I've got pretty eclectic musical
taste - anything except country, easy listening and rap. I'm undecided
on pure techno, mostly because my upstairs neighbors are fond of playing
their favorite techno album at three or four in the morning, and all I
can really hear is the bass going thunk! thunk! thunk! thunk-thunk-thunk!
thunk! thunk!, so I associate headaches with techno, and that's probably
a bad thing.
My only claim to musicality is the
eight years I spent playing the flute, so these reviews are written on
thin ground indeed. I've included links to CDNow so you can see what
other people think.
My Current Favorite Albums:
Afro Celt Sound System, Volume
1 Sound Magic
This is just a really interesting album. The basic idea is take
some celtic instruments and melodies and blend them with modern techno.
Something for everyone. Like I said, I'm not a real fan of pure techno,
but I like the way they mixed electronic influences with traditional celtic
stuff. It's an expensive album, and it took me a while to hunt it
down, but it's worth it.
The Cardigans, Gran
Overall, I'd give this album a 6. But out of the 11 tracks, there
are four that really got under my skin. So I just program my player
to play those four over and over again and I don't listen to the others.
:-P If you want to get this album, listen to it first and see if
you can get it at a used CD store.
Erase/Rewind - I don't know what it is about this song, but I find
it running through my mind at the oddest times. Maybe it's the rhythm
or something. It's spiffy in my book.
Starter - The idea of a fresh start is what makes this song appealing.
Someone starting with a clean slate after they've made a mess of things.
I guess it's one of those things that looks great in the movies, but would
be near impossible in real life.
My Favourite Game - I bought the CD for this song. It's a
really cool song. All of the other songs could have sucked mooshy
bananas and I still would have bought the CD for this song. I like
it that much.
Do You Believe - I suppose this is close to my own attitude . .
. Do you really think/ that love is gonna save the world/ well,
I don't think so/ I just don't think so/ do you really think/ that love
is gonna save your soul/ well, I sure hope so/ I really really hope so/
but I don't think so . . .
Organized by artist:
I've got two of Tori's albums so far: Boys
for Pele and her latest, From
the Choirgirl Hotel. I've also got a sample CD called Hey
Jupiter with an awesome rendition of the title song. Tori's
music always disturbs me somewhat. Sometimes I think her songs come
from the brink of madness - maybe that's why they're so fascinating.
I'd strongly reccomend her recent album, From the Choirgirl Hotel,
even though I really only like about half the songs on it. But the
songs I like are definately worth the price of the CD. Go buy it
and listen to it when you're driving alone at night.
Celtophile, The Voice of Celtic Women: There was a Lady
Blood Roses, Boys for Pele - Blood roses/ blood roses/ back on
the street now/ now you've cut the flute/ from the throat of the loon/
at least when you cry now/ he can't even hear you/ when chickens get a
taste of your meat/ when he sucks you deep/ sometimes you're nothing but
Caught a Lite Sneeze, Boys for Pele - There was a neat-o video for
this song. I love the complex rhythms.
Cruel, From the Choirgirl Hotel - You've got to listen to this song
- the rhythm echoes dark and deep, wound with thorny guitar and voice.
I can be cruel/ I don't know why/ why can't my ba.ll.oo.n stay up in
a perfectly windy sky
Doughnut Song, Boys for Pele
i i e e e, From the Choirgirl Hotel - Another rhythm that'll get
into your bones.
In the Springtime of His Voodoo, Boys for Pele
Hey Jupiter, Hey Jupiter - Check this version out if you can.
The addition of a low, pulsing beat updates the piano version on Boys
Liquid Diamonds, From the Choirgirl Hotel - I just like listening
to her sing the words 'liquid diamonds'.
Little Amsterdam, Boys for Pele - I wish I knew the story behind
this song. Did she shoot her mother? Did the sheriff?
Northern Lad, From the Choirgirl Hotel - Sad song about the end
of a romance.
Playboy Mommy, From the Choirgirl Hotel - Guess this is one of the
few pseudo country songs I like. Sad, though, about a mother at her
Spark, From the Choirgirl Hotel - This one's been on the radio and
has a video. Another good driving at night song.
The Celtophile collection is a bunch of lower priced CDs with different
celtic themes - you can probably find them in the world/international section
of your CD store. I think I got this one for eight or nine bucks.
It's a fairly good collection of celtic songs by a variety of artists,
but the first song on the album is what makes it a keeper. I should
probably just buy the CD by Deanta.
Dead Can Dance
Willie Taylor, Deanta - Best song on the album! It's about
a woman whose fiance goes to sea, so she dresses up like a sailor and searches
for him. She finds out from her captain that her love's name isn't
Willie Taylor, it's Fitzgerald, and he's married. So she gets up
early in the morning and sees him walking with his lady, and she draws
her pistols and shoots him dead (you can hear him moan and fall to the
ground if you listen hard enough). It's awesome. :-)
I've heard DCD's music described as gothic. I'm not sure if it's
an accurate description, but if you need to place it in a catagory I suppose
it works. DCD weave many different influences in their music, from
rock to Medditeranean to electronica, medieval and jungle rhythms, to Native
American and Spanish. I've got most of their albums: Dead
Can Dance, Aion
(the medieval one), A
Passage in Time (medieval and other influences), Spiritchaser
(Native American and Spanish), Toward
the Within (taped in concert), and Into
Spiritchaser - I love all the songs on this album. :-)
It's unique - the old and new blended together to form a rich tapestry
of sound. The infectious rhythms don't hurt a bit either.
