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

There’s Singing Forever

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.

Last week, Tim said he was going to share Queen’s self-titled debut album, and suggested we all share a band’s first offering.

Queen’s self titled (1973)

Here is where Queen started, although Freddie wasn’t convinced until their next album. Continue reading

I Know Just What You’re Saying

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.

The Cars – The Cars (1978)

This is (apparently) the album that ushered in new wave rock. At least into the mainstream. I haven’t heard much from this album, pretty much just the singles, but what I heard doesn’t sound a lot like later ’80s new wave. But I like what I’ve heard from The Cars. I’m excited to listen to more. Continue reading

There’s No Glory Deceiving a Fool

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.

Queen – A Kind of Magic (1986)

Yep. Tim shared yet another Queen album. Not that it’s a bad thing. Or that I’m surprised. I just wouldn’t have done it. At this rate, it’ll take three years for Tim to share their whole catalog. Who knows if we’ll even be sharing music then. I’m kind of amazed this game has lasted as long as it has (never mind that we’ve brought in some fresh blood). Anyway…. Continue reading

I’m Not the One You Thought You Knew Back in High School

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.

This week I shared an album that follows in the same vein as my suggestion from last week. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)

Scott is also continuing from his suggestion from last week. Which means I’m steadily going backwards through MJ’s core discography. I fully expect someone to share Off the Wall sometime in the future. Although to be honest, I look forward to the stuff before that more – the spin-off Jackson 5 Motown soul stuff as opposed to the solo ’80s disco pop funk stuff.

I know it’s the ’80s and there were synths and by my 2015 standards they are dated and not so good. Unless otherwise stated, I’d prefer to hear the song with more “timeless” keyboard sounds. Continue reading

When You Think You’ve Got the World All Sussed Out

Some of my co-workers and I have been sharing some of our favorite music, rating them, reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another. I thought I’d share my thoughts on their suggestions (and their thoughts on mine) with you here.

Here’s how I rate things. If I give something one star, it 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.

Fleetwood Mac – Rumors (1977)

This is a classic. This is one of those albums (and artists) I got into because they influenced some of my influences (like Jack and White). I love almost every song on this album, but I bet my favorites aren’t the ones you’re thinking of.

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Everybody Got to Deviate from the Norm

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.

Gorillaz – Demon Days (2005)

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really like the Gorillaz. I feel like they’re the epitome of over-produced music. I’d take organic mistakes any day. Obviously, a polished performance is better than a garage band who has jammed together once. But, I’m putting my prejudices aside and giving this album an honest listen. Continue reading