Wednesday, February 29, 2012

These Animals Extended Play

These Animals are a band that I found out via FrostClick. These guys are a New York Indie Pop Quartet. I've heard this Ep a couple of times. I think that the album cover to this is something different. When I first saw it I though it was some type of African Song things. Well it turned out that I was wrong. Now here is the review before I get to descriptive. The thing is that these guys have this ep up for free on and also on their website. This is worth downloading and I'll tell you why, or not.....
  1. Side By Side: This is the first song I heard by these guys. The first time I heard I couldn't get it out of my head. The intro drum roll sounds awesome, along with the intro riff. Which is followed by the vocals and a bass riff. The chorus is what somewhat reminds me of MGMT. The song isn't very complex, but it is that style. The post-chorus piano fill sounds pretty cool. Just wish it was a couple seconds longer. This is definitely my favorite song off the extended play.
  2. Miles...: This is the second track. I don't really know how I feel with this. The first time I heard this I really liked it. I still think the Christmas feel they give this song is cool, and the harmony vocals in the chorus, its just that... it gets old. There is a cool sounding guitar solo and sleigh bells ringing through the whole track
  3. Pocket: This is another song that for me was good at first. Then It just got boring. The beginning of this song reminds me of All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople. This song also reminds me of Christmas at the chorus with the sleigh bells or the tambourine. This is a very pop song, almost too pop.
  4. A Word At Sea: The intro arpeggios sound cool. They are reverbed or something, there is a different singer on the track. His vocals remind me of a distant cousin, vocals wise, or Roger Waters. But then the normal singer sings the pre-chorus and chorus. There is a type of solo in there
  5. Ebb And Flow: The intro of this song reminds me of Paramore but it is soon over after the singer comes in to the picture. During the chorus there is a heavier drum build up that ultimantly dies. The lead guitar has a riff, but it just doesn't do it for me.
  6. Four To The Floor: This is the longest track. Why do you do this to me. Oh wait.... the drums and the intro to this song are way different than the rest of the album? They incorporated more non-Christmas sounding songs. With a cool bass riff and a solid drums. And there are hand claps, with a cool riff in between the verses. This track has potential but for me it doesn't quite reach that level.
Over all I give this a 7.9/10, at first, but after revisiting this I'll give it a 5/10. I like this a lot, but it eventually gets boring. I like that it's only 25 minutes because if it was a full length album then it would be hard to listen to more than once through. I think it is for anyone who likes a more pop version of MGMT and mainstream. This also gave me an overall feeling of Chrismas songs. I honestly dislike Christmas music because how many times have you heard Jingle Bells. But this is an Ep that didn't last me that long, it might last you longer. PS they have another album called Souvenir Sessions, which I'll review... eventually.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pure Sappiness - STUB HORN

I found out about this artist from FrostClick email I got back a while ago. I had heard the first song and really liked it. I don't really know much about these guys and I'm too lazy to look up a lot more. I know that he has a free download of his album, legal, at bandcamp. Using my best judgement this album is more of an Ep. I'm also going to do his Out of Thin Air - B-Sides & early demos thing next week.
  1. Come With Me: This is a good first song to start of an Ep. I think that this reminds me of something off Nevermind or Superunknown. This song is a catchy song and is what originally made me want to listen to this song. I really like this and it is good. Now it's not as cool as it was the first time as it is now the 10th, 11th time. I still think that it's cool and sounds pretty good.
  2. No More: This is more of a better quality wise sontg off Bleach. The intro or the song at least. After the intro he starts having a higher pitch voice talking to him like it's a girl. It's a kind of corny version of Grunge. The vibe I get from this guys is that he isn't so serious about his music and did this for fun.
  3. Out Of Time: This song is still another grunge feeling song. This one has more distorted vocals that sound like he's talking over a phone. This is by far the longest song being 4:21. The second longest is 3:20 and the shortest is 1:40. This song seems to drag on and gets boring. The other songs were better because they were short and to the point. This songs just seem's like one of those songs that make it hard for me to like grunge #certain Alice And Chains type songs. The ones where they are moody and depressing.
  4. Make It Real: This makes up for it. This song is up beat like Come With Me. I like how he went from the longest song to the second shortest song on the album. This is different sounding, but just as good, as Come With Me.
  5. Earthquake in Town: This is the second longest song on the album. This song is more of one that I could see being on a Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack to the video game. The riff has a type of different feel to it than all the other tracks and the song is different. More mean and agressive lyrically and instrumentation wise.
  6. Alone: This song starts out with an instrumental that sounds somewhat up beat. This reminds me of Monkey Wrench by the Poo Fighters (Foo Fighters). There is a very reverb/flanger/wah-wah distorted guitar solo in the song.
  7. Chicken In The Kitchen: This song reminds me of Primus. There is no particular reason it just does. This song is another song that is completely different than all the other songs on the ep. This is has another very distorted vocals and guitar. and ends ubruply, like Rock You Like A Hurricane. Not soundwise just the way it is.
Over all I'll give this a 6.75/10. I liked it but I don't LOVE grunge. I think that this is a kind of joke version of dare I say Post-Grunge. I like this a lot, I mean a lot, more than Seether or Three Gay's Grace (I saw them at Uproar 2011 and they were terrible). I don't like that, but I do, it's so clear. I wish it wasn't so stereo. I have a problem when some things often sound too open.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In Today Already Walks Tomorrow - Sleepmakeswaves

I don't really know anything about this band. And neither do you probably. I'm going to educate you, along with myself, about this band and my opinion on this album. I'm gonna start doing this more often in order to listen to more of my music free music, legal of course, on my computer. Alright this is an Instrumental Australian band and released 3 Eps and a full length that came out last year. I like the album cover and what I heard is pretty nice and sounds cool.
  1. I Will Write Peace On Your Wings And You Will Fly Over The World: Alright this song starts out with an atmosphere in the background. Then a grumbling bass comes in along with a guitar riff and drums. This song is pretty enjoyable. After the 1:45 intro the song goes into a arpeggio sounding guitar part that is accompanied by pretty acoustic/Spanish guitar and atmospheric synths. The song progressively begins to build. During that build up there is a drum that comes in like a marching beat along with a bass beat and it all goes together until it climaxes to then stops, then restarts at a new level with more going on in the song. There is what seems to sound like choir type vocals in the background as this 7 minute epic starts off the Ep. The song flows with this electronic thing carrying it to the end.
  2. Exits To Nowhere: The guitar in this song has a similar sound to the guitar at the beginning of the last song. This also has an atmospheric opening feel to it. The thing that I don't like is that so far, knowing that these guys are instrumental, that this would be better if this was more spread out. I'm afraid that this will ruin it for me. I could see this song being later on an album or the beginning of a double album like side 3 but not the second track of an Ep.
  3. One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears: This song is a little different at the beginning. This is more bass driven to start the song. This song builds with this bad ass guitar riff into another somewhat similar, song backing atmosphere to the others before it on the Ep. I feel like these guys are trying to hard to make this sound big. I know that this is a good sound but still. I don't really think that there is much differences, beside strings, on this song.
  4. So That The Children Will Always Shout Her Name: Yet another song. The drums sound cool but there is no actual real thing met. The song has some what sound like horns. wooo :(
  5. It's Dark, It's Cold, It's Winter: There is what seems to be someone writing with chalk in the background. This song is a little different, because it has more guitar instead of bass and drums. This song also seems more electronic. The shit thing is that doesn't last very long, because it builds up. But after the build up it goes down.
  6. What We Cannot Speak Of Must Be Passed Over In Silence: This song is the ending. Guess what no changes either. :) #jk. If anything this was a good music to get something done to. Like an sound to just pass up and stuff. Like music that shouldn't be paid attention to.
Over all this is a 4.5/10. I liked it but I could tell that the album would be a bore when I found out it was instrumental and when I heard the second track. That's bad. The songs seem to be structured the same way and they could be the same song, just different variations. I think the album cover paints a picture for this album. I like the songs but It would be better with vocals and a full album. The builds on this album are not noticalbe. Like I had to piece together the parts to realize the build up was over and it was the climax or the part where it built up to. Want to listen to again, just not all that willing to waste another 37 minutes of my life with this ep. Hopefully they will make another this and it will be good. Who knows all I know is that this isn't a good way to start the hopefully tri weekly, or even weekdays, segment of these free music reviews. -I am going to re-review this after I do a review of Lift Yer Skinny Little Fingers Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.-

