Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life - Frank Zappa

This is a live album by Frank Zappa. It was recorded during his 1988 tour. I've been listening to Zappa now for about 2 years. This was one of the first albums by Zappa that I had heard songs from. The first full album was either Freak Out! or We're Only In It For The Money. But this original album cover was actually changed because Frank didn't have the "rights" to the picture in the box. It's stupid, but it wasn't in the 2012 reissue either. But I don't want to get to into specifics because I want to listen to the album. I did do a review of some other releases by his, but yeah, I figured I was listening to this, why not do on for it.
  1. Heavy Duty Judy: This is the beginning of the album, and it is an instrumental. I like this more than the first time I had heard it. This song was originally on 1981's Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar. The first record, not the one where they did all 3 together. I heard this version before I had heard the original.
  2. Ring of Fire: This is a "Reggae Version" of Ring of Fire that Frank learned the day it was performed because Johnny Cash couldn't make it. I don't know if this is true, but I still like this song. This was one of the first songs by Zappa that I heard. This, Jesus Thinks Your A Jerk, Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Swaggart Version),  and some others. This version of the song, because of Frank's comments, make it kind of laid back. This entire tour was kind of like that. I think that Frank figured this was his last so he didn't really care and wanted to make it fun. I might be wrong, but that's kind of what I got out of the Boots and the Official recordings from this tour.
  3. Cosmik Debris: This is a song that was originally on Apostrophe (') from March, 1974. That, along with the album before it, Over-Nite Sensation from September, 1973, were acclaimed as his two classic albums. You could argue that March 1979's Sheik Yerbouti is one, which I like that one more too, but from what I've gathered from people is they usually would say it's those two. Now that the history lesson is over this song is played like it is on the album, but its got the 1988 tour kind of vibe to it. Especially at my favorite part in the original part of the original right after it says "And I showed him how to do it right". I don't like this as much as the original though.
  4. Find Her Finer: This song was originally on October, 1976's Zoot Allures album. It's also on the 2009 album Philly '76. It's on other albums too, but I'm picking those two because it's closest to the original album release. This version seems more complex. Kind of like how Vegetables is a less complex version of Vege-Tables.
  5. Who Needs The Peace Corps?: They kind of played this song the same way, but they added in more horns. And also the reggae thing they did with some of the songs on the tour. This version isn't as, for last of better word, good as the 1968 WOIIFTM version. Maybe that's because I like that version more, but I don't know. It's not like he basically did a rewrite of the song. The song Lonesome Cowboy Burt is different on this album than on the original 1971 200 Motels albums.
  6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco: I think it's kind of funny they when form Who Needs The Peace Corps? where it says "Ill go to Frisco" and then they transition into this song. This is only 36 seconds long, but it's still kind of cool.
  7. Zomby Woof: They don't have that same like vocal sound as on the album but Ricky Lancelotti O.D.'d in 1980. This version of the song is a little different, especially in the solo. The strat that Frank played on the tour is probably part of the reason why, but there are also more of like a feeling of like space of improving in the song during the solo. Which that happens a lot on this, and like all of the Zappa tours.
  8. Bolero: This is a cover version of a song. This isn't on, to my knowledge, any other album. Well at least that have been officially released. I do like this song, and I think it's kind of a cool sounding instrumental. I actually really like this, now that I've heard it in it's entirety, there is a kind of like Egyptian thing that I'm getting from it. I might be wrong, but that's my view.
  9. Zoot Allures: This is off the 1976 album of the same name. I didn't care much for that album the first time I heard it, and I'm going to give it a re-listen  but not right now, I did recheck out the song that were on it, on this album. I haven't heard the original in about a year so I'm gonna wait to re-listen to it until I go in dept about this one. Well to date, this isn't really one of my favorite songs. I don't care much for really any of the versions on the song. I mean it isn't a bad song, but yeah.
  10. Mr. Green Genes: This is off 1968's Uncle Meat album from October of that year. This is different in the way that there are more like a '88 tour vibe. More horns and bass and such. Like I could see him renaming this Mr. Green Genes (New Age Version) like he did for the Black Page on 1991's Make A Jazz Noise Here. This served as like a transition into the next 3 tracks. This is a little faster than the Uncle Meat version.
  11. Florentine Pogen: This song, along with the next two, are off one of my favorite albums by the June 1975 album One Size Fits All. I didn't care for the album that much till hearing the 2012 UMe Remaster version which had the original analog recordings on it. Then I really liked it. This song has that '88 tour vibe to it. There are actually like bongos in the background that I heard. I don't like this as much as the 1975 album version, mainly because I like Napoleon's voice doing this song more than Ike's. But for this song, just like I think Johnny "Guitar" Watson's voice is awesome as Brown Moses and his thing that he does on Andy and San Ber'dino off OSFA.
  12. Andy: This song was a song that I was timid to listen to. I don't know why, I'll explain more in the OSFA review I'll do sometime, but yeah. After hearing the original version of the song, for real, I went wow. I think that I George is better for this song than Ike again, but you can only do so much. Why can't Johnny at least be there. Even on this version, its such a jamming song. I want to just pick up my guitar and strum along with it.
  13. Inca Roads: This song is one of my favorite songs ever. I don't think it's as good as the 1975 version or any of the 1974/1975 boots it's on. I actually like the bootleg I did a review of that was recorded on St. Patrick's Day 1988. But there is defiantly a like "New Age" taste to it. New Age isn't the right work, but it's more like an '88 tour version, instrumentation would be. The part where it goes "Guacamole Queen" is like slowed down a lot. That kind of takes away form that part, at least for me. And instead of saying "On Ruth" they said "On Bruce". Not a big ordeal, but I just wanted to mention it.
  14. Sofa #1: This song, long story short it was originally performed in 1971 with Flo and Eddie (see Carnegie Hall or Beat the Boots I: Swiss Cheese/Fire). Then it was reword, into two versions, for 1975's OSFA. Then it was worked for a band with horns and such, the instrumental version, then it was performed on this, pretty much the same way as on Zappa in New York
This is a two disc album, the second disc was mainly cover versions of songs from that tour, minus 4 or 5 of the 14 on that track too. In between the two discs I re-listened and restudied what I felt I needed to know for the review.
  1. Purple Haze: This isn't really anything like the Jimi Hendrix version of the song. On any album wither it be a live or studio album. I actually don't care for this version, but you could tell it wasn't that serious of a performance of the song. It seems more like industrial. It kind of sounds like a cover Devo would do.
  2. Sunshine of Your Love: This song flowed from the last. Its that still kind of Devo sound. Ike sounds like he does on Thing-Fish. Until the chorus. The guy who does the Johnny Cash impression then sings. It's actually kind of funny that Ike calls him the Man in Black. It's like a reference to Ring of Fire song they did earlier. I did that in-case anyone didn't know what that meant.
  3. Let's Move to Cleveland: I like this song. I'm not very familiar with it, but I like the way it sounds.
  4. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: These next two tracks are from the 1988 St. Patrick's Day show that I did a review of.
  5. "Godfather Part II" Theme: This reminds me a ton of James Bond. But yeah.
  6. A Few Moments With Brother A. West: This is just some guy talking. I didn't feel like looking to deep into it. You will be able to tell what he's talking about if you listen to the track. I do think this is a good intro  though to Torture Never Stops.
  7. The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 1: This "part" is almost 5 1/2 minutes long. The "2nd part" is over 10 minutes. He plays it like he usually plays it, but there is the '88 tour little things. It actually is probably closest to the ZINY version. There is a part where it is speed up where there say the lyrics over other song melodies. A list of those songs are listed at here.
  8. Theme from "Bonanza": Whatever this is that theme. It's like a cowboy intro to Lonsome Cowboy Burt.
  9. Lonesome Cowboy Burt (Swaggart Version): This was one of the first Zappa songs I have ever heard. I really liked this song. I don't like it as much as I used to, but I still think it's alright. It's about, in this version, Jim Bakker. He is also talked about in the other "Swaggart Versions" of songs on this album, and Jesus Thinks Your A Jerk off 1988's Broadway The Hard Way. Which I did a review of.
  10. The Torture Never Stops, Pt. 2: This is just a solo. It's a solo. What else can I really say about it.
  11. More Trouble Every Day (Swaggart Version): This version of this song is a on that is defiantly from this tour. It has that kind of ''reggae'' thing, and also it talks about "Jimmy Swaggart".
  12. Penguin in Bondage (Swaggart Version): This is one of my favorite songs. But I'm not huge on this version of the song.  After this song I only have 20 minutes left. So I'm kind of glad for that.
  13. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue: I haven't heard the original 1970 Weasel Ripped My Flesh version in a very long time. So before I heard this one I listened to that one. This is though, a song I could see Eric Dolphy playing.
  14. Stairway to Heaven: This isn't my favorite version of the song. The beginning is like Reggae arpeggios, if that makes any sense. I'd rather listen to that Bootleg version from St. Patty's Day. This is a great way to end an album though. Especially one that was almost two hours long. This has the silly sounds in it, but the solo is horns playing the solo intro. Some live version had an improved solo by Frank, but this one used the horn version. Frank took 3 different live performances, as he did for a lot of his live albums, and cut them up to keep the ''good parts'' and got rid of the ''bad'' and combine the ''good parts'' he liked to get the track that we have here, and other ones too. He did that with all, but one, guitar solo for the album Joe's Garage.
Overall I have to give this a 8/10. I don't know why I really keep reviewing the '88 tour, but I still have some more listening to do. I do like some of these songs than I did back a year ago. Maybe in a year I'll love this album. But for right now, I'm not huge on it. It's a pretty long one too.

