This is the latest update on my listening habit and some reviews.
Where was I? Oh yes. I have just reveled in the glory that was Touch by The Eurythmics. And… what glory it was. So… I was riding high the next wave, and while it had some calm waters, the seas got choppy and the surfing, well, had its moments when the sharks were in the water. Let’s see:
#491 – Albert King, Born Under a Bad Sign. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I don’t like blues music. Not music that is rock with a lot of blues riffs and the like; the blues of, well, Albert King, B.B. King, etc. I get that some people really dig it and to them I say, ‘dig on!’ but I just prefer not to listen to it. It’s not about not feeling it, it’s about feeling flush and itchy waiting for it to be over (to which I am not joking or being facetious), I really do NOT like this stuff. I’ll probably catch hell for that.
#490 – ZZ Top, Tres Hombres. THIS I liked. For a while I listened to the local “classic” rock fare around here and they played their fair (or after a while unfair) share of ZZ Top, most of which was from this album. And when you let it breathe for a bit (read: 5-plus years), it’s really good stuff. It still sounds fresh and certainly had balls. Dug it!
#489 – KISS, Destroyer. Hmmm. How can I explain this album? Yes. KISS is my favorite band. Yes. They are the reason that I am a musician (especially Gene Simmons). Yes. Yes. Yes. But… probably to the surprise of almost everyone. This is not one of my favorites. Actually, it may fall further to my least favorite section. It does have one of my favorite songs ever by the band, “God of Thunder.” Written by Paul Stanley, Gene made it his own and is known in some circles as the God of Thunder, a modern day Thor (as the line goes). It also has the highest ever charting song by the band, “Beth.” As cheesy as it is, I do like it still and loved it when Eric Carr redid it on Smashes, Thrashes & Hits. Don’t get me wrong, even my least favorite KISS albums are my favorite KISS albums. I could write whole blogs on KISS albums as they concern me, but I won’t, as there is much to do. I dug it without question.
#488 – Hüsker Dü, New Day Rising. I had hopes for this after reading the review from Rhapsody (where I listen to the majority of these albums) when it talked about other contemporaries and their contributions to the times this album was released. Those hopes immediately shattered when I started listening to this album. Let’s just say this: I had to pass gas in a chair, turn around, then lick it to get the taste of this album out of my mouth. There was nothing, at all, good I could say about it. I felt violent and wanted to punch someone after it was over. Luckily, there are few people in the bunker during that time of day. DID NOT DIG IT. Bury it, even. Again, I’ll probably get hell over that one.
#487 – Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual. Ah, a breath of fresh air after that last turd. Great production. Well written songs. Lauper, like Annie Lennox, has a very distinguishable voice. To hear her talk, unlike Annie, I can’t take much, but to hear her sing is great. There were only 10 songs on the album and 7 of them released as singles, including covers of Robert Hazard’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” as well as “All Through The Night,” “Money Changes Everything,” and Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” Still love hearing “She Bop” and “Time After Time.” Thoroughly enjoyed this one. DUG IT!
#486 – Earth, Wind & Fire, That’s the Way of the World. “Shining Star” starts this album off and I always thought, when I first heard it, that it was Jerry Reed. Then, it funked out nicely. I like that. Verdine White is one bad mutha. His bass playing is fabuloso, especially in the title cut! Philip Bailey I like a great deal, too. And as much as it probably pains you, dear readers, I loved “Easy Lover” with Phil Collins. My favorite song from EW&F is still “Let’s Groove,” which is NOT on this album. “Africano” was a great instrumental and the production is great on the whole album. After listening to “Reasons,” I am quite aware where Sheffield and Blaustein got the inspiration for the Soul Glo theme in their film, the Eddie Murphy vehicle, Coming to America; that’s not a bad thing. All-in-all… I dug it.
So that’s where I stand thus far. Know that I don’t claim to be the all-knowing. These are only MY OPINION. I invite, no I beg, you to listen to them yourself and see what you think. Just like all of us have different taste buds, we all have different auditory reactions and preferences. Don’t bash me, but you can debate me. I may not have an answer or reason as to why I do or do not “dig” something. I’ve decided (as long as I can remember it next time and the time after that) that I’m going to say I either dug it or did not dig it. Why? Same reason I don’t care to pee in my yard… I’ll leave it at that.
Until next time, same blog channel at SOME blog time… Scorp out!!