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I buy a lot of CDs. And I live under the misconception that people care about my opinions. And I like to catalog things. Therefore I've decided to keep track of all the CDs I buy and what I think of them.

Monday, March 06, 2006 :::

The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastian

Why I bought it: I've finally decided I like Belle and Sebastian.

What I think about it: I think I am the opposite of most Belle and Sebastian fans. I really don't like their earlier work. I always thought they were kind of boring and pretentious. But the Belle and Sebastian sound has slowly evolved over the years, and their last two releases have gotten quite a lot of play on my jukebox. This new CD continues that trend, and even though they are probably still pretentious, they are no longer boring in my opinion, and The Life Pursuit is jam-packed with interesting pop songs with a 70's influence and the perfect amount of that sinister Belle and Sebastian wit. Most fans probably hate their evolved sound, and I don't blame them because I tend to resent it when my favorite bands change direction, but I dig this new stuff in the way it's supposed to be dug.

Song(s) worth a listen: The Blues are Still Blue, Sukie in the Graveyard ; Dress Up in You ; Song for Sunshine ; Funny Little Frog ; For the Price of a Cup of Tea

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 2:33 PM :: #

Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

Why I bought it: Because I downloaded it and got hooked.

What I think about it: I have no idea why I even bothered listening to this CD in the first place. Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley isn't really on my radar. In fact, I'm really not a fan of Rilo Kiley at all. And the other Rilo Kiley offshoot band, The Elected, started out with a bang and went out with a whimper. But this Jenny Lewis solo CD has me hooked. It's one of those CDs that makes me excited to get back to my car to give it another listen on the ride home. And its gentle, twangy old-school country sound and O'Brother Where Art Thou harmonies make me giddy. There's an impressive feeling of cohesiveness here, too, thanks to the addition of the Watson Twins and the constant inter-twining of thematic elements like impossible love and lost religion. The simple production is pitch perfect, and kudos for being able to turn a line like "There but for the grace of god go I," into one of the catchiest choruses so far this year. This is one of the few CDs I can listen to all the way though, and now I finally know why I tried so hard and for so long to appreciate Rilo Kiley. I must have known there was something in there that I liked.

Someone should have told her that she looked like Charo on the day of the cover shoot, though.

Song(s) worth a listen: Rise Up With Fists!! ; The Big Guns ; You Are What You Love ; Born Secular ; Handle With Care

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 1:19 PM :: #


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