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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.

Friday, August 20, 2004 :::

The Slow Wonder by A.C. Newman

Why I bought it: because I listened to it online after I read about it on a website, and it sounded pretty good.

What I think about it: This is one of the guys from The New Pornographers, which is a band I've really tried to like, without success. Something about The New Pornographers makes my head tingle and my ears ring in a bad way. But I figured this guy on his own could make a stripped down solo CD that wasn't so overwhelming, and I was right. It's creative pop music with some really good hooks. Unfortunately, the CD starts off a lot stronger than it finishes, but the high quality of the first half more than makes up for the mediocrity of the last half. Oh, and please do not mistake this guy with Randy Newman, like the guy at the CD store did. Barf.

Song(s) worth a listen: Drink to Me, Babe, Then ; Miracle Drug

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 10:24 PM :: #

More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley

Why I bought it: Because I liked their last CD.

What I think about it: This sounds exactly like Jewel before she went all Brittney Spears. And that's not a good thing. I found out today that the girl in the band was in the movie Troop Beverly Hills when she was a little girl, which is not impressive, but a nice bit of trivia nonetheless. Regardless, this is a pretty mediocre CD with no stand out tracks and very little setting it apart from what my mom might listen to. Buy their last CD instead if you are even remotely interested.

Song(s) worth a listen: Eh, not really any of them.

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 10:15 PM :: #

Saturday, August 07, 2004 :::

The Scissor Sisters by The Scissor Sisters

Why I bought it: Because I like Take Your Mama and they have a cool image. And actually, it was bought for me.

What I think about it: Starts out with a bang, but gets a little worn out toward the end. But really, you'd have to be a Scrooge to not like most of these songs. They are happy bouncy pop extravaganzas that are reminiscent of early Elton John mixed with the musical sensibilities (if that's what you can call them) of a gay disco. They lack much substance beyond being extremely listenable, but you can hardly fault them for just wanting to have a little fun. I'm still not sure how I feel about the hysterical remake of Comfortably Numb, but all in all this is a worthy purchase, and Take Your Mama and Laura will undoubtly go down as some of the best singles of the year. I'd even go as far as to give this 4.5 stars.

Song(s) worth a listen: Laura ; Take Your Mama ; In the Back Seat

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 1:53 AM :: #


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