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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

 
Bret's Night of CD Reviews

While I do work I will attempt to review these cds that I purchased last week.

Morphine "The Night" - I kind of like the empty orchid with teeth on the cover. Doug recommended this cd so I really don't know much about them. I know that Megs used to say she listened to them. And so did Sarah but other than that, I have never really listened. Ok so here we go. Wow, Nick Drake meets...well.... Nick Drake's band. Is this Nick Drake? Wait, they get funky with some techno type Coltrane with a synth stuff. Ok I can already tell that this is one of those personal albums that you sort of need to spend some time with. You know, some time with a bottle and some drugs or something. It's definitely good. This has some really good sax baselines and stuff. It's definitely interesting. I thought it would be off by now (track 7) but it's hanging strong and even starting to really key me to enjoy it. I mean as long as I still think Nick Drake is singing. The lyrics are interesting and not quite "kill me".
Key tracks
  1. 3 - Souvenir (Sound like the Flaming lips in a coffee can)
  2. 4 - Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer(Dirty little hard groove that girls put eye liner on to)
  3. 6 - A Good Woman is Hard to Find( Good intro. Well paced. Good lyrics and it sounds like the Stones cutting room floor.)
  4. 10- Slow Numbers(Funny and cultural. The same baseline as 4 only slower. I think)
  5. 11 - Take Me With You(Upbeat with strings. It has a nice melody and good lyrics. Easily the best song.)
Cheers Doug!
Rating 7.1 out of 10

The Strokes "Room on Fire" - Ok so I loved the first one. Well I guess everyone did. And we all have that fear that we aren't that cool anymore if we listen to music that everyone is listening to. But I think that if you honestly go out and buy that first cd when it's nothing, then you have stake in the band. I can show you tickets for shows in 2000 and I have the original printed release with the girl smacking her ass. So given that I figure I won't give up just yet. I know I liked them for a reason. I just can't go see them live anymore. They sucked live anyway.

Oh wow this is good. I was expecting it to be bad. I guess I sort of wanted it to be bad. But this sounds just like the first one but a little more jazzed up and less angry. Good edge. Well done. Julian sounds like Liam. Julain has a great voice and his lyrics are sort of different. It's like playful anger that makes fun of girls to their face. I really like it. A lot of it sounds too much the same but it's a style I can adjust too and like considering the cd is only about 45 minutes long. It blows through and rips. Good choice on firing Nigel Godrich.
Key Tracks
  1. 1- What Ever Happened (Good pulse and nice chorus. )
  2. 3 - Automatic Stop (Well done. Albert is such a simple guitarist that it makes everything so easy to listen to. You can still see him looking at the frets while he plays)
  3. 4 -12:51 (Oh yeah that's the formula for goodness. I think this is on the radio. I don't know but it's really good.)
  4. 6 - Between love & Hate(Interesting synth drums. Good vocal holds. A nice change up and build up. Good chorus.)
  5. 7 - Meet Me in the Bathroom (The title is good enough)
  6. 8 - Under Control (A real change for them. It sounds like they are covering Marvin Gay)
  7. 10 -The Way it is (Hard nosed good jumping music.)
Compared to the other "same sound" bands this is really good. I don't think they hold it down like the White Stripes but it's still really solid.
Rating 8.1 out of 10


Travis "12 Memories" - I have always been a huge Travis fan. I found myself with egg on my face at the last show when I didn't even know they had a new album out. All their albums are pretty good and I recommend checking them out. This is the newest one. Easily one of the nicest most peaceful bands ever. The lead drummer is just insanely underrated and so damn good, especially live. Wow they got Steve Orchard instead of Nigel on this one. Interesting... its definitely a different sound. This is my speed of music though.
Key Tracks

  1. 2 - The Beautiful Occupation (Solid Travis guitar. High pitched easy to follow. Lyrics struggle a little but they are very Travis. Good catchy song)
  2. 3 - Re-Offender (A great song where I can see Franny crouched down over his guitar really strumming it out. This is the best song on here.)
  3. 4 - Peace the Fuck Out (The title is enough. It's preachy though.)
  4. 7- Somewhere Else(Nice little piano piece. Good coming down music.)
  5. 8 - Love Will Come Through(Second best song on here. This takes me back to "The Man Who" album. Good instrumental. Strange lyrics. This is the formula that works for them, having fun with music.)
  6. 10 - Happy to Hang Around (More Man Who stuff. Nice chords and peaceful melodic tones and verse)

I would like to say that Travis has really grown since their initial commercial success. They have grown. But they've grown further into what I sort of feared they would grow into. They became an icon or an enigma within themselves. They take themselves very seriously on this cd. I like it. But, I also like my fruity pop.
Rating 6.8 out of 10

