Saturday, November 29, 2008

Album Reviews (Not that I do those anymore)

Okay, okay - I just wanted to rant quickly about a couple of new albums.

First, you all know I like the new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy. And while I agree that it's not really anything like the old GN'R we used to know and love, it's definitely the old Axl. And the fact of the matter is that the album - no matter who he has playing on it, and although it is a bit too polished in places - is very enjoyable. Seriously, people. Stop bitching about every little detail and just find a great stereo system upon which to crank this one up and listen with some objective ears. Yes, he should have called the band something else, but what other brand from Axl Rose was going to make waves like "Guns N' Roses"? He legally owns the brand name and it was purely a business move - a smart one, too. Let's get past that. The music is still rockin'. The end. Check out tracks like: "Catcher In The Rye", "Scraped" and "Riad N' The Bedouins"

And then there's Kanye West's new album - 808s & Heartbreak. It's very different from his usual offering in that it's very electronic and dance-oriented. It also lacks the usual flare and grandiosity of his music especially when compared to his last release, 2007's Graduation. That said, 808s is an interesting album and if you can get past the fact that Kanye has decided to (ironically?) cash in on the modern popularity of the voice-modulator thingie on every single track (on some more noticeably than on others), then you can see the soul behind the technology. I wouldn't say it's worth buying, but it's worth checking out if you're into Kanye West. My favorite tracks so far are: "Welcome To The Heartbreak", "Heartless" and "Paranoid (featuring Mr. Hudson).

And finally, I checked out the new album from The Killers - Day & Age. It's definitely not as good as their first album, Hot Fuss (2004) - not by a long shot. But I like it more than their sophomore disappointment, 2006's Sam's Town, and a lot more than last year's covers album, Sawdust. Day & Age was produced by some famous dance/club music producer, so it certainly has that disco-revival/electronica sound about it at times ("Human"), but more than else it has a very ultra-modern, alt.rock sound ("Spaceman") that is expected from them. There are many more interesting songs here than on Sam's Town, and that what made the band popular with Hot Fuss - interesting songs. Favorite tracks of mine include "Losing Touch", "Spaceman", the Clash-inspired "Joy Ride", the Tarzan Boy-reminiscent "This Is Your Life", and "The World We Live In". Again, none of these tracks have the power we saw on Hot Fuss, or even on the hit single "When You Were Young" from Sam's Town, but it's still a step in the right direction. A solid "B -" .

And then I will mention that AC/DC's Black Ice - their first album since 2000 - is all that you can expect from that group; it's loud and raunchy and fun. Possibly the best thing they've done in 28 years. Meanwhile, Nickelback's new album, Dark Horse, is pretty lame. I'm getting very tired of Nickelback. And Metallica's Death Magnetic still rules.

That's it! No more album reviews for a while!

Peace out!

1 comment:

e said...

is gnr gonna make any videos? i ask you because you work for them, right?