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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

¡Uno! - Green Day

This is the new Green Day album, titled ¡Uno!. It is also the first of three albums coming out between September, 2012 and January, 2013. I did this review, thought I'm not a Green Day fan, but because I knew it would be a quick review. And also I could check this new album out. This album was produced by Rob Cavallo. That guy also did Eisley's 2005 full length Room Noises, and Paramore's 2009 Brand New Eyes.
  1. Nuclear Family: This album, thus far, isn't that bad. I don't really like or dig it, but It's not terrible. It's Green Day. It's Ok, I'm not obsessed with it. I don't think it's anything special.
  2. Stay The Night: So far on this album this is more quiet than the Green Day I know. The one I know is more Punky, this is more like a 90's album, not really punk, but more like. I don't exactly know how to explain it. It's more toned down. It actually kind of reminds me a little of The Cure.
  3. Carpe Diem: This song is, I could picture these songs being on the radio. But even if they weren't Green Day songs.
  4. Let Yourself Go: This song starts out sounding a little like the song Highway Star off 1972's Machine Head by the legendary Deep Purple. I don't think the "Fuck" in this song is necessarily needed. But this song is louder and faster than the past 3.
  5. Kill The DJ: This is such a stretch. This isn't really anything I could have pictured them doing. I guess it's a kind of funny song. But It's not at the same time. I think that it's a decent. But "Shoot The Fucking DJ". Seriously. :(
  6. Fell For You: This song didn't really make up for the kind of disappointment from the last song.
  8. Troublemaker: I could see this being a Weezer song. It's funny, they have a song titled Troublemaker off 2008's The Red Album.
  9. Angel Blue: I'm not even going to take this song seriously. "Fucking"
  10. Sweet 16: If he swears then I think that I might tune the rest of this album out. This song kind of reminds me of These Animals. Actually, this whole album reminds me of These Animals EP. That song wasn't terrible.
  11. Rusty James: This song could be a song that some New York indie band made.
  12. Oh Love: This is the last song. I don't care for this one much.
Overall I have to give this a 5/10. I feel like I will probably give any album by these guys that. I didn't really enjoy this, but I didn't not. I didn't really hate it. I read about this album, and what Billie Joe said about this album and he said that they were going for more of a Early Beatles and something else kind of sound. I can see that, in a way. But I don't like it because of that. Billie needs to wash his mouth out, or at least know how to swear for emotional reasons. Curse words are supposed to being forth an emotion. He didn't even come close to even showing an emotion with that word. Listen to Avenged Sevenfold's title track to the 2010 album Nightmare. It's not you're nightmare "Its Your Fucking Nightmare". There is emotion brought with the way he delivers that, but not Billie. It's almost like it wouldn't make a difference if he even swore or not. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hats Off To The Bull - Chevelle

This is the sixth album by Illinois Alternative Metal band Chevelle. I heard of them before, but not until my cousin's boyfriend burned this CD on my computer. This group has been around since 1995, the year I was born. I don't know what more to say. I think that the album art is Ok, but I'm not huge on it.
  1. Face To The Floor: This song kind of starts out like something that reminds me of Disturbed. Which now that I think of it, they formed around the same time Disturbed did, and they are both from Chicago. I hope that the album isn't like this. It kind of also, in a way of Tool. I don't know if that makes any sense to anyone but me, but that's what I kind of hear.
  2. Same Old Trip: The beginning of the song the guy's voice kind of reminds me of Max Bemis of Say Anything. What I've heard by them I'm not huge on. But I've also only heard a song or three by Say Anything. I think that this is like Disturbed. I don't honestly think I could tell the difference between this or the last song.
  3. Ruse: There is a riff that kind of sounds like Egyptian. I kind of, if you stretched it, like Come Out And Play by The Offspring. I know that's a stretch, but that's kind of... yeah. But only for like a second or two. Then it kind of turns into Radio Metal.
  4. The Meddler: This song flows from the last. The guys vocals sounded like Keith Moon's on Tommy's Holiday Camp off  The Who's 1969 classic Tommy. But that's only for like literally the first two seconds. Then it turns to Disturbed.
