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.
I’ve covered Baba O’Riley in two different bands, and it is still in the top 100 greatest songs I think I’ve ever heard (last time I tried to actually make such a list, I got to about 70 or so when my computer with all my music on it crashed – I have it all backed up, just not accessible). It’s a great song, and a great reminder that (for the most part) you don’t have to write a complicated song to have a hit.
I also really love Behind Blue Eyes, although I can’t hear it without thinking of the Limp Bizkit cover. There are other well-known tracks like Bargain and Won’t Get Fooled Again, that are better than average, but Going Mobile really stood out to me. Part of it is the synth, but also I feel like it means more to me now that even when I was in high school (when I first started listening to stuff like this)(although I can’t say I ever payed attention to this particular song at the time).
On the whole, this is a solid album. There’s one absolutely great song, and a couple really good ones. But there are no bad songs, and many of them have really good moments – even if they don’t last the whole song.
There are also a ton of b-sides and alternate version bonus tracks, plus a whole album’s worth of live tracks. The bonus tracks are worth checking out, but I didn’t actually care for the live set. I thought it kind of detracted from everything else. Maybe I’d change my mind if I saw them live, but just a recording of them live doesn’t really do much for me.
All in all, I’d give this album a 3.59/5
Passion Pit – Goassamer (2012)
Like last week, this is more electronic-pop than my normal fare, but I like it and I’m sharing this album because it seems like something Chris would be into. I’ve heard some stuff from Passion Pit before, but I got into this album specifically when Erato did a cover of one of the songs (also, they sang back-up on this album) a few years back:
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.