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Friday, October 21, 2016

496. The Lexicon of Love

The Lexicon of Love

1. Show Me 
2. Poison Arrow 
3. Many Happy Returns 
4. Tears Are Not Enough 
5. Valentine's Day 
6. Look of Love (Part One) 
7. Date Stamp 
8. All Of My Heart
9. 4 Ever 2 Gether 
10. The Look of Love (Part Four) 

We have finally reached 1982, which means, like it or not, synthpop is now a major part of our lives.  I don't particularly mind it.  It isn't quite as tacky as disco but it is just as fun.  And speaking of embracing the cheese, how about that album cover?

Martin Fry spends the album lamenting his lack of success in romantic relationships.  While this is a somewhat tired theme in the musical world, I was pleased by the vocals and production, particularly during "The Look of Love."  

There is no denying the corn factor of this album, but hey, 1982 is the year of Porky's and ET.  So it could be worse.


Monday, October 17, 2016

495. The Visitors

The Visitors

1. Visitors 
2. Head Over Heels 
3. When All Is Said And Done 
4. Soldiers 
5. I Let The Music Speak 
6. One Of Us 
7. Two For The Price Of One
8. Slipping Through My Fingers
9. Like An Angel Passing Through My Room 

ABBA is so horribly overexposed that I can't tell if my dislike of them is warranted or simply a result of fatigue.  The Listmakers must be huge ABBAs fans, as I haven't been able to escape them in my movie blog either.  I half expect the 1001 book list to squeeze them in somehow.  Thankfully, I hadn't heard a lot of the songs in this album so I was able to extract some novelty from this experience.

So far it hasn't seemed like any eighties band is intent on wowing us with their vocal talents.  I miss hearing truly unique voices, like Nico or Joan Baez.  The vocals on this whetted my appetite for the exceptional a little bit, but for the most part, there wasn't anything particular memorable about this album.

Hey, it could be worse.  There are albums on this List that have made me want to abandon this project in its entirety.  This was kind of forgettable, but not unpleasant.


Monday, October 10, 2016

494. Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
3. YYZ
4. Limelight
5. Camera Eye 
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs

Many moons ago I reviewed 2112, the first Rush album on the List.  Thank goodness I have written records of my reactions to these albums, or I would never be able to remember anything.  Happily, I was able to do a quick search and see that I labelled 2112 as unbearably pretentious.  Yes, I am aware I use that word too much.

Anyway, I was expecting another excruciating cacophony of keyboard sound effects.  However, this was actually a vast improvement.  This is the last Rush album on the List, so I am not sure if this is just a fluke or if they actually deflated their heads and continued producing quality music.

Not particularly awe-inspiring but still, a decent album.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

493. Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club
Tom Tom Club

1. Wordy Rappinghood
2. Genius of Love
3. Tom Tom Theme
4. L'elephant
5. As Above So Below
6. Lorelei
7. On On On On
8. Booming and Zooming

I apologize for my long delay in posting.  I have had so many writing assignments lately that I am feeling a tad burned out.  Still, I am excited to reach the 500 milestone, so, like an unfaithful Irish Catholic husband, I will always return, no matter how long I have been gone.

I made the rather horrifying mistake of listening to the CD version, rather than the original release.  This meant that I listened to "Lorelei" for approximately eleven minutes.  Needless to say, it was pretty grueling but luckily I escaped with only minor brain damage.

Anyway, if I base my opinion off the original release, sans remixes, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.  I wouldn't have recognized the name "Tom Tom Club" but a lot of the songs did sound quite familiar, which speaks to its influence as an album.  Worth giving a try.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

492. The Poet

The Poet
Bobby Womack

1. So Many Sides Of You
2. Lay Your Lovin' On Me
3. Secrets
4. Just My Imagination
5. Stand Up
6. Games
7. If You Think You're Lonely Now
8. Where Do We Go From Here

I had big plans to get a lot done this weekend, but through a series of unavoidable circumstances, I was unable to do anything but watch Real Housewives of New York.  Now I am slightly panicked, but hey, panic is the mother of invention.

Anyway, let's quickly recap this album so I can get some other shit done and maybe prevent myself from having a meltdown (though I am not making any promises).  This album feels a bit dated.  In fact, if I wasn't blindly following the List like a robot and just stumbled upon Bobby Womack in my day to day life, I never would have guessed that this was from 1981.  Still, it made for a fun throwback and I quite enjoyed listening to his voice.  

If I based my ratings on originality, I would have to be rather harsh about this one.  Fortunately, I base my ratings on sheer enjoyability. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

491. Mask


1. Hair Of The Dog
2. Passions Of Lovers
3. Of Lilies And Remains
4. Hollow Hills
5. Dancin'
6. Kick In The Eye
7. Muscle In Plastic
8. In Fear Of Fear
9. Man With The X Ray Eyes
10. Mask

I should have known things were too normal around here to last.  I don't necessarily like to spurn the unusual (just look at the men I've dated) but I found this to be incredibly grating.  Small disclaimer: I may have stayed out a little too late and drank a little too much last night so my perception of what might be headache inducing is a bit skewed.

I was surprised by my negative reaction to this, as I have liked gothic rock in the past.  I suppose this was too experimental for my taste.  It stopped resembling music and started to seem like glorified sound effects.  Oh well, we have had good albums lately; there was bound to be a bump in the road.

Next up: Bobby Womack!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

490. Fire of Love

Fire of Love
The Gun Club

1. Sex Beat
2. Preaching the Blues
3. Promise Me
4. She's Like Heroin to Me
5. For the Love of Ivy
6. Fire Spirit 
7. Ghost on the Highway 
8. Jack on Fire 
9. Black Train 
10. Cool Drink of Water Blues 
11. Goodbye Johnny

It has been a stressful week.  Let's just say that the Douchebag of the Week award is anyone's game at the moment (and I thought Trump would have that thing locked down).  As everyone knows, the perfect solution to a long week is listening to a song called "Sex Beat."

So this album is pretty strange, as I don't think I have ever heard of the "punk blues" genre before.  The sheer novelty of the album kept me interested for its duration.  Still, would it hold up after repeated listenings?  I'm not sure.  None of the songs were particularly memorable.  

Overall, it's a creative twist on a somewhat tired genre.  Will we ever reach the 500 milestone?