Monday, May 19, 2008
Coldplay and other muzak
So, Coldplay has a deal at Coldplay.com where you can download a song for free by just giving an email address...the song is their first single from their newest album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends called "Violet Hill". I'm a minor Coldplay fan (I loved Rush of Blood but was disappointed by X + Y) so I went and downloaded the song. I had heard a buzz about this album because Brian Eno (sometimes called the 5th member of U2) was producing so I went with tempered excitement. And was blown away by how good the song was.
On iTunes, they have a pre-order of the new album and with it you get another song, the title track of the album, "Viva la Vida". So, I pre-ordered the album and downloaded that song...and my head almost exploded. I think this is the best Coldplay song ever. It's incredible. So, go pre-buy the album and get the track in advance. It really is great.
I also bought an album called Cannons by an artist named Phil Wickham. Wow. Seriously, you need to buy this album immediately. It is some of the best brit-rock I've heard in forever. It's what Coldplay's last album should've sounded like but with some of the best spiritual/religous lyrics I've read in a while. Great, great record. Go buy it immediately. Or the next time you're at a store. Or at on iTunes. Well, download my album first, then Coldplay's then this one, how about that?
A while back (hey, I haven't written about music in a while), my favorite dread head (sorry Castro, but me and Adam go way back) Adam Duritz and his band Counting Crows released their 5th studio album Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings. You will remember that Jim Bogios, the drummer for Counting Crows, played on 3 songs ("Waiting For You", "I'm Clean" & "Love is Raining Down"), and Counting Crows has long been one of my favorite bands, so I downloaded it the day it came out. This album is seriously their best work since, well, ever. I think it's all the best parts of August and Everything After and Recovering the Satellites, their first two albums. The first half of the album rocks. Hard. Not Disturbed or Marilynn Manson hard, but classic rock hard...it's great. The second half is more acoustic like their first album. It's Adam's best songwriting and it's catchy and great. Put this on your list of records to buy.
I got Bryan Adams new one 11 and it is classic Bryan Adams. You know, he's a nostalgia act, and that's okay. I don't want to buy a Bryan Adams record and find it to be a Radiohead record. When I buy Badman (his nickname and publishing company) I want great love songs, great melodies and that classic voice. This album does not disappoint. Great songs, great production, and - as I said - that voice that I can never quite get enough of.
Finally, I recently got Jason Mraz's We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. I wanted to support a fellow Fool's Banquet alum, plus I was so blown away with his talent at the songwriting retreat that I knew this album was a must-have. I've only started to digest it, but it's really cool. It's kind of fresh...lite-funk horns, thick bgv's, some reggae influences, some strings, acoustic guitar and poof, you've got a great sounding record. I'm enjoying it. More on this later.
So, I've gotten a lot more music that this since my last music post, but I'll get to the others later.