Take Off Your Shoes Babe, it’s Time for Dancin’

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 – Innuendo (1991)

This is it. On Thursday, Tim went to Denver to see Queen + Adam Lambert live. And to close out his month of listening to Queen albums before the show, Tim shared the last Queen album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.

I know what you’re saying: “But we haven’t done Hot Space or Flash Gordon or The Cosmos Rocks.” I know. don’t tell Tim. I think Hot Space was an oversight, and I bet we’ll get there eventually. Although I think Flash Gordon may have been intentional and may not make it into this game. The Cosmos Rocks isn’t a “real” Queen album, so who knows. Continue reading

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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

A Little Bit of Love

Some of my co-workers and I started sharing some of our favorite music. We’ve been doing it for a while, but now we’re actually reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another. So here are the four albums that were suggested to me this week.

A note on how I rate things. One star means I don’t think it qualifies as music. Five stars mean I wish I wrote the thing. Most music for me is a three.

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

First, I think the title and the artwork pretty much give you an idea what the album is going to be like. Pretty much. My wife got a mix CD from her cousin that had some of Mika’s songs on it, and that’s how I got introduced to him. I think this is what Freddy Mercury would have done if he were born 30 years later. I am always a sucker for good harmony, and this album does not leave you wanting for that. There was one curiosity about this album, though; it seems like something that worked for one song would be the exact thing I didn’t like about a later song. 3/5 Continue reading