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Music Review: Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns

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Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns

Tracklist:

1.     “The Requiem”
2.     “The Radiance”
3.     “Burning in the Skies”
4.     “Empty Spaces”
5.     “When They Come for Me”
6.     “Robot Boy”
7.     “Jornada del Muerto”
8.     “Waiting for the End”
9.     “Blackout”
10.     “Wretches and Kings”
11.     “Wisdom, Justice, and Love”
12.     “Iridescent”
13.     “Fallout”
14.     “The Catalyst”
15.     “The Messenger”

~ It’s been awhile since I’ve listened from Linkin Park so when I heard the *The Catalyst* Preview, I was absolutely stoked! They sounded fresh and new as the day they came bursting into the scene a few years back.

Now that I’ve listened to the whole album, I’m more convinced that the boys are back on track to light up the airwaves with their music. The whole album is a bit mellower than their usual ones but I guess it comes with the age? Still, they do have a few hard rocking hits.

It seems that they’ve mixed in Mike Shinoda’s work from Fort Minor, integrating drum beats and the mixes. It almost sounds like the boys are progressing more and more into Prog Rock as you listen to the album more and more and over and over [which I have].

It opens with a brief intro and a quote from Hindu Scripture then followed by the  hauntingly beautiful “Beautiful Skies” [sample lyric: “I’m losing what I don’t deserve”]. It is immediately somewhat overpowered by the heavy drumbeats of *When They Come For Me* which makes your head just bop up and down with the rhythm.

The whole album is full of great songs that can cater to different kinds of musics old and new Linkin Park fans are accustomed to. The main single of course, *The Catalyst*, is very, very well done and is somewhat gives of a *trippy* vibe and feel to it. It even became the new opening theme for the new Gundam Vs. Gundam game on the PSP.

All in all, the whole album is a great listen to for old and new fans. For an older fan like me, the whole thing is a breath of fresh air and IMO reinvents the whole band into a whole new package. For the new fans, it will give them the opportunity to listen to how versatile Linkin Park is and on how they’ve musically matured to the years. It’s a solid buy and a wonderful addition to your music library.

Here’s hoping for a remix album! :]

Written by The AlanSong

October 12, 2010 at 3:00 am

Music Review: Pictures of You – A Tribute to The Cure..

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Album Cover

 

I’m very much thankful that both my Dad and his brother [hence, my Uncle] had a very large background [and collection!] of music. And that, at a very young age, I was able to listen to such diverse and different sounds. But I was THAT much young to understand the meaning of the songs, heck I couldn’t even read well nevertheless my ears were functioning right and they were hearing beautiful music.

One band that I really liked was The Cure, albeit it was not until I reached Highschool in ’97 that I was fully immersed into Music and that I was able to read up on, understood and even sang songs from this band. 

I was surprised that they launched this album last February and I didn’t get wind about it. Anyhoo, the tracklist is:

1.] An Introduction by Robert Smith
2.] Mystery Jets and Esser – In Between Days*
3.] Lostprophets – Boys Don’t Cry*
4.] Marmaduke Duke – Friday I’m In Love
5.] Dinosaur Jnr – Just Like Heaven
6.] The Big Pink – Lovesong
7.] Editors – Lullaby
8.] British Sea Power – A Forest
9.] The Dandy Warhols – Primary
10.] The Get Up Kids – Close To Me*
11.] The Futureheads – The Lovecats*
12.] Art Brut – Catch
13.] Metronomy – Fascination Street
14.] Alkaline Trio – Cut Here*
15.] Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – In Between Days*

I generally like covers. Erm..the good ones, like the All American Rejects’ Cover Version of “Womanizer”. I love how artists reinvent or even breath new life to old songs albeit there are other cover songs that just plainly is bad, REALLY bad.

Anyhoo, this album of covers seem to be just right. 

It starts of with a spoken intro by Robert Smith who talks about how The Cure started, how they covered songs and the how, when and why to cover a song. It’s a good almost 3minute talk.

Then the songs, it’s not that full of known artists but that doesn’t matter. Some of the cover songs tried as much not to deviate from the sound of The Cure while some went way out there, some even sound like a remix. 

The songs in the tracklist above that has asterisks are my picks for this album. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the other ones, it’s just that I like these songs better. I’m glad to see Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. on this compilation as i’ve been a fan since I first heard the album last, last year. Also, I am surprised how well the LostProphets did their cover, as it sounded  unlike them.

If there was any negative thing to say about this album is that the songs are too few. There have been other cover compilations and tributes to The Cure that came out with two CD’s.

And with that, even though it’ll be another cover album/tribute, it’s still a nice addition to your Cure and/or Music library.

Written by The AlanSong

March 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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Music Review: WATCHMEN OST..

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WATCHMEN Music from and inspired by the Movie OST Cover

After watching the film and reading the songs during the end [as well as listening to them during the film], I knew I had to get my hands on the OST.

And they have two, one’s the Musical Score which is basically the background orchestraic music and the other one’s this one. An OST of Music that was in the Movie. I didn’t get the Musical Score Album yet [lack of funds D:] but I will get it soon. Nevertheless, the OST is still worth the buy on it’s own.

Track Listing: 

01 – My Chemical Romance – Desolation Row 
02 – Nat King Cole – Unforgettable 
03 – Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’ 
04 – Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence 
05 – Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee  
06 – K.C. & The Sunshine Band – I’m Your Boogie Man 
07 – Billie Holiday – You’re My Thrill 
08 – The Philip Glass Ensemble – Pruit Igoe & Prophecies 
09 – Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah 
10 – Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower 
11 – Budapest Symphony Orchestra – Ride Of The Valkyries 
12 – Nina Simone – Pirate Jenny 

 

Now, seeing that the movie was during the 80’s era. More or less, the music should reflect that and there are nice songs that are here. Surprisingly, My Chemical Romance is at the top with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” [which you can hear at the end of the film]. But it’s not there usual noise and it still gives of the 80’s kind of feel which can be heard throughout the album.

I couldn’t have gotten any of these great songs in my music library if it wasn’t for this OST. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” is still a classic and it’s funny how they used it in this film. It’s nice to hear a Janis Joplin song again. I am currently liking Kc & the Sunshine band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man”, which has a double entendre of sorts. Another song which has a weird placement in the film is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. And lastly, we get to hear a rare song in Nina Simone’s “Pirate Jenny” which I’ve read that she rarely performed this one and when she did it took the energy out of her and took a long time to recover.

This OST is simply a great compilation of songs and if you have gotten to watch the movie, whether or not you liked it, it’s a great buy and addition to your library.


Written by The AlanSong

March 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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Canon Rock..

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There’s nothing liek some Classical music by Pachelbel converted to a rocking guitar solo in the morning..

..also, it doesn’t hurt that a cute girl [who’s also wearing a schoolgirl uniform] is shredding the whole thing..hihihi…

I actually heard this first from Jerry C. [i coulnd’t find his original vid], and it was phenomenal..it also made me think how fail I was in playing the guitar..oh well..

Written by The AlanSong

November 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm