Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Music Review

Well since final papers are coming due I decided to spend the next couple weeks offering reviews of the media I have on my sidebar. It's quick and simple which all i can really afford to do until the semester is over in early December. So this week I offer a review of current music I can't stop listening to.

1. Hootie & the Blowfish: Looking For Lucky

Go ahead and laugh, it wouldn't be the first time someone has laughed at my support for Hootie. I've been a fan since day one. They've got two less-than stellar cds, but the majority has been solid gold. Looking For Lucky is no exception and probably their best yet. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to hear original music in a time of pre-packaged pop. Every track is gold. If you have I-Tunes capabilities, then I suggest starter tracks like: "Another Year's Gone By" or "State Your Peace" or "Hey Sister Pretty". The song "Another Year's Gone By" is probably my favorite and is really uplifting in these troubled times.

2. Van Morrison: Magic Time

I first came to Van Morrison on the featured tracks on the airplane radio. At first I thought Van Morrison was some old grandpa from my parents era. Well I found out he was old because he is the same Van Morrison of "Brown Eyed Girl". Starting sometime in the 90s he delved into his own form of R&B. Magic Time, released in May 2005, is an amazing cd that transports one back to simpler times. The title track "Magic Time" is my favorite and one I often daydream to. This can also be found on I-Tunes.

3. John Legend: Get Lifted

I found John Legend by accident, but I have not been disappointed. The track "It Don't Have To Change" is probably the best song I've heard in the past five years. It's another song that transports and inspires. I get the feeling John Legend's contribution to music is going to be as important as Marvin Gaye. If your music collection has grown bland, then I encourge you to infuse it with some soul from Legend.

4. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

I tried to resist Coldplay because I felt they were copying U2 and thought they were better than them. But with the new cd and listening to A Rush of Blood to the Head, I've stopped resisting and seen the talent of the band. Though I'm a novice fan of Coldplay, I think A Rush of Blood to the Head is their best cd. It's hard to beat "Clocks", "Amsterdam", "The Scientist" and "A Rush of Blood to the Head". It's a cd that helps one to calm down and reflect on life. Though still U2's apprentice, Coldplay does have a voice worth your attention.

Coming Next Week: Book Review


J-Wild 8:28 PM  

Interesting choices, I have huge doubts about Hootie, but because you recommend them, I will buy one of their songs off iTunes. Which one should I get?

"I Don't Have to Change" is the best song in the last five years! Come on, it's a great song, but Yahweh is better by far (five years would include all the songs off of "All that You Can't Leave Behind" which are instant classics). Anyway, I will purchase that songs as well since John Legend is way cool!

Thanks for the review.

Chris Ewing 5:32 AM  

If I had to spend .99 cents on one song from Hootie's new cd it would have to be "Another Year's Gone By".

Yahweh and songs from "All you can leave behind" might be better, but I love "It Don't Have To Change" because it's so simple. Just a man, his piano and choir in the background.

J-Wild 2:48 PM  

I just downloaded Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel"

Now that's a great song!

Anonymous,  5:48 AM  

i'm downloading another years gone by right now. I loved cracked rear view. I think hootie gets a bad rap for no reason.

I always thought coldplay and U2 were the same band with a different tempo.

another years gone by...aint bad.

btw, good to see ya the other day. I got to see lance high the next night in nashville. mini shiloh reunion.

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