Friday, December 28, 2012

6 Kiss - Lil B

This is the 2nd release solo by California rapper, and member of The Pack, Brandon McCartney aka Lil B. I started listening to this guy in February of 2012. I found out about him via Needledrop YouTube channel. The first album I checked out was I'm Gay. I liked it at first, but I began to get irritated with it after the third of fourth listen front to back. I did a review of that album in March. I have also listened to what is probably my favorite release by him 2012's God's Father. That thing is 2 hours long, but it's worth it. I couldn't believe how awesome it was. I started a review for that album but I couldn't finish it, because I wanted to do a really good job on it. Well I started checking out everything else by him. And I don't understand what happened on #1 Bitch mix-tape, but that's partially because I didn't finish it yet. I was hoping for that momentum of GF on that. I don't know why, but I think that it's cool that it was released December 22nd, 2009. I got that from Amazon. I know as a fact it came out in December 2009. I think that I'm going to highlight my favorite tracks. I'm going to try this out first.
  1. B.O.R. (Birth of Rap): The first time I heard the girls voices, I thought that the album cover kind of made sense. It gave a vibe of angelic-ness to it. It's also an awesome song. It is God's Father worthy for me. He does a really good job on this song.
  2. I'm God: I like the drums heartbeat sound that it has. This song is also just as sick as the last song. This song has this overall happy feeling going here.
  3. Walk the World: I like this song. The beat in the background kind of reminds me of I'm Gay. I don't like this song as much as the first two, but I do like it.
  4. Beat the Odds: This song is also really cool. I feel like I'm repeating myself again, but I do like this thing. I wish that I could be as optimistic as Brandon.
  5. Based: I like how the beat in the background is a little "darker". This reminds me of like 90's video game music, and there is the buzz that reminds me of a mosquito repellent thing I have at my house. Lyrically this reminds me of I'm Ok - Stay Based. But just the beginning part of the song. Then he does this part where it sounds like Prince, but if he couldn't hit any notes.
  6. Real Plexxx: This song is just like I'm Gay. The one problem I have is it's kind of hard to understand his voice because of the echo. He tried to do a Jamaican impression.
  7. Rolls Royce: I don't know why, but I think that this song kind of reminds me of Rick Ross. I don't know, it might be partially be cause of the name, but it still kind of does. 
  8. Let the Eagles Go: The very beginning of the song kind of reminded me of ABBA's Lay Down Your Love. But after the second not it didn't anymore. This song kind of reminds me again of 90's video game music. I like this though. The title reminds me of Where Eagles Dare by my favorite punk band Misfits. I think that I will need to hear this song more than once, but this isn't that mind blowing the first time.
  9. Ridin' 4 My Niggaz: I don't really care for this song. There are parts in the instrumental where I'm interested  but at the same time I'm not so much.
  10. Myspace: This song is awesome. Period. But if you were wondering I'll explain better. The beat is this really cool sounding synthesizer that defiantly is one of, if not my favorite, beats on this album I love. It's also kind of funny, but all of Lil B is. This is a song that should be used when your showing someone Based God.
  11. What I Mean: This song could either be on I'm Gay or on Gods Father. I think I need to catch up on my Based God though, I keep only being able to connect them to this. I like this song though. His voice has this stereo pong thing going on, either that or my speakers suck. But I think that that's in the song. But I do like this song.
  12. I Want Your Bitch: This song kind of reminds me of Rella off the OF Tape Vol. 2. This is pretty cool though.
  13. All Alone: No, I think that that's enough said about how I feel for that track.
  14. Pretty Bitch: This is the classic Lil B that kind of irritates me. I think it's kind of funny, but yeah. I don't really know what else to say about it.
  15. Finna Hit a Lick: I don't understand why, but I like this song title. But unlike the title, I think this track isn't really that crazy. I think it's funny and I like it, but it's not what I was hoping that it would be for me.
  16. I'm the Devil: This seems like it'd be a song on Gods Father. I really like this song. I'm actually pretty sure he used this sample for a song on that. This might be, beside Myspace, my favorite song on this mix-tape. {8/10}
  17. What You Doin': I did listen to these tracks a little out of order. But I think this would be a million times better as the ending vs Smoke Trees Fxxx Hoes. This song is really good too. {8/10}
  18. O My God 66: This song isn't that bad either. I like this song too. I think it's a nice change from the All Alone & Pretty Bitch. Those songs are ok, but I'd probably skip them if I was gonna listen to the tracks again.
  19. I Got Bitches: Though this is the same title as another song by B. I don't' care for this version of it. This actually reminds me a ton of OF. But overall this song was hard for me to listen to.
  20. We Ridin' Scraper: This song is kind of like the other songs, where he can't keep a beat. I like the instrumental though kind of. This could be another 90's video game music.
  21. X-men: I doubt this is going to be about the comic book characters. He does sample the X-Men theme song. But I do think this song is Ok.
  22. Smoke Trees Fxxx Hoes: This song is decent. I like the way it sounds.
Overall this is more of an album than a mix-tape. I think that this is album worthy. But for the score, it would probably get a 7.5/10. If this ever makes it to CD or even Vinyl I'll get a copy of both. This is defiantly among one of my favorite albums of B's. My one suggestion is that it's 74 minutes, I think it's a little long to sit through. But beside that I think it's pretty good. Thus far my favorite releases by Lil B are 6 Kiss, The Myspace Collection, God's Father. And actually Glassface might be on it's way to join the list to. I like how there was a little variety of styles instead of just trap tracks. There are some awesome tracks, and some Ok ones.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

