Lately I’ve been jumping from one activity to another. It’s bad because I don’t get to focus but at this point do I really have a choice? I’ve earned this much free time and I’ll do whatever the hell I want (except spend all my savings in one place).
One of the things I’ve been spending extra time on is fixing my music library for my iPod, iTunes library and having a hi-res backup of these albums burned to a DVD.
Also, I’ve been on the hunt for new music, too. It’s convenient that most of the new releases that pops nowadays are from artists that I listen to frequently. Check out my current (old and new) album picks after the cut!
Featuring the new albums of Evanescence, Demi Lovato and Blink 182 and Young the Giant! 🙂
I arrived late at welcoming Demi’s new album ‘Unbroken’ when it broke out in iTunes, torrent world and everywhere online that midnight (my time). So when I woke up and saw my twitter feed bombarded with cheers and good words about the album, I immediately searched for a download link so I can listen to it.
The album also got to #1 in the iTunes chart just 10-20 minutes later after it was released. Wow, that is INSANE. Teenagers these days and their powerful techie skillz.. haha just kidding.
Prior to downloading, I spoiled myself and went ahead to randomly pick a song from the album and look for it at tumblr and listen to it Most of the tracks I landed on were the upbeat ones and that disappointed me a bit. I expected heartfelt songs.
Thirty minutes later, my album download finished and listened to the album on repeat for a couple of times. Disappointment gradually changed to a satisfied mood. Turns out the album is all sorts of happies and surprises. It contains your happy upbeat songs, and the other half, pushed near the end of the tracklist, are the heartfelt/straight from the heart, emotional (but not in a stereotype kind of ’emo’ way) songs.
People usually point out the last track, For the Love of a Daughter, as the best song and must-listen one. As of now I’m not feeling it. It’s sad and personal, but for it to be my favorite, we’ll get there. 🙂
Right now I’m digging the following songs from Unbroken:
- Who’s That Boy (ft. DEV)
- Together (ft. Jason Derulo)
- My Love is Like a Star
- Fix a Heart
I’d say she definitely outgrew the Disney aspect of her career and she sounded very mature on this album. If I didn’t have the knowledge that she is a Disney artist before this I would think she’s in the rank of artists like Leona Lewis and Jordin Sparks.
Neighborhoods is an album I got really excited about the moment I heard the first single off. They’re good for making catchy first singles and the rest you have to be patient through while listening else it doesn’t catch your interest at all. Well, it’s not officially out yet, lol. But the songs from the leak I’ve heard sounds nice.
I’m still looking for a song other than the carrier single “Up All Night” to get my attention, so far none of these songs have done it or else I would’ve went thru the effort of finding out its title and such. So that rating you see up there is not final, heh.
I’m just glad and relieved that Blink is back cuz that means a big possibility for them to go on a tour to promote that and include Manila in one of their stopovers. 😉
Of course I had to put in Incubus to this entry, OF COURSE. I have to have my opinion heard about this album!
INNW is the band’s 7th album (but for me this is the 9th cuz I include Enjoy Incubus and Monuments and Melodies in my own timeline). In this particular album, the band decides to slow things down and try a different leaf. Of course when we talk about Incubus, they’re going to sound different in every album that they make; that’s just the way it is, that’s how they do things. Unfortunately, for some people, this new path that they decided to take, it’s Incubus sucking up to the (whatever) mainstream medium there is out there and being *drum roll* sell outs.
For some people, this kind of ‘sound’ started around the time when they released Light Grenades.. some even blame that ever since Kenney replaced Katunich as the bassist, it was an instant 360 makeover for the band’s music. I admit, I only like a handful of tracks from LG (Love Hurts being the least of them *cringe*) and I usually listen to their older stuff more than the ones with Ben on it (except for the Crow album cuz there are gems in there).
WHAT DO I THINK? When I got a hold of INNW, Promises was the only track I listened to repeatedly because it was catchy at that time. A few weeks (to a month?) followed, I got bored of it but Incubus saves the day by releasing the MV of it just when I was losing interest. It kinda turned me off, though (read my semi-rant here about it, lolz). Two months later, here I am still having flashbacks from their concert last July and hearing my least favorite songs from the new album have officially grew on me since then.
Here’s a line I found that perfectly suits the band and their music: Incubus are like a fine wine, they just keep getting better with age!
As they go through with their music career, it’s bound that they will not sound like how they did in the previous album but like wine, as stated in that quote, it gets finer/better. Ask yourself, these guys are close to their 40s, one of them is already settled with a family and daughter, do you honestly see them going as crazy as they were 20 years ago? To me that would be pretty awkward sight, but you never know right? Life of a rockstar, haha!
