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

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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.

Life’s Short and Hard like a Body-Building Elf

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.

Pluuto’s self-titled EP (2017)

On their Soundcloud site, they describe this EP as “a cinematic sensory explosion”. I think that’s pretty accurate. It isn’t on Spotify, so you can listen to it here:

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Give This Song Another Listen

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.

Hey There Delilah off Plain White T’s All that We Need

I had a really hard time deciding what to share this week. It took me until Thursday, so I decided to just share a single. When I first heard this song, I really liked it. Then I heard it everywhere and I got tired of it really quickly. It’s been maybe 10 years since everyone got tired of listening to it (and I heard it last). It isn’t as great as people wanted to make it out to be when it came out, but it’s still a solid tune and I’d be lying if I didn’t say it didn’t influence my music writing at least a little.

If any of my friends tell me what they think of this song, I’ll post their reviews here. Feel free to share your own comments, or an overrated song that you actually think is pretty good, down below.

You’ve Been Eating up inside Me for Some Time

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.

Billy Joel – Piano Man (1973)

Here’s another Billy Joel album from Tim. This time, it’s the album that put Joel on the map. It seems like if someone knows any Billy Joel song, it’s the title track, and it’s really good, but the rest of the album is worth a listen as well. Continue reading

Soar Like a Bird with His Heart Full of Song

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.

Billy Joel – Cold Spring Harbor (1971)

As Tim prepare’s for the Billy Joel concert this weekend, he shared Joel’s first album.

I’ve listened to a lot of Billy Joel, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this album before. Apparently there was a mixing/mastering mistake that made his voice sound a little higher and Billy Joel hates it. Continue reading