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu-Tang Clan

I first heard of the band from what I can remember is the Dave Chappelle skit where it's the race draft and they chose the Wu-Tang Clan to be Asian. I had no idea who they were. Then my cousin told me about RZA who did the soundtrack for my favorite movie ever KILL BILL VOL. 1, and from that he told me about the Gravediggaz and I went to listen to them and the first song I heard was 1800 Suicide the first time through I didn't like it. I didn't really like rap till after I got into Eminem last fall. Well my friend Jason said told me about the song Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F' Wit in that Harold and Kumar movie. So I re listened to it and loved it. Well then I only really liked that song and then someone in my guitar class told me about Protect Ya Neck and I've loved this album since. I recently listened to the album front to back and I often listen to various songs recreational. I really like the fact that they have that whole Chinese themes to it. I think it is pretty neat but what ever. This album was mainly produced by RZA with some other members
  1. Bring Da Ruckus: This album is awesome most of the songs have intro with samples form old school karate movies. This song, with all the songs, make me want to play air drums. Though this isn't my favorite song I still think that the idea of Bringing Da Ruckus is a good way to start and album.
  2. Shame On A Nigga: This is one of my favorite songs on the album. I think that this makes up for the first track. This sample beat in this song is awesome. I love how this is a very strong song. The first track is kind of a weak feeling to it. The beats of this song make it good. The raps flow on this more so than on Bring Da Ruckus. This songs is one of those songs on that album that makes me want to be good a rap and rhymes and have a rap group. I'm white so that ain't happening anytime soon. The lyrics are also more comical on this song. I kind of wish the songs was longer but whatever. It is still awesome.
  3. Clan In Da Front: The bass sample on this track is pretty cool and is what makes me want to listen to this more. This also adds to the overall idea of feel of the album. After RZA's verse the song gets better. But that's only because the bee sample over takes his voice. I don't like that it's hard to hear his voice. I also think this song has an over all flow to it and the words just work. I think it's funny how he pretty much says, at a part in the song, the they are so good you shit your pants. I also really like the cheer. you know the one "Wu, Wu, Wu, Wu"
  4. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber: This song starts with the with a skit. I think that the skit is pretty funny "Is he fucking dead... There is fuckin', fuckin' all types of blood" they are arguing and I just think that that is so funny. When the beat starts it just works. This song seems like another song that has that fun feel to it with them all taking turns rapping and free styling. I could picture the songs like this they are in front of people underground, in like a club or something, and taking turns trying to out do each other. I guess like a rap battle.
  5. Can It Be All So Simple/Intermission: The song also starts with another skit that seems like they are post the rap battle and they are getting ready for a new one. The sample beat of this song is one that sounds kind of R&B ish. This kind of reminds me of a group take on something off The Weeknd's first mixtape. This song has a feel of like it is very meaningful until I think when Ghostface Killa comes in and is very aggressive with his verses. But after his verse it goes back to that meaning full R&B feel to it with the chorus. The intermission of this song seems like it is an interview of and them talking about their style and their album. This sounds like it is recorded on the radio. I love the fact that they did this. It is so different. I've never heard anything like this, them giving them selves a fake interview and putting in at the end of a song. It actually reminds me of the first disk of The Beatles 1994 Box set Anthology 1 except that was a compilation. That wasn't originally the way they released this track... you know.
  6. Da Mystery of Chessboxin': This is a good way to come back after this "interview". This seems like this is a song that they are playing on the radio. This song is pretty much as strong as almost any other song. The one thing is that the samples on this song aren't loud enough. There feels like there is too much space. Ol' Dirty Bastard you never let me down on this album. After your verse, during Ghostface Killa's verse, it begins to fill that open space. I just love how you are like insane. I also really like the keyboard Chinese feel the backing beat has.
  7. Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F' Wit: This is the first song I heard. At first I didn't like it but it really grew on me. This song is so quotable. I have done different verses, not just the chorus. This song is really like a song that they work together and they pull it off. This seems like more of one that isn't a battle. This seems like this song was very worked out proving that you shouldn't "Fuck Wit" the Wu. And if I'm not mistakes this is the first track on side 2. If I'm right that makes it only that much better.
  8. C.R.E.A.M.: I really am not a huge fan of this song. It isn't really that amazing of a feel to continue after the build up from track 7. I really don't have much to say about this. I think it's ok but I don't really like it that much.
  9. Method Man: This makes up for C.R.E.A.M. because the intro skit is pretty much them competing to see who is willing to be more brutal to their bitch. I also like how it flows. When verses start I love the beat in the background. This is another fun song. I also think that the Fat Albert reference is pretty funny. I really like how this is like Method Man's time to star. I really like this song and this song flows into my favorite song on the album. I also like how it sounds like he is choking on smoke towards the end. And how the beat goes one.
  10. Protect Ya Neck: The over the radio phone call is just sick. The beat in this song is amazing. This song is even more quotable then Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit. This is another songs where it's like they are having a rap battle in this album. The lyrics are very cleaver on this song and I very much so like them. And I love when Ol' Dirty Bastard swears it has like a censor to it. That beat is sick and it is continued with Ghostface Killah and after that. It seems like it is because it is on the radio. So they have to censor it. This song is just so perfect
  11. Tearz: This song starts with them having a fight and it seems like they are sad someone died. This song's chorus beat is so pretty. This song, as I take it, is the story of how they killed the guy that I'm guessing who the Tearz are cried over. The song is just so pretty and seems emotional. I feel bad about this guy who died. The key beat makes it catchy and the sample from After Laughter (Comes Tears) kind of brings tears. I think that this is a really good way to end an album.
  12. Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber-Part II: This is like the epilogue. This is the last rap and it seems like this is kind of a build up to the end. I love how they sampled their own song that was earlier on the album Clan In Da Front. This is pretty much like one last ending and and it's a last chance to say goodbye and wrap up everything. I really like how another radio interview type feel is after the song.
Overall I liked this album 9/10. It is really good and has quotable parts to it. I really think that this album is a important one to my music taste and views on Rap/Hip-hop. If it weren't for the Wu I'd probably never of wanted to check out Danny Brown, or The Weeknd or anyother underground hip-hop i learned about via Needledrop. Check him out. He's good at what he does, better than me, and his is really cool. He responds if you tweet him.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Brain Salad Surgery - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

