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New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: November 11, 2014

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1. My Favourite Faded Fantasy :: Damien Rice

Three-Sentence Review: I couldn’t wait for this album to come out, and oh my stars was it worth the wait. Damien’s music always rips me open in jagged tears and has me very often a mess of tears, but in this beautiful, bittersweet way that I cannot turn away from, no, instead I keep returning for more. This one is no different, this gorgeous collection of songs, they leave me feeling an endless array of emotions, and leave me tearful and hopeful and strangely understood.

Initial Favorite Track(s): The Greatest Bastard, I Don’t Want to Change You and Trusty and True (and really the entire album)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

I Don’t Want to Change You

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2. Sonic Highways :: Foo Fighters

Three-Sentence Review: I love the power of this album, the occasional surprise of seventies funk meets rock sensibilities (especially on the track Something From Nothing), the emotional delivery of lyrics and feeling, all-together creating an album that I can already tell is going to be one of my favorites of the year – especially to drive to. This album is epic, and yes, I am sick of that word, too, but it fits this one completely. The last song, I am the River, just takes me completely into it, and I feel myself getting lost in the 7:09 minutes of musical escape and wonder and release – I want to hear it performed live.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Something From Nothing, Subterranean and I am a River

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Something From Nothing

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3. Death Rattle :: Young Tongue

Three-Sentence Review: At first listen I am reminded of music I was listening to in 2005, back when I was listening to Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm, and Bright Eyes dual releases Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. There is something here that I’ve missed from those albums, mixed with a little of the more modern/alternative sounds of say Young the Giant and Bastille, but still, I feel more of the connection to the sounds of ’05, which I love. I love the meeting up and melodic mixing of husband and wife Stu and Liz Baker voices, it adds layers and levels to the music that makes me want to keep listening – this is a band to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Heavy Metal Thunder, Cat Calls and Matriarch

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Cat Calls

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4. The Driver :: Bastille
Single from the “Mix Tape” Other People’s Heartache Pt. III

Three-Sentence Review: Speaking of Bastille, a recent musical favorite of mine, the single from their “Mix Tape” release, The Driver, surfaced this week and I cannot seem to get enough of it. The single reminds me of what I fell in love with on their debut album, reminiscent of Bad Blood and Laura Palmer. This is one of those songs that makes inspires me to write, which is invaluable to me – music is forever my muse – I can’t get enough of Bastille’s music.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

The Driver

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5. After the Earthquake :: The Jazz June

Three-Sentence Review: Twelve years since their last release, After the Earthquake comes around and has me realizing I’ve actually missed their kind of sound. This album reminds me more of 90’s pop-punk than early 2000’s Emo, and perhaps that is that it sounds more grown-up and grounded, and, well, it has been twelve years after all. The entire album is catchy, guitar-driven indie-pop-punk wonderfulness, and I was really needing an album like this right now – there really is no weak song on the album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Over Underground, With Honors and Edge of Space

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Edge of Space

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