Saturday, April 23, 2011

Albums I've Been Listening to Lately

Hi, we aren't all dead or missing! School has been a little hectic and crazy for ALL of us, so sorry for the major lack of posting. Anyways, we'll all be back and ready to blog soon enough. But since we're on easter break, here's a little music update from me!
Mumford & Sons - Sign No More

They are just so awesome and brilliant. Want evidence? They released their album in the UK in 2009 and in the US in 2010...and they're still winning awards for it. I'd been hearing about them for awhile and had heard their singles, but I'd never listened to the full album, so I thought I'd check it out. I was in no way disappointed. I'm really happy that I did listen to the full album because they've got alot of gems hidden on there. They play with mostly acoustic instruments and they're voices are very..I don't know...folky. And they write amazing lyrics. Some of the songs just blow me away. I really wanna see them live; I know they'd be amazing.
Favorites on the album: "Awake My Soul", "The Cave", "Little Lion Man", "Thistle and Weeds"

Adele - 21
Seriously..who hasn't been listening to her new album? It's just amazing! The music is very bluesy and it just works perfectly with her deep, soulful voice. And she co-wrote almost all the songs on this album in contrast to "19" where she wrote everything by herself. I'm really happy for all the wonderful reviews she's been getting about it, because she totally deserves it.
Favorites on the album: "Rolling in The Deep", "Rumor Has It", "Set Fire to The Rain", "Someone Like You"

30 Seconds to Mars - This is War

To be completely honest, I really only got into this band because the lead singer, Jared Leto, used to be on one of my all-time favorite tv shows, My So-Called Life. Nonetheless, I really like them. Their songs just punch you in the face with energy and they use a choir in many of their songs. You can feel their passion for music just seeping into you as you listen to the album. They're just a really classic-sounding band; one of those bands that is still going to be super successful in twenty years.
Favorites on the album: "Kings + Queens", "This is War", "Closer to The Edge", "Stranger in a Strangeland"

Kid Cudi - Man on The Moon II: THe Legend of Mr. Rager

This record is just awesome and rad and all the good things in the world. This album, lyrically, is really personal because he talks about numerous personal battles and things that have been going on with him, like drug addiction and relationships with the people in his life and I think that's why I like it so much. He shares so much of himself on this record and I appreciate that as a fan. And he has the best collaborations ever, like Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, GLC, and Chip the Ripper. Also, I really like the fact that he uses rock-style beats in his music instead of the normal bass-heavy beats used on most rap records. And his flow is just really unique to him and it makes me wanna party.
Favorites on this album: "REVOFEV", "Erase Me", "The End", "Wild'n Cuz I'm Young", "GHOST!", "Mojo So Dope", "Marijuana"

Sixteen Candles soundtrack

I've been listening to this so much because I've been watching the movie so much. In the last couple of weeks or so I've watched it like six times. I went through a heavy 80s phase (and am truthfully still quite in it) when I was little so I was always watching this movie. And Jake Ryan is a babe.
Favorites from the movie: "16 Candles" by Stray Cats, "Gloria" by Patti Smith, "Ring Me Up" by The Divinyls, "Young Guns" by Wham!

-Assata xx