This is a little out of the blue for me. I just really felt like bringing the record player down to the basement and listening to this album. I've wanted to and why not now, especially since I have time to. The album cover is sick. And this is a classic Prog Rock band. I also know that Greg Lake was in the band King Crimson who made on of my favorite albums of all time, which he performed on, In The Court of The Crimson King. So as you can see I have some pretty good standards set for it, so to say.
  1. Jerusalem: This sounds like it would be the beginning to a prog rock album. There are biblical themes in this song. In this record version I'm hearing there is a bad quality to it
  2. TOCCATA: This has a type of sound that reminds me of Frank Zappa's song Purple Lagoon off Zappa in New York. The parts where the synth are the most prominent instrument. This song seems like something that would be in a 70's version of the Wizard of Oz. That song by Zappa kind of reminded me of The Mario Song. This song reminds me of The Purple Lagoon like crazy. So far on my first listen This is my favorite song and will be hard to top. The synth has a feeling of a siren while the drums add to this feel of like a 70's car chase. This song could be in a soundtrack to an classic movie. I think the part where the synth goes into a like climax and the drums get louder
  3. Still... You Turn Me On: This reminds me of a more band oriented version of Skyline Pigeon by Elton John but with and awesome sounding distortion to the guitar fills. It has a very baroque feel to it. This song makes me want to almost cry to it. It is very pretty with a very distorted wah-wah effect to the guitar fills.
  4. Benny The Bouncer: This song feels like its a fun song. It seems like its just a fun song. The vocals are sung in a humorous way with a western feel to it. The piano solo sounds like it would be in the western cowboy feel to it. The rag time feel to it makes it very hard to not find it catchy. Also the drum beat adds to it also. When the song is over there is an extra piano bit added.
  5. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 1: This song seems like it would be in the beginning of a big whole suite in the album. I looked ahead and this is part 1 of Karn Evil 9. I like how they did it on the side one ends with the beginning and side two starts with the continuation to the song. This is a very prog type song with heavy synth to it. This song reminds me of something Genesis would of made off the master piece, in my opinion, Selling England By The Pound. I love the drums on this album. The way Carl plays is awesome. I think that the stat of the album, if you took away all the synths and keys, it would be the drums. Everything adds together for this song to make it work. This song is very much like an extended version of a Genesis solo.
  6. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2: The beginning part of this song is an opening friendly vocals. Inviting you to see the show. This is a very promising feel to it. I think this is a great continuation of the last song on side 1. I do like this but my one down side is I kind of want this album to be done. It gets boring. When he starts singing again there is a brief drum fill before that, which I wish it was longer. I like this I just think that the keys take the show. I would ideally like to hear some more guitar and bass and vocals vs. some keyboard driven song
  7. Karn Evil 9. 2nd Impression: This has a lot more jazz feel to it. The beginning of this one seems like more of one that might be infesting as an instrumental. I like the feel of the piano and drums. The feeling does get a little old though after about.... 2 minutes into it. The sole piano part at 3:15 ish is awesome and the now noticeable bass that comes in with sounds of wind and dust at 3:20. This part seems like it would be in a scary movie. It is very mood setting to it. That is what I think is a good song. It feels that it begins to slowly build up and when it takes off it is something good. It is a pretty fast cool jazz type solo instrumental improve sounding. I think it's crazy the piano playing on this. My favorite instrument is piano and in this song it is awesome at this part.
  8. Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression: This is the beginning of the next part. This is a very cool way to start off the continuation of the song and the melody. This makes me feel like ''Congratulations, You completed this album. You earn the respect of your peers.''' That would probably been cooler back then in the 1970's but not as much today. I also like the robotic feel that they try to have the vocals do at about 2:40. I very much feel that this song is dragged out. Not to say that the sounds aren't cool. I just feel like I've heard this before and it's nothing new to me.
Over all I'll be happy to give this a 4/10. I would re listen to it but I just have no real interest in doing so. I love the idea behind the set up of Karn Evil 9 but not enough to say that I love this album. As I said earlier my favorite part is Carl Palmer's drumming. This is nothing that is really that shocking to me. I some what at parts reminds me of Zappa's '78 band with Terry Ted Bozzio "That cute little drummer". Who just so happens to be my favorite drummer of all time. The quality of the vocals suck and I want to give this album another listen but I feel like it would be a waste of my time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

House of Balloons - The Weeknd

This album is crazy. I first listened to the whole entire thing through, except track 7-9 last night while I was laying in bed. This morning I was playing those songs while I was getting dressed for school. I was going to listen to it front to back while I walked home but my mom picked me up and I was mad. That completely defeated the purpose of that. But this is my review for it. I hope you listen to it and or like my review.
  1. High For This: I don't usually like this type of music but there is something about this. His voice is very pretty. I think that the sample in this song adds to it. The backing drum machine or sample makes it seem like its his heartbeat . At about 2:30 he begins to go into like a bridge, so to say, and It is my favorite part of the entire song. This is my favorite song on the album and I love this song
  2. What You Need: The way this song is set up is something I could picture Marvin Gaye having made this song. The vocals somewhat remind me of a higher pitched Marvin. I love that this song has a head bop beat to it. This is defiantly a really good song. The lyrics are a little more as
  3. House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls: This song is another good one.  the second part of this song has a type of dub step backing to it. That still is awesome but the flow between the transition between the two is pretty cool. Lyrically as part of the second part of the songs makes me think that he is at a party and they are all doing substances.
  4. The Morning: There is a pretty, what seems to be, guitar solo in the beginning. It sounds like something that would be in a song like this. This song makes me feel like you would get laid to this song. And the lyrics mention money and like in the morning after a big party. This for some reason has a feel of one that relaxes. It almost makes me fall asleep, in a good way. The melody and beat are that chill that it sets that feel of this song. This is another song that would get you laid if you were having a baby.
  5. Wicked Games: I like the beginning of this song. It has a guitar part, but everything stops. And then the entire song. This song talks about strippers/prostitutes and drugs. The feel of this song is so sweet. I want this to be like a song to play for your girl but when it comes to lines like the chorus, its hard for it to still be a love song. This entire song though is mind blowing. I love this song so much I don't know how to explain it. After hearing this song, I have grown to love it even more. This song is amazing, and better than any other song on the album. When I make that first baby this will be the song that will be playing, on a loop if needed.
  6. The Party & The After Party: Lots of the songs sound the same to an extent. But they don't after you listen to the album more than twice. The more you listen to them you learn that. This song is the one where I originally began ''doubting'' that this would be an amazing album. I love how in this song  there is an inhale sound instead of actually saying that they do the drugs, That just emplies it. And also what's with the organ type sounding instrument through the first part of this song. At about 3:20 everything except the vocals and guitar are silent for about 20 seconds. This song has a certain atmosphere to it, along with the rest of the songs. This song is very good to. I kind of think the part at around 5:15 where he says you weird makes me laugh. The ending of the song has a train sound or something that segues into the next track.
  7. Coming Down: This is the track where he like talks about how money is gonna change him or vice versa. The thing that sucked about this song it that it took me 3 listens to figure out what to say about this song. This song continues the flow of the smooth and sweet, just like before. I think this song could be a MTV music video for this.
  8. Loft Music: This song's samples are a lot different that the rest of the album. His voices are a lot more blunt and you hear it more that before. This song is like what seems to be the climax of this partying that has been going on throughout this whole entire album. That sounds weird for me to say but that's what I picture in my head. I like how this song has a looped sounding ending to it.
  9. The Knowing: This song makes me feel like this is a new beginning to the album. or the new beginning to the sunny day. This is obviously supposed to be like a morning after type track. I really think that this is a good ending to the mix tape. I feel like it is bitter sweet in that fact that it isn't really sweet but it somewhat feels it. There is like a backing vocals that make this feel like it is the end. And the way this track ends with a fade of a sound makes it sound pretty cool and gives it a done effect.
Overall I give this an 9/10. I liked this a lot and it only was more and more as I listened to it. The lyrics to this album are very dirty and he swears constantly. I think that kind of adds to the songs, in a way. It's very odd to think that he could swear so much and make that sound romantic. This album has parts that remind me of Michael Jackson and also Marvin Gaye. I can't stand the Man in the Mirror but Marvin is someone who I can handle. I changed it to a 10/10 on March 6th, 2012. The original rating was 9.5. I changed the score in 2015 to a 9. That's proably what I"m feeling now. The extra names over there in the link thing are people who contributed to production Doc McKinney, Illangelo, ZodiacCirkut.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Suicide Season - Bring Me The Horizon

