Unraveled Words like Moths upon Old Scarves

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, we just listened to one album (because we tried doing this as a podcast). But for that week, we each suggested something and as a group decided what we were going to listen to. That left some albums un-heard. So I decided to take up Spencer’s suggestion as something to listen to this week.

Panic! at the Disco – Pretty. Odd. (2008)

Panic! at the Disco is a band that has been at the edge of my radar for longer than I’d care to admit. I have played in two different bands who, before I joined, opened for Panic when they were still just a hot local band in Vegas and recommended them to me – I even met them once. And I have a friend who when to school with Brendon Urie and would tell me to check out Panic when they were just starting to make a name for themselves.

But I never did until now. Maybe it’s because the vocals just seem kind of generic pop punk rock. Maybe because they were getting popular I didn’t want to seem like I was just jumping on the latest bandwagon. Continue reading

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Reflections in the Waves Spark My Memory

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.

Styx – The Grand Illusion (1977)

It’s Styx. And literally half of these songs are on every greatest hits album of theirs I’ve ever seen. This is the album before Pieces of Eight (which I reviewed about nine months ago) and the album that really changed Styx from being just another prog rock kind of band to one of the leading acts of the time.

I’ll spoil the minor surprise by telling you that after Spencer shared this, Tim shared REO Speedwagon and it made me want to change what I had shared to someone who would have toured with these two bands. There are some other bands I put in this category of classic stadium rock from the ’70s and ’80s: Boston, Chicago, Foreigner, Journey, Kansas, .38 Special, Yes, and maybe some others I’m forgetting right now. Continue reading

Please Don’t Slow Me Down

If you’ve read my blog at all in the last 9 or so months, you know why I’ve been sharing 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.

The Strokes – Room on Fire (2003)

This is garage rock all grown up. It’s a short, controlled burst of no-nonsense rock and danceable grooves. They are one of those bands where every element is distinguishable and tight. Two guitars tag team around a very capable rhythm section, while singer Julian Casablancas’ howl matches their distortion. It’s real rock n’ roll swagger. At least most of the time. Continue reading