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Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015)

written by owen, Wed, 15th Mar

By share luck or divine destiny this has become one of my favorite albums. The songs seems to just flow into each other and I love the wild vocal gymnastics, band music and haunting lyrics. "Sometimes I am half and sometimes I am half out because I never close the door". Sometimes somber and sometimes upbeat. Yes it is in a paper box but I can forgive that for a set of songs that have been an inspiration from the first day I listened to listened to them. Looking forward to acquiring her previous albums.

Notable tracks include How big, what kind of man and ship to wreck.


March2017 got some CDs to borrow

written by owen, Wed, 15th Mar

Seems like by the stroke of luck I ended up at a friend's house that had real actual CDs in cases and I got a few to borrow. The guy is a Bob marley fan so that made up nearly half his collection. Being a Jamaican I think I have heard every Bob song ever released - totally tired of listening them - on to the new stuff.

The Sizzla CD is clearly a mix, while the others are popular albums from the 90s which I never had access to except for mp3s. It will be interesting to see how quickly I can run through this mix of gangsta rap, pop, dancehall and alternative music. Spragga and Lady Saw from the 90s, "No waan no kiss, no waan no hug, cauw a backshot she love" and "gal a hype up pon you and she no ready yet". Dancehall in that period was obsessed with having intros to all their songs and suss tunes.


New CDs in 2016

written by owen, Sun, 22nd Jan at 7:15 pm

I made the mistake of letting my nephew buy me CDs when he traveled last year without giving him proper and specific requirements.

First rule is NEVER to a CD which is a mix, "best of" or greatest hits. The only greatest hits CD that I have is from Sade and recently from Tracy Chapman. They are are basically pointless and often have edited version of songs which are better left unedited. The Snoop Dogg CD (pictured) was the worst of bunch with a song called "Down for my Ns" which is hilarious to listen to in the clean version.

Of the 9 CDs he bought out of the bargin bin only the 4 on the left were even worth listening to. The Snoop dogg was awful and the Alicia Keys was the usual RNB stuff. I am not a fan of RNB but the Usher CD was pretty lit especiall the song little freak (the best beat). The Outkast CD had "Ms Jaskson" on it but I was hoping it was the one with "Hey Ya". The Outcast CD graphic was interesting to say the least.


Tracy Chapman: Greatest hits CD

written by owen, Wed, 17th Aug 2016 at 8:15 am

I usually avoid collections if only because the songs feel out of order but I got into the groove of this one pretty quickly. And with the lyrics to songs inside the booklet I finally understood the structure of the song "fast car". My other favorites include Bang, Bang, Bang, Change, Save Us All. Tracy keeps it real. Notable quote; "Sometimes a lie is the best thing". Her songs are not suited for the get up and go crowd, but more the long day - stuck in traffic - about to run out of gas - kinda mood.


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