Van Morrison "Astral Weeks" Tim is saying that this CD outshines "Moondance". Considering that is one of my all time favorite CD's and given Tim's propensity to like the same vain of music as I do, I had to give it a go. So here we go. I can already tell that this CD is really good and I'm only 3 songs through. It's amazing how consistant Van is, but then again I know it will take me at least 3 or 4 listening to really get into it. That's the bueaty of Van. You really have to sort of pay attention and be involved or else it slips by you and you don't notice the beauty. If Van wasn't such a prick I would probably be more in love, or at least willing to go check out more of his stuff. This may inspire me to get Tb Sheets, which I wanted anyway and has the best Van song ever on it...the title song.
Key Tracks
  1. 1- Astral Weeks (To me this is classic Van. It sounds a lot like Sweet Thing. It has that extended Van twang voice. Just great!)
  2. 3- Sweet Thing (I'm sort of cheating because I have loved this song forever. I remember I wrote it out and gave it as apoem once. It's that good.)
  3. 4 - Cyprus Avenue(Great lyrics. He really does paint a nice picture with his words. This has lyrics from Sweet Thing in it. "Cherry Wine...")
  4. 6 - Madam George(A great smooth melody. His voice has inspired so many people to sing. He has let many singers know it's ok to whine and take it past themselves...Adam Duritz comes to mind. )
  5. 7 - Ballerina (Wow...it's long...just like the other one's but man is it good.)
  6. 8 - Slim Slow Rider (Nice alliteration in the title and it sounds even sweeter in the song)
Yeah so it's really good. Do I think it's better than Moondance? Nahhhh. Do I think it's really really good...oh yeah...it's a little long winded in parts. I enjoyed that very much. I really like how it chimes into itself. All the songs have pieces of the other songs. It's sweet. Cheers Tim!
Rating 8.4 / 10


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Take Them On, On Your Own" I bought their first CD after the suggestion of Mr. Noel Gallagher. I thought it was good but I also thought QotSA did it better. It's sort of the same sound. This album is much more poppy and hence I enjoy it more. Because I love my music sugary to the point of me being able to sing. Else you better have something to say. Anyway, this is good rock n' roll. They don't really play around with their music. They play straight up stuff. They dress in black all the time while they live in L.A. They were the Stokres before the Strokes were the Strokes. It was a shame they were in L.A. and didn't get the movement they needed. Well let's see how the sophomore effort went.
Key Tracks
  1. 1- Stop - (Good slow opener....well slow for them...it has nice apex's and that's what I like)
  2. 2- Six barrel Shotgun - (This sounds a lot like "What ever happened to my Rock n/ Roll". That was their frist real big single song. I like it...but come on...move on...)
  3. 8 - U.S. Government (A good little thought piece about drugs and what not)
  4. 9 - And I'm Aching (Acoustic Guitar...what?...oh it's good that's what...nice...they listened to a little too much Radiohead)
  5. 12 - Heart + Soul (There we go. The graduation song. They really put it together here. You can really see alot of their influences. And their all influecnes I like...hence I really love this song)

This is the kind of album you smoke and drive to with sunglasses on. It's good...sort of...
Rating 6.2/10

My Morning Jacket "It Still Moves" OK so after a ll the hype and accolades they are getting. I bought on the hook and got this. I'm not too jazzed because I have heard a bunch of mp3's. Bu tyou know hwat. Screw MP3's. I hat ethem. My MP3 directory is call unintimate. Why? Because you don't get the feel. Imagine if you got Let i Bled or Exile on Main Street all inpieces and mixed in with other crap like "Brown Sugar". You wouldn't relaly love it. That's why i got this. I need the rhythm and flow of a CD. So let's see what they got. Holy Crap it sounds like Neil Young singing in a cradboard box.
Key Tracks
  1. 1- Mahgeeta ( I really like this. It sounds like someone playing on the beach with a band. It's happier than I thought it would be. It's sweet)
  2. 4- Masterplan (Slow moody little jam that really really really sound like Neil Young. IS this Neil Young's new side project? Man it sounds like him. Anyway...this song is above average)
  3. 7 - Easy Mornign Rebel (This is a nice bluesy southern little rocker. Why does he have to sound like he's singing 10 feet from the Mic?)
  4. 8 - Run Thru (Wow!)
  5. 10 - Just one Thing (It sounds like Metallica mixed with Hedwig and the Angry Inch...no it doesn't but that opening guitar part sure did. It still sounds like Neil Young. )
Ok so country/cali rock is still alive and kicking(Go Flying Burrito Brothers). This was just wonderful. It sounded fresh even though it borrowed Neil Young's voice. It's the best new album I've bought in a while. I'm going to be checking out more. The one thing bad about the album is that it's 2 weeks long. I mean does every track really need to be 7 minutes long.
Rating 8.3 / 10

Oh Here's that Neil Young thing. Where he got sued by his own record company for making "non-commercial" music.

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