Am I Just Sending Words into Outer Space

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

Katy Perry – One of the Boys (2008)

I’ve heard a couple of songs off this album, but most of my perception of Katy Perry is based off her next album and it isn’t super favorable. I can appreciate her songwriting ability – something most pop stars don’t seem to bother themselves with. So when Tim suggested this album, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Continue reading

I Can’t Tell Lies ‘Cause They’re Listening to Me

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

Maybe I’m just in a good mood from a week off work, but I’m really excited about everything that was shared this week.

Cheap Trick – Dream Police (1979)

I haven’t really listened to Cheap Trick beyond their three big radio hits, and a live cover album of The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s (which also included them performing the last medley from Abbey Road). Continue reading

We May Now Enjoy the Dreams We Shared So Long Ago

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

Chicago – II (1970)

As a follow-up to The Transit Authority, Spencer is making his way through Chicago’s catalog. Also, I often forget how much Terry Kath’s voice reminds me of Jimi Hendrix‘s, but better. Continue reading

Come Friends, Who Plough the Sea

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

This week, Tim suggested we all share something from Broadway. Not just a musical. Broadway. Do I share 42nd Street, which I played in the pit for (just in high school, not on Broadway)? Do I share Carousel, The Music Man, or some other play for which I was on stage? Do I share Footloose, Wicked, or some other play which I’ve actually seen on Broadway? It was a hard choice, and I purposefully waited until everyone else had shared something, so they would narrow my choices (kind of the opposite of how I choose what to share most other weeks). Before I get to my choice, here’s what my friends shared:

Sister Act (2009)

I didn’t know they made this a musical, but I liked the film, so … sure.

When Scott shared this, he said it’s “slightly sacrilegious and inappropriate at times, but most of it is good.” Not being Catholic (not that he is either), I still get that. Continue reading

Blessed All the Young at Heart

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

Count Basie Orchestra – April in Paris (1957)

This may be my shortest review of an album since we started playing this game: Continue reading

Nothing is New

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

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

After I shared what I did for the week, Tim suggested we all share our favorite album that has come out in the two years since we started playing this game. And it’s a great idea. Except I already shared (and I don’t listen to a ton of new music, so I’d have to think about it a little more). But here’s Tim’s: another Black Keys album. Continue reading

For Every Useless Reason I Know There’s a Reason Not to Care

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

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

I used to be a big G’N’R fan, but have kind of drifted away from them for years. I never before realized that the first six songs are (more or less) all about violent life in the big city and the last six are all about love (kinda). Continue reading