Live At The Harlem Square ClubSam Cooke
The tits! Five stars!
The tits! Five stars!
Cool dudes being cool from beginning to end. Don’t think I ever listened to the whole album before and it gets a little repetitive, but also kind of cooler because you get to see they’re going for a vibe and it’s not about any one song. Also wouldn’t have been able to put the finger on this as what I think of when I think of baseline hip hop for me, but this is definitely it. Seems like it’s probably the case for a lot of middle American suburban kids - probably even now! Hearing it through, it’s interesting how closely it cleaves to garage rock band sound throughout - especially on songs like Raising Hell. Came out in 86, and I was only listening to what my parents put on the radio until early 90s, so must have been via wedding soundtracks that it first made it into my brain. Glad it did!
Five stars. If I’m honest though, it’s because I want to love it, not because I really do. I almost love it though, so I’d rather round up from 4.5 than down. I don’t have critiques or anything like that, it’s just kind of an ugly puppy is all, you know? It’s basically about the terror and madness of life and they’re kind of too good at conveying it at some points. I’m glad I gave it another listen through and surely will again, but just not one I’d often put on.
A minute in, I was thinking THIS IS AWESOME!!! I felt like such a dipshit not having heard it before and wondered why didn’t anybody tell me? But the album overall got pretty boring pretty fast. It’s kind of ironic because seems like they were both opening the door to and critiquing the kind of mechanized media word we live in now that could make it possible for an album like this to be boring. Seems like it would have been super fun back in the day! Also, four stars is the minimum because any one song is fun to listen to on its own plus it seems like they should get an A for effort given they were blazing a trail and all that entails.
Irrefutable proof that Johnny Cash is The Man! It’s amazingly sweet even when he’s saying fuck you. I especially loved the reprise of San Quentin and would love to see the footage. I was surprised and pretty bummed the album was so short. I honestly felt bad for the guys at San Quentin and thought Johnny kind of screwed them out of more fun time, but then learned the full concert was much longer - you can listen on Legacy edition of the album. It’s pretty great!
It had me tapping my feet from the first beat, and I was pretty pumped for an hour of We Are Family-esque vibes to kick off the weekend, but it started to drag pretty quickly and the album overall didn’t give me that deep down tickle I was looking for. Three stars feels harsh and I wish I could add a half star in there at least, but maybe I’m just a grade inflator. We Are Family is such a great song though - impossible not to feel good when you hear it.
First time listening and the opening song was a bitchin entrance to my world! Just kept rippin it from there!
Loved the first song Offence and Therapy and liked the rest of it, but wasn’t over the moon about the rest. I was in kind of a grumpy mood when I listened to it though and don’t think it’s a good grumpy mood album for me at least.
Excellent vibes from start to finish.
Love love love it. The haters will scoff and say “it sounds like elevator music” in a dumb Mean Girly voice and that’s how you’ll know not to be friends with them anymore. I hope there are other albums on here by each of these two because this isn’t the best of either, but if you can’t lounge in these warm waters then you can get out of my pool.
First time listening to more than one of the hits at a time and I double dog dig it. It’s always special when bands are able to capture a vibe like this and all the more so when you find out they conjured it almost from scratch. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to music history and 100% thought they were a supergroup because they sound like such a blend of the best. I’m impressed to learn it’s the other way around!
Love the energy and have deep respect for Bowie, but if I’m honest his music always makes me feel like you kinda had to be there and I wasn’t and I guess still am not.
I’ve been trying to use my album a day as an exercise in optimism and to go into each album with the excited spirit of a fan to be able to give the album the best shot it could have. I didn’t want to when I saw it was Rod Stewart though. I’ve always thought he was annoying. I’m still a little perplexed that it made the list, but I’m pleasantly surprised by how good this album is and am now willing to reconsider my position on how annoying Rod Stewart is. The first two songs were especially kick ass!
This is awesome!! I feel like my reviews are turning into confessions, but I have to admit that I’ve never listened to a Black Sabbath record and not even a single song by choice. I always though Ozzy was playing a character and that people who claimed to like Black Sabbath were just in it for the fuck you value of the stance, but the first song was enough to convince me I’m an idiot. The first time I listened to doom metal was after I read a Henry Rollins review of an Om show or record that he said was only for people who were willing to ride the big waves of sonic destruction. I was willing and am glad I did, and now even more glad to have listened to the guys who got those waves rolling in the first place.
