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Supergrass – Life On Other Planets

21 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 2

Supergrass is in a rare category for the more modern bands in my collection: I don’t own all their albums in chronological order. I own I Should Coco and I own Life on Other Planets. I skipped In It For The Money and Supergrass.

The change from I Should Coco to Life on Other Planets is astounding. The ‘grarse are no longer bratty and precocious, but what one might call glam. It feels like they’ve become Bowie or T-Rex. Not that it’s a bad thing, merely jarring. Perhaps that’s the natural evolution of things – pop punk to something more grand. Ask Green Day.

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David Gray – Life In Slow Motion

21 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 2

I get the impression that all those people who fell in love with White Ladder didn’t buy any of Mr. Gray’s later albums. They’re missing out.

The later records have more “real” instrumentation instead of the drum machines (all those copies of White Ladder he sold allow him to hire real musicians he couldn’t afford before, presumably). So the music sounds less ghetto, but is also not quite as endearing, since it loses some of its uniqueness in the process.

I love the sad undertone to all the songs on Life In Slow Motion; poignant, but never depressing. Also, I enjoy how he writes songs that could be addressing a lover, friend, parent, or child (see Ain’t No Love); one can hear the message in any number of ways upon repeated listens.





The Beatles – Let It Be

21 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 2

In some ways, Let It Be is pioneering album in the “skits” style (a style, as I noted before, of which I am not generally a fan). No matter, the Beatles can get away with it. Two of Us is an underrated song, and one of my favorites.

I haven’t heard the “naked” version, so I don’t know any better than to like all the Phil Spector production layered on these recordings. Once I get used to how something sounds, it’s hard to get me to think it sounds better some other unfamiliar way, but I guess I should check it out for the sake of comparison. In general I like the Wall of Sound style, though.





Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country

21 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 1

I think I’ve found my antidote to Belle & Sebastian not being as up to snuff as they used to be. Thy name is Camera Obscura.

Let’s Get Out Of This Country is a new acquisition, so I haven’t absorbed it much yet, but the good ingredients are all here: beautiful instrumentation, Scots, clever lyrics, cooing female vocals.





John Lennon – Lennon Legend

21 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 1

John Lennon was a major part of the soundtrack of my high school and college years. Basically the time when I thought I was a hippie (though I really wasn’t, if you get right down to it). I own all of his solo albums on vinyl, but Lennon Legend captures the “best of” pretty well.

I love the way his solo catalog so perfectly encompasses the Seventies. Still kind of Beatles-esque at the beginning, but very disco flavored at the end. My favorite song of John’s solo period is Instant Karma, though I hate the quality of the vocals. They’re so badly recorded. A close second is Jealous Guy – the piano is great and I really believe it: he didn’t mean to hurt you.