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BDS Presents You With Unsolicited Musical Opinions!
« on: August 06, 2017, 10:03:26 AM »

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Chuck by Chuck Berry




Chuck is the twentieth and final studio album by Chuck Berry, released in 2017. Of course, going into this, there's a lot of emotion and certainly high expectations behind it, being an album that was so hyped from such a legendary artist—and the final album nonetheless.

The album's three singles, "Wonderful Woman," "Big Boys," and "Lady B. Goode," are the epitome of Berry's classic style found in songs like "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Around and Around," and many more. However, unlike the other three, the "intro" to "Lady B. Goode" feels somewhat tacked on and like it could have been given some more, if only a little more, variation, which is only a slight blemish on an otherwise fine song. On the other hand, most of the other songs, especially the two covers ("You Go To My Head" and "3/4 Time (Enchiladas)"), diversify the sound of the album, though not entirely in a bad way. The only song on this album I actively dislike is "Dutchman," which does absolutely nothing for me, isn't very compelling to listen to (and is, in fact, quite confusing), and doesn't have good enough instrumentation to, in my mind, justify the entirely spoken—not sung—lyrics. Though the fact that "Wonderful Woman," the very first song on the album, is also the one I consider its best is a tad disappointing for the consistency of quality of the album, as I mentioned before, it is most definitely not the only good one.

Overall, it feels and sounds almost entirely like I expect a modern Chuck Berry album to sound, and that only makes Berry's timeless sound and groove all the more wonderful. It leaves us with several songs I feel are worthy to be among the artist's best, and that's saying something for someone consider to be one of the pioneers of rock and roll.


Track List Overview:
1. "Wonderful Woman" – 5:19
2. "Big Boys" – 3:05
3. "You Go to My Head" (Haven Gillespie, J. Fred Coots) – 3:21
4. "3/4 Time (Enchiladas)" (Tony Joe White) – 3:47
5. "Darlin" – 3:20
6. "Lady B. Goode" – 3:00
7. "She Still Loves You" – 2:55
8. "Jamaica Moon" – 3:50
9. "Dutchman" – 3:47
10. "Eyes of Man" – 2:27
Total Length: 34:51
Track listing information from here.

Tracks in Platinum are the one I consider to be the absolute best of the album.
Tracks in Gold are ones I consider to be among the artist's best.
Tracks in Red are ones I consider to be standout tracks on the album.


Consistency: 7/10
While tracks like "Wonderful Woman," "Big Boys," and "Lady B. Goode" certainly represent the work that Chuck Berry is most known for, a few other tracks stray from the overall "sound" of the album, which is not entirely a bad thing.

Quality: 9/10
"Dutchman" is the only real blotch in this album, but only because it's not much of a song. Even the two covers on the album are great.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Any fan of Chuck Berry's works, or fans of oldies in general, will be sure to enjoy this album, a final note from the legendary Chuck Berry.



Reviews by score
David Bowie (1967) - David Bowie - 6.0
David Bowie (1969) - David Bowie - 7.0
Chuck - Chuck Berry - 8.5
Imaginary Friends - Freezepop - 9.5
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Re: BDS Presents You With Unsolicited Musical Opinions!
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 10:13:19 AM »

Imaginary Friends by Freezepop




Imaginary Friends is the fourth and current most recent album by the band Freezepop, released in 2010. Now, if you'd ask me what my favorite band that nobody has heard of is, my answer would be, of course, "Freezepop." Now, you may be wondering, "Freezepop-who?" I was first introduced to the band through the 2001 PS2 game Frequency, one of my favorite rhythm games of all time. The game, and its sequel, Amplitude, were also great for young people (such as myself) to discover a bunch of artists they hadn't heard of before. While most of the tracks were either original for the game, or otherwise forgettable (or sometimes both!), one song that I definitely did not forget, and will likely never forget, is "Science Genius Girl" by the aforementioned Freezepop. Just listen to it! It's dope. That song should tell you all you need to know about the band. And if that's not enough, I... guess you could just look them up.

