I wouldn't hold out much hope for the Creedence
Taking a break from writing my offday story for tomorrow, an examination of what Kip Wells needs to do to get right (please, no snarky comments). And I realized that we haven’t had much music around the ol’ blog lately. The ball-to-rest-of-life ratio has slipped way out of whack.
So in case anyone cares, here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve been listening to lately. Thoughts/suggestions/pans of course welcome and invited.
Kaiser Chiefs: "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" — not as crazy about it as some, but it’s good, catchy pop. I can listen to it repeatedly, and that’s worth something.
Albert Hammond Jr.: "Yours to Keep" — the whole album isn’t memorable, but parts of it are really fantastic. About half the songs, I just love, and they keep me coming back to the whole thing.
The The: "Soul Mining" — Yes indeedy, this is old school. I always liked them, but never owned it. And now "This Is the Day" is on a commercial for something or other. That, to me, is one of the absolute most perfect, beautiful pop songs ever written, so I had to get the album so I could listen to it more often. "Uncertain Smile" is a really amazing song too. Fantastic record. Hi, Dustin!
Dinosaur Jr.: "Beyond" — Mentioned it already, I know. Couple times, probably. It really captures the sound of old (but not ancient) Dino. Like a less produced "Where You Been" or something. Just because it’s the original lineup doesn’t mean it sounds like "Bug." It sounds very very very familiar to me, but in a good way. And my favorite Dino records are Where You Been and Green Mind.
Kings of Leon: "Because of the Times" — One of y’all noted a while back that Caleb "still can’t write a melody" or some such, and I won’t argue because frankly I don’t care. I’ve always loved KOL for their overall sound more than anything specifically lyrically or melodically. I just love the way they sound, and they sound better with every album.
Black Crowes: "The Southern Harmony…" — My favorite BC album is "Amorica." But I heard "My Morning Song" on the radio in Detroit one night, and it was SO perfect, SO what I needed to hear, that I dug out the album. Still strong. A few forgettable numbers IMO (Hotel Illness, to name one), but I love it.
Bob Dylan, post-protest, pre-Jesus stuff — Went through a few of them, "Desire" and "Blood On the Tracks" and "Blonde On Blonde." Great rock songs. Everybody has preconceptions about Dylan, but whatever. They’re just amazing albums filled with amazing songs. I can listen to ’em all again and again and again.
LCD Soundsystem: "Sound of Silver" — got this recommended to me a while back, and it’s stayed in constant rotation for weeks. Not sure how to describe it, because some of it is all over the place, but I’m loving it.