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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

13 Apr

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE

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The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake

by nastynate

This album already feels like a classic to me. There isn’t a bad song on here.  Every hook is flawless. Most of the beats are great. Most of the lyrics seem sincere. There are few faults to be found. That, of course, doesn’t mean it’s perfect. For example, I found the samples at the beginning of “Tunnel Vision” to be annoying and unnecessary. I thought Jay-Z’s verse on “Suit and Tie” was mediocre at best and felt like he was biting Kanye West’s style (like he hasn’t done that before), minus the actual cleverness. My least favorite song on the album is “Body Count.” The beat was spastic and all over the place and just not very good in general. This song would be much more entertaining if a better instrumental had been chosen/written.

As I listened to the album, I found myself picking a new favorite song after almost every song. After listening to the entire album several times, I’ve narrowed it down to two favorites: “Mirrors” and “Blue Ocean Floor.” “Mirrors” has my favorite hook, and “Blue Ocean Floor” has my favorite instrumental and seems the most sweet and sincere.

Overall, I found this album very appealing and entertaining. I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the standards of JT’s past albums, but it’s actually my favorite thing he’s done so far. At points it was catchy and fun, and at other points it was serious and romantic. I’m probably going to find myself listening to this album many more times.

4.5/5

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

13 Apr

SMASHING PUMPKINS – SIAMESE DREAM

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Over the years, famous bands from the “Alternative Nation” like Tool, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam have made their mark on rock history and have influenced many bands and created several copycat bands trying to emulate on their sound. It’s been over 20 years since the Smashing Pumpkins have started and yet, they are still in a realm of their own. Siamese Dream stands as an album unique from their contemporaries.This uniqueness is partially due to singer/guitarist Billy Corgan’s quirky voice, but it also has to do with their unique sound that combines several genres into a sound that clearly states “Smashing Pumpkins”. The fuzzy guitar sounds draws clear inspiration from Shoegaze music with Corgan deliberately choosing  Alan Moulder to mix the album after hearing his famed work mixing the Shoegaze masterpiece Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. Many of the softer sounds also draw clear influences from Dream Pop which is, in many ways, a  sort of “sister genre” to Shoegaze. The Pumpkins don’t just stop there to emulate their dreamy shoegazy heroes, they decide to change the game by adding in aspects of Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, and even  elements of Progressive Rock. This mashup creates sounds that make the journey through Siamese Dream quite a unique journey. With the guitar driven opener of Cherub Rock, to the dreamy relaxing melotron filled song of Luna, this is truly a journey no other band could make.The interesting combination of genres isn’t the only thing that makes this album stand out, the production quality is, to say the least, a landmark of its own. This album can be considered an “overdub masterpiece” with songs like Soma incorporating up to 40 overdubbed guitar parts. This gives songs like Geek USA an even heavier edge, and makes the dreamy sequences of Soma even more luscious.

Geek USA could be considered the centerpiece of the album. It incorporates everything that makes this album unique, from the strange mixture of genres, heavy guitar overdubs, and Jimmy Chamberlin’s fantastic drumming. It starts off as your typical fast rock piece that draws heavy inspiration from metal, but then in the bridge it goes through sort of a genre shift. It’s like they’re having you a slight relaxation in the song. Gone are the heavy guitars and now it’s become a psychedelic dream sequence. After they had you relax in the middle of the song, they bring back the heavy guitars and build up the intensity and finally explodes back to its original tempo with Corgan’s guitar solo that many consider his best.

All in all, Siamese Dream is an album that has stood the test of time with no copycat rivals to make it look cliche like all the Nirvana and Pearl Jam copycats.

Grungie’s rating: 5/5

Weezer – Pinkerton

13 Apr

Weezer – Pinkerton

When Pinkerton first came out on the scene it was hated and considered the worst album of the year. Now 16 years later it’s considered one of the best albums of the 90’s, and in many fans opinions, either one of their best works, or their best work (though more would probably vote for the Blue Album).

What made this album so hated when it first came out, but loved now? Nowadays it’s considered a big inspiration for the Emo scene, and many bands in general, artists like The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional and Manchester Orchestra were inspired by this album.

Now for the review itself:

Many may know Weezer for their happy go lucky Power-Pop party songs, but this album hardly contains that. This album is much darker and abrasive compared to most of their work. The recording is much rawer than in their other albums, the production isn’t as “clean” but it fits the overall feel of the album. In many of the tracks, you can still hear the buzzing of the guitars while they’re plugged in the background. The razorblade guitar tones help saw through the tracks with lots of dissonant notes throughout many songs. Even the guitar solos aren’t as melodic as their other solos.

hough someone mentioned that the music still feels upbeat, but if you sit down and notice the lyrics, the lyrics are a different story. The album may be loosely based on madame butterfly, but for the most part this album is teeming with social isolation, failed love, and lots and lots of pain. Perfect for an Emo album. One could also compare this to Nirvana’s In Utero.

My initial thought the first time I heard this album was negative. I was expecting songs like Island in the Sun and Beverly Hills, but I got songs like Getchoo and No Other One, but after consecutive listens I fondly enjoy the buildup in Fallin for You and the soft mellowness of Butterfly that concludes this album.

So I recommend to many fans of raw abrasive Alternative Rock or 90’s Alternative fans in general. A much needed album in any Alternative geek’s collection.

Grungie’s rating 5/5