The following are my thoughts on some of the albums I listened to this summer….
The White Stripes: Icky Thump
Good, hard, strong record. The White Stripes do it again. Icky Thump gets off to a great start with “ Icky Thump”, their first single. Jack brings back his guitar in this album in full force, gone is the piano that was prevalent in Get Behind Me Satan, it seems to have been replaced with bagpipes. Other than their trademark blues-inspired rock, you also have country, Mexican, and Scottish influences.
Conquest, Bone Broke, Rag & Bone, I’m slowly turning into you
Gym Class Heroes: As Cruel As School Children
Great Band. They are a great mesh of rock and hip-hop. Infectious, care-free lyrics. Funky tracks and tight beats. They seem like it would be a blast to listen to live, actually I hear they are going to be playing at Virginia Tech this fall!
Clothes off, Viva La White Girl, Cupid’s Chokehold
Fall Out Boy: Infinity On High
I am impressed with the quality of this album. I give props to any band that churns out a solid album in less than two years, especially after hitting mainstream.
Thriller, This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race, Thanks For The Memories
Queens Of The Stone Age: Era Vulgaris
Haven’t listened to them much before. They are definitely a distinctive band and are great to listen to when I’m in the right mood.
Run, Pig, Run, 3’s & 7’s, Make it Wit Chu
Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist
Billy Corgan is back and is better than ever. Great album to listen to loud. His voice is a great match for those distorted guitars. In case you were wondering, Zeitgeist is a German expression that means “spirit of the age.”
Doomsday Clock, Bleeding The Orchid, Starz, Neverlost
Linkin Park: Minutes to Midnight
One of the best albums this summer. Linkin Park took their time on this one and it shows.
In Pieces, Valentine’s Day, Hands Held High
The Rocket Summer: Do You Feel?
What a great surprise! I haven’t listened to this band before and decided to take a chance, I’m glad I did cause this album trumps anything I heard from them before. Maybe instead of ‘band’ I should substitute ‘Bryce Avary’, because he wrote and preformed the entire album himself. Not only are the songs great, but the lyrics are powerful and substantive.
Break it Out, Do You Feel, A Song is Not A Business Plan, Colors
Mana: Amar Es Combatir
Me gusta este disco mucho. Es me favorito de Mana.
Manda Una Señal, Labios Compartidos, Tú Me Salvastes, Relax