This is a band called Bring Me The Horizon. They are arguably, with myself, on of my favorite bands and defiantly no questions asked one of my top 5 bands that scream. The first album I heard by them was There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret which came out in 2010 and I heard it a couple months after it came out. I really liked it and it was pretty cool. Well I went to my cousins house and they showed me videos and I saw the music video for Pray for Plague. It blew me away and I went insane with that song. Actually the only reason I am not gonna just review Count Your Blessings is because I'm saving it for a special day. Well after that I heard the song The Sadness Will Never End and liked it, but it was overshadowed by the debut full length. Now I've never heard the whole thing in its entirety and what better reason to sit through it and listen to it then reviewing it. I plan on reviewing all Bring Me The Horizon's albums and eps released and future releases. And also you gotta give them props for such weird song names.
  1. The Comedown: The beginning of this song is pretty cool with the static. The feel I get from this song, the first listen, is not very good. Where are the vocals in the background. You barley hear anything at about the 1 minute mark. Then the stop that reminds me of the dreaded Escape the Fate self titled album. Whats up with just before the last minute the quite vocals. The first time through it seems like they are trying to hard and that the album isn't going to be as raw, so to say, as the first album. 
  2. Chelsea Smile: The first time through this song seems to be a blur. The breakdowns so far on this album are, well... awful. At about 2:40 when it goes into a verse type thing it a little better, and again at about the 3:00 minute mark with that electric beat. But beside that, its not very good.
  3. It Was Written In Blood: The ending of the song is so unnecessary.
  4. Death Breath: The beginning of this song got my hopes up and were getting killed by his singing. SCREAM MOFO. Thats what made the first album, it was so B.A. not your vocals that sound like your getting butt fucked and you are done with that shit. And whats with 2:40, in no way necessary. But first time through this is the only decent song.
  5. Football Season Is Over: This song is good, but is ultimately ruined by Ollie's. And The spoken word part has no extra power to it. If anything that makes this song worse. And The commentary at the ending is also suckie. 
  6. Sleep With One Eye Open: This song is not very good
  7. Diamonds Aren't Forever: I really hope this is a song about James Bond. And It's not....
  8. The Sadness Will Never End: This is the first song I heard off the album. I thought it was OK. This time, being my first time through the whole album, is my probably 10th time listening to this song. The intro to this song is good, and this song is decently good. I like the guy that is trying to sing, it sounds like it fits. The song would be better if Ollie didn't cut the singer who's clean vocals off.
  9. No Need For Introductions, I've Read About Girls Like You On The Back Of Toilet Doors: ......
  10. Suicide Season: That song has its parts but.... over all no
Overall I give this a solid 3/10. There is no discussion over if its pushing it to make it point what ever or anything. The album was a not very good album. One thing I have to give them props for, in a way, foreshadowing their next album's sound There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret unlike one of my favorite bands, who now suck and I lost a lot of respect for that album and future releases, #ETF. I feel bad if you don't know what that means. The thing about this album is it was just pretty much noise for me to listen to while I was typing this review, more so than trying to keep up with the updates of sounds and comments and stuff. I wasn't able to describe anything, after track one, as anything but terrible. It's hard to back someone up when they make this much of a let down album. I figured this wouldn't be very good but I tried to not think bad but apparently I didn't think enough. And also the fucking volume, it was not as powerful as on Count Your Blessings. I'd honestly rather listen to Lady Gaga/Ke$ha/Chris Brown/Rihanna's sextape that she made with Chris Brown showing she was into that pain S&M shit collaboration with... do I dare say, Primus. The volume was loud it's just I didn't get the same power I would of from the first album.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pink (Southern Lord CD Release) - Boris