Anyway, uh, back to the main point. As the years went on, I gradually found myself looking for more and more Freezepop. At first, it was just their early works, but as time went on (fairly close to the present, actually, though I don't remember the exact time period), I found Imaginary Friends. And it's pretty great. Overall, since their first album, I feel that the band has really, really developed—and of course strengthened—their overall sound, and it's rather like fine wine. Although I don't always like a lot of electronic or synth music, there's something different to me about Freezepop. While I can't exactly put my finger on what it is, I think it has at least something to do with the lead singer's voice. It's so crisp and smooth, exceedingly succulent. It just works so well with the brilliantly crafted music behind it—which, at times, is reminiscent of music you'd expect to find in a video game (one of their older songs is even called "I Am Not Your Gameboy"), Frequency aside. Their often-zany lyrics make it hard to take them too seriously and makes their music even more fun to listen to. However, some songs do present exceptions to the "zany lyrics" typical of their songs; the song "Magnetic," the absolute powerhouse—so to say—of the album and my favorite Freezepop song, is a love song about, what else, attraction, and aside from a "science-y" mention or two, is played fairly straight.

I don't really have any songs on this album I dislike at all. Writing this review, in fact, strongly piques my interest about a particular thing. And I must say, thinking about this idea does quite restore my faith in modern music. Simply put: there may be junk and sad trash all around us at the top of the charts, but what lies in the shadows, waiting to be discovered, is perhaps what will truly be appreciated and remembered in the years to come.


Track List Overview:
1. "Natural Causes" - 4:37
2. "Lose That Boy" - 3:26
3. "Doppelgänger" - 3:41
4. "Special Effects" - 4:06
5. "Strange" - 4:21
6. "Magnetic" - 4:20
7. "We Don't Have Normal Lives" - 4:12
8. "Hypothetically" - 3:30
9. "Imaginary Friend" - 4:26
10. "Lady Spider" - 3:20
11. "Hot Air Balloons" - 3:22
12. "House of Mirrors" - 4:59
Total Length: 48:20
Track listing information from here.

Tracks in Platinum are the one I consider to be the absolute best of the album.
Tracks in Gold are ones I consider to be among the artist's best.
Tracks in Red are ones I consider to be standout tracks on the album.


Consistency: 9/10
From start to finish, this album is strong. The album, in my opinion, doesn't have many low points or any particularly weak songs. All around, the consistency is strong with this album.

Quality: 10/10
The band's sound, it seems, has developed strongly over the years, and has perhaps reached its pinnacle in this album. "Magnetic," in particular, is an amazing and super catchy song.

Overall Rating: 9.5/10
If you like any sort of electronic or synthpop music, I highly recommend you check out this album, as well as the rest of Freezepop's works. And this rating isn't even taking into account the bonus "Secret Companion" disc's content. That's worth a whole review in itself.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 06:26:11 AM »

David Bowie (1967) by David Bowie




David Bowie (1967) is the debut album by David Bowie, released in, of course, 1967 (surprise, surprise). All artists, of any kind, have to start somewhere, I guess, and this definitely is a somewhere. To be succinct, this album is kind of a mishmash of things. It's not completely trash, but it's not very good or cohesive either. Most of the songs are very short, with only one song ("Silly Blue Boy") being significantly over three minutes, with the shortest being just under two minutes. With fourteen songs in total, this shows, in part, that quantity does not always equate to quality. The other part of that equation, of course, are the songs themselves. Most of the songs are silly in nature (especially "The Laughing Gnome," which, while not featured on the original release of this album, was released around the same time, and has been featured on "special edition" re-releases), or more accurately, have an almost "storybook-ish" feel to them (which should be clear enough from the names of most of the songs), especially because of the lyrical content. Bowie's voice absolutely dominates each and every song, but mostly because of the weak, oftentimes-flat and uncompelling music behind it, and usually not because of the strength of his own voice (though you can tell he really tries on songs like "We Are Hungry Men," a song which perhaps reflects more of what he wanted to be writing about at the time). If you're expecting the strong, wild instrumentation of later albums, you will not find it here.

However, I must say, by and the far the most interesting song on this album is the aforementioned "We Are Hungry Men," which, while still not holding a candle to the rest of Bowie's works, is a song that has strong dystopian or apocalyptic overtones ("Anyone found guilty of consuming more than their allotted amount of air / Will be slaughtered and cremated / ... / Let me explain my project dear / Show you how I'll save the world / Or let it die within the year") that are found plentifully in albums like Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Diamond Dogs (especially that last one). With the exception of "We Are Hungry Men," (for previously-described reasons), and maybe "She's Got Medals" and "Please Mr. Gravedigger," this would actually be a decent children's album, though I could probably find others albums I'd recommend more for that purpose. And if you want Bowie in a better "storybook" setting, I suggest you check out the 1978 David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.


