LP Release Tuesday: July 27th, 2011
By Joseph Giannone 2011-07-26 23:14:13
Being a music journalist is my dream job. I get to write about my opinions on music, and there is nothing more satisfying than the instant gratification of submitting an article. It's a fulfilling career, but with all the immediate publishing, there is always a downside to the dream, you have to wake up. You see, it's required of me to report breaking news as quickly and accurately as possible plus posting about new albums, which I'm happy doing, but what dismays me is more often than not is discussing music I have no real interest in personally.
Trust me when I say that my work is not affected by this disinterest, but long editorials like this are daunting when the subject matter isn't appealing nor easy to listen to. Unlike last week’s LP Release Tuesday, I am lackluster on these releases to say the least. The albums are not bad; they’re just not my style. The releases this week are coming from a wide variety of artists that all seem to fall under my radar. R&B singer Joss Stone is coming out with her fifth record and the group who has my attention, Rival Sons, are throwing Pressure & Time out there to see where it sticks. You want to know something, though? The singer sounds exactly like Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, which immediately throws me off. Against Me! is reissuing their latest album White Crosses, only proving they don’t have new material to shuffle around the indie circuits. Without further ado, here is this week’s releases:
LP1 is the next highly anticipated record that showcases her soulful R&B style, even though critics are jaded about it. This is not from a lack of continuation in her nearly flawless neo-soul repertoire either. The singer hasn’t lost that voice which made her famous, but there has to be some reason why critics feel this new record is mediocre at best. With all of the possibilities, the simplest answer actually comes from Damon Albarns who instituted a quick production style in his latest effort, with Stone following suite in this endeavor with only six days in the studio. This might be devastating for most artists, but Stone has yet to garner any bad reputation for her music.
Eric Church might be one of those artists who can really inspire a crowd to say “yee-haw,” though I assume he's like the rest of his kin. The southern boy's first two albums Sinners Like Me and Carolina were taken by billboard and shoved to the top of rankings. The “Love Your Love the Most” hit-maker has over 6 top singles from those past efforts and he is probably hoping the newest record Chief stays suite. The first single from this romp “Homeboy” resembles every single country song produced. Twangy guitars and chilly violins overhaul this rodeo, and maybe that is why I don’t like country. I've never like watching a horses ass run around and around.
Lady Gaga tickles my fancy because her style is controversial and leans towards the eccentric end of pop that hits that inner rocker in me, but Vanessa Carlton in all her dreamy and eloquent sounds is far too beautiful for my taste. Great pop music should piss people off, not catch the glimpse of beauty. Personally I believe that’s why Madonna is remembered among all those other 80's pop familiars. She took a chance. Does anybody still talk about Whitney Houston?
I consider a band "selling out" when the sounds they explore and spend frivolous hours molding make no attempt to steer away from the sounds of old. Pressure & Time is the new installment of Rival Sons and while I’m looking forward to experiencing this record, I can’t get past that “voice” on the single “Pressure and Time.” Take a look at this song and let me know what you think. Developing a universal sound around the singer’s distinct Zeppelin voice is never a good idea. Most people want to listen to new music. If I wanted Led Zeppelin, I’ll listen to them, not Rival Sons.
The group's fan base is not at fault here for the music they create, hell they actually enjoy it, so that’s why this is happening. Instead of creating a new album, Against Me! Is reissuing their massive hit White Crosses . Melancholy and a false sense of superiority abundantly showcase in each of their albums. Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy was a smash hit amongst fans for its departure from the lower quality production of Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose. Crosses still has the same superiority complex. The problem here is that I am a fan of punk, The Clash is one of my favorite groups, but taking themselves too seriously creates an image that makes the group look unfriendly and mean. That’s when you really look conceded and nobody wants’ to be that guy. Nobody wants to listen to music like that, right?
The bands this week are lackluster at best. For me a great group is something that breaks the mold, but you already know this. So whether or not you like my opinions, and some of you will hate them, I can only say that to truly love music, you need to have a real cynically subjective view on what to listen to. In order to really appreciate a certain genre of music, you need to appreciate everything it holds. These genres do nothing for me, so that's why I stick with my opinion. Till next week...