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Jordanio
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PostPosted: 06.09.2005 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coldplay, X and Y: B-

Iron and Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days: A-

Motion City Soundtrack, Commit This To Memory: C-

The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan: B



Out of the four, I've got to be honest: Iron and Wine is, by far, the most concise and poetic. Samuel Beam (the man behind the entity) furiously fingerpicks his way into both the listeners' ears and hearts. Melodrama? Nah, just good, simple songcrafting.



Coldplay's latest effort, X and Y, seems, if anything else, like an attempt to smash the much-obliged notion that Coldplay stands only as a reminder to sleep. Oh boy, if only they had stopped listening to so much U2 before crafting this CD... I would have much rather heard Coldplay's radio-friendly rock (which has come to polarize the world into two portions: those who hate Coldplay and those who don't) than Chris Martin's increasingly deft pleas to be taken more seriously by using "the Bono approach."



The White Stripes...Well, if they do something right on the mark, it's obviously being ahead of their times. With the CD ranging from ecclectic to, at times, maddening, I had trouble truly appreciating this CD's grandeur on the first listen-through. After a few listens, however, I'm really starting to appreciate how intelligent Jack White is.



On the other side of the musical spectrum, Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This To Memory really does nothing out of the ordinary. Sure, they have a synthesizer intertwined into some of their songs, but is that just a cheap ploy? Well, I tried not to let it bother me and, truthfully speaking, the synthesizer isn't even an element which made me downgrade the CD. If anything, it livened up the CD's bland, poppy overtones. Sure, for what they play, they play it well. But what's setting them apart? Nada.
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PostPosted: 06.15.2005 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jordanio wrote:


On the other side of the musical spectrum, Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This To Memory really does nothing out of the ordinary. Sure, they have a synthesizer intertwined into some of their songs, but is that just a cheap ploy? Well, I tried not to let it bother me and, truthfully speaking, the synthesizer isn't even an element which made me downgrade the CD. If anything, it livened up the CD's bland, poppy overtones. Sure, for what they play, they play it well. But what's setting them apart? Nada.




It is true that some, even a majority of the tracks are lacking that special element that make an album great, but there are songs on this album that I find wonderful. It is quite possible that it is the bland poppy overtones of Motion City's music that I find most appealing. They make an almost crazed hypnotic rant that really speaks to me; however odd that may be.



I feel the CD has 3 great songs that stand up above the others and make this a moderate to good CD. Lets Get Fucked up and Die, Better Open The Door, and Together We'll Ring In The New Year are all in my opinion just as good as any other previous Motion City song and they have something that sets them apart from the others. Overal there songs still speak to me, and while their style may not be different from their previous album it still works with me.
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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jordanio wrote:
The White Stripes...Well, if they do something right on the mark, it's obviously being ahead of their times. With the CD ranging from ecclectic to, at times, maddening, I had trouble truly appreciating this CD's grandeur on the first listen-through. After a few listens, however, I'm really starting to appreciate how intelligent Jack White is.


I can't stop listening to Get Behind Me Satan--it's been playing nearly nonstop here for an entire week. I think it's the most consistent, most listenable, most addictive thing the Stripes have ever done. (Man, I flat-out adore the crash cymbal chaos of "The Nurse.") It's eclectic, yes, but that doesn't make it any less cohesive or any less grand. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best album of the year so far, outside of maybe the Eels' Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. (Granted, I still need to check out a few contenders, especially the Decemberists' Picaresque.) What do you find maddening about it, Jordan?



And I totally agree about Coldplay... I confess I really dig their previous albums, but I'm indifferent towards X&Y. Dullsville.



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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote





Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses



I'm not among the Ryan Adams faithful, but I have copies of Heartbreaker and Love Is Hell, and I'd say that this new double-disc is the best of the bunch. The songwriting is impressive throughout, and the collaboration with the Cardinals pays off musically--much of this sounds more robust than typical Adams. Lead single "Let It Ride" is surely one of my favorite tracks of the year. Did anybody see them play on Letterman a few weeks back?



