. Suffice it to say that Vol.2 is reveletory, revisionist, raucous and right in every sense. Score it today, play it LOUD and be sure to let track 9 play out for about 1:46 after the fade, there is a hidden track that quite literally encompasses B2 Laws I Love Vol. 2 all at once. This alone is worth the price of admission, ENJOY THE SHOW! CHEERS!