Track List Overview:
Side one
1. "Uncle Arthur" - 2:07
2. "Sell Me a Coat" - 2:58
3. "Rubber Band" - 2:17
4. "Love You till Tuesday" - 3:09
5. "There Is a Happy Land" - 3:11
6. "We Are Hungry Men" - 2:59
7. "When I Live My Dream" - 3:22

Side two
8. "Little Bombardier" - 3:23
9. "Silly Boy Blue" - 4:36
10. "Come and Buy My Toys" - 2:07
11. "Join the Gang" - 2:17
12. "She's Got Medals" - 2:23
13. "Maid of Bond Street" - 1:43
14. "Please Mr. Gravedigger" - 2:35
Total Length: 37:07
Track listing information from here.

Tracks in Platinum are the one I consider to be the absolute best of the album.
Tracks in Gold are ones I consider to be among the artist's best.
Tracks in Red are ones I consider to be standout tracks on the album.


Consistency: 4/10
Almost nonexistent. It's playful and rather cheesy, but quite all over the place.

Quality: 6/10
It's not absolutely awful, but there's a good reason why this is not the album that brought Bowie into the spotlight.

Overall Rating: 6/10
Needless to say, this is a mostly forgettable album compared to the majority of Bowie's later works. But, of course, much, much better is to come in the next years...
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 09:29:27 AM »

I'm not David Bowie

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 04:57:31 PM »

BDS, we need to talk music sometime, our tastes are nearly identical.
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2017, 07:31:46 AM »

David Bowie (1969) by David Bowie




David Bowie (1969) is the second studio album by David Bowie, released in 1969. What a surprise. This album is also known as Space Oddity (named after its first and most notable track), and has been re-released before under that title, to distinguish it from the previously-reviewed 1967 album. This album, as a whole, tends to have much less of a "hard rock" sound and more of a softer kind of rock (one of the listed genres of the album is folk rock, which would seem to reflect or support this observation). In the video for "Space Oddity," Bowie is even seen playing an acoustic guitar, and unlike, for example, the later "Starman," the acoustic guitar sounds as if it dominates the majority of the song, while "Starman" features much more apparent and distinct heavy electric guitar segments (then again, what do I know? I'm just a casual).

"Cygnet Committee," the album's longest song, is a particularly interesting one as well. It starts out as a slow, somewhat ominous song that gradually builds more and more layers and—though I'm not certain if the tempo of the song increases at all, or if it's just the increasingly impassioned vocals and addition of more noise from the instruments that has that effect—increasing energy throughout the piece, ending with a repeated cry of "We want to live! We want to live! ... I want to live! I want to live! ... Live! Live! Live!" It's very confusing, but again, pretty interesting overall. Worth nothing, the similarly-lengthed "Memory of a Free Festival," which closes out side two (just like "Cygnet Committee" closes the first side) and the album as a whole, follows a similar structure (even ending on a repeated "chant," this time with the lyrics being "The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party"... whatever that's supposed to mean). I'd say the latter of these two songs is the better one, though both are some of the most notable songs on the album aside from, of course, "Space Oddity."


Track List Overview:
Side one
1. "Space Oddity" - 5:16
2. "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed" - 6:12
3. "Don't Sit Down" (Hidden track appended to "Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed") - 0:42
4. "Letter to Hermione" - 2:36
5. "Cygnet Committee" - 9:35

Side two
6. "Janine" - 3:25
7. "An Occasional Dream" - 3:01
8. "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" - 4:52
9. "God Knows I'm Good" - 3:21
10. "Memory of a Free Festival" - 7:09
Total Length: 45:13
Track listing information from here.

Tracks in Platinum are the one I consider to be the absolute best of the album.
Tracks in Gold are ones I consider to be among the artist's best.
Tracks in Red are ones I consider to be standout tracks on the album.


Consistency: 6/10
This album is quite varied, both in the styles of the songs, their lengths, and quality. For example, "Space Oddity" is clearly the best (and most iconic) song on this album and none of the other songs rise to the same level, though most if not all the songs on the album are fairly good overall.

Quality: 7/10
Even if this album is certainly an improvement over the last album, this is still very much one that shows the relative inexperience and stylistic experimentation that many early bands and artists tend to have.

Overall Rating: 7/10
This album is a step up over the previous album, but still a bit of a far cry from later albums. But never fear! It's not going to be too long until we start getting into the definitive classics!
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