Saturday, March 27, 2010

The last two chapters

The mind boggles, but at 24, Montreal's trip hop queen Hurricane Nicole has decided to withdraw from the scene altogether - after three consecutive million selling albums world wide. She goes out with a bang, not with a whisper, with her latest (and presumably last) album, The last two chapters. A double CD, with the main disc containing all new material - and the irony of it all is that it is probably the best she has released so far. Songs like Flight209, Spring in Winter, and Head over heels are destined to become absolute classics. In her typical independent way, she has forced the record company to include the second CD for free, rather than releasing the combination at a premium price. This bonus contains twelve tracks, combining some of her better B-sides, as well as 4 delightful live versions of her main hits. Please Nicole, change your mind, and make a come back after a time out. We will miss you.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Hurricane Nicole_.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Nora Ephron: If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, La autre Rouennaise, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Colonna MT 60 White and FoxJump 85 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.