John Legend - Once Again

November 17th, 2006

In 2005 John Legend won 3 Grammy Awards. He won for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance on his song "Ordinary People" and Best R&B Album for Get Lifted. Both of Legend's albums have been released under Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Get Lifted was a great album, but I think Once Again is better. John Legend - Once Again

a href="">Save Room As the music starts, don't be startled. You are still sitting on your couch, or driving your car. You have not been physically transported to inside an elevator, it is just the song and it will pass. But before you know it you'll want to be sure you have someone in your life into whose eyes you may gaze while you sing along.

02. Heaven There is comfort in John Legend's voice and it comes through in this song. I am not a huge fan of the hollow, tin sounding female support singing "Heaven only knows," but it works well enough.

03. Stereo My guess is that you will be hard-pressed to find a song where you can feel the singer's passion like you can in this song. Listening to this song and this album you, too, will fall in love with your stereo.

04. Show Me While pleading for someone to show him that they love him, Legend shows us how comfortable he is in his upper vocal range.

05. Each Day Gets Better This is the track you will want to take not of on this album. This should be the new relationship anthem. Guys, if you don't get a copy of the album, at least get this song. If your girl has out grown the legend Barry White, try this Legend's "Each Day Gets Better."

06. P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care) This is really the first track on the album where we see the rusty sound in Legend's voice that delighted so many in the Grammy winning "Ordinary People," though it is in short supply. It comes out more later in the album. Gents, this is another track with which to woo your special lady friend.

07. Slow Dance Smooth. Let's drop everything so our arms are free for each other. It's a great message and a great song.

08. Again This song slows the album; it changes the pace and the tone. The first song with conflict in the lyrics is just another way for John Legend to show his versatility on the album.

09. Maxine The jazzier sound here could make this a song you would hear in a more up-scale bar/club/restaurant. It's a good song with a slower tempo.

10. Where Did My Baby Go This is probably my favorite song on the album. It is not the most up-beat subject matter, but it is one of the higher-energy songs. Probably the highest compliment I could pay John Legend is saying that this song is reminiscent of Sam Cooke. It also brings back that rusty, off-key singing that Legend does so well. I love this song.

11. Maxine's Interlude I am not sure why this was added to the album, except for dramatic feel to this story-told-in-an-album. At under 2 minutes, it is not too obtrusive, but I still usually skip this track when I listen to the album.

12. Another Again This is a good song. It is a shame that is on this album because it is overshadowed by so many of the other songs. And maybe if you haven't heard "Prototype," from OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, you won't mind how similar the music is.

13. Coming Home This is a beautiful song with which to end this story. There is more emotion here than in most of the other tracks, which makes sense as the album/story comes to its grand conclusion.

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November 15th, 2006
Blue October - Foiled - Hate MeHate me so you can finally see what's good for you.

New Found Glory - Too Good To Be

October 6th, 2006

New Found Glory - Too Good To Be

New Found Glory, the pop-punk band from Florida, has released a new album. Each album seems to be a bit slower than the last, but that is not to say they are not as good as the ones that came before. A definite highlight from the new album, Coming Home, is Too Good To Be. The song is more of a ballad than most of the songs they have released and I love it. Really the only thing that links this song to New Found Glory is Jordan's voice. You could easily mistake this song for a different band; it would definitely appeal to a broader audience. It quickly made the short list of songs I cannot stop playing right now.

October 4th, 2006
The Killers - Sam's Town - Sam's TownBut I know that I can make it. As long as somebody takes me home, every now and then...

Life After Blink-182

September 22nd, 2006

Blink-182 was a punk-rock band formed in Southern California in the early 1990s. The band is best known as Mark Hoppus, Tom Delonge and Travis Barker, though Barker joined the band in 1998. In 2005 the band went on what they first described as an "indefinite hiatus," though it was later clarified that the band had broken up.

Tom has already moved on to a new band called Angels and Airwaves which has seen some success with their single "The Adventure," though the album, We Don't Need to Whisper, has been a relative flop. Mark and Travis were not ready to stop making music either and are preparing to launch their first album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, as their new band (+44), audibly as "Plus Forty-Four."

I cannot speak to the validity of the interview, but seems to have gotten through to Mark and gotten some answers to important questions about the past, the future, and Tom.

