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Sunday, September 18, 2016

492. The Poet

The Poet
Bobby Womack
1981














Tracks
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. 

RATING: 3/5

Monday, September 12, 2016

491. Mask

Mask
Bauhaus
1981














Tracks
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!

RATING: 2/5

Sunday, September 4, 2016

490. Fire of Love

Fire of Love
The Gun Club
1981














Tracks
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?

RATING: 4/5

Thursday, August 25, 2016

489. Dare!

Dare!
The Human League
1981














Tracks
1. Things That Dreams Are Made Of
2. Open Your Heart
3. Sound Of The Crowd
4. Darkness
5. Do Or Die 
6. Get Carter
7. I Am The Law
8. Seconds
9. Love Action (I Believe In Love)
10. Don't You Want Me


Hello everyone!  I just got back from a beach vacation!  I am not even going to apologize for my absence.  I think I have reached the point where my apologizes don't mean anything anymore.  I have officially taken on the role of the douchebag boyfriend.  Oh well, let's talk about Dare!

Everybody on Earth knows the song "Don't You Want Me."  That is a damn good song; it is catchy as hell and even carries a message of female empowerment (oh Human League, you do know the way to my heart).  I was worried the rest of the album would just be generic 80s pop music, but I was pleasantly surprised (I particularly enjoyed "I Am The Law").

It was nice to get a break from some of the more serious music and listen to some quintessential 80s tunes.  Recommended.

RATING: 5/5

Monday, August 8, 2016

488. Talk, Talk, Talk

Talk, Talk, Talk
Psychedelic Furs
1981














Tracks
1. Dumb Waiters
2. Pretty In Pink
3. I Wanna Sleep With You
4. No Tears
5. Mr. Jones
6. Into You Like A Train
7. It Goes On
8. So Run Down
9. All Of This And Nothing
10. She Is Mine


I hang my head in shame for not keeping my promise of daily posts.  I just moved so I have been pretty busy.  But I guess it is a poor workman who blames his tools.  Or in this case a poor blogger who blames her heavy picture frames that she isn't tall enough to hang up herself.

The quickest way to my heart is through my love of movies and cheese, so, in my opinion, no song tops "Pretty in Pink."  I found the rest of the songs entertaining too, although the the song "I Wanna Sleep With You" seems like the anthem of douchey single men everywhere.  

Anyway, I am quite excited for the next album, so I will try to get back on here asap.

RATING: 3/5

Friday, July 22, 2016

487. Wild Gift

Wild Gift
X
1981














Tracks
1. Once Over Twice 
2. We're Desperate 
3. Adult Books 
4. Universal Corner 
5. I'm Coming Over 
6. It's Who You Know 
7. In This House That I Call Home 
8. Some Other Time 
9. White Girl 
10. Beyond And Back 
11. Back 2 The Base 
12. When Our Love Passed Out On The Couch
13. Year 1


I waited quite a long time in between listening to this album and sitting down to write the review.  To tell you the truth, all of these punk albums are sort of blending together anyway. I would have never guessed that this would be the most represented genre on the List.

To be fair,  I guess this isn't pure punk.  It seems a lot more light hearted than the usual punk album and at times seemed more similar to a B-52 album than a Sex Pistols one.  This made for pretty fun listening, although I can't honestly say that anything in particular stuck out to me.

So a short review for a somewhat forgettable album.  But I promise tomorrow I will Talk, Talk, Talk (I apologize for the pun; I am quite tired).

RATING: 3/5

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

486. Damaged

Damaged
Black Flag
1981














Tracks
1. Rise Above 
2. Spray Paint 
3. Six Pack 
4. What I See 
5. TV Party 
6. Thirsty And Miserable 
7. Police Story 
8. Gimme Gimme Gimme 
9. Depression 
10. Room 13 
11. Damaged II 
12. No Moe 
13. Padded Cell 
14. Life Of Pain 
15. Damaged I


Once again, we get another punk album after I thought the genre was good and dead.  I should know by now that it will be endlessly resurrected, probably by some ritual involving the knife used to kill Nancy Spungen and urine filled balloons.  Anyway, this was same old, same old as far as I could tell.

The blandest topics available to punk musicians are explored here: misery, angst, beer, etc.   I've stopped reading every entry in the Book, but I am really curious to see what about this album convinced the Listmakers to include it.

Sorry for the short review, but really, I think we have covered the punk genre pretty well by now.  It's a genre that lends itself to mediocrity, so only one in one hundred punk albums are worth listening to anyway.

RATING: 2/5