Hearing the hits on their own so often made it easy to forget how great this is altogether. You deserve a five star wedgie if you can’t give this one a fiver.
I respect that it’s a vibe, but it’s not my vibe.
It’s kind of fun and impressive because it feels like listening to a kind of boring 90s radio station with the mishmashing and all, but even then you’re still listening to a kind of boring 90s radio station.
Maybe this just happened to synch perfectly with my inner aggression, but I had a blast listening to this. It’s probably not one I’ll have in the regular rotation, but it’s honest energy that I can get behind!
Three stars out of respect for the idea and effort, but this is one you fall asleep to and wake up wondering why you had such weird dreams.
Fun to listen to and there’s some impressive drumming throughout! Solid rock and roll and I have naught but respect for the dudes. I was hoping to have my mind blown by one of the deeper cuts though and didn’t happen.
The melodrama makes it a heavy lift at times, but it’s a fun and impressive sonic journey overall. I was especially happy to learn there’s more to the album and band than Starlight, which has always been a puzzling hit to me. I will admit that I’m biased toward a bump up in the stars by Exo-Politics though.
I really like how ignorant this album a day thing reminds me I am. It had been the likes of “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” that came to mind when I thought of the Temptations - I had no idea they had this kind of funk in them, let alone that they were tearing the roof off before the Mothership even landed! That backbone of soul through the middle gives it a delicious grounding like mashed potatoes in the middle of a perfectly stacked plate. Loved it from start to finish and back around again.
Seems like it would have been awesome as a 16 year old in the 80s! It’s sweet and earnest and I love how big the simple sounds can feel, but too many of the lyrics reminded me of the emo poetry I wrote as a kid for me to comfortably settle in to this one. It was a good reminder to find and burn those notebooks before they fall into the wrong hands though.
Today lots of people in Long Beach saw a balding, 40ish year old white dude in a white Subaru Outback absolutely destroying the air drums whenever it was safely possible because it was the first time I heard this album and it absolutely fucking rules! If you listen to Hard Lovin Man real loud with your eyes closed, you’ll have a glimpse of the great beyond when you get the gong halfway through. And you won’t want to come back when it picks up again!
It’s one of those albums that makes me want to go plug in an amp and let some chords rip. Like taking a trip through a magically melancholy world for an hour.
I loved hearing the songs that made everyone love Norah Jones, like Don’t Know Why and Come Away With Me, but was bummed the in betweens of the album were kind of boring.
I hold a number of controversial opinions and one that always gets me howled at is that I think Bob Dylan is overrated. I still do, but listening to this album helped me to understand how he got up on that pedestal in the first place.
Totally mesmerizing - you can never tell if you’re being tucked in to bed or if you’re being pulled out to party, and it feels great either way. Willie is the absolute Man and his is at the top of my list of hands I’d like to shake.
Carole got my foot tapping and my heart strings bending! I loved the ride and the ups and downs - especially how Smackwater Jack was such a nice pick me up after Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Kind of a bleak pick me up, but still. I was bummed by how not great the title track was though.
It’s tough to beat a Billy Joel song when it comes on the jukebox, but a whole album of them at once is too much strained drama for me to really get behind it. I respect the commitment though, and was happy to hear some new ones for me that are fun - especially Get It Right the First Time.
This is awesooooome!! I love the simple, dirty smash up of rockabilly and punk with some of those surf rock licks sprinkled around. If I would have been cooler as a kid I would have listened to the Cramps - good thing I’m so fuckin cool now!!
I love the energy, but was exhausted by it too and felt like I couldn’t keep up. Think this one’s a big burrito that’s best eaten in small bites.
Seems like those first few chords open up portal to the rock and roll dimension - how can you not be pumped when you hear them? I hadn’t listened to this all the way through and was a little surprised with how low key much of the album is, but I still loved it. It hadn’t occurred to me before how odd it is for a bunch of Brits to let their Americana rip with Country Honk, but this is what appropriation should look like, you know?
Lots of groovy licks, but it felt like it’s missing that thing that grabs you and makes you not want to let go. Maybe I went in with too high of expectations, but I thought I’d be slappin my knee for an hour and instead was just mostly bored.
It’s always amazing to hear Billie Holiday sing - it’s like her voice is coming from somewhere in between. I’m a Fool to Want you cut me deep, but the album overall was a little too sleepy to be the tops for me.
