Feb 1 2010, 17:37 di sumsi0706
Dic 31 2009, 23:40 di dlerner75Alright, so it's a bit late. I made the list a year ago, but never published it anywhere (not that many folks were waiting with bated breath or anything).
So, without further ado, and because I'm a little OCD and can't publish the 2009 list without first getting 2008 out of the way, here comes the best of what I heard in 2008:
Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Shamefully, this was my first Sigur Ros CD. It's shameful because they've been around for about a dozen years, and I'd never heard them before. They are now one of my favorite bands, and I own all of their CDs. Even one that I had to order from Iceland.
This is the most transcendent music I've heard in my life. There are moments that I would swear the heavens opened up and the music coming out is like the very voice of God.
My words can't do it justice. It must be heard to be believed, and not just in 30-second snippets. …
Ago 27 2009, 23:38 di rburgerBrother, Bring The Sun and Chasing Mississippi were done right. Sadly, Dave Barnes’ latest album, Me And You And The World doesn’t have the same quality as its predecessors. Perhaps the new record label Razor and Tie is to blame, or maybe Barnes has lost his touch.
It is difficult to listen to this album all the way through partly because of the way the tracks are organized. The first half of the album is solid work. “Brothers & Sisters” jumpstarts Me And You And The World with a humanitarian plea. The upbeat track has the same funk that made Brother, Bring The Sun and Chasing Mississippispecial, but it adds a chorus that repeats “I believe that we can change the world” over and over again, to the point that it’s hokey (unless in concert due to audience participation. Then it sounds really, really good). The next track, “Since You Said I Do” has a grungy feel that is similar to “Crazyboutya” in Brother, Bring The Sun and “All That Noise” in the sophomore album. He reverts to his original feel, and it works.
Lug 31 2009, 2:32 di rburgerBrother, Bring The Sun rocked, and I waited impatiently for Chasing Mississippi, Dave Barnes’ sophomore album. The Nashville-based singer does it again. Chasing Mississippi does not have a bad track and can be listened to on repeat again and again…and again.
Unlike Brother, Bring The Sun, Chasing Mississippi sacrifices the appraised romance songs for a more upbeat feel. Fortunately for Barnes, his peppier songs are just as fun to listen to. In “Everybody But You” Barnes sings about a love interest who’s oblivious to his affections: “Everybody knows it here but you/I love you girl but you still ain’t got a clue.” The blues guitar with a Caribbean inspired rhythm section creates a playful feel, which is perfect for the content.
“Everybody But You” isn’t the only track where Barnes composes flawlessly for the accompanying lyrics. “Butterflies,” summed up by the catch “butterflies in my stomach/this just might be love,” can be skipped down the sidewalk to…