¡Tré! - Green Day

I have done Green Day's ''trilogy'' albums ¡Uno!¡Dos! and now ¡Tré!. The last two I wasn't huge on. I wasn't expecting to love, or even like this one. I'm not being debby downer, but I didn't expect much of this. Also I think that I'm just gonna try to do 5 a month. I want to do 10 a month, but I'm gonna at least get 5. This is also the longest of the 3, at 44 minutes. the second longest, is the first and it's 41, and the second is 36.
  1. Brutal Love: This song starts out with arpeggios. It kind of sounds like a lullaby. This song kind of fits Christmas, December time. This isn't anything special, but I do like that they have horns in this song. It's nicer than "Kill the Fucking DJ". If if was on the radio I might leave it to hear it.
  2. Missing You: This just sounds like a song from one of the last two. Maybe more so ¡Dos!. I don't think this is anything that I'd probably want to listen to just by choice. So to say
  3. 8th Avenue Serenade: This song reminds me of ¡Uno!. But at the same time this doesn't really sound like Green Day to me. The lyrics might be more like "adolescent" but, I'm a Youth and I think that he kind of should sing about more mature stuff.
  4. Drama Queen: This song isn't that bad, but it's too mellow to be Green Day.
  5. X-Kid: I don't know.... ewh.
  6. Sex, Drugs & Violence: I hope this song isn't as ''cool'' as it's title, that'd be mind blowing. This is a stupid song title. I don't know, whatever. I'm kind of spacing out a little. I kind of just want this to be over. :(
  7. Little Boy Named Train: ..............
  8. Amanda: Billie really has something for naming songs after girls who's names start with A or something. This is better than the last few.
  9. Walk Away: The riff reminds me, a little in the beginning, of Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground off, I believe, 1968's? Loaded. This song isn't horrible, but maybe that's just the Sweet Jane in my head.
  10. Dirty Rotten Bastards: This song title reminds me of Johnny Cash's song Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog off, the only album that I know that it's off, Folsom Prison. FUCK NO! IT"S 6 MINUTES LONG!!!!!! This song isn't so bad at the start. It kind of has a little of the same feeling as Brutal Love. And the tempo changed. :) The Bass riff :), by far, on these three albums, the closest to Green Day I think I've heard. :) This song kicks ass. {8/10} :)
  11. 99 Revolutions: This song isn't a let down, its just a "¡Dos!" ahahahahaha!
  12. The Forgotten: This isn't that bad of a song either. The piano is actually pretty cool. It's like their version of Let it Be.
Overall I have to give this a 6/10. I don't like hating on this band, but I just wanted to give them chance. I'm not a hating on Green Day, I just want to be able to say that they have a few songs that I like, beside the few off Dookie. I kind of think that, along with almost every 80's heavy metal band, time to throw in the towel and call it quits. Track 10 & 12, maybe there's a ray of hope.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

¡Dos! - Green Day

I think it's actually pretty funny. Why may you ask, we'll I forgot about the release date of this album. I went to pick up the Trilogy and Music From Another Dimension! and I see the new Green Day album, titled ¡Dos!. It is also the second of three albums coming out between September, 2012 and January, 2013. I did the review of the last one ¡Uno!, and I will probably do one of the next one ¡Tré!
  1. See You Tonight: This is the intro to the album. It's like a minute and a half long. This song kind of reminds me a little of Sublime. Like on the 1998 compilation Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends.
  2. Fuck Time: Really?
  3. Stop When The Red Light Flash: This song wasn't so bad, it kind of reminds me of Know Your Enemy off 2008's 21st Century Breakdown.
  4. Lazy Bones: This is a decent song. I has this surfy vibe that I'm getting from the song. That might just be me, but that's kind of what I'm getting from this song. It also reminds me of These Animals EP.
  5. Wild One: This song reminds me of a Weezer type of song. This is an Ok song. I could see it being on The Blue Album. So far this thing isn't pissing me off like the last one. Either that of Them Animals.
  6. Makeout Party: I didn't really think anything special of this song.
  7. Stray Heart: I could see this song being in a Christmas movie. The song's bass line totally reminds me of Jet's 2003 hit Are You Gonna Be My Girl, off Get Born.
  8. Ashley: I actually couldn't tell the difference between this song and the next song.
  9. Baby Eyes: This is a song I could see being in a Tony Hawk Pro Skater.
  10. Lady Cobra: This song is another song I could see being in that game
  11. Nightlife: This song is way different from the other songs. It has a vocal distortion on it making it sound more ';psychedelic''? There is also a girls voice. I think they were going for a dance floor song.
  12. Wow! That's Loud: This is another song I could see being a Christmas song.
  13. Amy: This song has like finger picked at the beginning. I think it's probably a song that most comparable to These Animals. This song isn't that terrible. I'm not crazy about it, but I think it's ok. It also has that Christmas vibe.
Overall I have to give this a 5/10. I don't like hating on this band, but I just wanted to give them chance. I liked this, but I flew by. Not in a goodway, but more of in a this is kind of boring way. I am going to do the next album though.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Chapin Sisters E.P.

This is the debut release by the sister trio known as The Chapin Sisters. They are related to the Harry Chapin, you know, Cats in the Cradle and the silver spoon. I think they are his nieces. Well anyway, I saw them live when I saw them open for Eisley in February, 2011. I didn't think much of them until after a while and coming back to the group. Note: When I saw them the one left making them the duo. One more note, I haven't been doing many reviews because I've been getting into Jazz. And Jazz is over my head, that's why I'm trying to get into it.

  1. Shady River: I think that this song kind of sounds like the others. I don't think there is anything special in this song that stands out. I'm not putting the song down, but I think it's consistent with the other songs.
  2. Don't Love You: This song has a different girl singing this track than the last one. This song is a decent song. 
  3. Hey: This is another pretty decent song. I like it.
  4. Girlfriend: This EP doesn't have a very wide variety of sounds. The songs are basically the same. So to say. Two is more of a ''mature'' album I guess. There is more experimentation, ie Digging A Hole and other stuff too.
  5. Bird Song: I like the arpeggios and the finger picking on this song. That's part of what I like about this group. They finger pick really good. At least I think so. This reminds me of Palm Tree on their 2nd album. But less arranged or worked out. Like a demo version.
  6. Long Journey: This song is more country than folky. I don't care for this one.
  7. Toxic: This is one pretty cool cover of the Britney Spears song. They played this song when I saw them. I like the way they did this song. This is definatly the best track. Thought I do like Don't Love You and Bird Song.
Overall I have to give this a 6/10. I think it's Ok, but I don't think it's amazing. I haven't heard their Lake Bottom LP or the other 2 Eps, but I have heard all of Two. I wish I'd bought that Cd when I saw them. It's actually pretty good. I think this is an, you like it or you don't.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


