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Random Quick Picks

Posted in Black Sabbath, blue oyster cult, Creature with the Atom Brain, Gorguts, The Residents with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by Nicholas

So, Ryan has got me to join him in a random rotation album shuffle — basically selecting twenty-five albums at random from our collections and listening to them from start to finish before moving on to the next one.  Once the twenty-five are finished, we repeat.  It’s a good way to bust out the stuff you don’t listen to as much or that you haven’t listened to at all.  I completed my first five albums the other day, so here are some shitty thoughts on them.

1975

Sabotage

Black Sabbath

1975

NEMS / Warner Bros. / Vertigo

Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands.  From the Ozzy era, the first six albums are incredible, Sabotage being number six.  I do listen to this album somewhat regularly, but since it came up in the random shuffle, I gave it a good, solid listen.  For some reason I liked it more this time around than I remembered liking it.  Sabotage is an excellent mix of heavier Sabbath, such as “Symptom of The Universe” — which is a fantastic track — and some more experimental stuff.  The only song I wasn’t too crazy about is “Am I Going Insane.”  It feels a little too poppy for the rest of the album.  Otherwise this is a sexy slice of Sabbath. Continue reading

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Black Holes and Revelations – Muse

Posted in muse with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by Ryan

Black Holes and Revelations

Muse

Helium 3 / Warner Bros.

2006

Honestly, I never knew about Muse until this album.  I was way late to listen to them, seeing as this is their fourth studio album.  Critically, Black Holes was met with acclamation and disdain.  Both sides cite this album, even the band really, as being overblown and theatrical.  And this is totally true.  Muse is overblown and theatrical.  That’s why I like them.  Who else is like that?  Who else creates sounds that continually get bigger and bigger?  The band, who combine influences of progressive rock with classic rock, can be summed up neatly with one word: epic.

Sure, this might be a little too clean-cut, but it’s true.  Their lyrics may be politically charged, but Muse keeps specifics out of the songs.  This vagueness brings a sense of idealism to the album.  “No one’s gonna take me alive,” “You’ll burn in Hell for your sins,” “Will our leaders tell us why?”  All this grandness lets anyone get into the album, even though Black Holes is lousy with ambiguity. Continue reading