  5. Piñata: The riff in this song is kind of cool. Unfortunately, this album kind of drained me too much to like this song. The guys vocals kind of reminds me a little of Serj in this song. This song kind of reminds me a little of Figure it Out off his new album Harakiri. There is a like 20 second thing at the end. I don't think it works for them. 
  6. Envy: This song kind of has a cowboy vibe to it. Nothing Special, at least for me.
  7. Hats Off To The Bull: This hasn't gotten any standing ovations from me.
  8. Arise: At this point I'm just kind of waiting for the album to end. It's not as bad as The Lost Children thought. This song isn't half bad though. {6/10}
  9. Revenge: This song isn't anything amazing. It kind of reminds me a little of 2001's The Sickness.
  10. Prima Donna: This is the second to last song. I could see this being a Say Anything-esque song. It's not terrible.
  11. Clones: I almost wish they switched up these two songs. This is a heavy song. I don't think much of it. I wish the album ended with Prima Donna.
Overall I have to give this a 4/10. I didn't really think of much going into this album. I could see that band playing at Uproar. I went the first 2 years, 2010 & 2011, because of A7X and then them ETF & Black Tide. This band fits on a boat with Disturbed, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach and all the other Radio Metal.... That's an insult. I do like that they are brothers thought. That's kind of cool.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Broadway the Hard Way - Frank Zappa

This live album has one of the first Frank Zappa songs that I heard. Yes it's Jesus Thinks Your A Jerk. That is one of my favorite Zappa songs ever. This album has it's memories for me, even thought there is disapointment. I was looking forward to this album being amazing based off Why Don't You Like Me?, Jesus Thinks Your A Jerk, and Murdered By Numbers, I was wrong, kind of. At least the first time. I don't exactly know why, but even thought I know how I feel about this album, this is still a classic in my head. This was originally released on vinyl via mail order. When it was issued on CD there was bonus tracks not on the vinyl.
  1. Elvis Has Just Left The Building: This song starts ok. I don't think that it's anything mind blowing, but I think that it's ok. I think that this is an interesting song. I think it's nothing that is that crazy. I mean, It isn't as bad the second time through. I think that this is a pretty decent song
  2. Planet of the Baritone Women: This song has this type of like Egyptian feeling to it. I like this more than the last song, but I don't think that it's amazing. I do think the horns do sound pretty cool though. I don't like how Frank stopped the song to say who was singing. I mean it's what he wants, but that kind of bugs me about the '88 Tour. The fact that it was a joke, more so than before. 
  3. Any Kind Of Pain: This song, at least the beginning, kind of reminds me of like a Kenny G song. And not to be offensive, but Kenny's songs are very queer. By that I mean that it's like white jazz. After that thought it's kind of ok. Like the parts where he's not singing is where it reminds me of Kenny. I do like the pre-chorus though. I do like the distortion on the solo in this song. It's not terrible, but I don't like the sax in the song. But it's nothing that you can't get over after 2 or 3 listens.
  4. Dickie's Such An Asshole (The San Clemente Magnetic Deviation): I am not quite sure if I like this version, or You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 version more. I think they are both Ok, but I'm not quite sure.
  5. When the Lie's So Big: I like this song about as much as I like the last. I do enjoy it, but I'm not insane about it.
  6. Rhymin' Man: I like this song, but they also play about a dozen different melodies in the song. But I like the guys voice. He's the one who did the Ring of Fire cover on 1991's Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life. There is a part where they slid the keys and is sounds like a xylophone kinda, I really like that sound. They also use My Sharona in this song.
  7. Promiscuous: I think it's hilarious that this is like a hip-hop song. I think this is better than Run DMC and any otha rappa outt there. No but seriously, this song is pretty funny. I feel like this reminds me of Lazy Scranton from The Office.
  8. The Untouchables: I do like this song. I think it kind of sound like a Spy type song. I could kind of see the beginning of the song being in James Bond. I do know that there is part of the Hawaii Five-0 theme song, but I could still see this being in James Bond. This is one of my favorites song. I like Ike's voice in there too. I guess this is a cover.
