R.S.’ 500 best albums: 492- Touch by Eurythmics

Today I listened to album number 492 on Rollings Stones list of the 500 best albums of all time; Touch by Eurythmics, and I’m beginning to understand how not all music have the same functions. Some albums are meant to be listened through in silence, while doing nothing else. Other are better as background noise for other activities, and Touch is one of those.

I’ve never really made up my mind about Eurythmics. I like Annie Lennox’s voice, but there is something about this music that seems really boring to me. Some of the songs come off as a bit too repetitive for me, and that might be why I find it so uninteresting.

It was incredibly difficult not to sidetrack and start doing other things while I listened to this album. I really liked Who’s That Girl, and No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts), is supercool! That is the kind of music I like to dance and party to. You Take Some Lentils & And You Take Some Rice (Lentils), on the other hand has a fantastic title, but a it’s a songs that is tiring to listen to.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand perfectly why this album is on this list. It’s a well put together album, with some incredibly strong songs. (Who hasn’t heard Here Comes The Rain Again? Although, I don’t think I’ve ever heard all of it.) I guess I’ll just have to wait a while before the music that I really love come along on this list.

Have a good one.

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R.S.’ list of the 500 best albums of all time: 494 and 493

Following Bonnie Raitts’ folksy blues album from 1972, on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, is two rather new albums; MGTM’s Oracular Spectcular, and the slightly more avantgarde Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco.

I think it’s fun when they include new music on these list. Usually when I think of good music, it’s rarely anything from this century. Of course there are great musician in our time as well, it’s just a fact however, that none of us will ever have the same impact on the music industry as our predecessors had. Some people might claim it’s because we have exhausted the limits of Western music, but it also have to do with the fact that we’re too global now. Music is too accessible to have the same kind of impact as it used to.

So when I do hear good music from this century, I get really excited. (Mostly because I actually have the chance to see these people live.) What is also incredible fun, is when you suddenly hear songs that you’ve heard before countless of times, and kind of liked, but never checked out who plays them, on the list of the 500 best albums of all time. That is exactly what happened when I listened to MGTM’s Oracular Spectacular.

I had never heard about this band before, and when I saw the name, I thought it was a metal band for some reason. Then I heard the first song, and recognized it from the radio immediately.

I’m kind of loving the slightly psychedelic repetitiveness of this music, and I added quite a few songs from this album to my Not So Bad After All-playlist on Spotify. There seems also to be a connecting thread through the whole album, which I really like. I love albums that are well put together, and that is one of my main criteria for thinking an album is good.

My absolute favourite song from this album, was Pieces of What. It’s one of those songs that, even if I don’t catch the lyrics, just leave me with a giddy smile on my face for no apparent reason.

One spot lower on the list, is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. Another band from this century, that reminds me that new music also can be good and ground-breaking. The start is just on the right side of avant garde. When the second song started though, I was a little put off by how different they are. However, the band take up the experimental gestures later again in the album, which saves the first track from feeling out of place.

The titles of the songs are original and cool, and what I caught of the lyrics, made me want to read them properly. They sounded really good, and went really well with Jeff Tweedy’s slightly cotton-sounding voice. Many of the songs don’t have a clear ending, which I absolutely love. It fits so well with the whole concept of this music.

I really liked Radio Cure, it was an incredibly fun song, while there was something so sexy about Jesus, Etc. (Never thought I would say that about a song with that kind of title.) Reservations ended the album in such a beautiful way, that almost lulled me to sleep. (In a good way)
The whole album comes of as very dreamy, and even though some of the songs are more up tempo, they never loose that dreaminess.

These two albums reminded me that I want to listen to more new music, and I’m eternally grateful.

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R.S.’ 500 best albums: 495 Give it Up by Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt is the first female artist on the list. (I have to warn you that there aren’t many)
Now, I was quite excited about this. To hear the first woman that Rolling Stones Magazine deemed worthy to be added to this prestigious list.
Uhm… The guitar was really cool.

I’m only joking of course, it wasn’t terrible. Bonnie Raitts’ voice is sweet and lovely, but there is something in this genre of music that calls for a more raw texture, in my opinion.
Women have a tendency to sound whiney when they sing, and that might be the reason why so many people prefer male voices.

The band is absolutely fantastic though, and I love the instrumental part of this album. The guitar is fantastic, it’s great how they include different instrument on the tracks, like saxophone and clarinet. It adds to the regularity of just piano, guitars, bass and drums. Like in You got to Know How, which I really like.

I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for quick interaction and dialogue before the song starts, like in the beginning of I Know. It doesn’t even have to make any sense, or have anything to do with the song, it just adds to the charm.

There were two songs where Bonnie sounds really good. One of them were Too Long at the Fair, which unfortunately also was the song I found most boring. The other one was Love Has No Pride, in which she sounds absolutely incredible. It just shows how important it is to do music that fits your voice.

In my opinion, this album has absolutely nothing to do with the list of the 500 best albums of all time. There are other candidates that I think fit better. Bonnie Raitt has one more album on this list however, and I’m curious to hear what that sounds like.

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R.S.’ 500 best albums: 496: Boz Scaggs by Boz Scaggs

Armed with a soft duvet and red wine, I made myself ready for a quiet Friday evening, including listening to an artist I haven’t even heard about. (Somewhere Boz Scaggs fans are gasping and cursing my name)

During the two first songs, I found myself believing that this would be rather pleasant. That is until the third song started playing, dangerously similar to the two previous songs, and I realised what I was in for. During the 45 minutes duration of this album, I found myself so distracted, and I really had to force myself to listen to the music.

This album was released two years after Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heartsclub Band, and compared to that album, it seems very safe and outdated for its time. It makes me wonder a little what kind of audience this album was aimed for. (Not enough to actually find out though, so you’re on your own there.)

I like the chord progression in Finding Her. However, I would love for it to be a little longer. Loan Me a Dime has a good guitar in the intro, and while I like songs that last more than 5 minutes, this could actually have been shorter. It gets too stretched out. (How about we take some time off Loan Me a Dime, and make Finding Her a little longer?)

To be honest, the album comes off as a little incoherent to me. There’s a little yodeling on one of the songs, (Waiting for a Train), but that is it, and it just serves to prove my point.
It comes off as nothing special really, and then suddenly there are things that stand out. But instead of making the album more interesting, it feels like all of things are more of a whim, and it makes the album seem quite incoherent.

It is an okay album, and I did like some of the songs. I just don’t know if I agree that it has a place on the list of the 500 best albums of all time.

Now, what do you guys think? Because I know there is a lot of strong minded people out there. Had you heard about Boz Scaggs before? (Please say I’m not the only one.) And what do you think about this album? Do you think it deserves a place one the list?

Have a good one.

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