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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also really digging the new Whites Stripes record; and I must confess: I've never heard any of their previous albums in full.



Coldplay never did much for me, and based on a single listen of their new album they still don't.
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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jordanio wrote:
Coldplay's latest effort, X and Y, seems, if anything else, like an attempt to smash the much-obliged notion that Coldplay stands only as a reminder to sleep.


I actually, surprisingly, really, really liked the album. Very moody (in a kind of Coldplay way) and lyrical. A lot of the tracks sound the same, but because the majority of them are winners, it's not a huge issue to me.
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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't seem to get my AMPOP out of my head... they are currently unsigned out of Iceland...



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PostPosted: 06.16.2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Common's Be negates all of the usual cliches of mainstream rap: there are only 11 songs that clock in at about 40 minutes, the style (all of it is produced by Kanye West, who also contributes a few raps that, in my mind, are better than most of The College Dropout) is totally consistent, there are no skits, and Common emphasizes unity, hope, and beauty more than gangsta shit. It's certainly not my favorite hip-hop album, but it is probably the first one I would play for anyone who says rap is only guns, hos, and money.
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PostPosted: 06.17.2005 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
It's certainly not my favorite hip-hop album, but it is probably the first one I would play for anyone who says rap is only guns, hos, and money.




Yup. I haven't been keeping up with hip-hop in recent years, but I heard some of Common's Be the other day and really liked it.
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PostPosted: 06.17.2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CD Player: Neutral Milk Hotel, live at San Francisco's Terrastock II Festival (April 18, 1998)



Playlist: Belle & Sebastian's "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It" (two forms of sonic nirvana); Ryan Adams' "Easy Plateau"; Stars' "He Lied About Death"; Sleater Kinney's "Entertain"; and White Stripes' "My Doorbell."



Oh, and the Wilco song I can't get out of my head: "Someday Some Morning Sometime," from Mermaid Avenue II.



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PostPosted: 06.18.2005 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For last two weeks I've been nursing a mild addiction to three Audioslave songs: "Shadow on the Sun," "I am the Highway," and "Getaway Car" -- especially the last and, and particular these lines:



You?re tired of walkin'

And you loathe the ground

The sidewalk will barely touch your feet




Within the context of the song, those words provoke in me an experience like looking at a painting of grays, blacks, blues and greens applied in distinct horizontal and verticals strokes. Yeah, it's like that.



These songs compliment Robert Plant's "Big Log" quite nicely, which I've also been listening to a lot.



I also got ahold of Goblin's "L'alba dei morti viventi," from Dawn of the Dead, and a clutch of Tangerine Dream pieces from The Keep soundtrack; I'm especially fond of the Main Theme, "Challenger's Arrival," "Ancient Powerplant," and "Romanian Road."
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PostPosted: 06.20.2005 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds



A 2-disc collection of 7 earlier EPs released under the Jeepster label. It was a father's day gift. When I played "Lazy Line Painter Jane" for my own father, he immediately declared that he must buy this set for himself. That's huge, considering the fact that he has rather narrow taste and narrow interest in contemporary music.
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PostPosted: 06.21.2005 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Push Barman to Open Old Wounds



Best. Album. Title. Ever.
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PostPosted: 06.21.2005 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Push Barman to Open Old Wounds



Best. Album. Title. Ever.


:lol:



I love the album cover. And some of the song titles are equally memorable: "The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner"; "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It"; "Marx & Engels"; "Dog On Wheels."



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PostPosted: 06.21.2005 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





No Use For A Name Keep Them Confused



Like the title states, this album from one of the oldest "skater punk" bands takes a drastic turn. It presents their melodic poppy vocals that have been present for all 8 albums and adds new instroments and experimental styles to their usual speed rock melodies. I enjoy the album, but it lacks a HUGE track.
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