Outkast - Call the Law

August 31st, 2006

Outkast - Call the Law

I absolutely LOVE Outkast. I have followed their career for years and years and look forward to any and all projects they have coming up, up to and including their new movie Idlewild. That said, it is unfortunate that this track has their name on it, though understandable since it's their movie and their album doubling as the soundtrack to the movie. This song is listed as featuring a woman named Janelle Monáe, but it is her voice that makes this song. She sings throughout most of the song and should really get more than an assist. The song is sort of Broadway musical meets The Triplets of Belleville meets soul meets swing. I think the beat sounds a lot like the one Outkast used for Land of A Million Drums, but it works very well here. This is a great song and I'd love to see a choreographed video for it. Hopefully there will be some good dancing when this is played during the movie.

Fergie - London Bridge

August 12th, 2006

Fergie - London Bridge

I may have mis-spoken when I introduced "Bossy" as the worst song ever made. If Fergie does not take that title out-right, she sure competes hard for it. Not only has Fergie ruined the hip-hop group The Black-Eyed Peas, but now she has begun her solo career. The beat is decent enough, but who came up with these lyrics? That person should be fired... out of a cannon. Fergie added female sex-appeal and attitude to the laid-back BEP who had no problem releasing two very good albums before she joined. Oh, she also brought bladder-control problems.

Kelis - Bossy

August 10th, 2006

Kelis - Bossy

I would like to submit this to the committee as the worst song ever made. Kelis is notable only as wife of New York rap mogul Nas. Her name should never come up on any other context. She did have a "popular" song relatively recently, but the only good that came from that was a great Family Guy clip. In "Bossy" the beat is horrible, her lyrics are even worse. It may be an empowering song, in theory, to some women, in a relatively jestful way, but from a serious standpoint the song is awful. Pretty soon there will be two strikes against Nas's career: Kelis making records AND Stillmatic.

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Guster - Ganging Up On The Sun

August 7th, 2006

Guster - Ganging Up On The Sun A decent enough Alternative Rock album, but this may be a disappointing Guster album. It might be more fair to simply say it is not their best. There are definitely some good songs on the album, some of which are even reminiscent of Guster albums-gone-by. Maybe the songs towards end will grow on me as I continue to listen to this album, but so far the strength is really the first two-thirds of the album and the last song.

01. Lightening Rod This is a pretty weak opening track. I keep waiting either for something to happen or to hear "I'm off on a rocket ship," which would be nothing but an improvement. But I guess on this album, any similarity, however small, to their first three albums is a good thing. This sounded much better live.

02. Satellite This is a decent track (better than the first anyway), but I am disappointed in how poorly Ryan's voice projects here. He has a relatively distinct sound that is somewhat of a Guster signature and it is lost in this song.

03. Manifest Destiny This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I like the tune, I like the tempo, I like the lyrics. I like the whole feel of the song. My first time or two through the album I thought the keyboard at the beginning of the song meant Ben Folds was going to sing me a little ditty, but that feeling was brief.

04. One Man Wrecking Machine This is the first single released from the album. I heard it for the first time when I watched the video which was sent out to the guster e-mail list. I think I like it a little more each time I hear it and the video captures the mood of the song perfectly.

05. The Captain This song, maybe more than others on this album, really reminds me of the old Guster albums. Oh, and in case you haven't picked up on that yet...that is a good thing. The instrumentals do run a little long here, but good song overall.

06. New Underground This one has been growing on me. I wasn't sure if I thought the energy was too much for me from Guster, but I find it works well.

07. Ruby Falls This song really sets me at ease...until about two and a half minutes into it when the awkward, screechy guitar chimes in. I like the vocals, but some of the notes are just too drawn out in the music. The song does drag a little.

08. C'mon If I had to guess which song would be released as the second single, it would be C'mon. It's definitely a good song and would promote the album well.

09. Empire State Guster has made songs like this one before that are just too slow for my taste. I know someone likes them, or they wouldn't keep making them. I am just not one of them who does.

10. Dear Valentine Another ho-hum track. It's better than the last one, but still nothing to write home about.

11. The Beginning of The End I do not like the mix of vocals and instruments here. The music seems to be accompanying a different singer. I have no complaints with Ryan's singing, but the music has to go in this one.

12. Hang On This seems to be stranded alone in a sea of weak songs here at the end. Move this song up a few tracks and you'll know when it is over you won't have to listen to the last few songs. Hang On is pretty good.

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August 4th, 2006
Gomez - How We Operate - Hamoa BeachRemember the good old days where love is like a dragonfly - so beautiful it will die and disappear before your eyes? I’m no philosopher. I am no poet. I’m just trying to help you out.