The Arrival and the Reunion, Aion - Medieval sounding, all voice.
As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins, Aion - Starts out medievalish,
but adds modern influences.
Bird, A Passage in Time - Tribal rhythms and voice mix with a background
Cantara, A Passage in Time and Toward the Within - Neat song
- starts out slow, then adds a middle eastern beat halfway through with
Desert Song, Towards the Within
The Fatal Impact, Dead Can Dance
Frontier, Dead Can Dance
I Am Stretched on Your Grave, Towards the Within - Creepy!
When my family thinks that I am safe in my bed/ from night until morning
I am stretched at your head/ coming out to the end with tears both hard
and wild/ all my grief for the girl that I loved as a child/ the priests
and the friars behold me in dread/ because I still love you, my love, and
you're dead/ and would still be your shelter/ from rain and from storm/
but with you in the cold grave/ I cannot sleep or mourn
Indus, Spiritchaser - Native American voice and rhythm with guitar.
Neirika, Spiritchaser - Techno meets tribal with beautiful voice
Piece for Solo Flute, Towards the Within - Haunting and beautiful.
Radharc, Aion - Cool middle eastern rhythms and medieval voice.
Rakim, Towards the Within - Indian influences color both rhythm
The Snake and the Moon, Spiritchaser - If this song doesn't get
you moving, nothing will. I can almost see the snake sauntering over
the sand beneath a full desert moon.
Song of the Dispossessed, Spiritchaser - Sad lyrics tell the story
of a death of a culture. Spanish guitar, piano and synthesizer with
a latin beat.
Song of the Nile, Spiritchaser - Dreamlike and hypnotic.
Song of the Stars, Spiritchaser - Techno background with Native
American rhythms and voice and poetry spoken throughout.
Spirit, A Passage in Time
Wilderness, Aion and A Passage in Time - Medieval voice.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Towards the Within - Solo voice
- very powerful.
The Writing on My Father's Hand, A Passage in Time - Bells and voice
with medieval influences.
Yulunga, Towards the Within - Starts out slow, with voice, but picks
up halfway through the song.
You've probably heard Enya's music even if you think you haven't.
From her catchy hit Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) to her introspective melodies,
Enya is a new age musical wonder. I love listening to her music to
relax or to play while I'm drawing or writing. She has released 5
Memory of Trees, and Paint
the Sky with Stars. I'm particuarly fond of The Memory
of Trees and Paint the Sky with Stars. If you don't have
any of her CDs, I'd reccommend getting Paint the Sky with Stars
- it's a compilation CD of some of her best songs from all four of her
albums, plus some new songs.
Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
Narada Collection Series, Celtic
Voices: Women of Song
St. George's Canzona, A Medieval Banquet
Auditory Sensory Theater
The theme of this album seemed to be religion and love (sex).
Kind of an odd paring, but it works surprisingly well. All of the
songs are infectious, with a unique flavor and texture. I'd describe
the music as almost gothic rock, with techno influences and unusual samplings.
Very dark undertones. :-)
Here: This is great if you're in a bit of a bitchy mood.
It starts out slow and quiet, with strings, but builds to a heavy rolling
rhythm of guitars and precussion. The lyrics speak of disenchantment
and frustration with reality, a person seeking something. Where
do I put the books/ there's so many I could read/ but they all are filled
with lies/ where do I put the lies /there's so many I could say/ but it
seems they're in the books . . .
I'm Dying: The opening loop of chanting monks will give away
the religous theme to this song. It's evocative of a person seeking
God - wanting to believe - a common feeling in this society, I think.
Don't skip over this one just because it mentions Jesus - the monks mix
very well with a pulsing rock beat. Jesus Christ/ are you the
son of god/ I want to know/ you ask that I believe/ not one day goes by
that I don't compromise/ your love for the cold love of the world/ it's
killing me through my own evil pride
Temptation: My favorite song on the album. :-)
Almost middle eastern sounding, fast paced, with another sampling by Le
Mystere des Voix Bulgares. I went in the desert I went searching
for the truth/ I stumbled across you and I know you're not the truth .
. . They've been killing children and nobody seems to care/ they've been
laughing at my god/ my god, I wouldn't dare . . .
The Niles Edge: I love the dreamlike qualities of this song
- guitar, chimes, and monk's chant cycle effortlessly, creating an eerie
backdrop that seems to hold an echo of times long ago. The lyrics
seem like a metaphore for something - a puzzle. There's a story behind
You: A sad sounding, slow ballad. I try to make out
the story behind the lyrics every time I listen to it. My best guess
is that it's about a guy at his love's funeral, saying goodbye. You
can't take anything with you/except the love/ the love I have for you .