HARD SELL OF THE WEEK
EDDIE VEDDER- UKELELE SONGS
I don't believe any amount of hyperbole is going to turn a non-believer into a believer with this one. So I will keep it brief. If you're not a Pearl Jam fan, don't bother. This won't make you one. If you don't like Pearl Jam because of Eddie Vedder. Please leave now. But, as much as I laughed at this when I first heard of its release, I can't stop listening to it.
It works because it's sincere, and the man writes some gorgeous songs. I love it. Check out "Without You," or his take on the standard "Once In A While."
SURPRISE OF THE WEEK
MY MORNING JACKET- CIRCUITAL
Each record by MMJ since 2003's "Z" has been a 50/50 proposition. I love half and I hate half. "Circuital" is different because, while I don't love anything, I kinda like it all. I've especially grown fond of Jim Jones' voice, and here on "Circuital," the big time FM radio arrangements are infectious. There's a $5.00 download on Amazon right now.
While you're there, check out "Victory Dance" and "First Light," my two faves.
THIS WEEK'S WASTE OF TIME
KATE BUSH- DIRECTOR'S CUT
Last year Peter Gabriel delivered his first album in 8 years, the gloomy and wretched "Scratch My Back," a collection of cover versions that boasted "no guitars or drums." OH BOY! Sign me up.
Now, this other one with the work ethic of Otis The Drunk, delivers her first in 6 years--reworked versions of songs from two of her least popular records. Another electrifying idea. I listened so you won't have to.
Seriously, Pete...Katie....sell the rest of your instruments, buy a couple of hammocks, maybe have a few Daiquiris and just don't get us involved anymore.
OLD FAVE OF THE WEEK
OZZY OSBOURNE- BLIZZARD OF OZZ
Umpteenth reissue of Ozzy's debut, this time restoring the late Randy Rhodes' guitar tracks that were removed for...I don't know why. (Or maybe it was Tommy Aldredge's drum tracks.) Whatever. I blame Sharon. I mention this because, as far as metal records go, this really is one of the best.
AND ONE MORE....
BEADY EYE- DIFFERENT GEAR, STILL SPEEDING
This has been out for a bit now, but I only got to it a few weeks ago. It's basically Oasis without Noel, and it's better than anything they've put out. So check it out.