Saturday, March 03, 2007

Music Review Meme

I ripped this off from the SomethingAwful forums, but it was a very intriguing idea. I'm hoping this takes off as a meme so I can read how other people feel about random music that they listen to. Here's the game: Open a playlist, put it on random, and do a mini review of the first five songs that show up. These are my five contributions:

Type O Negative - "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)"
When you tap a band like Type O Negative to create a festive holiday song, this is pretty much what you get, an epic murder song with nods to various Christmas carols wrapped up in a funeral dirge. Not the fastest rocker they've done, but the drama and gothic beauty more than makes up for it.

Van Halen - "When It's Love"
Typical Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen power ballad, although this is admittedly my favorite of its ilk. It starts out with an uplifting and romantic keyboard solo that repeats throughout the song, and the lyrics are a bit more universally appealing than some of the other love songs he's written.

Kick Axe - "The Chain"
I first discovered Kick Axe thanks to the soundtrack to the original, animated Transformers movie, when they performed two songs under the pseudonym Spectre General. The two songs they contributed were hand-over-foot the best songs on the album, so I spent a considerable number of years trying to figure out who they were. It wasn't until the advent of the Internet that I was able to properly research their history. "The Chain" is a completely heavy metal cover of the Fleetwood Mac song. As corny as that might sound, it's actually quite good. "The Chain" is one of the few Fleetwood Mac songs I can stand, and Kick Axe did, if you don't mind the pun, a kick ass job covering it.

Dead Soul Tribe - "Into The Spiral Cathedral"
Of all the songs Devon Graves has composed with Dead Soul Tribe, this sounds the least like an actual Dead Soul Tribe song. Parts of it certainly hint to Dead Soul Tribe, such as the grandiose guitar riffs and the hymn-like arrangements, but I can't shake the thought that it sounds much more like a leftover Psychotic Waltz song re-envisioned to fit Dead Soul Tribe's overall sound. This is only reinforced by the fact that it appeared as the closer to the first album Graves released after disbanding Psychotic Waltz — if I remember right, as a bonus track at that. Maybe it's the lighter arrangements and higher notes that the song uses compared to other Dead Soul Tribe songs that make it reminiscent of Psychotic Waltz. No matter how you want to attribute it, it is a purely genius song, much like anything Buddy Lackey/Devon Graves puts to music.

PM Dawn - "Downtown Venus"
I haven't heard a lot of PM Dawn, but I've always liked this song. It's a blend of funk and pop, but it's good pop with a full wall of sound, a dancing beat, and having come out before pop was almost completely synthesized. It's an uplifting, fun, spirited song, and there's nothing wrong with music that makes you feel joyful.

The game's afoot; now it's your turn. And no cheating — if you can't defend it, why are you listening to it?

np: Stabbing Westward - "Wasted"

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