Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:57 AM
This threads going nowhere, so im gonna post all my ones from '06
Foo Fighters - Skin and Bones / The Foo Fighters's first live album went to a softer side, playing their new songs from In Your Honor and old classics, from their ten years together, in an acoustic mood. While keeping many of their songs in an acoustic feel, some electric favorites stand out. "Times Like These", "Best Of You", and “Everlong” are all done in an acoustic. "Times Like These" is given an epic feel when a series of violins break out in the bridge. "Everlong" shines as the most emotional song on the album. The song really hits home, with an acoustic beginning, and ends with the familiar sound of Foo Fighter’s madness at the end. While some songs ("Best Of You") may not be better acoustic, there is still much charm in these classics.
The Slip - Eisenhower / Breaking away from their jam-band status in previous albums, The Slip provide an interestingly-written album in Eisenhower, the first of their kind. The first two tracks stand out as the best songs on the album. "Children of December" is written about how birthdays in December are lost behind Christmas and New Years. While the songs lyrics may be a little out there, the music really draws you in, and you can’t get out, and you truly don’t want to. The same applies to "Even Rats", there is something great about these two songs. Brad Barr (lead vocals/guitar/piano) really shines on these two songs perfectly blending with the music. While the rest of the album drifts from these songs, it is no doubt an excellent album that I had never experienced before. The Slip became known mainstream from the popular video game Guitar Hero. The Slip's "Even Rats" appeared in the game exactly a year before Eisenhower came out.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium / After a long four-year wait since their last album, By The Way, The Red Hot Chili Peppers released their highly anticipated two-disc album Stadium Arcadium. Looking back at their nine studio albums, including Stadium Arcadium, this is the most work they have done on one album. This two-disc monster contains 28-songs, which is enough to fill any diehard fan's dreams. The Red Hot Chili Peppers stick to two different types of songs throughout the album, much like the Foo Fighter's In Your Honor. They give homage to their By The Way album by doing the funk-rock, which they are famous for. They also have many rock ballads on Stadium Arcadium, sticking closely to their 1999 hit album Californication. I believe that this formula works very well for the Chili Peppers. I also do believe that, like the Foo Fighter’s In Your Honor, the two-disc should have been mixed into one disc. The album would have a bigger impact with a much stronger lineup than have fill-ins between great songs. The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s first single off the album was "Dani California", keeping their profound obsession with big hits named off the Sunshine State. In my opinion, "Snow Hey Oh" is a much stronger song mixing their funk-roots and rock ballad feel into one song. I think this would have been a much better first single, but what does it matter anyway
Incubus - Light Grenades / Incubus really pumps up their normal sound by incorporating tons of riffs into Light Grenades, by adding them on to Incubus’s strange-but-awesome chords and Brandon’ Boyd’s awesome voice. I, myself, have known Incubus as a psychedelic band depressing trying to break out and rock. On their break-out album Make Yourself, and song “Drive”, Incubus was close to that sound on songs like “Stellar”. I could feel it coming, their next studio album Morning View got even closer, with songs life “Nice To Know You”. But Light Grenades breaks the barrier with a fucking wrecking ball. “Quicksand” feels way to much like old-Incubus, and I think it is a weak beginning to the album. The album’s vibe starts to pick up in “A Kiss To Send Us Off”, leading us to the most beautiful song on the album “Dig”. This may be the best rock ballad of 2006. The musical build-up, the excellent lyrics about the bond between people, and perfect blend in the chorus pushes this ballad to the max. The follow-up “Anna Molly” still keeps the blood flowing but at a different speed. I’ll say this, some parts of songs really make me want to got crazy when listening to them (like the beginning of “Woman” by Wolfmother lol). The first time I listened to Anna Molly, I could sense one of these magical parts. With the gradually-louder sixteenth-note snare beats, the guitar solo, and the perfect harmony all at once, I could tell something was about to hit me. And then, a musical orgasm hit me. That part is unbelievable, some of the best moments of the album. While I don’t like to categorize bands, any Red Hot Chili Peppers fan will really appreciate this album. Songs like “Rogues” have that RHCP funk-riff feel. An alternative music must-have.
Wolfmother - Wolfmother / There are too many good things about this album. When I first heard "Dimension" (from a free download from iTunes) they had finally brought back what I loved...pure rocking. From the explosive opening to “Woman”, to the organ solo in “Mind’s Eye”, to the flute in “Witchcraft”, Wolfmother really gets the perfect formula delivering a great rock album. While most of their songs have the heavy riffs and power chords, they really shine on the Zeppelin-like ballads like "Vagabond". This song finds its roots from Zeppelin classics “Going To California” and “Four Sticks”. The album, Wolfmother, contains a series of heavy riffs and chords, and then rock ballads to back them up, helping this Australian power-trio blow into the rock spotlight.
now fucking criticize my 11th grade musically mindset and writing.