Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hey I'm Still Here/New Albums to Check Out (or not check out)

Hey! Remember me!? Sorry for the lack of postage lately but my job gets really hectic in the warmer months and my personal life in general has been really busy. BUT here are some albums that just came out that I either have opinions on or I think you should give a listen to - I'll elaborate later if I need to:

- Twenty One Pilots Blurryface - I have to say, I'm surprised with this album...and not pleasantly necessarily. It's an interesting effort and I get what Tyler and Josh were trying to create but I'm not sure if it works for them very well. I still support and love them but this album was strike two for me. In case you were wondering, the first strike was when they came to my area for a show and they were awesome live, albeit total dicks to the people that worked at the venue (one of the sound guys works at the library with me,) so that was pretty crappy of them. ANYWAY...

-Matt & Kim New Glow- Matt & Kim have been the same damn thing for a while...but I like the same damn thing and it works for them. From what I've heard of this, it's another energy fun filled dance party, like they always deliver. Like I've said before, if you do what you do well and you like the music you're creating, sometimes you don't have to change it up as much as people think you should.

-Best Coast California Nights- I'm very torn about this record. You all know how much I love Bethany and Bobb but something just doesn't feel right about this record. Last night, I was actually talking to my boyfriend about it and he said, "it just sounds way too over-produced for what the songs are. And the drumming is weird." And then that got me thinking, you know what, the drumming IS weird. I think that could be a factor as to why it sounds off to me. I know they usually hire session drummers since there is no official drummer of Best Coast and I think whoever they hired, was not the right fit. Key tracks are "In My Eyes" and "Jealousy" - they sound like Crazy for You Best Coast. Only if that album had way more instruments and less reverb. That's another gripe I have - I get it if Bethany and Bobb don't want to use reverb anymore - it's their music first and foremost and they can do what they want with it but they taunt their fans a lot..."maybe we'll use reverb again someday, maybe not!" I hate that! Anyway, it's a little all over the place but this album is worth a listen...because it's Best Coast and I'm obviously going to at least recommend you give it a try.

-Another interesting factoid I have to share is about one of my musical loves for life, Mr. Frank Turner. He's announced that his new album is called Positive Songs for Negative People. I love it. He's also released a lyric video for his first single, "Get Better". Here's more info about that as well as the lyric video. It should be coming out some time this year.

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