Apparently, The Classic Crime released Albatross ten years ago, which makes me worried about aging, but also gives me a good chance to talk about one of my favorite bands.
Sometimes, God is especially nice, and lets us be born near the person we are made to make art with. In the case of the Moore brothers (well, twins), God was especially kind. The two grew up playing music together and had several well-deserved victories in Battles of the Bands. I saw them play live a few months ago and was amazed by their musical dexterity and playful unity. And, to bless us all, they released their first EP, Hallucinate.
This week, I decided to throw it back just a little and show off some of my favorite music from the last decade or so. These are albums that might have been lost in the shuffle or overlooked on your radar, but that absolutely deserve some love and attention. For your listening pleasure, I've also included a section for albums that sound great with the featured album (or are other artist projects). You might ask yourself, "why stop at 2011?"
take my music lyrics pretty seriously. I'm all about hooks and catchy melodies and great beats (by the way, most people are talking about great rhythms when they say they like a song for the beat. It would be weird if people liked songs about beating women because 72 BPM gets them turnt).
But the point remains: I really, really like good lyrics. And great music.
A great songwriter, in my opinion, is one who writes great lyrics while using the song structure to give additional meaning to what is said, and who is interesting to listen to. You've got to have both great musicality and great lyricism, otherwise you're a composer (no lyrics) or a poet (no music).
About the legend part: I think of things in lists. Normally. However, there are some artists I can't rank. There are stories I can't rank. I can't say Lord of the Rings is BETTER or WORSE than The Chronicles of Narnia. I might like one better one day or another, but I think they belong on a list without rank. Basically, a list of all my number-one-favorites.