Rocking You to Sleep from the Otherside

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.

Queen – II (1974)

Tim shared Queen. Again. I’m not complaining. He’s getting himself ready to go see them + Adam Lambert in a couple of weeks.

I tried to pay attention to the lyrics because I knew I’d love most if not all of the music. And I’m kind of glad I did, Continue reading

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Look Towards the Dark Days with a Glad Heart

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

George Michael – Faith (1987)

Last year, we lost quite a few music icons. Tim decided to share something from one of them. Continue reading

My Disenchanted Diplomat Asleep inside the Laundromat

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I’m surprised it took this long. My friends have started sharing Christmas music. I can only think of one Christmas album I want to share, so I’m holding that until next week. Also, as my wife loves to point out, I’m a bit of a curmudgeon. Instead, I shared just another pretty good album. Before I get to that, here’s what my friends shared:

Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte – We Two Kings (2015)

Spencer shared a (relatively) new Christmas album of “the Great Carols” by two (or three) guys I haven’t heard of, but feel like I should have. I was surprised at the surf rock, but I mostly really like it. Continue reading

The Worst Songs of All Time

Months ago, one of my old coworkers found a NPR podcast where they discuss the worst songs of all time. They do admit that all of these songs are really well known songs and divisive. Some people (even some of the panelists) love some of these songs. And many are by really well known, successful artists. But, in the podcast, they argue that when a great artist comes out with even a half-horrible song, it’s worse because of the expectation factor. The horrible songs by the unknown artists never get attention, because of course they’re terrible. That’s why those artists never got famous.

The song the used as an example? Continue reading

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

Late in the Night, Your Shadow Falls between Us

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.

Gentle Giant – Octopus (1972)

Here’s a loose concept album by prog. contemporaries of last week‘s Yes. The concept was a song about each of the six members of the band. Except they ended up with eight tunes. And the title is a pun on that, specifically the eight (octo-) musical works (opus, the plural of which is opera, which gets confusing to us modern, non-native Latin speakers to whom opera is a very specific thing). Continue reading

Stuck on a Groove that I Don’t Wanna Lose

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.

A quick heads up: The versions of these albums on Spotify have some bonus tracks (eg. all of the tracks from the UK and US releases – they shared 8 of the 11 tracks – of Jimi’s, plus the b-sides for the three singles). Unlike last week (which had crazy amounts of bonus tracks), I’m listening to all of these.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (1967)

While we had a little Jimi back when we shared some live albums, this is the first of Jimi (et al)’s studio stuff. Continue reading