Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Some of the people that follow this blog have challenged me to choose the genres of music that I don't typically listen to and pick my top five in those genres. I'm not necessarily setting any rules for this challenge that I so readily accepted but I will try to explain my motive or reason for choosing these artists. This should be fun! My first genre is . . .
1. Alan Jackson - I have appreciated Alan Jackson from the very first song I ever heard by him mostly because he writes just about all of his songs. He's a very honest songwriter and he seems to really enjoy it. He is true country to me because his music comes from the heart.
4. Diamond Rio - I'm sure alot of people might disagree with me on this one but remember this is my top 5. I've seen them live and they are incredible. They know their stuff, pure talent. Great songwriting, catchy hooks, southern accent, what else do you need to be good country?
5. Alabama - They have to be, hands down, the greastest country band of all time. They have the awards to prove it. That might be all I can say.
6. Nickle Creek - I know it's a top 5 list but I said there wasn't going to be any rules. And you know I had to throw in somewhat of an Alternative/Country band. When Nickle Creek first came out they were young, inventive, and creative. Like always radio never did quite figure out what to do with them. They had a bit of airplay but then they got swept under the rug. Three words; talent, talent, talent. I'm afraid if you can't appreciate this band you just don't like music.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Friday, December 25, 2009
At first listen, I thought Humbug didn't pack the punch that the other two Artic Monkeys albums did. After seriously listening and seeing them live I realized it didn't need to. This album is extremely brilliant! It might be their best. Alex Turner continues to be ridiculously clever with his lyrics. The entire band is way too young to be as good as they are. Their contribution to the music world is unparalleled. If I had to choose the very best album of 2009 (which I don't) this might be it.
Wow! My anticipation for this album was nothing less than huge. White Rabbits brought fun back into music. After listening to It's Frightening, I have an undeniable urge to hit something, anything, but in a good way. They really understand what percussion is meant for and on this album every member of this six man band plays some form of percussion. This album shows more maturity and more of what makes music about having a good time. Definitely the feel good, fun album of the year.
With the release of this album, I had no expectations at all, I just knew that Alison Sudol has a beautiful voice and I would listen to any music that she released, and her being my musical crush didn't hurt any. This album took me off guard by being incredible. I think when it came time to record her second full length CD she said, "I'm going to make the most creative, fun, wonderful, and joyful album possible." She did it. Bomb in a Birdcage just flat out makes me smile. Who doesn't love smiling while listening to music? Her voice… is still beautiful.
- The Dead Weather - Horehound
Mandala was another highly anticipated album for me, maybe too highly aticipated. It gets an honorable mention because it wasn't my favorite RX Bandits album but it was good. It's really hard to compete with their album And The Battle Begun. (I love that album and it has more horns . . . I love horns.) Mandala definitely still has all of the power and passion their other albums possess and to be honest, the more I listen to it the more I like it.
Favorite Songs: Breakfast Cat, Hearts That Hanker For Mistake, Hidden Track