Albums I have listened to this week:
Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)
You ever heard an acoustic guitar solo? Well prepare for a fat load of them with this album. I think there's probably more of those than vocals. And there's banjos. I liked this album quite a bit, there were a few songs I had completely forgotten I actually knew! I really like it when that happens. Although 'Mr. Soul' is the ~obvious~ choice for best song, I think I personally prefer the one I chose. I also thoroughly enjoyed, 'Bluebird' and 'Hung Upside Down'. This album is certainly an unexpected love of mine.
BEST SONG: Broken Arrow
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Safe As Milk (1967)
The vocals in this album were almost as scratchy sounding as the guitar, particularly in the song, 'Dropout Boogie'. The guitar riff in that song also sounded rather similar to The Kinks 'You Really Got Me Now'.... was there a bit of rip-off going on here? Who knows. Rock is basically one bit pile of rip-offs and I need to get over it. I chose this one as my favourite because it was more soulful and had those back-up vocals that I love more than anything. This 50s inspired track has been added to my personal playlists. It was probably a piss-take, but I don't care.
BEST SONG: I'm Glad
Moby Grape (1967)
I didn't expect to enjoy this one, but I really did. I was first put off by the name of 'Mr Blues' because I was not looking forward to (dreading) another album of blues. But it wasn't, well I mean it was, I just liked it quite a bit. I chose this track as my favourite as it was the most different in the album and just quite a 'me' song. I reckon I would definitely stick this album on again, perhaps on vinyl to really add some crackly effects to such cool music. Never heard of Moby Grape. What a weird name.
BEST SONG: 8:05
Da Capo (1967)
I didn't really like this one. It was too mismatched. The first song was a bit shouty, but then the one I chose as my favourite was kind of spanish-y with very up-close-and-personal vocals that just didn't fit with the rest of the tracks. Maybe I chose this as my best because it was so different to the others? I sort of assumed that a band with this name would have more dreamy tracks, yet I ended my listening session of this album quite confused....
BEST SONG: Que Vida!
The Beau Brummels
Despite this being a complete and utter rip off of Bob Dylan (even down to the vocal tone!) I actually enjoyed it. I feel like they took the melodic ideas of Dylan and just put it all together and make something pretty good. As country-rock goes, I expect each song to be one big merging of guitars and similar riffs, but this album has a good amount of variation. The track I have chosen here I really loved because of the strings melody. Once again, I thought the track weird at first, but once it had ended I just had to repeat.
BEST SONG: Magic hollow
I didn't like this at all and struggled to choose a favourite song. I thought I would either love it or be indifferent, as I'm a fan of pop obviously. However, it was so boring and so repetitive that I just couldn't bring myself to pay all of my attention to it. We all know the few Monkeys songs that are amazing. I suppose that's why those ones became famous, because the rest of them are pretty lame and unremarkable. Like this album. It is unremarkable. I mean look at that picture of them; why is his leg like that?
BEST SONG: I'll Spend My Life With You