  9. Why Don't You Like Me?: Tell Me You Love Me is such a fun song to probably play, espically with this variation. I got into this version before I heard both the 1970 Chunga's Revenge album version or the other live version off Tinsel Town Rebellion. I think it's hilarious that he's making fun of Michael. The lyrics are also pretty funny. My mom doesn't laugh at Michael Jackson jokes, but when she heard this, she laughed. This is a fun song that I could see being like a intro to Frank if someone is stubborn about their music.
  10. Bacon Fat:  I'm not huge on it
  11. Stolen Moments: This is an instrumental song. I don't really care for this song either. It does flow into the next song, but I don't find it that amazing. It is kind of cool
  12. Murdered By Numbers: I like the fact that Frank had Sting comeout and play this song. I much more like The Police's version off 1983's Synchronicity. It's not that I don't like this song, but I like the other version more. 
  13. Jezebel Boy: I also think that this song is ok. I'm not huge on this song either, but what ever.
  14. Outside Now: I don't like this version as much as the Joe's Garage Act: II & III version. I do think that this is still good, but I don't quite like it as much. I think I still need to listen to the version from 1988's Guitar. I also the 1991's You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (rec. 1984) and 1984's Perfect Stranger versions of the song. But I don't think this is as good as the original album version.
  15. Hot-Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel: I think that the 1986's Does Humor Belong In Music?, recorded in '84, isn't that different from this 1988's Broadway The Hard Way.
  16. What Kind Of Girl?: I like this version. I have to laugh that they reference Jim. And I like that they quote Strawberry Fields Forever in this song. I like the flow into the next song, which is pretty much written to be about Jim. I like the version on Beat The Boots II: Tengo Na Minchia Tanta, which was recorded November 1970. I also like the version on Fillmore East, June 1971 too. I do think it's intresting on the Philly '76 album version because Lady Bianca is a woman and she is the prostitute in the song. But this is a song that is an example of how he kind redid songs "classics" for this '88 Tours.
  17. Jesus Thinks Your A Jerk: Though I am a Christian I still love and respect Frank's views. This song reminds me of sophomore year waiting to go and see my brother do swim meet. I particularly remember the one where I was listening to the Broadway the Hard Way version. For some reason I had a shit load of confidence and actually said something to the "hottest" girl I'd ever seen at school. She said two words. I know what but I don't want to say because it is embarrassing. But this song is so fricken catchy. The more I listened to it the more I understood the lyrics. It is an awesome song. overall I love this song and listen to it like crazy. The song reminds me of the album cover and the album cover reminds me of that evening, so to say. It sucks there is only 2 versions of the song, including a bootleg version, of the song. It is very catchy though, and will probably always be one of my favorite Zappa songs.
Overall I have to give this a 7.6/10. The reason I did this is because only two songs on this album that were on other albums. I am not a huge fan off the '88 Tour band that Frank had. For that reason I am not crazy about any of these live albums. I don't hate them, but they are defiantly not my favorite Zappa stuff. I kind of like that this album has a somewhat concept. By that each song has a joke in it and it is kind of continued in all the songs. Kind of like a loose concept album, in a way. First listen this would have gotten like a 4 or 5, but now it's got a 7. But also realize that I've listened to a shit ton of concert boots from the '88 Shows, so that might have also helped. I did a review of one, St. Patrick's Day 1988

Friday, September 7, 2012

Eat to the Beat - Blondie

This is the fourth album by New York, New Wave band Blondie. I've been crazy about this band now for about a week or two. My favorite song is Call Me. Though Parallel Lines is a sick album, I wanted to review the follow up, 1979's Eat to the Beat. These guys formed with Chris Stein and Debbie Harry in NY in 1974. There were various line up changes but the line up on this album is Clem Burke (drums), Debbie Harry (vocals), Chris Stein (guitar), Nigel Harrison (bass), Jimmy Destri (keys) and Frank Infante (guitar). Their last album, before the first breakup in 1982 was The Hunter and it has a song called For Your Eyes Only. It's not the movie version, though this is better then the shitty version they used for the movie.