I started listening to most of this album yesterday. This is a Japanese noise music band. They kind of reminded me of Boredoms or Hanatarash. I heard about them before but was re-introduced to them via The Needle Drop YouTube channel. This band sounds like and seem like I would like them very much. I have come accustomed to odd music (ie. Noise, Avant-garde, Experimental, etc.). One of the most interesting noise artists I've heard it Yamantaka Eye who has done bunch of different noise projects but anyway here is the review
  1. Farewell: This track has a beginning to it that is kind of, in a way, something that makes me feel like something big is coming. And at 1:22 the heavy distorted guitar comes in along with the vocals. The only real difference between the song then and before is the distortion. This song reminds me of a Radiohead song off The Bends (An Album I'm gonna review). The song I'm thinking about off The Bends is I think Planet Telex. While listening to this it felt like a pretty long 3 minute song. Then when I looked I was shocked. The 7:33 minutes went by a lot faster then I thought it would.
  2. Pink: I don't know if this is some type of vagina reference, knowing Japanese noise bands it probably is, but that doesn't take away from this. The riff and the drums and bass work awesome. I've heard this sounds before but the vocals make it sound different to an extent. This sounds like more of a traditional song vs Hanatarashi. The solo sounds like it was Jimi Hendrix influenced. And right after the solo the singing starts up again and in between that verse and the next there is a sole 3second fast picked note. That is pretty sick and this song is an really good way to come after Farewell.
  3. Woman on The Screen: This is another punk type song. This song shares some similarities to Pink in the sense that he is singing on the song and the guitar riff and such. This is a good song I just don't really know what to say about it.The third time around on this song the riff reminds me of something The White Stripes would do. Actually this song seems like a White Stripes song, just more punk and faster drums. The drums on this song, and most of the album, remind me of the drums on St. Anger.
  4. Nothing Special: This song has screaming on it and he screams in the the beginning. The guitar and bass are as distorted as before and the drums are getting beaten the same as before. The best part of the song that makes  it different is the screams, but also the 5second feedback on the right headphone.
  5. Blackout: The beginning riff is like evil and the feed back or the sound effects in the back ground make it even that much more evil. When the lead guitar comes in it echos. This beginning, especially when the lead guitar comes in reminds me of Raining Blood by Slayer. Listening to this is like a 5 minute emotional, feedback, breakdown which pumps you up.
  6. Electric: This song is what that 5 minute build up was worth waiting for. The drums have some different thing to them. The overall sound of the music has a type of Black Sabbath feel to it. Like the song War Pigs off the 1970 album Paranoid (which I'm also going to review). Then it changes into something different. I like this more that that
  7. Pseudo-Bread: The very beginning, like first 5 seconds remind me again of Black Sabbath. This song has at about 1:40 the chorus comes in, and in there are backing vocal that go "who who" which I think are funny. The guitar solo is just as distorted as probably Purple Haze on a live version of the song. But instead of not really fitting the song, Boris distorted guitar solos fit the whole song. And I love how the last 
  8. Afterburner: This is another song that reminds me of a cross between Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath. There is hand claps in this song which think are kind of, in a way, funny because the way the rest of the album has gone this song is probably like where they got tried from all the energy and play this to regain their energy. It starts to pick up at the ending but then goes back to the rhythm as before.
  9. Six, Three Times: This is another type of Jimi song. Don't really know what to say about this one either until my second time listening to it. This song, and album, seems like it would be something like a band that is signed to Ipecac Records called RETOX, except they don't have any solos and they scream on all the songs. But this is still a good song, and it almost makes me want to listen to the Vinyl i got as a gift of Axis: Bold As Love.
  10. My Machine: This song is completely different from the rest of the album. I think it is like a relaxer to make the next track more of an impact.The beginning of the songs guitar part, before the piano type sound comes in, reminds me of Everlong by one of my least favorite artists... ever the Foo Fighters
  11. Just Abondoned My-Self: This song explodes. It is 18 minutes on the Southern Lord Cd version but on the original Japanese release just 10 minutes. This is like a extended version of Pink and Woman on the Screen. The guitar solo has some atmosphere adding screams in it. This song is just a fricken emotional melt down that has like an awesome drum fills that come in at around 4:30 minutes. With backing vocals at around 5 minutes. Whoever is singing has to be able to have big lungs because imagine playing this live. The music somewhat changes and seems to be looped at around 7 minutes, where the drums begin to fade away leaving a more clear drum beat, until at about 9 minutes into it where the drums stop completely and its just a riff and feedback. The thing that's cool is that the way it is is it is a build up to wait for the drums to come back. And the fire sound in the background only makes it that much more of a buildup. As the fire sound gets more prominent it begins to add to the songs feed back covering up that open space that was empty because of the drums.At 11:55 there is something that sounds like a broken clean distorted guitar string notes hit or some type of  piano strings getting hit of struck in the background. I feel that the need for the drums is filled and. The thing about this that awesome is Lou Reed & Metallica made Lulu which came out last November. Now the last track Junior Dad is my favorite and is 19 minutes long. The last about 9 minutes of the song is complete feed back looped. This is the exact same thing except this is more going on and doesn't get boring because there is different parts that change in the what sounds like a loop. All the extra feed back ends really at 17:30ish and there is a buzzing that is heard in the feed back and it just cuts. I messed up the loop pretty much starts at like 7 or 8 minutes. So the loop is longer that the one on Lulu. I honestly have to thank The Flaming Lips for the 12hours of 7 Skies 3H which is pretty much all loops of 24 hours. If it wasn't for you I'd never be able to listen to 20 even 30 minute loops. I mean COME ON! that just easy kid stuff. This song is also a song I would listen to recrationally, outside of the album.
Overall I'd  give this album a 9.5/10. I really liked it and hope to do another Boris album review in the future. And If I do then I'll have a bunch to chose from, why may you ask. Well because they release different versions of some of their albums in different labels whether it's Vinyl or Cd it is different. This album is had parts that reminded me of artists from Black Sabbath to Jimi Hendrix to The White Stripes and even Metallica's 2003 album St. Anger and also a newer band RETOX. This is an aggressive album and it is pretty much a easy choice for me to add to my list of best album. I wonder how different it would sound if Yamantaka was on the album?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

History of Forgotten Things - Jed Whedon and the Willing

Today is my friend Jason Meagher's 17th birthday. In honor of his birthday I'm going to listen to his favorite album and voice my opinion on it. Now the first time I heard it I kind of thought it was terrible, and didn't even listen to the whole thing. But since I'm doing a review of it I have to listen to it at least twice or more. I also know that Jed's brother Josh is in the movie business, well here is the wikipedia page info that will do him more justice that I.
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, comic book writer, occasional composer and actor, founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator and show runner of the television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), Firefly (2002) and Dollhouse (2009-2010), as well as the short film Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). Whedon wrote and directed the movie adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers which will be released in May 2012. He is also notable for his work in film, comic books, and online media. Many of Whedon's projects, as well as Whedon himself, enjoy cult status.
 Now there is probably stuff missing but that's just the wikipedia stuff at the top. So I am going to actually listen to this at least twice and see whats what.
  1. Interstate: The Beginning of this song remind me of an electric xylophone with a guy talking over a microphone to space. As soon as the guitar and chorus come in it reminds me of a Phil Colins song In The Air Tonight, with vocals that also sound like Peter Gabriel on the Genesis album Selling England By The Pound. But that all stops with at about 1:10 where he begins to sing and the drum beat is upbeat with some extra outer space type feeling sound ambient effects going on. The piano solo at about 2:15 is probably the part where is sounds like outer space. This song reminds me of Eisley's brand new Ep Deep Space. Now my second time through this reminds me of what I now know as desrible as donkey kong.
  2. Tricks on Me: I thought it was funny that in the beginning he says allegory. That, not that meaning, but an different spelling of that word is an inside joke between me and Jason. This song seems like something that would be on a Big Movie soundtrack. Something like when the kid is riding a bike an it's the beginning where he/her is talking about the premise of his/her life. This song also has a country feel to it, with a drumbeat that somewhat reminds me of Paul Simon's 1975 hit single 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. Which also is another song that is cool because one of our favorite bands is Flight of The Conchords and they payed homage to that song in their song Carol Brown .
  3. To Be Money: The feel I get from this song is one that is what I guess you'd call low-fi. My favorite part of the album is at about 2 minute mark where there is a change in the song, kinda. Like by that I mean like, not sound wise just way wise, Another Girl by The Beatles where it goes "Another Girl, who will love me till the end, through thick and thin she will always be my friend". The song is pretty much a easy listen until it picks up and gets heavier at the last 40 seconds to the fade of the song. 
  4. Drone: I feel like this name fits the song. This is another song that has an outer space feel to it. The ambient feel of the background is what adds to it. This reminds me of Lights Out off Deep Space Ep. The second time around I figured out that the introduction beat reminds me of Eminem's song The Way I Am off The Marshall Mathers Lp. I like the acoustic guitar solo on this song. It adds to the vibe and feel.
  5. Sugar Cane: This is like like Tricks On Me where it isn't a mellow song, except at the 2:43, but it picks up. The solo in the song is very electronic and sounds good and I love the fact that the bass is so prevalent. The second time around I like the beat more and the guitar and the dirty bass in the background.
  6. Ancestors: This songs beginning reminds me of that one song from Titanic, but in space. I know I keep making that space comparison but that what it reminds me of. But it is I think a pretty cool outro, if this was a vinyl, to side one. Because it ends with a sweet feel to it, which is almost always good. 
  7. Last Man: Now if this was a Vinyl this would be a good start to side 2. The song is completely different that any other song on the album. This song's chorus reminds me of a good version of Teenage Dream. Which might be a turn off but it is good. This is probably my favorite song. at 2:27ish there is a industrial machine feel right before a solo that sounds like a jazz solo. I don't really think it fits the song. I wish that that machine beat would be more than like 10 seconds and get cut off by a jazz sounding solo that I don't think fits the song.
  8. Heat of a Match: This doesn't have a good flow from Last Man to Heat of a Match. I know that it is a different song but in the solo of this song it reminds me of the keyboard solo in MGMT's Congratulations title track, but with a guitar added in. This song gives me a very much so MGMT's Congratulations instrumentation to it until the singing comes in, then it goes back to the space feel, and one that drifts away into space with the piano solo.
  9. Trouble Maker: The electronic beat in the background of this song remind me of Diddy Kong. You know the one that is for Super Nintendo. The one with the pirate crocodiles 
  10. Bad Son: At first the strings make this song good. but the strings end up making this song kind of drag. And I'm at just over 2 minutes.At 3:30 mark there is a guy who is talking over the music and it reminds me of As I Lay Dying, not style just the way it is played, song to Repeating Yesterday. Or a Killswitch Engage. I laughed the second time around because when that guy talked he asid "Huge Mass" and "Ann" and i said Her!?
  11. One of Those Ages: The beginning is like this kid is regretting that he has done some mistakes. I feel like this is has a good lead into the chorus to it and the chorus reminds me of some type of Arcade Fire song off Funeral, which is my favorite Arcade Fire album. This is just an teenage song, like I could see things being the part in the movie where he is forever young and wants summer to last forever but he ends up looking back and his youth has gone by and he is grown up, wanting to do over some mistakes and relive some fun times to.
  12. These Words: The beginning of the song is sweet and soft. My only complaint is that he wouldn't sing on this album. I think it would be a good "reprise" of Ancestors if it was just instrumental, but the think is it picks up and the vocals fit. I don't think it would work without vocals unless the beginning of the song was the whole song. and I also wish that if it was instrumental version of the song the build up is gone and it only be like 2 minutes. I still like the song, I just think you should look at it from that aspect. This would be at the end leading up to the credits where the person says the ending words and leads to the ending with the part where the credits start at where the song goes into that heavier part, until the end of the song which fades and thus the credits are over.
Over all this album gives me a novelty feel to it, but in a good way. I would give this a 7.5/10 the first around, but after relistening to it I'd give it an 7.8/10. I'm not huge into this type of much.I think this would be a soundtrack to some movie that would be very successful, and would be one that has a setting in summer. I feel like the lyrics also fit to that summer movie of a kid who would be just growing up and gets himself into messes but grows up and looks back. I think this sounds like a cross between, though this came out after this album, Eisley's Deep Space Ep and Phil Colin's In The Air Tonight and MGMT's 2010 release Congratulations. Another thing this reminds me of is Diddy Kong game for Super Nintendo. The sounds of the electronics in the background remind me of the music in that game. I like this buy. The second time around I fell like it also sounds like Fleet Foxes on some tracks and I also like it a lot more that I did the first time.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fallen - Burzum