This is the 1973 debut album by one of my top ten favorite bands, Aerosmith. I figured that, since I already kind of know what Music From Another Dimension! will most likely be getting, Why not do a quickie that will help explain the review of that one. Go back about 4 years to a boy, 13, who was obsessed with the video game Guitar Hero. He had gotten each, since the "80's Edition", on the day they came out. Now imagine anticipating this new "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" the first game in the series based off a band. I know my mom liked them, and I did kind of like them before I heard about the game. Well I anticipated that game. When I got it the day it came out I beat it in a day. I'm pretty sure it was in Expert too. Well anyway, I needed to get a copy of Train Kept A-Rollin for my iPod, and the Rockin' The Joint version wasn't doing it for me anymore. So I ordered the Get Your Wings cd off their website. Soon after that I got Rock in A Hard Place for the song Lighting Strikes. Well those albums are both awesome. Since then I have all but like 3 or 4 compliation Cd's and I think 3 of the Live Albums and 3 box sets. I have, now, all the studio albums (minus MFAD!). Well that was a lot. They were the first band I ever really go into. This was one of the last Cd's I got by them. I actually just the winter, got a vinyl copy of the 1975 reissue of the album. I like that version more then the CD. It has more of a "Blues" vibe to it. I'll explain that in the review though. I don't know if I mentioned this already, but these guys were my first real ''favorite'' band. This also was released the same day as Bruce Springsteen's debut on the same label. I have that on vinyl and cassette.
  1. Make It: This songs starts the album. This is probably one of the most solid intros to an album I've heard. When the lead guitar comes in with the vocals, UH! It sounds beautiful, the Joe's tone for some reason is just so crunchy. This is a true crunch for guitar. The little guitar fill right before the solo. And the solo the tones of the guitars are amazing. The vinyl only makes the tone sounds about 100 times more crunchy. But that's a little beside the point. What I'm trying to say is in the intro you can hear someone clicking something. Now when you listen to this song it kind of sounds like they did one take. Look at it like this, "Hey were broke. We got a deal for an album. But we don't got enough money to do a million recordings of these songs. So it's a one take jam. What gets mixed in is mixed in. Fuck It".
  2. Somebody: This song more so than the last, the intro riff is playing to start the song off and you can heard a up strum on, I assume, Brad's guitar. There are also a couple of parts in this song where it kind of sounds like there are some ''mess ups''. Which are quintessential on a "true blues" album. If you want that blues feeling you need to just pump out the jam and make it work. I love the way Tyler sings along with the guitar solo in the song. It kind of reminds me of what he did in the solo for the title track off 1977's Draw the Line. That is probably my favorite Aerosmith album. I love the vocals at the end when they like ''double'' and the ending of the song where you can hear the feed back.
  3. Dream On: I don't think you can hate this song. This is the only song that I don't think they could have done in 1 take. At one point I could play this entire song on guitar. I like how the "All these line's on my face are getting clearer" is a, most likely, cocaine reference. I never would have realized that if some on didn't point it out to me. The bass on this song is super cool. The drums in the background are hard to hear during the verses, but they're there. The piano in this song super sick that it's playing along with the guitar solo in the song. This song is such a super uplifting song. This was one of my favorite songs, and it helped me get interested in the band. The song kind of sounds like it's messed up a little at the very end.
  4. One Way Street: The intro to this song is just pretty cool. If you listen I think you can hear a laugh. I'm not positive, but I think you can. This song is a very bluesy one. There is a harmonica solo in the song. There is also kind of commentary from Steven in this song. And that also adds to this being a ''true blues'' album. The guitar solo in this song, which I often forget about, is pretty damn solid. I love how in this song, along with most of this album, there are parts where it kind of sounds like Joey is beating the shit out of his drums. I like the like ''fade away'' then ''fade back in'', thought there isn't a volume change and the bass is pretty consistent with not stopping. That kind of reminds me again of Draw the Line. Not the part when it's just Steven and the drums, but like 3/4th of the way through. At the very end of this song, like probably at like 7:01.5 there is a little sound. I think that's someone who's about to talk.
  5. Mama Kin: There is sax in this song. There is actually kind of like ''hidden'' in the beginning. The way it sounds there is that it kind of reminds me of when me and one of my friends recorded a song, and since we weren't really paying attention, part of the song was in the background of a later part of the song. You can also hear like a hand clap while the guitar and the vocals are alone. This song is so sick. This song is super energetic. I love how this is a bluesy song, and they kind of add an element of Sax. They also did that with I Ain't Got You off the 1978 Live! Bootleg album. That song was recorded live around like 1973 so I could see that probably being like then.I almost think this was the last song recorded and it was in a big room where they were like, "Here's how you play it, GO!" I feel like they had fun with this one. This is an awesome way to start out side 2.
  6. Write Me A Letter: I like the way this song sounds. One thing is that it's better on the vinyl. I know I sound like I'm on the band wagon, but I'm telling the truth, from personal experience. I like the way that the guitar sounds right before the harmonica/guitar harmony. I don't know why, but I always forget about the like bridge of the song. That is probably the best part. Where it's like he's talking along with the guitar. I always forget, but it's funny because I love it each time I hear it.
  7. Movin' Out: This song is the quintessential ''true blues'' song what I think of when I think of the like ''production'' of this album. This song has like a cough and just, I can't really even explain it how much I wish I could. This type of production is what is like ''BLUES''. I'm not putting other blues down, but when I think of hard rock/blues/blues rock this is the song I think of. This is one of my favorite songs in... ever. I wish they'd write more songs like this together now, Tyler/Perry. The new album has the first solo joint Tyler/Perry credit a studio album since Fever off 1993's Get A Grip. That 19 fucking years Holmes. Damn song writing partners. I know that an unaccredited studio guitarist played the Last Child solo, but that's different from the co-writing the song. {10/10}.
  8. Walkin' the Dog: I think that this is my least favorite song. It's kind of funny a cover is my least favorite. The Rolling Stones did a cover of this song on either their debut or Rolling Stones 2 album. There a harmonica in the beginning, I think, that sounds like kind of jungle. This song is solid, but I don't really think it's my favorite song on the album. This is a song they didn't write and I think it's funny about how I'm talking about blues and this is a cover. I like the grunts Steven does and the kind of "do do do do dodo" harmonica sound during the ''solo''. I still like the guitar tone and the bass and drums on this song after the chorus, but it's kind of hard for me to say something negative really about this song.
Overall I have to give this album a 9/10. This is, in my opinion, a "true blues" album. 5 ''broke'' guys who only have enough money for one take of each song and we have to pay for this big open room. So there will be mistakes in there, but hey "Fuck It", it's good enough. That is what I'm getting from this album, and it is no doubt their bluesiest album, more so than the "Blues Cover Album" Honkin' On Bobo. Every song on this album, but 3, were written sole by Steven Tyler. That makes me question, what the hell happened since 1973. Well, beside the drugs and stuff. I'll explain better in the Music from Another Dimension! review. Movin' Out and Face 2 of my favorite song, along with some others, but those are like top 2. I also want to mention that I'm not putting other styles of blues down, but I just think that his is kind of like the nitty gritty sound blues should have. You know what I mean. Like classic blues at least.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Red - Taylor Swift