OKAY. Back to talking about the album and the MUSIC.
Songs such as Isadore, Tomorrow’s Food, Defiance, Friends and Lovers were the tracks on my ‘least favorite’ list on the first 2 weeks I gave the album a spin. Now they’re alright to me.
Switchblade, The Original, Thieves, In The Company Of Wolves are songs that took some time to digest, they’re my favorites now along with Promises (yep, we got along again hahaha).
If Not Now, When? is surprising in a way that it is not like the Incubus you knew 10 years ago, and it might put you in that position to think if you’re going to continue being a fan or just stop, lose interest and move on with your life. However, if you’re a fan and used to them changing their style in every album release, you know better than giving up on the first try and instead you will give it some time until you digest everything and say that this album is quality Incubus record.
7/10 rating because I thought it could use more louder songs, you know? The b-sides that eventually came out sounded way better than the ones that made it to the final release. I bet there’s more where that came from and Incubus is hiding it from us.
Another release from a band whom we haven’t heard for ages that we thought they have disbanded or something. Or maybe I’m the only one who hasn’t heard much news about them so that’s why this new album is a big surprise and kick to my gut. Same with Neighborhoods, I haven’t thoroughly listened to this one yet. The weird part is instead of actually taking the time to give it a spin and listen to it all day and fiddle my way through finding a song that I like, I went ahead to some torrent site to download their discography!!
So, that’s my story.. downloading their discography and finding my way to hearing Dani California again for the first time since the year it was released and made it a single. I’ve been listening to that song (instead of the track from IWY) all freakin’ day and the chorus is stuck in my head. Lastly, the macro shot of the fly in this album cover disgusts me. 🙁 Not cool, RHCP, not cool at all.
I stumbled upon this new release by Lacuna Coil just last night when I was backtracking my musical interests 8 years ago.
TLDR version: I was looking for more info about Evanescence cuz they have an album coming soon and I thought of doing the same for LC, too, bec I was a fan too and they remind me of my tender 14 y/o self who was influenced to this kind of music. I felt ashamed that I had no idea they released this one 2 years ago (is being busy in college a good and valid excuse?) and now, right now, there’s an album in the works to be released next year!
Wow, the last album I heard from Lacuna Coil was “Karmacode”.. I don’t remember what year that one was released! Haha. Thoughts about the album? Good. 50/50 on it because half of the songs sound like they’re rushed, and not that hard sounding anymore unlike the previous albums. It’s close to sounding like a mainstream metal album.. maybe pop pa. I miss that Lacuna Coil from Comalies. I guess they grew up, too. The album has 2 CDS, the 2nd CD contains live tracks from their shows. I like it because I don’t hear much live music from them and this answers my curiosity.
Maybe the 2012 album is going to have influence from their roots, maybe. Orrr I just have to listen to it more.
Ah, The Weepies. I first heard of them from a friend whose iPod Touch I always borrow. I chanced upon this band on a busy Thursday afternoon while we were outside the office waiting for our friend to finish her interview. This happened last year, that one Thursday when we went around Ayala submitting and applying at different companies for our OJT.
The reason why I put all 4 of their albums in there is because I can’t choose just one album and tell you how good it is. I’m the only one who has gushed this much for The Weepies maybe because I’m quite new to this genre. Their songs are so light and calming to my nerves whenever I listen to them. Out of the four, my favorite is “Say I Am You” the best. Not only is this the first album I’ve listened from start to end, but they’re the most chill of all methinks.
I’ve only got ahold of the other three albums two days ago and they’re all good. They’re as good as “Say I Am You” and I highly recommend them.
Perfect for listening to rainy days, lazy days, chill days, and lastly on days when you want to read a book and want to have accompanying background music, hehe. It’s not too over empowering nor distracting.
Must-listen to tracks from “Say I Am You”:
- I Gotta Have You
- Not Your Year
- World Spins Madly On
- Nobody Knows Me At All
“Say I Am You” is their second album btw, “Be My Thrill” is their fourth and latest one!
The funny part of this album to me is that when I started to research about updates on them, Lacuna Coil came to mind. I remember the beef that went on when I was just a newbie fan of both bands. Other people thought this is a pop version of the Italian metal band Lacuna Coil, and that Amy Lee is copying Cristina Scabbia. Hahahaha. Anywayyyyy.