  1. Dreaming: This name of this song is titled Dreaming and that's the kind of vibe that I get from this song. I don't know why, but it kind of reminds me of like a New Waved Grease song. Like a song that would be in a more New Wave version of Grease.
  2. Hardest Part: This song starts out with this type of funky feeling to it. There was a part in the lyrics that talk about a bomb. I think that's a reference to the song Atomic. The solo in this song is pretty cool sounding.
  3. Union City Blue: This song starts out Ok. I'm not very interested in this particular song at the beginning of this song.
  4. Shayla: This song starts out with an atmospheric feeling to it. I am not comparing it to, but it kind of reminds me of part of the song Pyramids off Frank Ocean's 2012 channel ORANGE. This is a soothing song. It has that surfy feeling to it, and it is a song that I could see being in Grease. I like the way the tone of this guitar sounds in the solo. It's kind of like a George Harrison solo when he used his Gretsch. But if it was more toned down and soft.
  5. Eat to the Beat: I'm not surprised that this is the way the song is. It kind of reminds me a little of Eat the Rich off Aerosmith's 1993 Get A Grip. But more of in a "Energy Wise" and there's also a harmonica. Part of what I like about this band is the Guitar's and Bass riffs. This song has a pretty good one.
  6. Accidents Never Happen: This kind of reminds me of Bryan Adams song Summer of '69 off his 1984 release Reckless. It was also his fourth album. I like that this song isn't boring. It's kind of more faster paced. Debby's singing on this is also kind of cool.
  7. Die Young Stay Pretty: I like that this is a little shift in tone. This is more reggae styled. I like the way Debby's voice sounds when she does that Reggae voice. And the backing vocals sound cool too. I actually think that this song is kind of funny too. Bob Marley seems, at least to me, and I'm not being disrespectful in anyway. But he seemed to me, like on Jamming, he walked in the studio stoned and started Jamming. I think it's funny that the lyrics say though "Die Young" and then it says "Stay Pretty". I don't know, I find it humors.
  8. Slow Motion: This song is ok. The first time through it I wasn't huge, but I do think that it's kind of  good break before the AMAZING Atomic. It kind of returns to the style of the other songs. But there is like a pre-chorus where it's set up and sound reminds me of Atomic.
  9. Atomic: The first time I heard this I thought that it was bizarre, in the best way. Since then, I've been crazy about it. The song starts out kind of like a little harder then the others. Then the surfy riff comes in along with this like whammy sound. The tone of the guitar is probably, short of eargasmic, and probably even closer on the Vinyl version. Her vocals on this song only get better. I love that it's like this dreamy feeling from her vocals and then in the chorus it's even more dreamy and the dreamy feeling ends with an opposite sounding refrain "Atomic". In the breakdown it kind of reminds me of Heart of Glass but with a bass solo. 
  10. Sound-A-Sleep: This is like a doowap lullaby. Not with the "doo doo wap wap", but with the arpeggios and keys. I think that someone, thought it doesn't say in the credits, is playing a triangle or something like that. It's kind of like a post A-Bom, so to say.
  11. Victor: This has a heavier riff than Atomic and is kind more of a A-Bomb explosion. There are chants going along with the guitar. I'd have never expected this. This is like a march. I could see this being ''their'' post-Apocalypse song. This is a really sick song. After that melt down it goes into a shift of genre's for a couple seconds with the riff. Then it goes back. The one thing I wish was that that genre shift was a little longer. This is a cool song though.
  12. Living in the Real World: This is a more upbeat song. I think that this is a good way to end an album. I think that this is a pretty good song. it's energetic energy. I think that her scream is pretty cool sounding. The song doesn't end abruptly, but it doesn't ends and doesn't fade.