This is the 4th album by country singer songwritter Taylor Swift. On this album I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't think much of the We Are Never Getting Back Together single. I actually kind of didn't like it at all. I was nervous to see if the album would be this way. So I am now, today, listening to it for the first time in it's whole. I might listen to it more than once, but I am not sure yet. I have to hear it first. One thing I noticed is that a shit load of people produced for this album. The last album Speak Now only had Swift and Nathan Chapman. On This one there are a total of 9 people credited, one being an executive producer, as producers for this album. And some of the producers have really only produced pop shit. I don't have a good feeling about this, but I'll tough it out... I hope. I do like how her style has changed, as in appearance. I think she looks better with straight hair and not dresses and a ton of make up. I actually think girls look better like the way she does now than almost any other way.
  1. State of Grace: This song starts out pretty promising. I actually think that this is a pretty cool song. It reminds me of The Cure. I know I compare things to that band, but I remember hearing Just Like Heaven a ton while in the car with my Dad. This the backing vocals during the chorus remind me of Eisley. I like the bass sound in the song. I also like how this isn't so country? This song also reminds me a lot of the 2005 Paramore album All We Know Is Falling. That's not my favorite Paramore album, but I still think it's a decent album.
  2. Red: This song starts out, before she starts singing, with what reminds me of '90s music. This song is kind of like a part 2 of the last song. There isn't much of a difference. Her voice is kinda dubbed weird. By that I mean it kind of sounds like its a loop, but a short thing looped. Either that or Auto-tuned. But overall I still like this song.
  3. Treacherous: This song reminds me if the last album. To be honest, this is doing well thus far.This also reminds me of 2009's Misguided Ghosts by Paramore. The "do do do, do do do" reminds me of a song I can't quite think of. This is probably my favorite song on the album thus far.
  4. I Knew You Were Trouble.: When I first heard the intro I was afraid. I heard that's he had dubstep on this album, an well the way the song was it could. It wasn't a stretch for it to be there. I don't think that the drop is Skrillex but it isn't bad. I kind is f like the song. The more I hear it the more it grows on me.
  5. All Too Well: This song kind of reminds me of the last album also. I like the fact that she kept some of the stuff that was on her last album. Also that she isn't all out Fearless on this. I don't know why, but this reminds me of her county friends that are popular, but I think this song. Have you ever heard the song Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith. I don't care for that song, but it reminds me of it. I also kind of hear a little synth in the background.
  6. 22: All I'm gonna say is this sing is a load if bullshit. I really can't support it are compliment it that much. The beginning of the song...... This is like a Katy Perry's Taylor Swift. I kind of respect that she had a song Fifteen and now 22. But I know how to count.
  7. I Almost Do: This song reminds me of like a solo version of the song I Wish by Eisley. Especially at the chorus of the song. Like when it going "Ooooow, Oooooww."
  8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: This song is an ok song, if it was acoustic. Like if she did it alone with her vocals and an acoustic performance of the song.
  9. Stay Stay Stay: This reminds me of the CVS commercials. I like this song though. It's a pretty cool song. I think she uses a ukulele. I really like the way the bass sounds.
  10. The Last Time: This song apparently features Gary Lightbody of Snowpatrol. I have no idea who that is, but I do know that there is a Stones song called The Last Time
  11. Holy Ground: This is an ok song. I didn't really think much of it.
  12. Sad Beautiful Tragic: This song sounded in the beginning like Linkin Park's song Powerless. Like the first 3 seconds with that open, before the instruments. This is another Ok song. 
  13. The Lucky One: This another OK song. I think they are being a little too consistent.
  14. Everything Has Changed: This track features Ed Sheeran. I don't know who he is, but I've heard of him before. I guess it says he co-wrote this with Taylor. I think that this is another Ok song. It is kind of starting to kill the album for me.
  15. Starlight: This song kind of makes me wonder if there is gonna be any dubstep. I like how its set up lik its gonna drop but kind of changes up a little. I'm note huge on this, but its a little different from the last few songs.
  16. Begin Again: This song is a decent ending to the album. I actually like this. I'm suprised, but for some reason I feel like this might become a favorite of mine.
Overall I have to give this a 7/10. This was a lot better than I expected. I planned on not liking this at all. The reason was because of the more commercial shit. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is a good song. But the album version kind of sucks. If she did a pure acoustic version that'd be awesome. This album sounded like a country-esque Paramore, for at least a lot of the songs. I plan on getting this CD. No matter what I was gonna buy this Cd, but yeah. I think some of the songs dragged on a little. I also am gonna listen to the deluxe tracks, but not now. I'll give a short sentence or two about them after I hear them.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Roadkill - Meanstreak

This is the, to my knowledge, the only album by all female thrash metal band Meanstreak. I found out about this band via looking for "bad album covers" on the web. This is actually a pretty funny album cover after finding out that they were a girl band. This album was released in 1988, and to my luck the whole thing is up on Spotify for me to listen to.
  1. Roadkill: This song is a good intro to an album. I swore that this was a mans vocals. It kind of reminds me of a Priest off their 1991 album Painkiller. This song actually somewhat reminds me of that song. The singer also kind of reminds me of the singer from Fates Warning.
  2. Searching Forever: This song kind of reminds me of Iron Maiden but before around 1981, 1982. This also kind of reminds me of Judas Priest on their album Stained Class.
  3. Snakepit: This has this kind of Egyptian intro to it. The riff is kind of cool sounding and there is this rattle that sounds like a snake. I don't know why, but this song kind of reminds me a little of the song Shout at the Devil. The way the riff is in the verses. He voice also kind of reminds me a little of Halestorm. I actually saw them at the first Uproar when it was here in Chicago. About halfway thorough the song it speeds up until there is a drumfill and the normal speed comes back for a solo. I think that the tone is pretty cool sounding. And the girl can shred.
  4. Nostradamus: This is a pretty solid song. It's kind of  like the last few. It's pretty cool sounding.
  5. It Seems to Me: For some reason this riff reminded me of Aerosmith but on one of their older albums. The vocals on this song reminds me of 1986's Wasted Years by Maiden.
  6. Lost Stranger: Not much to say about this song. It's kind of the same.
  7. The Warning: This kind of further reminds me of Fates Warning. The name of the song is The Warning. This song actually kind of reminds me of them. I think the name is appropriate.
  8. The Congregation: I like how the bass sounds heavy on this. This really reminds me of Maiden.
Overall I have to give this a 7.5/10. If you like 80's metal then you'll probably like this album. Even thought they are an all girl band they don't really sound like it. If you like metal you will probably like this album a lot. Trust me, I would know. I don't really care for female metal singers, but this is an exception. The solos didn't WOW me, but they were pretty solid.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Voice of Frank Sinatra

This is the debut album by the famous singer Frank Sinatra. I have some songs that I've written for a singer who sings songs like this, so why not review this album. I know that I've never had an urge to listen to him, really for the most part, but since I can't download the new Taylor Swift album. That is another intensive. I do know that I enjoy some of Nancy's discography.
  1. You Go To My Head: This song is surprisingly not boring me. This sounds like a song that would be in a classic 50's movie. You know, black and white. Or in a Disney cartoon, but from the 30's or 40's or 50's, maybe even the 60's.
  2. Someone Watch Over Me: So far this isn't that bad of an album. I'm used to being bored by this type of music. But honestly, this is kind of peaceful. I like the orchestration in it and I think that this could be in a movie. This is a pretty cool song.
  3. These Foolish Things (Reminds Me Of You): I enjoy writing songs like this. It's fun to kind of just write a song and have it be for someone, so to say. Infact, I actually fake sing like him. I don't record or use it for anything, but I go around and sometimes do "demos" of the songs. That was off topic, but this is a relaxing album.
  4. Why Shouldn't I?: To be completely honest, this is the album that I needed, these songs have all been pretty sick. Not in an intense way, but in a smooth way.
  5. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do): I think this song is basically the same as the last.
  6. Try A Little Tenderness: This is a pretty calm song too. This album has been very consistent.
  7. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance: This, I don't know why, but it's my favorite song. Either this of the first song.
  8. Paradise: This song starts out with horns. I like the name and how this is the last song on the album.
Overall I have to give this a 6/10. I didn't hate it, I actually enjoyed myself. I hope to get a vinyl '78 copy of this. This album pretty much songs the same to me. That's why I don't LOVE it. But I did enjoy it. I think I might listen to this again for kind of a direction for those Sinatra-esque songs I have. I didn't really get anything out of this, beside a kind of "base" as mentioned before. And I am also gonna listen to this guy some more.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Sister - Marissa Nadler

