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Music Binge

September 19, 2007

It’s awful.  Sometimes I think I like buying or receiving music more than listening to it.   Anyway, here’s some mini-reviews of music I’ve acquired recently.

  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – This Is Somewhere.  Five stars.  I can’t get enough of this one.  Rootsy rock.  If “Ain’t No Time” doesn’t make your heart beat faster, it probably wasn’t beating in the first place.
  • Travis – The Boy With No Name.  Britpop at its finest from the longtime Scottish innovators.  They find a great middle ground between the experimentation of Radiohead and the pop leanings of Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and Keane.  And I like them a lot better than any of the aforementioned bands.  They’re not nearly as sleepy or dour.
  • The Traveling Wilburys – 2CD, 1DVD deluxe edition.  This stuff is timeless.  From Dylan skewering Springsteen on “Tweeter and the Monkey Man,” to the hit singles, to the altogether too brief resurgence of Roy Orbison, to Tom Petty’s brilliant “Cool, Dry Place,” this is great music for the car.  The DVD is fun to watch too, as those guys seemed to be having a blast working together.
  • Sarah Kelly – Where the Past Meets Today.  Christian artist reaches out to a broader audience.  Great voice, really good music.  Caught her live at Godstock in Fairfield, IL and was knocked out by her songwriting and witness.  She’ll get criticized for her low Jesus-per-minute count and subtlety, but her emotionally honest songwriting works for me.  A great antidote to the “long on piety, short on honesty” thing in CCM (IMHO).
  • Bill Kirchen – Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods and King of Dieselbilly.  Twangalicious!
  • Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band – Live in Dublin.  Springsteen takes “The Seeger Sessions” project on the road for a rollicking good time.  Interesting takes on “Atlantic City,” “Blinded By The Light” and a couple others.

Dang, I gotta slow down!

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  1. September 19, 2007 1:13 pm

    I understand where you’re coming from, Will. I could easily do the same thing – buy more music than I could possibly ever listen to. And now with digital music, it’s even easier.

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