There’s Got to be Something Better

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse (1996)

This week I’m continuing the trend of bands I’m surprised we haven’t done yet. I feel like The Wallflowers were a staple of the mid to late ’90s. This is their second album, and while I really like their fourth and fifth, I thought if we were going to share one, it should be their biggest.

How much do I really have to introduce this album? Any single you know from them is probably from this record. It’s Jakob Dylan updating his dad‘s style of folk rock (and singing better)(and not being so political). It’s just solid ’90s roots rock. If you can get any of the bonus tracks, I recommend looking those up, too. Their cover of David Bowie‘s Heroes is great.

If my friends tell me what they thought, I’ll post their reviews here. Please leave your own comments (or music suggestions) down below.

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Don’t Rush It

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

Beach Fossils – Somersault (2017)

This week Chris chimed in with his #5 album of 2017 (side note: Chris does a music year-in-review on his blog if you want to check that out). Chris said this entire record laments personal and cultural strife, but somehow manages to maintain hope. So there’s something to keep in mind while listening. Continue reading

Let the Sound Take You Away

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

Steppenwolf – The Second (1968)

Prepare yourselves for some psychedelic blues rock. Recently I realized that we haven’t shared any Steppenwolf. While maybe not “Voyager Golden Record“-level of awesome, they’re still a great band with great songs. I’m sharing their second record, which has their favorite song of mine, Magic Carpet Ride.

I was also reminded of another artist/group that we haven’t really shared (although not nearly as psychedelic), so keep an eye out for that next week. If my friends ever tell me what they thought, I’ll post their reviews here. Feel free to leave your own comments (or an album / song suggestion that is “Voyager Golden Record” awesome) down below.

Impossible to Ignore

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

The Cranberries – Who’s Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1971)

The lead singer of the Cranberries (Dolores O’Riordan) recently died, so I thought maybe I should share their debut album. It’s so ’90s (and therefore a staple of my junior high-era listening), it’s great. You’re likely to recognize Dreams and Linger (and maybe Sunday, too), although the whole album is full of ’90s alt. rock goodness.

If any of my friends send me their reviews, I’ll post them here. In the meantime, share your own thoughts (or an album from a recently deceased artist) down in the comments section.

I Don’t Need to Fight to Prove I’m Right

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

The Who should be one of the top British rock bands you think of (after The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and maybe The Rolling Stones). Tim was surprised nobody had shared this yet, although I was surprised Tommy was shared before this one. I know not everybody plays the game this way, but I’m trying to only share one album per artist or else I would have done this album a while ago. Continue reading

Let the Only Sound be the Overflow

Since the spring of 2014, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we review that music and share those reviews with one another.

Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (2011)

Over the last month or so, I’ve been listening to a lot of random things. It’s been pretty refreshing, actually. Once band that has come up a few times is Florence and the Machine. I don’t remember how I was introduced to them, but I’m sharing it with my friends because it seems like something Kari (who used to play this game with us) would be into. It’s poppier than my normal fare, but I’m not sure I’d called it pop. It’s got some indie folk rock vibes, but I wouldn’t call it folk or rock either. Anyway, there’s some good writing and good energy, but I had to let her voice grow on me. If you only listen to one song, I’d make it What the Water Gave Me.

This week, it was just me. Maybe everyone’s still recovering from the holidays. If my friends ever send my their reviews, I’ll post them here. In the meantime, you can leave your own thoughts down in the comments section.

Each Year We are Here Waiting

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996)

I can’t believe we’ve made it through this many Christmases without sharing Trans-Siberian Orchestra. At first I had a hard time deciding which album to share, but thought better of it and decided to share the one with the song most people know them for (although I highly recommend pretty much all their other stuff).

This is a Christmas rock opera, although it’s somewhat harder to follow than, say, Beethoven’s Last Night. But it’s their first album (in this configuration – this is technically a side project from a band I’ve never listened to), and really the point is to give us an excuse to listen to some prog rock arrangements of some familiar Christmas classics. There are some originals thrown in as well, and they’re pretty good, too.

There are also some bonus tracks. Although my edition of the album doesn’t have them, I’m going to look them up now.

BONUS!

I’m pretty sure I was the only one in our group working the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but just in case, I shared a single to help everyone get in the mood:

Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 2011 cover of What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

This is an old Jazz standard, probably most famously done by Ella Fitzgerald, but tons of others have done it, including bands we’ve already shared (although I don’t remember this song being shared before): The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Donny Osmond, Bette Midler, Chicago, and The Head and the Heart. It’s sweet, it’s simple and it’s something to throw on a playlist with Auld Lang Syne and The Parting Glass. Enjoy:

If any of my friends have anything to say about this Christmas album or New Year’s single, I’ll post their reviews here. Feel free to leave your own thoughts, or music suggestions, down in the comments section.