REVISITING TOMMY PAGE’S LAST ALBUM

ALBUM                                 :           TEN TILL MIDNIGHT

ARTIST                                  :           TOMMY PAGE

GENRE                                   :           POP

Date Released                     :        2010

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He had quite a successful run during the late eighties with hits charting on Billboard charts such as “A Zillion Kisses,” “A Shoulder To Cry On,” “I’ll Be Your Everything,” and Turn On The Radio. However, he was more successful behind the scenes as he became one of the most successful recording artists who excelled as record executive.  But, despite his stint behind the record, he was able to release few albums intended maybe to satisfy his loyal fans.

Reminisce his early hit with “I’ll Be Your Everything” a live performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l49AwDb4twk.

In this album, you have a compilation of older songs and new songs.  Some of the news songs in this album can be considered as rejects from his previous albums.  The musical vibe of this album is like crossing musical genre’s.  Part of the whole album sound like 80’s pop and some songs sound like a chill out or EDM music.

Listen to “Only My Imagination” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so0es9JIwmc.

Best tracks to listen aside from “A Shoulder To Cry On,” are “Dream Come True (a heavy and pulsating tune,)” Kissing In The Rain (which is like a Gazebo song,) “Only My Imagination (which borrows some refrain from Duran Duran’s Say A Prayer,)”and “Right On Track (which is EDM version of Breakfast Club ditty.)”
Watch fan made video of “Right On Track.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhn3tK7lIo8.

I say the album is really good for his loyal fans, but for other musical fans, they opt to listen only to the recommended tracks and will not bother to listen to the whole album.  Thus, I rate this record 2.5 stars.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

 

DEFINITELY ONE FOR BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIMES

ALBUM                                :           WE GOT IT FROM HERE THANK YOU

                                                           FOR YOUR SERVICE

ARTIST                                  :           A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

GENRE                                   :           HIP / HOP / RAP

Date Released                      :        2016

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The problem with most rap and hip hop album is that they tend to sound generic and the only thing that separates the individual album from each other is on the verses.  Thus, A Tribe Called Quest new album is always a welcome phenomenon for hardcore rap and hip hop fans.  I believed that it is not a dare when you say that this group is perhaps the most talented and creative rap and hip hop act ever to grace the scene.

Watch official video off “We The People” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2Su3erRIA.

This act really knows how to craft good hip hop and rap songs.  For example, in “Kids,” the infusion of video game sound, one listen to good verses and imagine playing a Nintendo game.  In “Enough,” it asked “is it enough?” and you clamor for more hard rap and hip hop sounds. Perhaps, it is their creative way of telling listeners not to expect pop music from them.  They take whining to another level when they complained and sing that there are no niggers in “The Space Program.”  A unique way of lambasting the realities of life without damning the obvious.

Watch and sing along with “Space Program” lyric video in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6nPcGCO0ow.

Almost all tracks in this album are great to listen to. Yes, it  is worth the wait.  This album came nearly 20 years after their last studio album was released.  I rate this record perfect 5 stars

Watch live performance of “Dis Generation” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DOOu3wPQfE.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

 

AN ELECTRIFYING ALBUM

ALBUM                                 :           STATE OF SHOCK

ARTIST                                  :           THE ELEKTRICS

GENRE                                   :           SYNTH POP, PUNK, INDIE POP

DATE RELEASED                 :           1981

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Here are some tips on how to listen to this album effectively.  First, you need to be conscious that this album was released nearly 35 years ago.  Therefore, the sound, vibe, and music of this album naturally sounds dated to young music fans out there.  Second, just treat this album as going back to the past and discover amazing things about the 80’s and this band was one of it.

Listen to “When The Night Comes Down” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYKNdtBDqWM.

If you are thinking of appreciating this album based on the first premise, you can say that this band might be quite ahead of its time.  For example, you might think that “When The Night Comes Down” might sound like “Owner of The Lonely Heart,” but you must remember that this album was released in 1981 and YES song was released in 1983. In “Go Now,” you might hear some familiar refrain of THE RAMONES “ I Wanna Be Sedated,” yet the latter track saw the light of day back in the late 80’s.

Listen to “Go Now” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kJCgau-g9U

If you are using the second premise, you would have realized after listening to this record that this is a great album.  It has songs that can make you dance, bounce, and even bang your head. Think of hitting the dancefloor with “Building Buildings,” “Rocket Ride” (this track reminds me of Devo’s “Dr. Detroit,”), and “When The Night Come’s Down.”

Listen to “Building Buildings” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deCgNBN9t9g.

If you are looking for great 80’s album, this is a must have and I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

SPECTACULARLY SPEKTOR

ALBUM                                 :           REMEMBER US TO LIFE

ARTIST                                  :           REGINA SPEKTOR

GENRE                                   :           JAZZ / POP

Date Released                      :        2016

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If you are looking for an album that will cater to your artistic whims and caprices then, you should listen to this album. The problem with art record is that it tends to be boring and you forced yourself to listen to it even though you cannot comprehend the art thing of the album.  For example, most Bjork album is considered as artistic album but after listening to her records, you are not impressed with the record as you felt that the singer is the only one who understands her art.

Listen to “Bleeding Heart” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAy4RMI82NQ.

