Hey, I'm back. Here's some of what I've collected since my last post:
Songs of Faith and Devotion -Depeche Mode
Got this one from a friend. Depeche Mode is a great band, but up till now the only album I had was Violator; so I was glad to add another to my collection. And this one rocks!! It's got a helluva great sound to it, and the songs are great. A little less electronic/experimental than their earlier work, but still awesome. I totally reccomend it, but if you're new to DM, you really should listen to Violator first.
Picks: "I Feel You" and "Get Right With Me" are both pretty good.
...And Justice for All -Metallica
Ok, here's the thing... I'm not a metal fan. I just can't get into it; the sound doesn't do anything for me. BUUUT, being the way I am, I wanted to expand my library a little bit in that area, so I got this. I chose this album because I know Metallica and they have a few songs that I actually like (I have The Black Album), and because this one sounded the best to me. Did I like it? Ehhhhhhhh.... It's ok. But not enough to convert me to metalism.
Picks: "One" and the title track.
What? Did you think that just cuz I don't like metal I sit around listening to Elton John all day? Hell no. Soundgarden is awesome. I picked this one up at the local Family Dollar; I love their other album, Superunknown, so I figured I'd give this one a try. I love it! Definitely a lot heavier than Superunknown, but it sounds great. The first half is stellar; it's not even so much the songs themselves as much as the aural awesomeness. The second half is sloppy shit, but the holdover from first half makes it all worth it.
Picks: "Rusty Cage", "Jesus Christ Pose", "Outshined"
Vol. 4 -Black Sabbath
If you're one of those that considers these guys metal, then HERES a kind of metal I can get behind!! Good ol' Black Sabbath. They guys could play, I tell ya. You can't beat that sound. I have their wonderful first three albums, and this seemed like the logical choice for the next one to get. So how did I like this one? Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......... It kinda disappointed, really. As an album, It just doesn't hold up as well as the earlier ones. I mean, it has it's high points, and that great signature sound, but overall it just sounds bored and unfocused. And seriously, what the fuck is up with "Changes"? That shit sucks. But at least there's some good music packed in there.
Picks: "Snowblind" and "Supernaut"
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness -Smashing Pumpkins
Frankly, I never paid much attention to the Smashing Pumpkins until a few months ago. I sat down and finally listened to the free copy of Siamese Dream I had gotten in a promotion a while back, and was quite surprised at how good it actually was. So I've wanted to get this one for a while, seeing as it's their other big hit record. I haven't really spent much time with it yet so I don't have a solid opinion of it yet, but if you're interested, you really should go listen to Siamese Dream if you haven't already. It's real good; particularly the tracks "Today" and "Cherub Rock".
Heaven Up Here -Echo and the Bunnymen
C'mon, you gotta love a band with a name like that!! Anyway, I first got acquainted with this band when I heard "The Killing Moon" on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. I loved that song, so I've been meaning to hear more of their stuff for a while. I finally settled on this album after I noticed it made Rolling Stone's top 500, and I'm glad I did cuz it's great. It's kinda got that same sound as early U2.
Picks: I haven't really spent enough time with it yet to say, but "Over the Wall" and the title track are pretty good...
I love Rush. Nothing much to say about this one except it's one of the albums from Rush's golden years that I was missing. No picks cuz you've pretty much gotta hear the whole thing, but I will say, "La Villa Strangiato" is definitely something special.
· "Hold me Now" -Thomson Twins
Awesome, awesome 80's song.
· "Twilight Zone" -Golden Earring
Thanks, @Sarcastic Coffeecup, for this one.
· "Radar Love" -Golden Earring
· "Hot Blooded" -Foreigner
Never used to like this one; guess it grew on me...
· "I Ran (So Far Away)" -A Flock of Seagulls
· "Space Age Love Song" -A Flock of Seagulls
· "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" -A Flock of Seagulls
Their hair may have sucked, but their music didn't.
· "Drift Away" -Dobie Gray
Great old song that happened to be missing from my collection.
· "Are You Experienced?" -Jimi Hendrix
I love Hendrix, have most of his good stuff, but didn't have this one.
· "Hot Rod Lincoln" -Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen
Bill Kirchen's guitar. 'Nuff said.
· "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" -The Monkees
· "Not Fade Away" -The Rolling Stones
Some great early Stones right here.
That's it for now.
Uhh, "rock on" or something......