Wasn't familiar with Dusty but I enjoyed this! Son of a Preacher Man is a classic and Don't Forget About Me was a banger
Listened to this album last week for the first time and wasn't a huge fan, this week I love it. Weird how mood and environment can effect your taste in music... but anyways, this is a book club, not a psychology club. Blister in the Sun is definitely the heavy hitter on this album, starts us off with a bang. Please Do Not Go, Gone Daddy Gone and Good Feeling are other favourites. I love the contrast of Good Feeling to the rest of the album - beautiful melody, strings out of nowhere, what a way to finish (not including the two separately released singles at the end in this review). Love their stripped down sound, refreshing to hear something that isn't too over-produced these days. The bass player is awesome. Feels like a pretty influential alt-rock/post punk album - found their sound reminded me of the Pixies at times. Lyrically it feels comically juvenile at times but the songwriter was 18 at the time so I'll allow it. This one will probably get added to my "albums to listen to while working" rolodex.
The Poet is a pretty fun album, starts off strong, really dig the first two tracks but it kind of trails off for me after that. Not a huge fan of Just My Imagination although I kinda love the slide guitar in it. I feel like the last 2/3s of the album could use one or two more upbeat songs to keep things interesting. Womack's voice is amazing but what an all-star lineup in the backing band; Nathan East just crushing it on bass and David T Walker laying down tasty licks all over the place - these guys are easily my favourite part about this album. Kinda love the bongos, especially in Lay Your Lovin on Me
U2 are boring and annoying (see:Ultra Violet)
Classic. The title track, Cocaine Blues and Jackson are favourites for me. 25 Minutes To Go is SO dark but pretty catchy tune. Johnny's voice is amazing. Musically pretty boring but the songs get my foot tappin'. The back and forth between Johnny and the crowd is pretty fun. Didn't like that jerk warden though. Would listen on to this on a Saturday morning at the lake.
Positives: I really like most of the actual songs on the album. Through the Wire grew on me a ton and on my last listen was probably my favourite. I like the gospel choir he uses occasionally. Negatives: Fuck Kanye. The skits are just awful, ruins the flow of the album. Last Call... I have no words. The concept is stupid. Fuck Kanye. I feel like Slow Jamz isn't too far off from being a Flight of the Conchords song. Hearing Ludacris transported me back to high school. Would give this a higher rating if it wasn't for all the 'extra-curriculars'.
I was feeling fairly optimistic after the first song... all downhill from there. Not into this at all.
Similar to Primal Scream... not my thing. NEXT!
Well consider my soul buttered, I really enjoyed this one. I was glad to hear that the Funky Days are Back Again and it Feels Good to be Back on the Road to some good albums. Was a fun album to listen to while working, always a bonus. It grew on me with every listen - it's weird but in a good way. Brimful of Asha is a pretty great song, also into Butter the Soul, Good Shit, Funky Days, even enjoy most of the fillers. This one is closer to a 3.5 for me.. giving it a 3 because I'm grading on a tough scale apparently. Will listen again. Hanji!
Not the biggest metal fan but this one is top notch. Was going to list my favourite songs from the album but I couldn't choose because they're all great. Amazing album to work to (always a bonus). 5 stars, will come back to this.
Pretty solid album, no real low points but my mind would definitely start to wander by the midway point. Feels like he's trying to do his best Van Morrison impression sometimes. Enjoyed the listen but probably won't come back to this. American Girl is a 10/10 song though
It's Led Zeppelin, what more does one really have to say? Absolutely a classic album with top notch musicianship. Brought me back to my late teens/early 20s. These days I find I'm rarely turning back the Page and listening to Zep, this re-listen reminded me why. They've become a band that I get excited about when I hear a random song in the wild, but am not getting my rocks off while listen to a full (double) LP. Biggest complaint about this album is that its SO long winded. Most of the songs are longer than they have to be and there are some filler songs in the back half. In My Time of Dying is a great song but 11 minutes is a bit much. In The Light could end at 6 minutes but drags for another 2. I could go on. Favourites are The Rover and Trampled Under Foot. Overall, I'm slightly disappointed but still a solid album.
