Musical Catchup

A stack of CD albums has been piling up next to my keyboard, so I had better write about them so I can file them away in my bookshelf/CD shelf.

The Chemical Brothers, We Are The Night – I bought this at Book Off a couple of weeks back. I actually thought I had all of their albums, but when I saw this I realised I didn’t. This one though is a rather weak album, probably their weakest actually. It is a different sound for them, but it doesn’t really live up to anything else they have done. A pity. I just checked their discography and the only album I don’t have now is their latest.

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – This is another CD I bought at Book Off some time ago. The Beatles CDS are not always easy to find used, so when I saw this at a very reasonable price I snapped it up.

Public Enemy, There’s a Poison Goin’ On… – Another band that I snap up CDs from is Public Enemy. This was released in 1998, and is their eighth album. Pretty good stuff too and includes “Do You Wanna Go Our Way?”. Public Enemy released their thirteenth album in 2015.

Down By Law, Blue – This was a random and bargain buy at Mandai. I had heard of this American punk band before, but did not know their music, so I decided to give them a go. Not bad stuff, kind of like The Offspring or Bad Religion.

Lady Gaga, Born This Way – I bought Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” a while ago and thought it was not too bad, so when I saw this I decided to give it a go. Good stuff again.

R.E.M., Collapse Into Now – This is the band’s last album before they split in 2011. Pretty standard stuff, not as good as they were in their heyday, but it is not bad in any way.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m With You – Another band where I have all albums except the latest. This album was released in 2011. It is very Chili Peppers, and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it more than I thought I would (I had gone off them a bit in recent years). It did very well back in 2011.

Califone, All My Friends Are funeral Singers – This was a completely random buy at Mandai. I liked the CD cover artwork (on a fancy cardboard cover instead of in a plastic case, always a sign of something good… usually), and I thought the band name sounded like a band that plays good music. Turns out that judging a CD by it’s cover sometimes works as this is a rather decent listen.

Sum 41, Screaming Bloody Murder – Yet another album that was released in 2011. I always buy Sum 41’s albums when I find them used, and I am only two albums away from completing their album discography. I actually bought what I thought was their first album, dirt cheap from a recycle shop, but it turned out the CD in the case was another album of theirs I already have… stung!

Bloodhound Gang, Heft Fine – Another band that I am slowly working my way through. Like any Bloodhound Gang album the lyric content is often crude and juvenile, but the music is catchy.

Darkest Hour, So Sedated, So Secure – I was introduced to The Darkest Hour in the excellent film “The Big Short” when Christian Bale’s character played one of their songs loud in a scene. I liked what I heard, and when I found this album for a bargain price I was most chuffed. It is though pretty standard metal listening, not bad at all, but nothing outstanding.

Punk-O-Rama 8 – This is a collection of punk compilation albums that I am collecting. They are sometimes easy to find used, the early ones are at least. I bought this on Amazon used for 1 yen (plus 350 yen postage). It is a double CD set, and features standard Punk-O-Rama fare like Bad Religion, NOFX, and Pennywise. As the series goes on new bands are introduced, with some bands being more emo than punk. The series came to an end at volume 10.

Album count 2017: 47

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