This is the first time that I've ever heard of this girl. She is based in Boston and released her first album in 2004. I found out about her via ListenBeforeYouBuy. I remember when, right before the album was released earlier this year, seeing the choice to stream the album. I think that I don't exactly know what to expect, especially since the album are is kind of cool. I think that it would be cool to have on vinyl to see the album cover. I'm not saying that I'm gonna buy the vinyl because I haven't heard it yet. I can honestly say I don't really know anything about Marissa except that she has like 6 other albums. Well lets get down to it.
  1. The Wrecking Ball Company: The beginning of this song kind of reminded me of an acoustic version of Because by The Beatles and Wicked Games by The Weeknd. I really like her voice in this song. So far this is pretty decent album. But you can't judge an album off one song. After the rest of the instruments come in it reminds me of The Chapin Sisters on their second album Two. I don't know exactly what song, but one of the songs on that.
  2. Love Again, There Is a Fire: This kind of reminds me of a more Eisley-esque version of Sucré. They way Marissa is singing kind of reminds me of Stacy's voice. It also kind of reminds me of the Eisley Family Christmas EP they released in 2010 for free. And added two new tracks for Christmas 2011. 
  3. Christine: This kind of reminds me of The Chapin Sisters cover of Toxic on their Shady Lake Ep. It also kind of reminds me of the legendary song Elvis tried to buy off Dolly Parton..... Jolene. So far this thing is awesome.
  4. Apostle: Sorry I kind of got lost in the song. It is a very pretty song. I think that it's pretty cool sounding too. It's kind of like how I get lost in the Elliott Smith 1995 self titled album
  5. Constantine: For some reason I feel like I kind of am hearing Dolly Parton singing this song. Either her of Olivia Newton-John. Not necessarily their style of music, but their vocals. This also kind of reminds me of Irish Music. I'm Irish and I can't stand that music, I try hard to even listen to Van Morrison. But I like this song. This also reminds me a little of 2005's Room Noises by Eisley.
  6. To a Road, Love: The way she is singing reminds me a ton of Stacy on the Sucré song, I wanna say The Cliff Waltz. I could be wrong so I'm gonna check. Actually it almost reminds me more of Wake the Earth by The Honey Trees off their 2009 Wake the Earth ep.
  7. In a Little Town: I don't really know what to say about this
  8. Your Heart Is a Twisted Vine: This sounds like basically what I said before.
Overall I have to say this should rightfully get a 8.5/10. This kind of reminds me of a mix of The Chapin Sisters with Eisley with Merriment (just a little) and probably every other Female Singer Songwriter that is in the field of like "Indie Folk". I don't know why it took me so long to listen to this. Box of Ceder is the Record Label. Shit man, they have a Vinyl version of this. I know what I'm doing when I get a credit card/debit card. I do feel like this will probably only grow on me.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

119 - Trash Talk

This is 4th album by Californian Punk Band Trash Talk. I found out about these guys over the summer when they signed to Odd Future Records. They are releasing this on that label, along with their own Trash Talk Collective. Now I don't know much about these guys, mainly because I just want to give this a listen. I did a review yesterday of Numbers by MellowHype, which was released the same day as this one.
  1. Eat the Cycle: This song kind of reminds me of some type of song by Retox. The thing though is, it's not as interesting.
  2. Exile on Broadway: I feel like this is a Stones reference. But whatever, This song kind of sounds like Slayer's song 2001 songs Exile but with more of a punk vibe to it.
  3. My Rules: I didn't even realize this song started. It's sound like the others.
  4. F.E.B.N.: This song is Ok.
  5. Uncivil Disobedience: This song has the punk energy, it's just, I don't really find this interesting.
  6. Blossom & Burn featuring Hodgy Beats & Tyler, The Creator: This song kind of starts out a little different, by that I mean it kind of sounds like "Doom Metal/Sludge Metal"ish. If that makes any sense. I think that Hodgy does an interesting job on the verse on the album. And also Tyler's verse is pretty cool too.
  7. Reasons: Pretty much the same thing, I don't find these songs interesting.
  8. Fuck Nostalgia: This kind of reminds me of a less interesting Motörhead. The title is kind of ironic. So wait, Fuck the Album?
  9. Apathy: ....
  10. Thanks, But No Thanks: At least this is more drum driven.
  11. Bad Habits: .......
  12. Swinging to Pieces: 3 more tracks to go.
  13. For the Lesser Good: Refer to past descriptions
  14. Dogman: It's finally over.
Overall this album shall get a 5/10. This is my introduction to this band and I have to say that I will probably let it be background music. By that I mean I won't put to much thought into listening to any albums by these guys. I think that it sounds like a less interesting Retox album. Also this is way too long. It could have gotten away with 8 songs and been like an EP or something.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Numbers - MellowHype

This is the third release by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All's group MellowHype. It is made up of Left Brain and Hodgy Beats. It's kind of like, I guess, EarlWolf. Actually it's kind of funny I mention that, because Tyler did some production on this album. The first release , YelloWhite, came out in 2010. The follow up, BlackenedWhite, was released in 2010. In 2011 that same album was reissued, officially not as a mixtape, with a different track listing. I assume its because of some stupid thing called copyright, but whatever. Do I've been, somewhat, anticipating this release. I'm probably gonna review Trash Talk's new album, 119, for tomorrow. So this one is for today One last thing, this is the first time I've heard a MellowHype release front to back.
  1. Grill: The beat is Ok, but It isn't that crazy. The first time hearing this, it isn't anything special to me. I don't know why, but I feel like this song would be a song that might be on Eminem's compilation album thing he did The Re-Ups. I don't like that they keep spelling words out for me.
  2. 65 / Breakfast: I kind of like the keyboard sounding chords in the beginning. I like this beat much more than the last song. I am not crazy on Hodgy, but I still kind of like the song. I kind of like the change where the voices go "uh uh uh uh". I think that that's kind of cool, it kind of reminds me of Christmas. Like this might be a Christmas themed song, I guess? Does that make any sense to anyone but me. This entire song kind of gives me a Christmas music vibe. But not the words. Breakfast kind of reminds me of the ending of Pyraminds on Frankie's new album channel ORANGE. He actually kind of reminds me a little, especially when he says "I'ma touch the sky" of Kanye's song Touch the Sky off his 2005 Late Registration album. You know, the song that featured Lupe.
  3. Astro featuring Frank Ocean: I'm kind of curious about what Frank is going to do on this song. I am not huge on Frank's line "Wear the yellow turn at the Grammy, rock out with my cock out". Beside that, I think that this song is kind of cool. So far this album is kind of getting better. It's not as bad as the first song. I don't hate that song, but I don't care for that song. I really like how Frank sounds. I also like how he mentions Prince. And the part at the end where Frank is singing with the piano, that's awesome. I think the song will only get better. And I also kind of like the original beat plays after Frank's part and to the fade. {7/10}
  4. NFWGJDSH: This drumbeat reminds me of a mix of The Re-Ups intro track Shady Narcotics and the MellowHype song on the last OF Tape Vol. 2 the track 50. I don't care for the ending.
  5. La Bonita: This song kind of starts out interesting. I hope it's nothing like Tenacious D's new song, off Rize of the Fenix, track 4 Senorita. Sorry I don't have that symbol on top of it, but I don't know how to get it. Yeah, I probably won't listen to this song again.
  6. Beat: This song doesn't really keep my intrest that much. I still have 10 tracks. :(
  7. Snare: The thing about this song is, I'm a teenager with a C average, and I can't really relate to this song. Like there is no lever that I connect to the whole feeling of it. The beat is ok.
  8. Untitled L: Ok there's still a good 30 minutes left to this album. This song is not very intresting to me. I like the 007 mention.
  9. Leflair: What?
  10. Monster: The beat on this kind of reminds me a little of Bastard. But the song isn't as good as that album.
  11. 666 featuring Mike G.: I thought that there was a song called 666 on either the original version of BlackenedWhite or YelloWhite. This song is probably easier to listen to than the last few songs.
  12. P2 featuring Earl Sweatshirt: Hopefully Earl can help to save the rest of the album. I think the first P on OF Tape Vol. 2 is better than this song. I still think this is better than most of the album. The beat reminds me of Pyramids.
  13. GNC: I kind of like the sitar sounding think in the song. This song reminds me of  a more intresting version of Lean. I also think Domo is on this track.
  14. Brain: I feel like Hodgy was trying to be Tyler on this track. I kind of like the horn sounds in the song.
  15. Under 2: The beat on this song reminds me of Analog 2. Hodgy kind of sound to me, a little like Em on his first album Infinite. I like this song.
  16. Break: This was a decent song, and I think it was a good way to end the album
Overall I have to give this a 4.5/10. I didn't really care for this thing that much. Track 1 wasn't that good, then track 2 & 3 were pretty good, then it kind of when down hill. Maybe over time I'll be able to enjoy this more, but the few MellowHype songs I've heard before this I didn't care for.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Never Say Die! - Black Sabbath

