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New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: September 30, 2014

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1. Playland :: Johnny Marr

Three-Sentence Review: Addictive and incredibly listenable, Playland has taken me by surprise, exceeding any expectations I had when I pushed play. This album completely trumps and takes over Moz’s disappointing release this year in its musical relevancy and cutting edge feel. The album plays like a fantastic mix of some of my favorite mid-to-late 80’s bands (Love and Rockets, Flesh For Lulu, New Order) and some of the more recent alt-rock bands I’ve loved (Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Palma Violets).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Easy Money, Dynamo and The Trap

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Easy Money

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2. Queen of the Clouds :: Tove-Lo

Three-Sentence Review: I’ve mentioned a few times in this space that 2014 is the year of the musical female artist, and this album from Swedish pop singer Tove-Lo continues the trend, and then some. I like my dance music a little dark and rough, and I love it most when the lyrics are well-written and honest, not just a catchy hook, and Queen of the Clouds has all of that, especially with songs such as my first listen favorite, The Way That I Am, Thousand Miles and the Summer hit, Habits (Stay High). Tove Nilsson’s voice reminds me of a darker Robyn, and her songs a more literate Kesha – I’d love to hear some of these songs stripped down and performed live.

Initial Favorite Track(s): The Way That I Am, Thousand Miles and Habits (Stay High)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4.5

Habits (Stay High)

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3. Blue Planet Eyes :: The Preatures

Three-Sentence Review: Blue Planet Eyes is reminiscent of MTV-era 80’s pop songs with big hooks and electro-energized rhythms fronted by a rock/punk/power voice the likes of Joan Jett (just a little poppier, like if Joan had joined the Go-Go’s), which is who Isabella Manfredi reminds me a lot of. Business, Yeah is soulful and sad, reminiscent of Alison Moyet (back to that 80’s comparison again). Somebody’s Talking, my first-listen favorite, reminds me a lot of The Ting Ting’s, especially their We Started Nothing album-era.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Somebody’s Talking, Cruel and Business, Yeah

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4.5

Somebody’s Talking

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4. Carry On the Grudge :: Jamie T

Three-Sentence Review: After a five year between albums break I was so excited to be spinning a new album from Jamie T this week, and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. The album, as a whole, is more emotional, less rap and rowdy, and complex in a way that improves with each subsequent listen. Sometimes Jamie’s voice strikes a chord that reminds me so much of Pete Doherty (Libertines, Babyshambles), and at other times it veers into something uniquely his own, and steps and stones away from predicted comparisons to The Cribs, Klaxons, and yes, The Libertines.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Don’t You Find, Turn On the Light and Zombie

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4.5

Zombie

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5. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (Remastered- Deluxe Edition) :: Oasis

Three-Sentence Review: Over the last two years Oasis and I got back together after having a rather nasty break-up at the same time a big relationship had a nasty break-up (you know how sometimes a band goes with the ex? Well, this was the one to go). The thing is, it certainly wasn’t the music’s fault, even if the Gallagher boys are a bunch of asses a lot of the times, they certainly made some gorgeous music. I was so very ready for a remastered/re-release of this album, so full of beautiful songs and songwriting that just hit me in the best way, what a way to get over it and not look back in anger, this new release/re-release is worth everyone giving it another go – musically speaking, that is.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Don’t Look Back in Anger, She’s Electric and Champagne Supernova

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Don’t Look Back in Anger

8 thoughts on “New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: September 30, 2014

      1. I don’t now how I missed this comment. I watched it 2 days ago. On one hand I was entertained…a bit hooked in but always aware that something silly was happening too. Viola is strong, great screen presence but there’s something goofy about the whole thing…can’t put my finger on it but I’d include the overacting by most of the student characters in my explanation. I’ll watch next week I want to see where it goes. I’m glad there’s a show with an African American woman in the lead.

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