Brown Eyed Girl was the song I played during my audition for the 8th grade jazz band. I got the gig, but if I’m honest, it was only because no one else auditioned. Actually, I was so bad that the band director made me take lessons on my own for three months before our first practice, and even then he was always turning my amp down whenever I wasn’t looking. In any case, the experience left me with a lot of love for Van Morrison, but I somehow never got to this one before. Listening to this feels like being in a dream - it all makes perfect sense, but none of it really does. And it seems like every time you try to turn your attention to one part, it fades away as soon as you do.
This is fun! Too much fun for a straight though listen for me, but it pumped me right up in pieces!
Good vibes, but never really grabbed me.
There are a couple of bright spots, but mostly I just felt like shrugging my shoulders and saying meh.
There were some moments that had me flying!
I double dog dig the vibes! There better be another Curtis Mayfield album coming down the line though - I’ve had him pick me up and spin me all around, but I had my feet tapping on the ground all the way through this one.
Love it!! It’s my first time listening to a full Talking Heads album and it really makes for a good time.
Whenever I hear her voice, it feels like it’s registering in the middle of my spine - like some kind of sonic electrocution. The shock is too strong for this to be to be an everyday kind of listen for me, but it’s nice to touch the wires and feel that jolt every now and then.
They killed it!!!
Albums like this are why i signed up for this project in the first place. i don’t know where the idea came from but somehow in my mind pop-culture had told me that John Lennon had become kind of a little bitch when he struck out on his own. But boy oh boy the hour I spent on this one really sent the record straight. He’s the man!
I grew up a huge REM fan and it’s fun looking back on albums I loved as a kid. When I was 10 or 11, I was determined to learn the lyrics to It’s the End of the World as We Know It and remember spending an hour with my cassette player transcribing the lyrics. It was a pain in the ass, but now I have a pretty great karaoke song always up my sleeve!
I wanted to love it, but feel bad because I think I got too excited when I saw it was the pick for the day and overhyped myself. Just a few minutes of that’s energy she channels is enough for four stars in my book though.
I was honestly scared to listen to it straight through because I thought maybe I’d be a little less into it in which case I would have been very bummed. But good news! It was one of those no need to worry things because this is still amazing and I love it.
It was a fun journey from where this started to where it ended up. I was a little worried at first when it felt like Gene Belcher joined the guys who got kicked out of Green Day and Oasis, but warmed up to it pretty quickly and had fun throughout.
It’s amazing how many love beams he can cram into song after song. It feels like he’s trying to shake you awake from the inside out and he got me out of bed!
I really wanted to love this more than I do, especially because I know it’s foundational to so many and I think of my friend JP whenever I hear the Allman Bros and I love that guy. It just didn’t break through me though, and I really tried to let it.
I felt neither chill nor post-orgasmic at any point and my first listen kind of felt like this was on the list just to see if we’re paying attention, but I thought maybe it was just the LA traffic bumming me out and gave it another shot. I’m glad I did! I still disagree with the album title though. False advertising.
I have deep respect, but maybe haven’t ever caught her in the right mood because her earnest angst always makes me feel a little too wracked to enjoy it.
It’s strange to have such sadness sound so amazing, but if that’s what it’s all about then this is it.
I liked the vibes, but wasn’t really moved and am not sure I’d be able to pick them out of a sonic lineup down the road. Maybe their sweet every band sound is why they’re on the list?
She deserves all the hype. Just when I felt like it was about to be too much, she shifted gears and showed me what that star power is all about!
Kind of amazing that an album could be so prescient about the pull of the cultural tides. It’s like they had a fever dream of what the 80s had in store, then brought it into being. It kind of sucks for them that this sound has become a caricature of the indulgences of the 80s, but isn’t mockery the highest form of flattery or something like that? And I should have put it together a long time ago, but I never realized this is where Beavis and Butthead got their tag line from. It’s the opportunity to weave the threads of my life together like this that keeps me coming back for an album a day.
Man they really nailed it on this one. It felt like being lost in a dream that I didn’t want to wake up from. It’s like they captured that moment between the force that pulls a wave up and the one that brings it crashing down, then somehow stretched it into an hour.
If I had the capacity to reach that stage of enlightenment that enables you to direct your rebirth, I’d do it just to be have the short lived existence of a microbe in her mouth that gets to ride into oblivion on one of the soundwaves coming from her voice.