The first time I actually heard anything off this album was yesterday. Now I'm not huge into this whole ideas and beliefs of Norwegian Black Metal Bands. And another thing is that I also don't know much about Black Metal. So you have to cut me slack if I'm not explaining this super in depth. I'm just gonna give my opinion of my listen to it. I have listened to this album a total of 2 times, not front to back though, but still in order and not interrupted.
  1. Fraverdenstreet: The intro to this album is an song that is a minute long and sounds like, in my opinion, Hot Poop. Yes the Frank Zappa song off We're Only In It For The Money back from when he was with The Mothers of Invention in 1968, so that's not a bad start off to an album I'd have to say. That Zappa album is one of my favorite of all time and I'll do a review of it soon hopefully. It also sounds like there is air or a fire or some type of waterfall in the background.
  2. Jeg faller: The intro is an awesome riff. The music sound sick. Now I have no idea what he is saying but it sounds good. I know that on this album there is some type of Pagan or Racism aspect to some of the lyrics.  The part where he starts talking sounds like he is speaking french. Whats going on in the background instrumentation wise while he talks and in between that whispering is good. I love that he double tracked whispers with spoken words. And the chorus harmony vocals are like a choir but with heavy pounding bass, drums, and guitar. The double bass pedal at the fade is also pretty cool
  3. Valen: The intro reminds me, instrumentation, reminds me of a Van Halen song. I wonder why I'd think that? But seriously this song is actually pretty good. And the riffs are pretty cool. I think that this song is probably not my absolute favorite, but that's because this one seems to drag. But then again I'm not a huge Van Halen fan, (Self titled, Van Halen II, 1984, and various other songs.) 
  4. Vanvidd: This song sounds like it can be a continuation of Valen, except at bout 3:40 when he starts to sound like he's getting murdered. It reminds me of a vampire and Halloween, or an old school vampire movie. Another thing is I can barley hear the bass. I think it's funny at like the last 30 seconds it sounds like he saying Fester. That's my little brothers nickname. This song also dragged a little the second time around
  5. Enhver til sitt: This song is the one in particular that reminds me of Metalocalypse type of song, just longer. The intro riff reminds me of the one from Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath. The song is pretty much on a loop with no changes, except at like 3:48 where there is a new riff added in and everything else stops. The it picks up and fades out to him whispering and as the song fades you can pick out the instruments out better that any other time in the song. That has probably the longest fade I've ever heard, excluding the 12 hours of the 24 hour long 7 Skies H3 by The Flaming Lips.
  6. Budstikken: I've listened to this song more that 10 times in the past 2 days. That's not really much but this song is awesome, minus the lyrical content. The guitar and bass and drums make me want to play along, and then comes the 1:19 mark which brings the Iron Maiden esque riff. That is the same way with this entire album but more so on this track. This is no question asked my favorite song. The intro riff is what hooked me and the the verse Iron Maiden/Judas Priest power to it. I don't like Judas Priest's live presence, at least since Rob quit in the 90's, which I am aware he is back but K.K. Downings is out. (I had to put his last name to avoid any type of lyrical promotion that might be used against me, and for the record I'm not racist). The spoken choruses are another thing that reminds me of a type of, well to me, welcoming feel to it. The clarity of this song against the rest of the album is another bonus. And the drums and takes over, but not so much that you can't heard everything else. And the time the bass is most prominent is at 6:30ish. Which the bass riff is awesome in general.The ending power chord adds to its effect.
  7. Til Hel og tilbake igjen: To end this album there is a 5 minute ambient song. It reminds me of a Lumpy Gravy or something that would be an interlude on the songs that were on the Läther album by FZ. It also kind of reminds me of Narcosis by Tomahawk, the final track on one of my favorite albums ever, conceptually and sound wise, that album being their self titled album. It also at about 2:10 sounds like there is a lot more open space on this than the rest of that album, and at about 2:40 the Hot Poop like whispers come into effect again. Which Frank played the track backwards to get that weird effect, and since he's speaking in possible Norwegian language at this part I don't know what he's saying. At about 4:00 minutes it reminds me of the Tomahawk's third album titled Anonymous which is cut off at 4:45ish by a distorted music box sounding guitar. The second time through it somewhat reminds me of something Edgar Varese. It also sounds like a guy dragging a stick along a piano strings.
Over all I like this a lot, I think like an 8.75/10, but a 9 would be kind of pushing it. Something I noticed thought is that all the songs, proper songs, are about 7+ minutes long. That doesn't take away from the album but just because I love it now doesn't mean I always will. Especially since it repeats so much. The funny part about this album is it gives me the feeling of some old man in a temple and screaming and talking. but his screams make me think of an old man/Golem  taking a crap. By that I mean it sounds awesome and sick for this old mans crapping. I also feel that this isn't that intense, but that probably because of the mixing. It also sounds like it was recorded with that temple vibe in the background. I love that it came out in March because it reminds me of a beginning of spring feel. It also gives me an Iron Maiden vibe to it and a more pulled out version of a Metalocalypse song, kind of. The one more quick bad thing about listening to this front to back was waiting for the 6th track The Message, though all the other songs were good. And it seems that the rhythm guitar is looped through the whole thing I'm buying this CD. I'm curious to see how long I'll be able to listen to this album without getting bored

