I haven't had much to blog about these past few days, so I thought I'd give my thoughts on some of the music I've been listening to over the summer. Here are the highlights.
Jack White - Blunderbuss
I'll start off with the rock. I've never listened to White Stripes much, but I was pleasantly surprised with Jack White's solo album. It's a good mix of country rock and folk that I can swing to. I kind of wish there were more tracks on the album that rocked like "Sixteen Saltines", but what's here is still good.
Notable tracks: Missing Pieces, Sixteen Saltines, Freedom At 21, Love Interruption, Hypocritical Kiss, I'm Shakin', Trash Tongue Talker
The Killers - "Runaways"
After 4 years, The Killers are back with the first single off their upcoming album. Not much to say about this one other than its good to hear some new material from them that isn't a cover or a Christmas track. That and it's a solid single with alot of passion and energy. I'll be looking forward to "Battle Born" later this year.
Poets of the Fall - Temple of Thought
This is my favorite album of the year. Bar none. These guys strike the perfect balance between comforting melodies, intensely passionate lyrics, and great guitar work. Just about every song on here is a joy to listen to and I can't recommend it enough.
Notable songs: the whole damn album
deadmau5 - 4x4=12
Lately, I've been branching out towards EDM, particularly to a certain Canadian rodent. "Raise Your Weapon" alone sold me on this album. And no, I wasn't influenced by his live performance with Foo Fighters at the Grammys even though I did get this album around the same time.
Notable tracks: Some Chords, Sofi Needs a Ladder, City In Florida, Animal Rights, I Said, Cthulu Sleeps, Right This Second, Raise Your Weapon.
I've also been liking his recent singles.
Nero - Welcome Reality
Why yes, this is dubstep, and good dubstep (yes it exists) at that. If I had found out about these guys earlier, this would have been my #2 album of last year right behind The Parallax (I realize now I rated Weird Al's album too high). Some of their tracks can be a tad repitive, but the good far outweighs the bad. They have good melodic beats and their singer, Alana Watson, has a pretty voice. I'd recommend getting the deluxe edition since that has 6 more bonus songs than the regular one.
Notable songs: Doomsday, My Eyes, Guilt, Me and You, Innocence, Scorpions, Must Be the Feeling, Reaching Out, Promises, Departure, This Way, New Life, Choices, Symphony 2808
To Speak Of Wolves - Find Your Worth, Come Home
Finally, in the hardcore corner, there's TSOW. As a relatively new band, they've greatly improved their sound since their first album. Rick Jacobs has a good screamo voice going for him and the band's chaotic sound is akin to the likes of Norma Jean and Underoath (not surprising as Spencer Chamberlian is brothers with the drummer). If you like chaotic hardcore, I'd recommend keeping an eye out on these guys.
Notable tracks: Hivemind, Stand Alone Complex, Vertigo, A Simple Thought That Changed Everything, Nostalgia Seeds, Je suis fini, Dialysis Dreams, Voidmaker
So what do you think? Should I do more blogs like this in the future?