Overall this gets a 7.4/10. This band has a type of a New Wavy/Punky/Surfy/Grease feeling I get from it. I think that, thought there are parts that aren't amazing, this is a decent album. Side 2 defiantly kicks the shit out of side 1. Oh one last thing, if you don't like the man from mars... well then, you're dead to me. Can't wait to check out the other albums.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Lost Children - Disturbed

I don't know, but I feel like this will ultimately be my favorite Disturbed album.That's not a very good intro, mainly because I haven't heard the whole thing yet. Well anyway, this the "B-Sides & Rarities" album by Disturbed titled Hell. It was released in November, 2011. I remember one of my friends saying "I'm getting the new Disturbed album today". I naturally wasn't that impressed, but because he was my friend I said "ok". Well I remember seeing these  guys, not my choice, when I saw Avenged Sevenfold for the first time at Uproar 2010. That was the first one they did. It's bad to say that Disturbed is a price to pay to see Avenged Sevenfold. Well I went to the 2011 one too. I didn't go to the 2012 one, but that's because I could careless for every single band that was there. But I remember hearing about Asylum. I listened to that, there are some good songs on that. But here I am with this. I do like that the song titles are kind of short.
  1. Hell: When I first heard this song I thought that it was a pretty cool song. I though that this actually might be a good album, but well.... I was kind of wrong.
  2. A Welcome Burden: This is a good song, right? Yes I want a heavy book dropped on my head to knock me out so I don't have to sit through this.
  3. This Moment: So... Yeah.
  4. Old Friend: 3 more to go.
  5. Monster: Paramore did it better Nickelback.
  6. Run: This is it. :)
  7. Leave it Alone: This is a b-side from Asylum. I can see that. I isn't that much of a stretch. It kind of reminds me of Asylum. The song that comes to mind most is Another Way to Die. The music sounds like that, if you listen and think about it. I don't really, as for basically every single Disturbed solo, care for this guitar solo. The only exception might be Inside the Fire.
  8. Two Worlds: This is a b-side from Ten Thousand Fists. I can see that. I don't really go crazy for this song. I think that it's kind of the same as the other songs on that album. The solo is Ok.
  9. God of the Mind: Wow.... This isn't even an attempt at making this new. I'm disappointed. #ProofAllTheirSongsSoundTheSame. I almost don't want to sit through this song because I can tell how this is going to end. The lyrics are even less complex. I mean it is a b-side from The Sickness, but I hope it's not a an actual song that could have been on the album.
  10. Sickened: Eh
  11. Mine: This is a b-side from Asylum. I kind of wish it was on the album. This isn't that bad of a song.
  12. Parasite: This song starts out Ok. At this point I haven't listened to this in a single sitting and don't even care about background info. I just want to hear the whole thing and say my view. I really can't tell the difference between this and another track off Asylum.
  13. Dehumanized: This song sounds like it could have been off The Sickness. Enough said.
  14. 3: ......
  15. Midlife Crisis: Faith No More does it better. I don't think that they do this with as much as Mikey can do. By that I mean that Mike Patton does the song better. And also, I don't think this version makes me want to jump and sing along. And they have the bridge with the Disturbed synthz, I can't stand that. That is part of what makes this band not one of my favorites
  16. Living After Midnight: Judas Priest cover. I don't understand why the did the intro to Painkiller. That didn't empress me at all. This song actually songs like it would be on a "Pop Gone Punk" type of compilation by Epitaph. Well Judas Priest isn't a pop band. This version of the song is actually more Poppy than Judas Priest's 1980 version of the song. The 80's are really not as heavy as todays music. I could see this being a cover from a band I don't care for. And the end :(
Overall I have to say that, well..... this would get a 3/10. My biggest struggle with Disturbed is they're huge, and they are basically U2. Everything sounds the same. Sorry, this is ok. I think I like Asylum more then this. The Only album  that I could say I'd buy on CD is The Sickness. That's a goodie. It was one of the most boring things to listen to with more than one song at a time. Also Draiman kind of irritates me, I feel he's a tough big guy, who wrote, basically, 5 songs over the entire 5 album's they've released. By that I mean an album is the exact same song, with little variation and lyrics. I don't have anything against them, just not being a fan of them in general. I just want to say that. This is harder to sit through than the Red Hot Chili Pepper's album.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Just Another Drug EP - Black Tide

I've been a Black Tide fan since about, probably, about two years now. I got Post Mortem, and loved it, the day it came out, and was anticipation it's release. Around that same time I also got into Escape the Fate. Well their album sucked, I had high hopes for Post Mortem. I'm not huge on the album art, but whatever. I actually saw them at Uproar a year ago and bought another CD so that I could have one signed and a poster signed to. This is their new Ep, that for me, came out of nowhere. I guess I should be checking up on them more than I was. But anyway it came out August 21st, 2012. The two year anniversary of my first time seeing Avenged live. So to the review
  1. Start Over: I could see this song being on the radio, like Q101. This isn't really a song that I pictured Black Tide doing. I can still tell there is their style in there, but it's not the same. The riff is Ok, but I'm not huge on it. I feel like this could have possibly been a bonus track off Post Mortem. I do like the little break down. This song is kind of, for me, like Let it Out. I don't really care for that or this song much. Maybe it'll grow on me over time.
