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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.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 :::

In Rainbows by Radiohead

Why I bought it: Radiohead is awesome.

What I think about it: From the production, to the songwriting, to the technique, to the length, to the method of release... In Rainbows is awesome. Radiohead, in general, is awesome. Expounding on that statement is pointless. It's a near perfect release. And to think, we still have another EP of an additional eight new songs being release in December... ahhhh 2007 rules.

Song(s) worth a listen: 15 Step ; Nude ; All I Need ; Reckoner

Download it for cheap.

::: posted by dan at 10:06 AM :: #

The Shepherd's Dog by Iron & Wine

Why I bought it: I like him lots.

What I think about it: Iron & Wine's older CDs are low-fi gems, rarely consisting of more than a single guitar strumming behind a couple harmonizing vocal tracks. Although I appreciated the simplicity and the resulting product, I always thought it would be interesting to hear him break out of that style. After he released the fantastic Woman King EP last year, which included some actual drums and bass work, I patted myself on the back for being so astute and correct in thinking he could benefit from some varied instrumentation. The Shepherd's Dog continues on in the same new vein, with more beats, more drums, more guitars, and just more overall production. And even though it's good, and I appreciate it gratefully, I'm already longing back to the simpler times when just a guitar and a voice would do, because it seemed to push him farther to focus on the melody over the production. But still, Shepherd's Dog is a great CD, full of mood and beautiful harmonies, so it's all good.

Song(s) worth a listen: Resurrection Fern ; Boy With A Coin

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 9:59 AM :: #

Challengers by The New Pornographers

Why I bought it: Pressure from the cool music blogs.

What I think about it: I've never been a huge New Pornographers fan. I prefer their solo releases (A.C. Newman and Neko Case). But their last release, Twin Cinema, had some really amazing tracks in spite of the chronic overproduction and ocassional shrill orchestration. Challengers, however, is pretty subpar on all counts. Even after repeated listens, I have failed to latch on to even a single song. It's not awful, and it doesn't make my ears ring like a lot of their earlier releases, but it might even be worse to be so mundane.

Song(s) worth a listen: My Rights Versus Yours

Listen at amazon.

::: posted by dan at 9:52 AM :: #


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