In this record, Regina Spektor, probably did not have an idea that she is Bjork in pop and jazz domain.  Thus, her records are not boring and listeners are excited to discover her songs.  This is because the art album she offered is not monotonous in sounds but rather a compilation of melodies and hooks that are usually absent in art albums.  Also in this record, there is no forcing of the art.  In fact, Regina might not be aware that she is creating an art album.

Listen to “The One Who Stayed and The One Who Left” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n81BNbVLdo.

Although, this is an art album, it doesn’t mean that the whole album is excellent.  It is good for a Regina Spektor album but only time will tell if this record holds up and will become one of the revered classic albums in the future.  Perhaps, it is the fact that most of the songs here are piano and vocal combo, makes one wish that she could have made a more upbeat album. Best track to listen in here are “Bleeding Heart,” “Grand Hotel,” “The Light,” “The Trapper and the Furrier,” “The One Who Stayed and The One Who Left,” and “End of Thought.”

Listen to live performance of “The Trapper and The Furrier” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee0WrZM4Kko.

I rate this album 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

 

GIVE THIS ALBUM MORE THAN A MINUTE

ALBUM                                  :           ANOTHER MINUTE

ARTIST                                   :           CAUSE AND EFFECT

GENRE                                   :           SYNTH POP / EDM

Date Released                      :        1992

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The problem with revisiting old records is that one is compelled to write off the album immediately as nonsense.  For example, in this album, one might feel that synth pop albums are boring and quite dull considering that the drum program is quite dated if you are listening to it right now.  However, if you open up your mind and explore and listen to the whole album, you might find yourself really delighted as the sound and vibe might be dated still most of the hooks have better hooks and melodies compared to modern pop stuffs you are listening right now.

Watch official video of “Another Minute” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfx1pPsvApE

Listen to extended version of “What Do You See” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nad6pqMGXMU.

Best tracks to listen in this album are “You Think You Know Her,” “What Do You See,” “The Echoing Green,” and “New World.”   I rate this record 4 stars for despite being dated in terms of sound and vibe still this album managed to encourage me to listen again and again from time to time.

Listen to “The Promiscuous Mix of “You Think You Know Her” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vluExK-oeIY.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

 

IT’S A TOUR DE FORCE SHOW NONETHELESS!!!!

ALBUM                                  :           THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW

ARTIST                                  :           ROBBIE WILLIAMS

GENRE                                   :           POP

Date Released                     :        2016

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It is not surprising and perhaps won’t be the last time that a musical artist will attempt to produce an album that is fashion like a musical play.  Pink Floyd did it with “Another Brick On The Wall.”  With artist whose temper is like an autistic child, surely Robbie Williams will focus his energy on something that will gain him musical respect not only among his peers and musical fans but also with music critics.  In other words, this album is probably is ticket to musical integrity the way Madonna did with “Like A Prayer” album.

Watch official video of “Love My Life” on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ggyO-OFXU.

In the song “Love My Life,” he sung about him being powerful, beautiful, wonderful, magical, and born free.  Yes, he might be talking about the whole album.  The album is beautiful in a sense that it is loaded with great hooks and melodies.  Yes, some songs may sound like Take That fossil but songs like “Motherfucker” and “Sensitive” are great reminders on his 90’s roots. But there are songs like “David’s Song” which is basically Robbie at his best doing ballads.

Watch “Motherfucker” on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo4m2nzfhjg.

The album is wonderful in a sense that he did not succumb to musical clichés.  For example, with a song titled “Bruce Lee,” listeners will assume that it will have oriental flavors.  Instead, the song is fashioned like a Dennis de Young in vocals while he was still with Styx.

Listen to “Bruce Lee” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr6kugrwde4.

The album is powerful as it shows his powerful talents doing powerful songs like “Pretty Woman,” “The Heavy Entertainment Song,” “Party Like Russian,” and “Time On Earth.”

It is also a humane album as there are songs which affect you emotionally like the way he did with earlier songs like “Angel.”  In this album, you have “When You Want To Know” and “Marry Me.”

As a whole the album deserve many repeat listening and thus I rate this record 3.5 stars.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

 

ONE ALBUM YOU CAN ALWAYS LISTEN AT NIGHT!!!

ALBUM                                 :           FIRST COMES THE NIGHT

ARTIST                                  :           CHRIS ISAAK

GENRE                                   :           POP

Date Released                      :        2015

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Elvis Presley resurrected?  Nope, it’s Chris Isaak.  You can say that he is still Elvis copycat but after listening to his record, you can say otherwise and this time he is finally he is in own world and musical style.  In fact, he took quite a lot of risk by releasing an album that combined musical style of Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and Gene Autry.  This is indeed cowboy pop.

Watchh “Pleases Don’t Call”‘in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUbx6KGPlLM.

One of the nicest things that you can say about this musical performer is that he knows his limitations and his strengths.  Thus, you won’t hear him singing songs which do not augur well with his voice.  Thus, you feel relaxed listening to all of the songs in this album.  Even the Elvis Presley factor is no longer exploited although he did sound like the King of Rock and Roll in “Love The Way You Kiss Me.”

Listen to “Reverie” iin heere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSBggDCQGnM.

Best tracks to listen to in this album are “First Come The Night,” “Baby What You Want,” “Down In Flames,” “Insects,” “Kiss Me Like A Stranger,” “Reverie,” and “Some Days Are Harder Than The Rest.” Indeed, that’s a lot of recommended songs to listen to.  With that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Sing a-long  with “First Comes The Night” lyric video in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ARyfl_C4lw.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it