Incinerated in a Light of Gold

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Low – Double Negative (2018)

Continuing on from last week (and a few weeks before that), here is Chris’ favorite album from last year.

This is Low’s 12th studio album. And although I know I’ve heard of them before, I’m not sure I could tell you anything they’ve done. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

If We Listen to the Voices that were Silent for So Long

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.

This week, I’m sharing some music from some current coworkers. Last week was employee appreciation week and (almost) all employees at my company (about 35,000 of us) got some Bluetooth headphones. Our CEO posted a five song playlist on his blog of things he’s been listening to and encouraged everyone else to do the same: Continue reading

The Things You Can’t Remember Tell the Things You Can’t Forget

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

There are very few weeks where I think, “of course so-and-so shared that album” about everything shared. This is a very personality-specific week of sharing.

thesoulutionsthisiswhatyougetUSU Jazz Orchestra – Europa (2014)

Both Spencer and I played jazz at Utah State University, but my tenure as an official college musician didn’t last long. I just felt like they wanted me to be a robot. I was only under the direction of Dr. Gudmunson a few times, but I liked him. Apparently he doesn’t feel much different than I did. According to Spencer, this is Dr. G’s response to what he feels is stagnation in the world of jazz.

“The future of jazz is east where European writers and bands are breaking the rules and actually making hip new music,” he said. Continue reading

Listen to You Play ’til the Sun Goes Down

For more than a year, 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.

Since we have been playing this game for 80 weeks now, Spencer decided we should all share music from the ’80s. I don’t listen to a ton of music released in the ’80s. For the most part, I don’t think it’s very good. Mostly I discovered there are a lot of albums from the ’80s I don’t care for. But there are some great singles. I did find one I would have shared anyway, but before I get to that, here’s what my friends decided to share this week.

Eurythmics – Touch (1983)

I have heard very little Eurythmics. Maybe two songs. Well, more like just one, plus covers of it and another. So all of my expectations come from that, plus Spencer’s apprehension of their dated ’80s sound.

However, because I listen to Spotify on my phone for free in shuffle mode (because my work blocks Spotify on our computers), I ended up listening to a few more Eurythmics songs than just from this album. And some of them (I’m going to guess their more modern stuff, since it was more guitar based and less synth based) are pretty good. I’ll forego a review, but I’ll probably listen to a bit more of them. Continue reading

I’m Busy in the Blissful Unaware

For more than a year, 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 – The Transit Authority (1969)

In case you didn’t know, the band Chicago was originally The Chicago Transit Authority and this was their self-titled (eponymous) debut album. But then the actual transit authority of the city of Chicago brought legal action against the band. So they became just Chicago and this album became known as The Transit Authority. Most Chicago albums are only numbered with roman numerals – they have no titles per se, so this is also I.

I feel like a lot of Chicago’s stuff (especially their later, and maybe more well-known stuff) could be classified as progressive soft rock … or should that be soft prog rock? Anyway, I was surprised how this record wasn’t really a surprise. It was exactly what I expect from Chicago, except funkier (especially the last half hour). It’s like these guys were younger and had more energy. Continue reading

My Heart Knows Me Better than I Know Myself

If you’ve read my blog at all in the last 9 or so months, you know why I’ve been posting what I have. Every week, some of my co-workers and I have been sharing some of our favorite music with one another. We’re supposed to review it, rate it, and share that with one another – but that doesn’t always happen.

This week, I got an album partly as a reaction to what I shared last week:

KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope (2004)

This is her first album. Like The Coral’s Dreaming of You, I was first introduced to the single, Suddenly I See, via Lego Rock Band. So I was expecting this whole album to be full of songs like that track, but that’s not exactly what I got. Continue reading