Not much to say... at best Kometenmelodie 2 kinda sounds like nice theme music for a 16-bit game. I wonder if I'd enjoy this more if I was a robot??
I'll be honest, when I read the description I thought it had 1/5 written all over it. Normally I despise the drum compression and synth heavy music like this but these Sisters are doing it right. A lot of people talking about Lucretia - that one stood out to me at first too but by my third listen I was kind of over it. 1959 is a lovely little song that weirdly reminds me of Orville Peck? Without the vocal range of Orville. This Corrosion is a banger for sure, I would like that to be the backing track for my revenge montage. Floods 1 & 2 and the last two tracks don't really do much for me. Really enjoyable listen, this was a fun one!
This album does not let up, pedal is to the metal. It's AC/DC, they know their lane and they stick to it. When they were mixing this album did they remove the bass from some songs entirely? Even when the bass is present it's not doing all that much of anything. Some pretty good guitar riffs (as is their trademark). Drums are boooring. I'm irritated by Angus Young when and AC/DC song comes on the radio - listening to him for 42 minutes is like a weird form of torture. Angus, I'd rather you keep your "love" away from me. I'll admit, Shook Me All Night Long, Shoot To Thrill and Shake a Leg get my head bobbing a bit. I think I enjoyed this slightly more than expected, still a 1/5.
Classic folk album. Love it! Pairs well with playing board game at the lake
Been a fan of this album for a while. Love the jazzy sampling and the minimalist beats - this album is about the "vibe". The lyrics are great; meandering from silly to serious, the wordplay is always on point. Q-Tip and Phife are so in-sync here, the flow between them is unreal.
Love The Clash but this was the first time I'd listened to this album which, in my opinion, is a step bellow their later offerings. Still a fun listen, much more straightforward punk than their later sound. I'm a big fan of Joe Strummer, as comical as his voice may be. White Riot stands out as a favourite and I like the history behind the song! Would listen to this while working or running.
More like "The Alrights". I thought it was fun at first, Rudy is a good song and the start of the album kind of makes me want to dance in some mud or something. The album drags through the middle, maybe I just get tired of Ska by that point. Little Bitch is a standout song on the back half of the album, think I might add it to a playlist. It was an alright listen but won't go back to this
Really enjoying this one. It's the type of album I want to listen to on a lazy weekend morning. k.d. lang's voice is amazing. Will be going back to this for sure
All sorts of respect for the Dr. but can't see myself listening to this one again. Pretty weird stuff. Mama Roux was pretty good and other songs have their moments but overall not the greatest. He definitely wanted to let everyone know that he's from Louisiana with these song titles, I'm surprised there isn't a song about crawfish.
Was not into this one. Alright album to work to at least(on a Good Friday!?!?). In Dust We Trust made me feel like I was in a montage during a heist movie. I really didn't like the three "Beats" songs, soo repetitive and boring. It's weird but this album makes me kind of anxious? Not what I want to be feeling while listening to music, generally.
For me, 3/4s of this album is great, the rest is kinda junk. Starts off awesome, the title track is probably my favourite song. Not into Island Letter but everything else is pretty good until we get to XL-30 which hurts my ears. Pling! makes me feel like I'm in a hotel lobby. Too bad Strawberry Letter 23 isn't included in the official album because it's a great song. Overall, love the funk! Just wish Shuggie could have written a complete album rather than throwing in those nonsense songs at the end.
I'll admit, I didn't hate it as much as I expected. Still, not into the synth pop. Take On Me reminds me of being a hungover 17 year old working at Sobeys on a Sunday morning.
This album is pretty amazing. Kendrick is a great rapper, lyrics are great. I'm happy I sat on this one for a few days because it gets better with each listen. Only complaint is that I hate the trap snare on a couple songs but it's not very prevalent so I can deal. Excited to listen to more from his catalogue!
Good album! Feels like a classic that I had never heard of before. Favourite tracks are probably Silver Raven and From A Silver Phial but they're all pretty consistently good. Will go back to this one for sure.
