Saturday, October 04, 2008
So, I wanted to give some real quick thoughts on some new music I've been listening to lately.
First off, Downhere's "Ending is Beginning" is seriously wearing a hole in my iPod (if that were at all possible). I've listened to it a ton and I'm more impressed now than I was when I originally posted about it. You have got to get this album, then tell a friend to - after they've bought Running Back to You - buy this album.
Secondly, Ben Folds' new album Way to Normal came out this week. Be warned...there's a Parental Warning. Apparently, Ben's recent divorce and remarriage unleashed his ascerbic wit, and from an artistic standpoint, amazing creativity. He's always been a favorite of mine, but this stands up with any work he's done in the past, if not surpasses it. It is a GREAT album. Not perfect and there is some language to deal with, but if you can deal with objectionable elements, this album is his best easily since Rocking the Suburbs.
Thirdly, I'm still chewing on Bebo Norman's new self-titled album. It's good. On first listen, I thought it was his best in a long time. It definitely holds up better than his last album. But the more I listen to it, the more I kinda feel like it's uni-dimensional. The songs are well-written. The production is competent. But after listening a couple of times, you've got it. Or at least I feel like I got it. I'm a huge Bebo fan. But this album may need a little more time in my ears for me to just LOVE it. It's a good to very good album. I don't know that it's great yet. More to come on that.
Fourthly, I'm in love with Darius Rucker's second solo album. You may remember him as Hootie. Hear this album and he'll just be Darius. Great country music. That's right, I said country music. Haha...check this album out. For sure.
Lastly, I'm really enjoying Kings of Leon's Because of the Times. This ethereal garage rock album (yes, I put those words together) is fantastic. It's probably not for everyone...there's a lot to dig into...but if you can dig it is GREAT. I like their past stuff, but this one especially is great. It's kind of earlier U2 meets Nirvana meets southern rock. Weird mixture, but it ends up really great.