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay

This is the 5th album by alternative band Coldplay. I'm not a huge Coldplay fan but I like this album a lot, and also A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Parachutes and Live 2003. I don't know everything about these guys and I'm not the number one fan either, but some stuff (ie. not Viva La Vida) is really good. Now I found out about this album either The day before or two days before. I knew the pictures but I didn't know they were releasing this album. I remember staying up on October 24th, on the computer and torrenting this album. Then later that day going out and buying it at Sam's Club. This album has songs that everyone likes but do they like the album. What I have to say is there is only one bad song, and it is the collaboration with S&M singer Rhianna. But what I noticed after buying this is Brian Eno helped produce and co-wrote all the songs on the album. This album reminds me of Drivers Ed my Junior year. That wasn't necessarily an amazing class, with the kids and stuff, but one good thing is that I'll have more love songs from it. It reminds me of the good feeling of the class which I can't describe exactly. I don't like their whole style nowadays, as in appearance and artwork, just their music.
  1. Mylo Xyloto: This is the instrumental opener to the album. Something I like it that there is instrumental "fillers" in between to "link" songs together. I also love the kind of rush you get as this song builds up to Hurts Like Heaven.
  2. Hurts Like Heaven: This is the reason I wanted to buy the album so bad. There was something about this song that hit me. The electronic beat and the simplicity of it made it so catchy. Now this album hasn't had an El Camino effect on me (I'll give my voice on that album later). This is one of my favorite songs of many on this album
  3. Paradise: The violins at the beginning and atmospheric feel to this songs intro is one of just awe. This is something that I imagine would play in movie where it is "some type of a miraculous cure" (FZ reference). The chorus to the song and the verses are just a type of feel of relax, sit back and dream about good things. I remember buying a food in the food court, not the grill the court, at school and hearing it and hearing someone sing it under their breath. That kinda hit me because it wasn't just me who liked the song. The ending with the piano type solo sounds like they didn't even try to make it like so fast.
  4. Charlie Brown: Another great song, same as the last, the atmosphere is the key to the album. This album, espically this song, reminds me of a surrealistic teenage life. Like one that would be one of adventurous and free. I could picture to teens running in the fields and holding hands and loving each other. This song just is one of immature, but in a good way, as if he wrote this as a teenager... in love. And the ending reminds me of the TV cartoon Charlie Brown piano song
  5. Us Against The World: This song gives a good vibe to drift off and dream of what it's like to be in love.
  6. M.M.I.X: This is the instrumental intro to Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall. it is good and same thing about the last intro
  7. Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall: This is another song that reminds me of Drivers Ed. Sitting there in the backseat waiting for my turn and drifting off while looking at the Illinois praries and playing with my chin. It has such a good thing going I think that it should be a best song of 2011. This also reminds me of moving my neighbors lawn after getting this, and at night because I'm lazy and sweating.
  8. Major Minus: I don't know what to say about this song. It is good and I really like it but I don't know. The chorus is pretty cool and the verses are good. This is a slick song in my opinion. I could this being a song they would play in a musical for a slick guy singing to a girl or the bad and/or good guy. A modern James Bond/West Side Story mash up.
  9. U.F.O.: This is the soft acoustic song that I believe needs to be on a Coldplay album, #with strings and synths
  10. Princess of China: This is my only complaint. This song kind of sucks... bad. I don't like it, the electronics are heavier on this then the rest of the album and it just stinks.
  11. Up In Flames: This is not amazing either, better than that Rihanna shit but not as good as the beginning
  12. A Hopeful Transmission: The instrumental lead into another, not amazing but good, song
  13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart: This song makes up for Up In Flames and Princess of China songs previously. Overall this is just a fun song. You can tell at this part in the album that it's gonna end soon. And the ending fits into the coda perfect.
  14. Up With The Birds: This is an pretty ending for an awesome album. This reminds me of a classic Coldplay songs, before they experimented and stuff. There isn't much to say except this is the best ending to this album as there can be
I think that this album deserves a 9.3/10. This is a really good album to listen to, at least for me, to have be memories. This would be a good soundtrack for a teenage memories. The album though does go a little down hill after U.F.O. Upon relistening I think it sould get an 8

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Deep Space Ep - Eisley

This is the new Ep by Eisley. I couldn't wait to listen to it. I was curious to how it would sound because they said these songs were more like their earlier stuff. Since there are some songs on their earlier stuff I felt like it might be either good or be bad. I pre ordered the bundle on this last saturday and it said it was going to ship out the 7th. Well I got it on the 8th and I also got the other Cd I ordered Marvelous Things Ep.
  1. Lights Out: This kind of reminds me of Room Noises but also A Sight To Behold. The chorus especially. The lyrics sound like something they would of written way back in about '03 maybe '04. This could almost be a lullaby, but it's to "heavy" to be one.
  2. Laugh It Off: This sounds like it would be on one of their earlier Eps. I like this song and it reminds me of an old school Stacy song.
  3. Deep Space: This song gives me a Many Funerals vibe. The chorus riff and I was surprised that the bass was so prevalent, or if that was the guitar then it sounded pretty sick. The crunch, this is the best song but it's still good.
  4. 192 Days: The garage band demo of this song was released off Fire Kites Ep back in 2009. This is a good song. When I heard the preview it was terrible, but actually listening to the Ep, physical copy, was awesome. This version is more professionally and 
  5. One Last Song: This is my favorite song off the Ep. I feel this song makes it worth buying the Ep. It is so perfect and makes me tear up, so to say. I was "sick" yesterday and slept over 12 hours and when I woke up at about 11pm I layed in bed and listened to this and I Could Be There For You and Mr. Moon, Ambulance. I think One Last Song goes into an Eisley Love Songs and Ballads compilation/mixtape. Perfect for Valentines Day.
This Ep is good like a 8/10, and the T-Shirt Bundle I got with this is sick, which I got a week early. The only bad thing is that it is mixed weird. By weird I mean that it's quality is too good to be like that. One thing I don't like is when someone tries to go back to their roots but uses better sounding equipment to make it sound better. Part of trying to sound more like you used to is the production value/mixing. I like this song but that's my one complaint. And also I feel parts were over produced. Like U2. But as I said Earlier this is a perfect gift to that someone on Valentines Day.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Born to Die - Lana Del Rey