It was okay. I found that with each listen I would check my phone around DCBA to see if the album is almost done. A couple classics that have been immortalized through media but overall it didn't do all that much for me.
It's not bad at all but no way am I choosing to listen to this on my own time.
I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. The lyrics are weirdly literal, on my first listen I was catching some good lines but upon re-listens it felt silly. The beats are pretty 'hype' as the kids would say, but I'm an old man and those damn kids need to get off my lawn.
When I first saw Duran Duran come up on here I was immediately ready to take a big ol' shit all over this album but I'll be damned... I kind of love this? Rio is an absolute banger to start out with, my favourite song on the album. Hungry Like the Wolf is a song that I've always rolled my eyes at but the more I listened the more I enjoyed it. No bad songs one the album - The Chauffeur is pretty weird but I like it as an album closer. The bass playing throughout is so fun. Am I a Duran Duran Fan? Not so sure but I am definitely a fan of Rio
I've listened to this many times since it was album of the day. Good background music, nothing special in my mind. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would though. Had heard a couple of the songs before, always fun to connect that music to the artist.
I've been heading to the orchard for some years now so I am familiar with Fiona but had not bitten into Tidal before and let me tell ya... this album is crisp. Her voice is amazing and she's a wonderful song writer. Sleep To A Dream is classic Fiona Apple in my mind, the way melody kind of ebbs and flows. Criminal is probably my favourite on the album, no wonder it was a hit. Carrion stands out to me as well, what a beautiful song to close out on. Great album, will keep coming back to this one!
Kind of a fun listen but I wouldn't go back to it. I'd call it mainstream metal? Which has kind of a weird vibe. Only song I actively disliked was United, the rest was pretty okay.
18 year old Kevin would have been all over this but I couldn't really get into it. Highway Star is pretty great and the rest is kinda meh. Talented band, just wasn't doing it for me.
Always had a soft spot for this album, it's a definite step up from Please Please Me. All My Loving is amazing, what a tune. I'm a fan of most of the original compositions, Little Child and Don't Bother Me being the exceptions. They shouldn't let this George guy write anymore songs. The covers are pretty great; Till There Was You, Please Mr Postman, Money, You Really Got A Hold On Me being my favourites. I feel some big things are coming with this group
Woof, this one was rough. Starts off strong with the title track but its all downhill from there. My eyes almost rolled out of my head listening to Dear Jessie. Didn't think it could get any worse than that song but then Act of Contrition came on.... Didn't even make it through my second listen, had to turn it off. Boooo!
Easiest 5/5 so far. Shine On is a masterpiece, Have A Cigar is so underrated, Wish You Were Here is a beautiful love song about a bro. Honestly, Welcome to the Machine has never been my favourite but it's still solid. Could listen to this all day.
Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Great voice, the performance feels intimate. Makes me want to sit in the lounge at Mister Kelly's sipping on a whisky and chain smoking some darts.
This one tickled my nostalgia bone, forgot how good TV on the Radio is. Tons of stylistic variety keeping this album from getting stale. DLZ is so good, standout song for sure.
Not bad, not great
Respect to The Who but not into rock operas, unless it's Dracula's Lament
Pretty fun album, definitely a classic. No bad songs really. Any time I felt like a song was dragging a bit they'd move to another part that is awesome and would bring me right back in - prog rock stuff, I guess. Favourite songs are School and Crime of the Century. Bloody Well Right hold up even though I've hears it a million times in the past. Love me some tasteful Wurlitzer.
Pretty fitting that we got this album on a holiday Monday, definitely feels like cottage music! Had heard of Harry before but it was fun to connect a bunch of these familiar songs to the artist. Fun music but it feels like he is imitating other acts sometimes - Beatles, Beach Boys and Randy Newman specifically. Gotta get up is a banger for sure. Also a fan of Down and Without You (classic!). There weren't any songs that I didn't enjoy. Solid album that I will probably go back to!
ABBA is sweet. Screw you, haters. That being said, not their strongest showing. I'd say it's okay throughout, no real standouts. Felt like the album dragged a bit as well. Good soundtrack for some spring cleaning.