When I first found out about this album I thought it was a joke. When I was younger, like 8th grade, I used to search the internet (google, wikipedia, etc.) for album art. I still look for it sometimes. I love it. At that time my all time favorite album covers were by a art design group from the UK known as Hipgnosis. They worked on album covers such as Dark Side of the Moon, Houses of the Holy, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the classic 1974 album Phenomenon by hard rock band UFO, they even did Paul McCartney's 1982 album. Well I thought that this album cover was very bizarre, and at first stupid. Well I have come to actually love this album cover. I think that it's really cool, and I think it's a good representation of the last "real" Black Sabbath album with Ozzy. This album was released on September 28th, 1978 and it didn't do very well. Well I'm heard to back this bitch up. Why?... Cuz I like it. These songs were I guess written after Ozzy quit and they got the singer of Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac, singer Dave Walker to replace him. And if what I read is right it says that the songs were written while he was there. They even performed an early version of Juniors Eyes on a BBC program with Walker. Well when Ozzy came back he ended up rewriting some of the stuff with the band and then they recorded the album. In an interview Ozzy said that he, pretty much, thinks that this is the worst thing that he ever recorded. And well Let's just say that this is a trip.
  1. Never Say Die: This song gives a good energy to start off the album. The drums a kind of loud, but still, it's a good song. I don't think the lyrics are amazing, but it's kind of a catchy song. There is like a breakdown and the guitar sounds like it's picked. I think it's pretty cool sounding.
  2. Johnny Blade: The beginning of this song reminds me of Lay Down Your Love off the 1980 Super Trouper album by ABBA. That song is pretty heavy if you actually listen. The keys in the song have a total Purple Lagoon-esque vibe to them. That's a song off FZ's 1978 Zappa in New York. I don't think this song is as good as either of those two songs, but I still think it's a decent song. The "breakdown" with the big riff reminds me of a part in Punky's Whips off that same Zappa album. There is a pretty cool synthesizer flourish "fill" right before the solo. The solo is a pretty, though it starts out kind of rocky, gets pretty cool. It kind of reminds me a little of something like Deep Purple. I don't think the solo is as accurate as it was supposed to be though. It sounds like he's stumbling there a little. None the less, it's a pretty cool solo.
  3. Junior's Eyes: This song and the last song flow. This song starts out with an intro that reminds me of N.I.B.'s intro off their Feb. 1970 self titled debut album. And that intro is continued for the main part of the song. Like that's the main part. This song was originally written by Sabbath with Dave Waker and not Ozzy. When Ozzy left, Dave came along and wrote some songs with them. Ozzy came back then said he wouldn't do any songs that they wrote with Dave. So Ozzy changed the lyrics to reflect the then passing of his father. There is a cool sounding acoustic guitar playing along with the electric guitar solo. The acoustic guitar though it pretty audible.
  4. A Hard Road: I've heard this song about a dozen times. And honestly It doesn't really do much for me. The solo is kind of cool sounding.
  5. Shock Wave: This is a total 80's Priest riff in the beginning. Either that or a late 70's Priest one. Nothing really stuck out in this song for me. The solo is pretty cool, but It's not amazing.
  6. Air Dance: Great Scott we found it. No but seriously, this is one of my favorite Sabbath songs. This song is ahead of it's time. The main riff to this song sounds like a riff that would be on some 80's song. If could see this being a song from the 80's, but not so much. It has this 80's/70's eeriness to it. I hope that makes sense. When I hear the intro to the song I think that this is something new, never been done before. Thought I had it has been. This song is also so "open"  the name fits it perfect. The solo is awesome, it's not overdriven, but more quiet. I really like the clean sound to it, and the keys in there too. Then there is another solo kind of and the tempo changes and the guitar and synthesizer sound like a Frank Zappa-esque solo, as where the piano and drums sound like The Story in Your Eyes off the 1971 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Moody Blues. Awesome ending.
  7. Over To You: I don't like this song as much as some of the others. For most of the song it's pretty dry. It's like a dry rewrite of Air Dance, but not as exciting at all.
  8. Breakout: This song kind of startout with a feeling of this is gonna be a good/sick solo. There are horns in there and it's kind of cool sounding. There is also a sax in the song and I think the sax sounds cool. I could see this being in a movie where someone important is coming in. I could kind of see this in a Tarantino movie.
  9. Swinging The Chain: This song, and the last song, flow. This is, to my knowledge, the only song that Bill Ward sings lead on. I think Bill's voice is actually pretty cool. This song ends with them kind of chanting. I don't think it's amazing, just a nice change.
This gets a 6.7/10. I finished up the review with my 1st full listen of this album and I have to say that this is a million times different than anything that Sabbath has ever put out, at least up to that point in their career. I honestly like this more than Master of Reality of even Vol. 4 or 1980's Heaven and Hell. I have to mention that I have heard all but I think two song before, but out of order. This album has a whole Pre-80's tone to it. I don't think it's as good as 1970's Black Sabbath or 1970's Paranoid, but that's because they are planets apart. This album is also more piano driven, so to say. Though it's not amazing, check it out, just to at the least say you did. Part of the reason it's probably different thought it because of Dave Waker's influence from writing with them. I also kind of feel some of the song were a little long. I think the back cover is kind of cool to.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Colma - Buckethead

The first time I'd ever heard of Buckethead was when his song Jordan was in Guitar Hero II, when the game first came out. I remember seeing him with a KFC bucket on top of his head and he was wearing a white emotionless mask. And behind him was two people dressed up as chickens. That was very odd to me but at the same time it was and awesome song. The song was a competition of who could get farther or who could beat the song on expert, and also what his real face looked like. I remember trying to do it, but eventually another Guitar Hero: Rock the 80's came out, which I got the day it came out, and so on. I was addicted to those games and because of that I barley play them anymore, with exception of family parties or hanging out. I have become interested in what Buckethead does because, like Frank Zappa, he uses Xenochrony.  Xenochrony is basically recycling old parts of songs for new songs and changing them. But he also has like 50+ albums he's been on in like 20 years. I respect that... a lot, even if some of it was with a Les Claypool side project. Now as I had said that I am not really qualified to review a Buckethead album because I don't really know much by him, I do though like the song Big Sur Moon so that is a good reason to listen to it. I already heard like up to that song on the album a little bit ago so I want to voice my opinion on it correctly this time around. So I will listen to it probably twice. Really fast I love the fact that he made this album softer for his mom because she has colon cancer at the time. I do want to say that I did give this a gap between finishing up the album.
  1. Whitewash: The drum beat to this song is simple. I love the delay on the guitar and the feel of the bass or what ever backing atmosphere. This is a sweet song and its very laid back. I've heard some of Buckethead's stuff, not like a ton, but it is more aggressive and fast. This is a song that you can just relax to and sit back. This is a song I could see on Comcast Music Choice for smooth jazz kinda. I don't exactly how to back my self up with that but that's what I picture.
  2. For Mom: I love this title to a song. This is another pretty song. Imagine how much it meant to his mom when she saw a song called For Mom. This is a song that defiantly makes me cry. The solo in the song is beautiful. And the drumbeat keeps it going. This almost reminds me of some type of classical piece. The acoustic guitar solos throughout this track make me want to cry when I pay attention to their beauty.
  3. Ghost: This is another song I could see on the Comcast Music Choice for Smooth Jazz. It is pretty but the second time I heard this I'm still not a huge fan. I do though very much like the solo type thing that comes in at like 2 minutes into it. I hope that that solo can save this song for me. I do love the end of the song where it is chords and the solo fades out while the chords fade in.
  4. Hills Of Eternity:This is another pretty song. The one thing about it though it that it is beginning to get a little repetitive. And by that I could see this all being one rehearsal for one song except there is different improve for the song, but not that different.
  5. Big Sur Moon: This and For Mom are my two favorite tracks. I love this fricken song. It's only like 2 minutes long but it is one of the sickest songs I heard. I love the delay but not only that the background sounds that you hear with headphones. The way it moves back and forth between ears, left to right. It also sounds like a surf rock type of song. By far the best song.
  6. Machete: I could know of see this being an Enigma song. Either that or some song that would be in a movie where it's like a spy. A movie where they are walking in a Casino and about to steal the money. Something like that. This song is pretty smooth.
  7. Wishing Well: This song has this kind of country twang to it. I think that it's kind of pretty sounding. This solo kind of reminds me a little of Santana.
  8. Lone Sal Bug: This is also a pretty sweet song. I don't really think there is much difference between any of the tracks. At least, it's hard to tell.
  9. Santum: This song has a little more distortion to the guitar then some of the other tracks.
  10. Wondering: This is a pretty song. It's not that different than anyother track, but yeah.
  11. Watching the Boats with My Dad: This is a pretty neat song. I think it's fine. I don't think it's anything special sounding, but I still think it's Ok.
  12. Ghost/Part 2: I didn't think much of this.
  13. Colma: The atmosphere and sound of this song is one of something that would be like recorded in a church. It gives it this eerie feeling to it. It also has record crackles in the background to make it sound like an old school record.
Overall this album was ok. I'd give it a 5/10. I didn't like it as much as I wanted to but I did have a certain expectation. I hope that this grows on me but as of now I have to say its too repetitive for me. And I sat through 12 hours of 7 Skies 3H. The soloing to the songs are pretty but some of the repetition are just too much. I had to turn the album off twice. TWICE. I don't know, I just kind of think this is a dull album. Maybe with some more listens I'll like it more. But, realistically, I don't even think I'll remember this album. The one thing about this album thought it it obviously have memories for Buckethead and it seems all the tracks are named after some childhood memory. His mom must have loved this. This is a meaningful album, but not to me. I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT THAT HE DID THIS, but I'm just not a fan of the music on it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The 2nd Law - Muse