First single is off the hook for me! It’s ear-friendly, attracts new audience as well as the old, it’s catchy and it doesn’t sound too poppy.. though it does sound mainstream. It’s the voice of Amy Lee that makes me think they’re not quite too mainstream to almost being sellouts. That voice of hers takes me back to 2004 where their music totally was at the peak that time. “Fallen” had a lot of tracks that I cherished and love. 🙂 Let’s just say older Evanescence sounded darker and anti-social 7 years ago.
I wish Ben Moody would just come back to the band. Not that this current line up is a disappointment. It’s already good, IMO, but I’m just saying.. what was then was better.
For the sake of comparison though, this is better than Shallow Life.
I liked this album for sometime after hearing about them in the VMAs. Yeah yeah, I know the show is a wasteland already with the current status of the music industry now but curiosity got the best of me. Also, I don’t have enough hip hop mentions in my blog despite my sudden interest in the genre now. 🙂
For me, the songs sound rather suicidal and depressing. I don’t know how and why I got sucked in to this. Part of me enjoys it, and it’s embarrassing for me to admit it. Oh well, we have those off days and we listen to sad songs to release the pain. XD
Songs I liked from Goblin:
Hahahaha why do I have this section?? Can’t I just include them normally like the rest of the albums I featured? 😛 I think they’re somehow off, that’s why. And I only like one or a couple of songs from them.
For this part I picked Aly and AJ Michalka’s Insomniatic (they go by the name 78violet now and they’re on Twitter, too!), Travie McCoy’s “We’ll Be Alright”, Young the Giant’s first album, and Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” single.
Insomniatic (Aly & AJ Michalka/78violet)
This was the last album of these two before they dropped out of their label. Since then, I suppose, they’re making their own music under their own terms (and not to mention financial support as well). I’m in the mood for some teenage pop lately and they’re first ones I thought of listening again to. Most of the songs I like are the singles, this new song I suddenly found appreciation for is titled “Division” that I first heard from a Bring it On movie.
In Hellcats, there were numerous times that Aly did covers of popular songs such as Redemption Song (Bob Marley) and Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones) and I thought she did justice to both of those songs. Since the show got canceled and they have no record contract w/ a company of any sort, it saddens me that I will never get a better quality of those covers aside from what I heard on those particular Hellcats episodes where she did them. Sure, Hellcats did release a EP soundtrack, but those songs (and other songs she sang throughout the show) are not in there.
Songs you gotta listen to when you get Insomniatic:
- Chemicals React
- Like Woah
- Potential Break Up Song
How To Love (Lil Wayne, single)
Out of all Lil Wayne songs I’ve heard, this is my most favorite of all (for the meantime, anyway). It’s drenched in auto tune and his nasal-y voice, yes, but does it matter to someone who has scrobbled/played it 23 times on her last.fm? Obviously not. Demi Lovato did a cover of this song in one of her concerts and I thought she did it better than him, in terms of sounding more raw and real. I appreciate Lil Wayne’s effort to do a song like this, tho.
We’ll Be Alright (Travie McCoy, single)
It took me an awful long time to figure out who sang this song because the video where I heard it first did not have proper credits*!! Finally I found out last night it’s from that dude who sang Billionaire with Bruno Mars. I downloaded the entire album just incase I find another happy song inside. Hehe. I loooooooooove this song. It’s so fun to listen to because it sounds upbeat in the right way, positive and chill. I found out that it’s not his original but rather a cover, hahaha. OKAY. But this is good, and that’s enough for me.
* I was going to mention where at first but since I seem to sound ranty, I didn’t want to come out as a bitch and mention the person’s name even tho I am saying this with good intentions haha
Young The Giant (S/T album)
Hahaha, to be honest I won’t even bother checking out on them if my friends did not convince me enough. One of them asked me upfront if I’ve listened to them.. and the other one is a fan but she’s rather quiet about it. And so I got curious and downloaded their first album. Friend 1 says that YTG sounds like Coldplay. Nope, I don’t think so. Seems more loud than Coldplay’s schzzzzleepy music haha.
Also, this band is touring with Incubus around the US right now for their INNW tour so that’s another reason to check them out. What makes them so special that Incubus chose to tour with them?? (side note: Tom Morello the Nightwatchman opened for a couple of Incubus shows too so I did the same thing by sampling some of his songs to see what’s so special XD)
I have a feeling I will become a fan of Young.. they remind me of Mumford and Sons a bit and the voice reminds me of Foals, hahaha.
Songs I recommend you listen to on YTG’s album:
- Cough Syrup
- God Made Man
- 12 Fingers
- My Body