New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: November 4, 2014

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New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: November 4, 2014DR

1. The Greatest Bastard :: Damien Rice
Single from upcoming album

Three-Sentence Review: Some weeks it is the new release singles that grab a hold of me and demand my attention, and in this case it isn’t just attention the song succeeds in garnering, but every raw emotion under my skin. This is the second single released from the upcoming album (My Favourite Faded Fantasy – coming out on November 11), and both have slayed me and stolen my heart. This one pierces through my protective shell and twists the knife a few times causing a nearly fatal reaction, but it is such a glorious pain as only songs about heartache and regret can be. I can’t get enough of it.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

The Greatest Bastard

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2. Make You Better :: The Decemberists

Three-Sentence Review: Another great single released today from another anticipated new album (What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – coming out January 20) that has stolen my musical heart. Make You Better is a bittersweet song of realization of a relationship gone wrong, and it traverses the layers of emotion that surfaces when you find yourself reexamining a past ended love. This is one of those songs where I find myself hitting replay, over and over, and with each new listen I hear something else in the lyrics – such complex and wonderful storytelling here.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Make You Better

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3. Gentlemen (Deluxe Edition) :: The Afghan Whigs

Three-Sentence Review: Gentlemen is celebrating it’s 21st birthday and to mark the day The Afghan Whigs have released a deluxe/triple album version of the original album which includes demos, live recordings and one hell of a live cover version of Dark End of the Street that I am playing the hell out of. This makes me miss my twenties in the nineties more than a little.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Fountain and Fairfax, Gentlemen and a divine live cover of Dark End of the Street.

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Dark End of the Street

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4. In the Seams :: Saint Saviour

Three-Sentence Review: There is something so delicately gorgeous going on on this album that struck me near immediately during the intro song Sorry, and stopped me from doing anything else because I had to just sit and lean in close to listen. I am reminded of Sufjan Stevens (especially the acoustic version of Chicago), Rosie Thomas and Iron And Wine, as well as of music I’d expect to hear on a Zach Braff soundtrack. Sad Kid and Nobody Died bring tears to my eyes.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Intro: Sorry, Nobody Died, I Remember and Sad Kid

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

I Remember

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5. Heartstrings :: Leighton Meester

Three-Sentence Review: I am admittedly quite surprised to be enjoying this album so much, but I am finding it delightful and more complex than I expected. At times I am reminded of crossover country/pop in the vein of Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, at times it is the more indie/folk/pop I hear, the likes of She and Him and Best Coast, a little 90’s indie the likes of The Sundays and Frente!, and then creeps in a Seventies pop sensibility hits that has me remembering albums I loved as a young girl, like songs by Olivia Newton-John. This is definitely the musical surprise of the week.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Heartstrings, L.A. and Blue Afternoon

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

Heartstrings

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