This is the new album by Alternative Band Muse. I like some of their stuff, especially their 2006 Black Holes & Revelations, and I like some other songs that I've heard. I haven't really yet dove into their discography. So I'm going to review this, because I'm curious to how it will sound, and how I like it. Example: I didn't think much of Radiohead, even after hearing the "AMAZING" 1995 album The Bends. But when I gave the different 2011 King of Limbs a try in March this year.... all I can say is I have a CD copy now, and I'm hoping to get a vinyl, and quite possibly like a cassette, and buy it digitally. It is one of my favorite albums ever. Period. So maybe this will do something like that for me. You never know, that's also why I listened to the new Green Day album ¡Uno!, Yeah, it wasn't that good.
  1. Supremacy: I kind of think of like James Bond music, but more of like when Pierce Brosnan was Bond in the 90's. I could very easily see this being a James Bond theme. It would be one of the better one's. This has a very symphonic vibe to it. The one thing I'm not huge on is his falsetto in the song. But beside that, it's a solid tune. I don't know for sure what one, but I do know it would be a cool song for 2002's Die Another Day. Ah, the drums in the background are kind of like the 1963 From Russia with Love's theme by Matt Monroe.
  2. Madness: At first listen I didn't think much of it. Then after a while, and not hearing it, I think that it's better. I read something and it said that this was influenced by Queen's 1984 song I Want to Break Free (which is one of my favorite queen songs). I can totally see how it is. It is kind of, basically, the same set up as the Queen song. I like this though, I think it grows with each listen. You should check out that Queen song if you like this one.
  3. Panic Station: The beginning of this song is even more of an Queen vibe. Like 1977's Get Down Make Love, off News of the World and kind of mixed with Faith No More's early material, espically 1989's The Real Thing. Like the bass for the FNM thing. The Queen-esque vocals are uncanny. I like this song. It's pretty good. If the album keeps this up, then I think that it will be good, and it might make it one the same list as King of Limbs. The part right before the solo kind of reminds me of Peter Gabriel's 1988 song Sledgehammer off the album released that same year So. This is a very synthy song.
  4. Prelude: FUCK! This song is pretty cool. It is pretty, and I could see it being in a soundtrack. And not being one of those shit songs, like a real song. This is an intro to a hell of a song.
  5. Survival: I thought this song was kind of Ok, when I heard it before the album was released, but now I think it's only Ok. I don't think that it's as Epic as it could be. But then again also, after a few more listens it does become more "epic" so to say. I think it's a solid song, and it has a hell of an intro. There is like a choir singing along. This song is definatly much more enjoyable with head phones on. The first two times listening to this song though, I wished it wasn't so "long". And thought I could care less about the Olympics, I think this is a cool song for it.
  6. Follow Me: This song kind of reminds me a little of my favorite song off King of Limbs, track 6, Codex. But it's more electronic and louder. That song kind of reminds me of Coldplay, and this song is kind of like a Coldplayish song. If that in any way makes sense. I can handle this type of dubstep, actually forget the Coldplay thing for this song. I like this song.
  7. Animals: The bass line in this song is pretty sick. It's a smooth song. I think that the guitar sounds cool and I like the way it just is in general. I think that it kind of reminds me of a song on 2006's Black holes & Revelations, but I can't quite put my finger on it. There is like this yelling at the end of the song, I think it's an interesting ending.
  8. Explorers: This song kind of starts out like a lullaby. The title of the song too is kind of like a lullaby too. This song really reminds me a ton of Radiohead, more so The King of Limbs, but this song gets louder. And it is not so looped sounding? I kind of wish I could write a song like this. I really like the instrumental part with the piano and the "ooohhhhsss". I think it's neat sounding. This album has so far slapped me.
  9. Big Freeze: This song is kind of like a "reprise" of the last. Or at least like a new part. I hope that makes sense, because I can understand that. This song kind of reminds me of The Cure. Not the vocals, but the guitars and the upbeatness.
  10. Save Me: I guess the bassist Chrisopher Wolstenholme sings this and track 11. He wrote both of them about his battle with alcohol. And, he isn't that bad of a singer. I kind of like his voice for this song. This song has an atmosphere to it. I like it, and I think it kind of gives a little variety. You aren't hearing Matt's voice the entire album. I like his voice, but a change is always good. The solo is probably my favorite, or almost, my favorite on the album. I love the guitars tone at that solo. And I like the end.
  11. Liquid State: This is like part two. This and the last song were about the bassist's battle with alcohol. These two songs serve as like split personalities. Also I think this is the heaviest song on the album. I think the bass in this song is pretty solid and cool sounding. Chrisopher's voice kind of reminds me of Scott 
  12. The 2nd Law: Unsustainable: I think that this is going to be an epic 9 minute finale. I hope that these two songs are pretty good. This is that song that was in the albums promo. I don't like this dubstep. :( Everything up until the dubstep part is pretty cool. Then it gets cool again and sick. But the dub hurts the fuck out of this song for me. It was like finding out the girl your like, who you think is a goody good two shoes, is not a virgin and has been around town.
  13. The 2nd Law: Isolated System: I think that this is a proper ending to an album. A damn good one to. The strings and the electronics going together are just perfect. The beat is like a heartbeat. I'm getting excited and I don't know for what. Ok... wait for it.... and. I don't know how to explain this feeling. It's a hell of a feeling. Well all for sure I know is, I feel like I want to re listen to this thing. Maybe tomorrow chum, maybe tomorrow. :)
Overall I give this a 8/10. I think it's one of the best albums of this year, go out and buy this ASAP. This is, no questions, one of the best album's I've even heard this year. Not just released this year. The songs are so, so, I don't know how to explain it. This album, for me, is just like The King of Limbs. Now I'm gonna really checkout the other Muse stuff. Just get rid of track 12 on this album, or at least the dubstep breakdowns. One last thing, use headphones, it's better that way. Upon revisitation it's only probably about a 7.