  2. I Wanna: This riff kind of makes up for lost time from the last track, so to say. This is a hard hitter in the beginning. Thought I could still see this being on the radio, I could see this being pretty sick. I assume, from the lyrics, that they are making fun of the fact that they are moving more radio friendly. I respect that. The guitar tone in the solo is Sick. That's with a capitol S.
  3. Just Another Drug: I couldn't really tell that this was a different song then the last. The riff in the beginning didn't really change. This kind of reminds me of Disturbed. I'm not a huge fan of that band. I don't like the direction that these guys are headed. Thought the chorus to this song is what keeps my attention, and helps me through the other parts.
  4. Through Thick and Thin: I don't know why, but The Black Keys comes to mind. Like a song off El Camino. I don't know why they are moving that way. Post Mortem was a different album and it was a stylistically. I do like the chorus thought. The guitar is like not double picked, but Gabriel and Austin and doing alternate strums. I think that this is a solid song. The drums in the, towards the end, reminds me of Post Mortem. The solo is cool thought too, because it's like buried and not overpowering.
Over all I have to give this a 7.7/10. I didn't know what to expect from this EP. Ended up feeling how I expected. Maybe I'll grow to like it, maybe I won't. Only time will tell. But overall it's worth the $3 on iTunes. I think that this isn't as good as Post Mortem, but it's still solid.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Girls Girls Girls - ShowYouSuck

This is a EP by Chicago Rapper ShowYouSuck. I'm not huge on the name, but whatever. This is produced by Stefan Ponce. Now I do have to say that I have to give a Chi Town artist some love, so I'm going to review this EP today and I'll try to make up for last month. I really dig this artwork. Me, a huge Bond fan, can get with this homage to 1965's Thunderball. He also has other mixtapes he's released
  1. Girlfriend: Ok lets start out. I like how this song starts out with a kind of a punch. But I'm not huge on this track. What I think that helps though it that there is an actual guitar in this song, not some Midi. He does rap fast on this. I feel like his voice kind of reminds me of Kanye a little with the "Ehhhhh"s
  2. John Waters: This song has an Italian feeling to the beat. I'm not huge on the lyrics, just the sound. He is pretty fast.
  3. Mediocre: I've heard this song, now, twice. I think that it's a good song. The flow is not lazy, but I think it's pretty cool sounding. I think his voice sounds a little like Lil B. But Lil B that has a flow. And the Hook in the song has this sick ass background that I love. After the hook it's him and a piano. I think it's really cool. I like this song a lot.
  4. Girls, Nachos: The beginning of the song, like the very beginning, reminded me of the Goblin album. Which, now, I don't know how I feel about it. It doesn't last that way for long, but still. The hook kind of reminds me of Pitbull or Lil B in the beginning of the MySpace Collection Mixtape. I think that Pitbull is Ok, espically some of the Key of Awesome parodies of him.
  5. All Love Everything: The beginning of this song, like the first two seconds again remind me of Goblin, up until the song actually starts. This song still reminds me of a Lil B with a better flow.
Overall I have to give this a 7.8/10. This guy reminds me of like Lil B or Lil Wayne. But he isn't hilarious or abnoxious, in order. I like it. I think that it's a pretty fast, easy listen. I think that you should just check it out for the hell of it if you feel like it. He also gives me a Kanye vibe. I don't care much for the lyrics, mainly because I'm not going to decider them, just listen.