9.20.2009

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Two Suns, Bat For Lashes :: *(5.0/5.0)
Two SunsI first heard of Bat For Lashes when someone posted the video for "What's A Girl To Do" on a messageboard I used to frequent. The video was brilliant, and the music was intriguing... Thought about getting the album on iTunes for a while, but being broke held me back, and I just settled for that song.

So when this new album came out this year, I knew I had to give it a listen...

I don't know if this is a bad rip, or if the sound on this album is really this dark. It sort of reminds me of the way some CDs sounded in the early 90's... Dark and crisp in their low-fi tone — the new technology no longer obscuring the imperfections that were accepted as a part of it all, at the time. So right away, there is a thread of nostalgia that this album pulls on for me.

The production sounds really Retro-Electric. Up-tempo on some songs — almost Dance-Pop — but then there are very minimalist, atmospheric pieces... And her voice is always delicate and pleading. Drawn-out phrasing that enchants your ears.

I really, really like this album, but I don't know if I could listen to it all the time... Feel like I need to be in a certain mood to turn this on.

I don't know what mood that is, but I want to be in it a lot...

Favorite Tracks: "Glass", "Sleep Alone", "Daniel", "Traveling Woman", and "Siren Song"...

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Fork In The Road, Neil Young :: *(3.0/5.0)
Fork In The RoadThe thing I love about Neil Young, is his guitar tone. The sound is just so gritty and fuzzy. It's one of my holy grail tones — Something that I NEED to find for myself on my Guitar Playing Quest...

Another concept/themed album — this one about his car. The Linc-Volt Project. Transforming an old Lincoln into a bio-diesel/electric.

Interesting? Not really... But novel. Not really an album where you're going to pour over the lyrics. But I find the statement he's making much more interesting than the actual words he's singing. Environmental concern. Activist initiative. DIY empowerment. Rejection of rampant capitalist big business blood-suckers...

But really, what goes with Rock 'n Roll better than cars? And who does Rock 'n Roll better than Neil Young?

But stretching the car theme over an entire album tired me out a little bit. Not a favorite album of mine, but I'll probably put it on if I'm in a quirky mood.

The album starts off pretty strong, but then loses its groove a little — lets off the gas a bit and puts on the cruise control...

Seems that's a common affliction with albums recently. Front-loading too much. Maybe because there's not enough "A Material" to span the length of the album?

Favorite Tracks: "When Worlds Collide", "Fuel Line", "Light A Candle", "Fork In The Road", and "Off The Road"...

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The Open Door EP, Death Cab For Cutie :: *(0.3/5.0)
Open_Door_EPI had been reading through the book Ripped by Greg Kot, and just got done with a chapter all about Death Cab. So I thought to myself that I wanted to give this a chance, since I was just sold on how much they ruled, and thought that their story was interesting...

But this was something totally not to my taste. Folk-Emo... They have a fairly large following, and wanted to make sure I wasn't missing out on anything. Not really impressed by the song or two I've heard of theirs on the radio, but still wanted to give them a chance.

I made it a total of two whole listens through... Although, the second one, I skipped to the next song after about a minute and a half.

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