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Videodrome – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982) – Howard Shore
The first thing to get out of the way about this horror movie soundtrack is that it does not feature exactly the music heard in the film. The score from the film was remixed by producer Scot Holton in order to emphasize the electronic elements of the score more than they were in the film. I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t comment on exactly how massive the changes are, but Shore would later say that Holton had done a pretty good job, so it seems he was more or less okay with the album as it turned out. And he has every right to be because this is a top notch soundtrack. It contains seven tracks and clocks in at just a bit over thirty minutes, so despite the basically tempoless sound washes and white noise rumblings, the album goes by pretty quick. This isn’t a horror score that’s constantly hitting you over the head with scares. There’s maybe one genuine musical sting on this whole album and it’s the kind of atmospheric score that quietly unsettles you instead of making your pulse quicken. I think it’s a fantastic listening experience, however, best on really good headphones where you can get all the nuances. The opening track, Welcome to Videodrome, is a perfect weird opening; it’s a track with a small spoken word section and then the rest of the track is, I think, entirely a sound-effects collage, creating a weird kind of music out of the whines and whirrs and beeps of electronics, including one fantastic effect that is the sound of a computer drive spinning into life that sounds incredibly like a muffled scream. I think the best track is the second, and the longest, 801 A/B, but they’re all really good and this was a lot of dark, brooding fun. If these are the sounds of the new flesh, long may it live indeed. 4 stars.
tl;dr – remix of Shore’s original score is dark, ambient, atmospheric and a great listen, especially on headphones; nuanced and brilliant. 4 stars.
So I listened to this a few times after it was released and really liked it.....but I keep finding myself going back to it and listening to it again. It's really a great album, one of my favorites in a long time.
Time will tell but it really does seem to be one of their best albums. Possibly in the top 3 of their discography.
Well I personally think White Pony and Around the Fur are their best.....and I probably think Diamond Eyes is their 3rd best......but this is definitely right there....and certainly better than most of the other" rock" albums our there right now.
Edit: also, for what it's worth, other than my best friend I don't know very many people who appreciate this band like they deserve so it's nice to see you enjoy them like I do.
I just got a mega-super-deluxe edition of Tears For Fears’ “Seeds of Love.”
Between today and yesterday listened to all of the songs in 1989 in order.
I normally choose isolated songs rather than albums but I want to do this with all of Taylor’s stuff.
Hard to pick a favorite of that album’s songs.
My vinyl of Mr. Bungle's Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny arrived and it is the thrash album of the decade. It's a rerecording of their original 1986 demo but with Dave Lombardo on drums and Scott Ian assisting on guitar. And Rhea Perlman doing spoken word.
Eracist is my ringtone as of today.
I'm not a super big fan of Swift, but 1989 is a heck of a great pop album. I think my favorite is maybe Style, but, yeah, it's hard to pick.
I may do another one next, but I think I’ll take a short Taylor break first.
The other day I listened to Mariah Carey's new album 'The Rarities', half of which is live footage from her Tokyo concert in the mid 90's and the other half is itself a mix of B-Side songs and unreleased tracks. A lot of halves, but I just enjoyed the album so much that I wish that some of the unreleased tracks were actually featured on the albums they were supposed to be on. I know now that the reason they weren't was because they were too "urban"-sounding (which the former Mr.Carey, record exec. Tommy Mottola didn't want for Mariah), but those are genuinely good songs that I now play daily having heard them. I've always enjoyed her music as my mom was and still is a mega Mariah fan, I even bought her Mimi's new book for her birthday a few months ago, but I've grown to be a bigger fan of hers in these past few years. One thing I didn't know growing up is that she writes nearly all of her own music which a lot of folks still don't know.
Either way, great album. Very 90s in the earlier part, though the aughts do get some love in the forms of Loverboy (Firecracker Sample), Mesmerized, Out Here on My Own, etc.
My favorite tracks are: Do You Think of Me, One Night, and All I Live For.
You should check out Bestial Invasion - Contra Omnes at some point.
9/14ths of the way through Taylor Swift’s 2006 album of the same name.
Country is not a genre I’ve listened too by choice, but the songs I’ve listened to here are very repeat worthy.
Teardrops on my Guitar is much more fast in rhythm than I expected. The Outside, Tim McGraw and of course Our Song are other highlights.
I will be binging all of her studio albums to celebrate her being able to rerecord her old music this month.
Between the Roses - SayWeCanFly
St. Marxmen (2005) – M.O.P.
Ain't y'all mother******* s'posed to have beef?
Get at 'em dawg, what the **** is all this peace?
Show him all that **** you talked about on yo' CD
Show him that hammer you flashed out on yo' DVD
That same *****, that called yo' momma a bitch
Then called yo' wife a ho, yo, there that ***** go!
Stomp that mother******, blast that mother******
Stab that mother******, get at that mother******, yo
Hip-hop duo M.O.P. has never really hit the stratosphere and I think I can kind of tell why from this rather inconsistent album. The album has a really good five song run at one point. It starts with It’s Hard to Tell, which is one of the better hip-hop romance duets I’ve heard in a long time. Then Teflon shows up with a really grim track called Suicide; it’s got some really great lyrics and a nice abrupt ending. Hip Hop Cops features a siren based beat and a guest appearance by Wyclef Jean, not a guy I’m usually a big fan of, but he’s angrier hear than I think I’ve ever heard him before and the Hip Hop Cops of the title are people in the hip-hop community who try to judge other artists, so he really lets loose with a great diss verse on people who think he’s not a legit rapper. Then there’s a remix of ODB’s Pop Shots which is pretty good and then the run wraps up with Put It in the Air which features a fantastic, really menacing guest verse by Jay-Z. These guys are at their best when they’re being dark and menacing; and I gotta just say it, the best songs all feature guests who elevate things tremendously. Instigator is a really good track that comes in the back half of the album and it actually utilizes the vocal strengths of M.O.P. really well; those vocal strengths are, frankly, just being incredibly loud and aggressive. Instigator is in the person of a rapper egging on a friend to kick off some violence in the club and it is a hard-core pumped up rap song that has little in the way of artistry, but more than makes up for it in the sheer angry force of it. So, of course, you’re thinking I just said this record had six songs on it that range from good to great, so what’s the issue? Well, once again, they just overload this album and dilute those good songs with a lot of mediocre and even downright bad tracks. This album has seventeen tracks on it and, okay, yeah, two of them are skits, but still you put fifteen music tracks on your album, then no, six good ones is not enough. I was frankly just pretty tired of this album by the time I got toward the end and they pulled the bonus track trick by having, not one, but two bonus tracks on the record. And look, when you’re loving an album and you get to the end and it keeps going, there’s nothing quite as wonderful. But when you’re just tired of an album and ready for it to end and it gets to the end and then the songs just keep coming . . . man, nothing is more infuriating. So, on the whole, I can’t recommend this album, which is too bad, because that run of five songs especially in the middle of the record is damn good, I mean, damn good. But it’s surrounded by ten other tracks that are pretty mediocre. M.O.P.? I’d say M.O.R. Yeah, I’ve been saving that one. 2 ½ stars.
tl;dr – a third of this album is good to great, but the other two-thirds are pretty mediocre; make this one shorter and more focused and you’d have a really good album, but as it is, no. 2 ½ stars.
Billy Joel's The Stranger. It's my Saturday night album.
Sonic Boom by Kiss
Dead Can Dance "Dionysus," one of their best ones TBH.
X&Y (2005) - My favorite Coldplay album, at the moment.