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Comp Recordings ~ Robert Johnson
Comp Recordings ~ Robert Johnson
There is no doubt about it in my mind! The voice, the guitar, and the emotion behind the lyrics express some of the most hypnotic music ever to be played. Son House was heavier and Charlie Patton was faster but they can't match this. Nor can Muddy Waters or B.B King sold more and reached more ears. Johnson is the best of the blues.
I won't dwell on the legend or be like the purists and whine about his overblown image, I just want to describe the music. And when one thinks about the music, I think about the voice. The howls of pain and woe in his voice just smack of the plantation fields of the Delta, and translates a sort of desparation that voices have been trying to match (blues or… Read more
Very Best of the Pogues, the ~ the Pogues
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Pogues are one of the few all time great bands that cannot be defined through a mere best of set, from Miles Davis to the Beatles to the modern day Nirvana. But this is certainly the closest any will ever come, with 21 of the best (with the exception of Fiesta) that will certainly serve as a wonderful introduction for the casual fans. It's also particularly essential to any fans of the Irish pub-punk movement that as of recent years has produced many an heir to their thrones (Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys have been the closest, but lack that intangible Irish spirit that Shane McGowan so mastered, nor are they as adventurous) from one of the finest and most unique bands ever,… Read more
O ~ Damien Rice
O ~ Damien Rice
I first heard Damien Rice on (of all places) MTV2 while surfing the channels, and now I occasionally will watch in the early morning hours just to see if they have the balls to play it again. When I first listened to the album, I immediately thought the title of this review. It is simply that good! Jeff Buckley was good (if a tad overrated), and Elliot Smith was wonderful (RIP buddy), but this is the first man that can really hold a candle to Nick Drake.
Perhaps what is most stunning about Rice is his ability to cross various styles of music on a whim. Of the first six songs, four start as folk songs, but then erupt into epic, fiery, orchestral pieces, in which Rice howls of his… Read more