The reason I decided to check out this album is because I heard about it on the Rock It Out Blog! on YouTube. Now he didn't promote it, he just brought it up. So I decided to check it out. The album cover grabbed my attention. So I started listening to it during the super bowl. This is the first time I've ever heard anything by her so cut me slack if I can't compare this to her first album.
  1. Born to Die: I like this song because it is kind of like easy to listen to. It reminds me of a song that I would one day like to write. Not sing, but to write. It kinda reminds me of St. Vincent.
  2. Off To The Races: This sound like another Rhianna/Amy Whinehouse song. This is probably going to be the song on the radio, but that's just my guess. I can picture this song playing on the bus during summer school. The bus wasn't that fun because I usually had no one to talk to but, It was also somewhat nice... kinda, and my Ipod broke before summer, so I had no music to listen to. The ending is good though
  3. Blue Jeans: This is another song that reminds me of St. Vincent. Particularly the song Strange Mercy off her new album of the same name that came out last fall. Her voice also somewhat reminds me of Christina Aguilera, like at the chorus.
  4. Video Games: This is yet another song that reminds me of St. Vincent. But more of her second album Actor. The song is pretty and her voice is pretty to. The drums I feel add to the orchestrations.
  5. Diet Mountain Dew: When I first saw that this was the song titled Diet Mountain Dew, my sense of humour made me think of it being about killing sperm.... What ever I just thought I should share that cuz it's a weird fact. For some reason when I was listening to this if was "sweeping" and said that if they did these slow it'd sound pretty cool. This seems like a, pardon my french, french song. I picture this being a modern version of 40s songs.
  6. National Anthem: This song reminded me of the beginning of Paradise by Coldplay. You know the one that came out last October. This song is kinda neat. The refrain reminds me of Flight of the Conchords. But I really, very much, like this song.
  7. Dark Paradise: This reminds me of the song Paradise by Coldplay. Even though I could see this being a 'remake' of that song I still like it.
  8. Radio: I like this song a lot.
  9. Carmen: This is a love song? I don't know but I still think it's a pretty sad song.
  10. Million Dollar Man: This song reminds me of an Eisley song off Ep2
  11. Summer Sadness: The songs begin to sound to much like the same at the end
  12. This Is What Makes Us Girls: I like these songs but they sound a lot alike
Over all I give this album a 4/10. I think I liked it a lot more then I thought I would. I don't think its amazing but I still think it's really good. I think this album reminds me of a, this is the only way I know how to say this this way so yeah, ''Sexy'' and ''French''. But this album also very much reminds me of Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto with a female singer. One thing that is both good and bad is that the album sounds relatively the same on all the tracks. This is definatly an album that I want to listen to again in the future, but not the whole thing

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rubber Soul - The Beatles

This album is very meaning full to me. I originally bought it just to have it. It was the fourth Beatles CD I bought. I still wasn't a huge fan. This album eventually grew on me and is now one of my favorite albums. The feel that I get from this album is one of warm, loving, comfortable winter. The kind that is what makes you feel like what it is like inside and bundled up and warm. There are many, I mean many, factors that led to this being one of my favorite albums. One being that, it reminds me of 9th grade when I bought this. During winter and listened to it like crazy. I was in love with this along with all the other Beatles albums. This album has some of my favorite songs and memories built on to this so... here we go
  1. Drive My Car: The introduction riff to this song grabs my attention. The use of the piano in the chorus and the use of cowbell is perfect. The dual vocal harmony is tight, and the solo. The sound they guitar makes during the solo is one of my favorite distortions to a guitar. The feel I get from this is... yeah
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown): This song is completely different. This is, from my understanding, the first commercial pop song to feature a sitar. The Acoustic Guitar/Sitar playing at the same time makes this perfectly emotional, and makes it seem more impact. John's vocals are good, but when he sings the chorus with Paul it fills that little gap in the vocals and makes it whole.
  3. You Won't See Me: This is an 'iffie. I like this song, but it depends on what mood I'm in. This song is a very pretty song, which as I understand again, Jane (Paul's then girlfriend) and their ''Failing?" relationship. The backing vocals give it a doo-wop feel to it.
  4. Nowhere Man: This song makes me cry. I found more respect for it after seeing the Yellow Submarine movie. The part with Jeremy, the nowhere man, realizing that he has lived a life of nothingness makes you contemplate. Though this song was about John's. And the solo what can I say beside beautiful. The Guitar distortion in the song fits perfect, and the bass adds an backup to the acoustic guitar and drums. This song helps me sometimes think about the decisions I've made and the choices I should make and if there is really a point to wasting time.
  5. Think for Yourself: George needs as much props for this song as he can get. This song is vocal harmony wise tighter than Drive My Car and also the guitar is even cooler on this than that one too. The whole atmosphere of this song, the bass, drums, guitar, tambourine, maracas. I really think that it should be on a Beatles greatest hits album. This deserves to be on my list of favorite songs
  6. The Word: The song lyrically is ok. But the instrumentation is great if you take the time to listen to it. The chorus in the song feature one of the coolest sounding guitar riffs on the album. And in the verses the little screech is awesome. The vocals on this song are another tight vocally.
  7. Michelle: This song is EXTREMELY important to me. Not because of the memories that it brings back, but the fact that this was one of the most important all around songs that helped me change my view on music as a whole. Before this I only like Metallica and other old metal. Now since this album it changed my views on that and this song helped make my favorite band The Beatles. I spent so much time trying to learn the french in the song perfect. I also tried to learn this to impress my first person I'd ever been in love with. Obviously nothing was really there, it was just my emotions running off. The vocals/lyrics make me cry. The acoustic guitar makes me cry. The very prevalent bass guitar helps the beauty of it all. Now the distortion on the guitar in this song is my favorite on the whole album as a whole.
  8. What Goes On: A ''cute'' Ringo song. It fits and sound like a fun up beat song. A perfect ''filler'' in between two of the most beautiful songs on the album, Michelle, and the most depression Girl
  9. Girl: I remember sitting in my kitchen alone in the middle of the night, during finals week freshman year, probably at like 2 or 3 am. I was listening to this song and trying to write songs based off this one. This song is an awesome Lennon ballad. Johnny's vocals and lyrics fit perfect, a word I use alot (but it works and fits, with my opinion). This song literally makes me cry when I listen to it. The chorus is, if anything, makes it harder to not let it hit. The inhales he takes it seem like he is well, he's a bum and this girl he's singing about ruined his life and his everything.
  10. I'm Looking Through You: Another cute song. Upbeat, like What Goes On. Now the added affect of its fun is added by its claps in the song. This is a fun song to listen to just for funzies, a
  11. In My Life: This song hits, not like girl, but still hits. I remember being a freshman and thinking about everyone that I'd ever met and everything that I'd ever done and if I'd ever get married, have a family, have a job. What you should be concerned about growing up. I wrote a song, which is just more like a poem. I remember calling talking to my friend Annette on the phone and asking her what rhymes with some words. And I also think of my cousin Stevie who read the lyrics to the song for a speech. So it is completely full of memories for me. This could be the same way for you to. This is another good contemplating song
  12. Wait: Fun, upbeatishly down? I like this one a lot. The vocals sound like one person. The songwriting on this song defiantly deserve a shit load of praise. The effects and overall atmosphere of this song is one of raw but not. It feels rough, but at the same time it feels clean cut and mastered and that it's shit is together.
  13. If I Needed Someone: This song is good. The chorus is very pretty. The verses are also pretty. This is an overall pretty song.
  14. Run For Your Life: This song is ok. This is probably my least favorite song on the album. I used to like it more, but there is just no real reason I don't. It's just that I lost interest in the song? What ever, it's still good, just not as good as the others. But it is a perfect closing song to this album.
Over all Rubber Soul deserves an 100/10. I love this album, it's the shit and it deserves it spot on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums of all time - NOTE I'm gonna add stuff and fix this review. So it won't be a 10 forever, also I don't really regard most of the reviews from 2012 or possibly 2013 as really accurate anymore. Very far and few in between still work.