Nothing Never Gets in Your Way

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

Eric Clapton – Back Home (2005)

When I shared Doris Troy a few weeks back, I realized that we haven’t really shared any Eric Clapton. I thought about sharing something classic (Cream or Derek and the Dominoes), but then decided on doing something newer instead.

This is his 16th solo album. It’s mostly rock (of one flavor or another) with some gospel, reggae and soul. The whole thing is funkier and groovier than some of his other later-career stuff, which is why I shared it.

Revolution is pure white boy reggae. It makes sense why it sounds very Bob Marley-esque (but still not something I expect from Clapton), but I remember being surprised it wasn’t a cover. The George Harrison cover, Love Comes to Everyone, is probably the weakest on the album (that synth solo!). I think that says something about the quality of the rest of the album, because it’s still a decent song. And, as a bonus, this album features Billy Preston, another friend of George’s who was (like Clapton) a Beatles collaborator.

If my friends ever let me know what they think, I’ll share their reviews with you here. You can share your own thoughts or suggestions down below.

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A Dark World Aches for a Splash of the Sun

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

Young the Giant – Cough Syrup (2011)

After taking off the few days between Christmas and New Years, I thought I’d ease back in with a single.

I discovered these guys about 4 or 5 years ago because my wife was watching Glee and they covered this tune about a year or so after the single came out. Continue reading

The Bunch of Golden Players

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

Christine and the Queens – Chris (2018)

Friend Chris is jumping back in (at least on a limited basis) for the last few weeks of the year to share some of his favorite albums of this year.

This is the sophomore offering by French pop songstress Héloïse Letissier. She recorded the album in both French and English, so listen to whichever you please. Just be aware that the English version has one unique track, while the French version has two. Her goal was to break down gender barriers and stereotypes thematically. I don’t really know what that means yet. We’ll see at the end of if I feel like I noticed anything. Continue reading

Two Fully-Automatic Trombones

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

Youngblood Brass Band – Pax Volumi (2013)

These guys are friends of a friend (who turned me on to them). I think they really have something for everybody. Alternatively, there’s something there everybody hates, but I guess that’s just the difference between optimists and pessimists. Continue reading

Lost Inside a Lonely Life

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

The Strumbellas – Hope (2016)

These guys are Canadian and this is their third album (and easily their most successful thus far). While I have a hard time putting a genre label on them, I would say they fall into the same category as Grouplove and The Head and the Heart.

My favorite tracks are Spirits, Shovels and Dirt, We Don’t Know, The Hired Band, and Young and Wild. So half the album. Continue reading

Everything’s Gonna be All Right

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

>Reel Big Fish – Turn the Radio Off (1996)

I know Tim isn’t really a fan of ska, but this is week marks our 241st week playing this game and I just couldn’t not share possibly the king of ’90s ska albums from the biggest west coast ska band. Continue reading

Of Every Bit of Beating Heart

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

Flora Cash – You’re Somebody Else (2017)

This week, since it was a short work week, I just shared a single. One of my current coworkers recommended this to me, so I thought I’d extend it to you as well. I really know nothing about this song. Continue reading