Prince can rip on the guitar (although you wouldn't know it) and he's got a great voice but man, this was not enjoyable, almost turned it off a few different times. No real highlights for me, maybe Delirious because I found it pretty catchy? DMSR is one of the worst songs I've ever heard. A lot of the production on this album is pretty cringe.
Pretty weird but I enjoyed it.
Big fan of Wilco. This album is not for everyone I don't think but I love it - how it ebbs and flows. It gets weird and atmospheric and then they pull you right back in with a song that just rocks (ex. Radio Cure to War on War). I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Jesus, Etc., Heavy Metal Drummer are highlights for me but I like it all. Was obsessed with this album around 2009 so it was fun to go back to it. That's a 5 from me, dogs 🐕
Al's got soul, that's for sure. Quite familiar with this one, it's an album I'll throw on a few times every year. Pretty solid all the way though but Let's Stay Together is a clear high point, what a track. Old Time Lovin' and How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (didn't realize this was a BeeGees cover until now) are other highlights.
Ooh Johnny boy. Some years ago this would've been an easy 5 for me but I'm not so sure anymore. Imagine is an incredible song, so beautiful, but at the same time my eyes want to roll out of my head while I'm listening to it. "Imagine no possessions" he says while playing his grand piano in his mansion. Crippled Inside and Jealous Guy are both great songs. It's So Hard is kind of whatever until the strings hit towards the end - i guess credit should go to Phil Spectre there. Gimme Some Truth is one of Lennon's best in my time. How Do You Sleep is a great tune but I don't appreciate the way he is speaking to Mr McCartney. Oh Yoko! is a nice little closer.
Oh wow, Le Tigre rocks. Was not familiar going into this but absolutely loved it. Deceptacon is an amazing song. What's yr Take on Cassavetes and Slideshow At a Free University were also highlights.
Love this album so much, it's been a go-to for last couple years. Starts off pretty punk with Debaser and Tame - both fairly simple songs but they get my head bobbing. Wave of Mutilation is a weird one, I think Rock Band (Guitar Hero?) may have ruined it for me back in the day. Always feels out of place when I hear it now. Here Come's Your Man is a classic, kind of a funny transition into surfer rock after some heavier songs. Mr Grieves, Crackity Jones and Hey are all great songs, the latter probably being my favourite on the album. This one grew on me a lot over many listens so I wonder what my rating would be if I'd never heard it before this..
After the first half hour I thought this was a 4 or 5 for me... then it kept going and going and going. Not enough variety for an album that is nearly 2 hours long.
Gave a it a few tries but couldn't quite get into it. They're like a worse version of Pixies. Not terrible though, I think my favourite is Titanium Expose.
It's good but doesn't leave me dying to go back for another listen. Oasis' vocalists have always kind of annoyed me
I love Pixies so much, they're pretty punk but they respect melody. Not their strongest album but im definitely a fan of Surfer Rosa. Where Is My Mind is a 10/10 song. Nice of Mickey Mouse to make an appearance on Poker Face.
Do not like
Pretty solid album, kind of epitomizes the sound of the late 60s. Politically charged lyrics, lots of experimenting with sounds and instruments, etc.
Good background music but wasn't all that into it.
Pretty awesome, really enjoyed it. 4 year's out of 5
Aw hell yeah, love Pink Moon. One of the greatest folk albums of all time? I think so. Just a beautiful album, it makes me feel my feelings and stuff.
Nice background music, didn't really grab me or anything.
Not great, not terrible. First couple tracks were pretty solid and got me excited but most of the album is just standard mid-60s brit rock/pop. My Generation is the clear standout, also enjoyed the bluesy vocals on I'm A Man. Keith Moon's drumming stands out to me. I found the mixing was weird, turn up the piano (free piano!)
So funky! So good.
Not bad but not really my thing. Was interested at the beginning, the second track is pretty sweet, but my interest faded by the halfway point.
Wow, this was an awesome throwback. Crazy how I remember like 80% of the lyrics after 20 years. Really enjoyed but don't think I'll go back to it on my own time.
Love The Band. Love this album