Category Archives: music reviews
reviews of music, songs and albums
"Too Close" was released in 1997 by Next. It’s got a smooth, slick sound and full harmonies. I’ve never been one to have a great grasp on what people are actually saying, but "You’re making it hard for me" got my attention and I decided I needed to take a closer look at the lyrics.
I wonder if she could tell I’m hard right now, hmmm
OK, so much for metaphor. Guess we’re not burying the lead here, huh? I guess when they sing "You’re making it hard for me," they’re talking about ‘ol Mr. Penis.
Yeah, come on, dance for me baby, ha ha, yeah
Ut oh, you feel that? Alright
Come on, don’t stop now
You done did it, come on, uh, yeah, alright, hold on
"You done did it" kinda sounds like he’s blaming "baby" for his erection and she is now responsible for said erection. I gotta tell you, guys, I don’t think that argument is going to hold up at the club, at home or in court. Read the rest of this entry
There is so much to like about Highlander - and yet, the movie is kinda silly. In many ways, it’s the perfect 1980s action-adventure-fantasy flick as it checks off the boxes while pushing the limits of the genre and is still careful not to go too far. It’s Godfather II styled interwoven past and present story telling is ambitious and a bit grand for a movie about guys who are compelled to cut each other’s heads off, but that’s 80s movies for you.
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Why I’m writing about Creed is going to take a while to explain. I’ll do my best to make sense of it all.
It all started when I was editing the Green Lantern movie review post. I was fixing a grammatical error when I noticed this:
Lemme zoom in for ya.
I thought, “Holy potato balls!” and nearly did a spit take all over my monitor. The fragment, “with arms wide open” was a line from the Creed song of the same name, but as soon as I think Creed, I remember their up tempo hit, “Higher.”
This reference hadn’t been relevant for over ten years when the post was originally published, and now, it seemed even more ridiculous. I made the decision to delete it, but I didn’t – I never shall. I just kept looking at it and thinking.
Why, why, why does this exist? Why would Ella Fitzgerald, the ”First Lady of Song,” the “Queen of Jazz,” why, I ask you all, why would “Lady Ella” record such a song?
Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney,
Stuck in my chimney, stuck in the chimney
Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney
When he came last year
When it comes to Christmas Albums, the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas is at the top of the heap. And, since, it’s a soundtrack, the album includes the signature song from the Peanuts specials, that being "Linus and Lucy." And here’s where we run into an issue. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re not familiar with Gary Hoey’s hard rock covers of Christmas songs… well, get familiar with them, because they rock! Very Hard! You can hear a whole bunch of his rocking tunes .
What… what the hell?
I presume that at this point, you’ve listened to "Holy Grail," the new jam dropped by Jay Z (featuring Justin Timberlake?!?) and have, accordingly, beheld that which occurs at about the one minute mark. This, to me, (along with the incessant use of ‘uh!’) is baffling.
Now the word "baffling" may imply something I have no intention of conveying, so let me first clear up exactly how I feel about "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Read the rest of this entry
Welcome to A Fly On The Wall, a feature that imagines what it would be like to hear conversations that may or may not have ever actually occurred. This time, we’ll use our fly power to listen in on the Jonas Brothers Breakup.
Ain’t no meeting like a Jonas Brothers meeting, cuz a Jonas Brothers meeting DON’T STOP!
Right – thanks for the enthusiasm, Joe. I appreciate you guys sitting down with me today.
Of course, man! [singing] You light up my world like nobody else!
That’s a One Direction song.
Unless you’re significantly older or younger than me (in which case you’re not cool – sorry), you’ve seen Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (which is probably Tim Burton’s finest movie – in spite of Tim Burton, I would argue), and if you’ve seen that flick, you’ll certainly remember the Large Marge seen. Here’s a refresher:
Now here’s the kicker – that story sure does sound a lot like the story in this old song. Check this out! Read the rest of this entry
So… yeah. The title is kinda says it all. Kinda. Read the rest of this entry
Musical Artists: think long and hard before you title a song ‘nothing.’ Make sure that you really, really want ‘nothing’ to be the title of your tune because you’re leaving yourself wide open to all sorts of puns and ridicule just on that one facet alone. Then one hears the lyrics and the real comedy begins. Read the rest of this entry
Does your band need a name? Turns out, I’m your guy. Who knew, right? Here are a few band names that popped into my head over the last 24 hours. Take them and do what you will, but most importantly, ROCK ON! Read the rest of this entry
I know I’ve promised you more Better Know Your Hitchcock, and I promise, it is coming, along with a bunch of other movie reviews. Until then, please enjoy this slightly menacing picture of birds eating fruit from a tree… As opposed to flesh from your bones!
(Are you) A True Regular? is the debut recording (a five track EP) by The Regulars of Boston, MA.
The Regulars possess a large, warm sound that recalls Queen, The Beatles and a zillion other bands that are awesome – and yet, The Regulars don’t exactly sound like any of those bands, they just… I don’t know, almost reference other bands without really sounding much like other bands. You just can’t put your finger on it, but there is something comfortable about The Regulars, like an old hoodie you lost but found again and it still fits and it’s still in like new condition. It’s warm and comfortable and exactly what you were looking for but new at the same time. OK, I’m rambling now – just listen here.
(Also, BandCamp needs to add a volume control – is it just me? Am I missing something?)
You can’t pigeon hole this sound any more than you can deny it. It’s fun, uplifting and smooth. I can’t wait to hear what they do next. Check them out on Facebook here.
You can say whatever you want about Michael Jackson, but that dude could put out some tunes. In 2003, Epic put out Number Ones, a collection of his songs that all hit that magical mark on the charts, and you’d think that’s what I’d want to hear, but I was surprised that not only did this include songs of his I didn’t especially like, there were songs I didn’t even know. In the end, I realized I needed a much smaller collection to satisfy my Michael Jackson needs.