Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Years’ Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every Thursday. This is album 16/40.

Thus far I have not enjoyed Bob Dylan. I put this review off for weeks but the next album is Nirvana’s Nevermind and since I really want to get to that album I must review this one.

First impression: His voice sounds different… less Bob Dylan-y.

Second impression: I’m super sleepy. Do I have mono? Again?  You can’t get mono twice, can you? Maybe there’s just too much harmonica in these songs and it’s lulling me to sleep.

Third impression: I had to start Google-ing this album in order to care about it. The gist is that Bob Dylan was going through a lot of turmoil in his personal life. Most notably with his wife Sara (good name!).  That’s why this album reeks of heartbreak and sorrow. Fortunately, that theme doesn’t resonate with me right now.

Final thought: This album made me realize that I do like Bob Dylan, I just prefer when his songs are sung by someone else.

Rewind Button: Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Years’ Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every Thursday. This is album 15/40.

Oh Jimi Hendrix, I don’t think there was a garage or a basement jam session I visited in my early teen years that didn’t have a poster of him up on the wall.

This is my review: I was unable to listen to this album without thinking of this scene from Wayne’s World. I love that movie, therefore I enjoyed this album.

Other bloggers who rewound Are You Experienced can be found Here, Here, Here, and more to come.

Only one more album until I can review Nirvana’s Nevermind! Yay!

Rewind Button: The Beatles – Abbey Road

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Years’ Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every Thursday. This is album 14/40.

The Beatles are really starting to grow on me. Or I have the exact opposite taste to the creators of this Rolling Stone list. I think I like each Beatles album more than the last.

Is there a bad song on this album? Not really.

Hits: I Want You She’s so Heavy, Here Comes The Sun, Oh! Darling, Because.

Lesser Hits: Mean Mr Mustard, The Sun King, The End (but they’re all only 2 minutes or less so you can’t really complain).

I’m now regretting never visiting Abbey Road while I lived in London.  I was often nearby and at least twice someone said, “Hey, we should go to Abbey road and take our picture.” But no, I was too cool for a cheesy tourist photo of a band I had respect for, but not a lot of understanding of.

Goodness, it would have only taken an hour on the bus! I had a monthly travel card so it was essentially paid for.

From my old flat to Abbey Road Studio in less than an hour.

But that’s what happens when you live somewhere for a while – you start to take it for granted. Instead of visiting places like Abbey Road I wandered down to the nearest Nero Coffee shop in Clapham Common with my computer and checked out celebrity blogs or read a book – I might have even worked on my novel.

Ugh. Now I’m ashamed of myself. Time to go and listen to Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?” and realize all the ways I’ve wasted my life.

Other Rewind Button reviews can be found Here, Here, Here, Here, and more to come…

Rewind Button 13 – The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every ThursdayThis is album is 13/40.

Once again, I am baffled as to how I have lived this long without listening to this album.

Here’s how I listened to this album: on an iPod, walking around South Cambie in Vancouver to run some errands, then I continued listening to it at home on my cheap iPod dock thingy. When the song “Heroin” was on I walked past a protest. At one point I wasn’t sure if the drums were from my music or the pot drumming mob. It seemed fitting.

Things that stood out:

  • The voices. His sounded like a junkie Bob Dylan. Her’s reminded me of an indie movie – some scene where the protagonist, a poet or a musician who is misunderstood, is traveling by bus with their head against the window as prairies pass by in the background.
  • As I listened to the music without being aware of the song titles I was shocked by the line “I feel like I’m a man/ When I put a spike into my veins.” Jesus! I thought. Not very subtle. The song is called Heroin. Nope, not subtle at all. Apparently the V.U. has said their intention to show the sad side of heroin, but some fans thought they were endorsing it.
  • Some of the songs go on and on like a garage band session on … like Heroin, for example. European Son was also too much for me to handle and I had to switch it to the next song before the jamming was over. I’m sorry – I’ve dated too many musicians and spent too much time in garages listening to songs slowly unravel to appreciate The Velvet Underground’s songs over 5 minutes long.

Things I learned after listening to the album that are interesting:

  • Andy Warhol was their mentor and manager – hence the album cover. I’d always wondered how they got the rights to use that image.
  • The female voice is that of Nico, part of Warhol’s Factory family. She was a model, actor and singer/musician. She was born in Germany. This explains her voice: I originally thought she had a speech impediment or that she’d once been deaf.
  • When it first came out the album had a peel off cover on top of the banana that revealed a flesh colored banana. To remind us of a penis, right? Oh, Andy Warhol.

Will I listen again?

  • Sure. Nico’s voice has grown on me, so has junkie Bob Dylan’s (Lou Reed)

Other Rewind Button reviews of this album can be found Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and I think there are others soon to come.

The Rewind Button # 12 – Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every ThursdayThis is album is 12/40. 

I missed out on this album. I went to find it on the Rewind Button’s group Dropbox, but it had been taken down . Why? Because I’m super behind.

So, I didn’t listen to it. I didn’t search for it on iTunes myself (lazy), I didn’t look for it on YouTube (super-lazy). However, I’m sure I would have liked it. I like jazz. Just not modern sound arty jazz that sounds like whale music.

In the interest of getting this review done despite my tardiness and incompetence, I’m going to judge this album on it’s album cover.

* This album is classy. He’s wearing a tie and a vest.

* This album is sexy. The lighting is low.

* This album is pure and simple goodness. The image is minimalistic.

* This album features horn instruments.

Am I right?

Other (better) Rewind Button reviews for this album can be found Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and a few more to come.

Elvis The Sun Sessions

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every ThursdayThis is album is 11/40. 

After a month of traveling to Toronto, NYC and Calgary, then getting sick for two weeks, THEN producing and hosting the Two Year Anniversary of Say Wha?! on top of working a FULL TIME job, and weekly dance classes I am FINALLY getting to this review.

What did I think of this Elvis Album?

In one word: Nice.

In two words: Very nice.

In three words: I’ll listen again.

I was shocked that I liked this album. Maybe it had the mellow vibe that I craved after a cray-cray month. I liked is yodeling voice.

Favorite songs: Blue Moon, I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone and I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine and Don’t be Cruel.

Mostly this album reminded me of the movie Cry Baby. It’s such a good movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch these videos and get a taste of its awesomeness.

Other Rewind Button Reviews: Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

The Beatles – White Album

The Rewind Button is a group blogging project instigated by Rachel Tynan. As part of her New Year’s Resolutions for 2012, she set out to listen to Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of all time. Rebecca Stevenson thought it would be fun if a group of bloggers listened to the same albums at the same time, then posted their reactions. The Rewind Button is the group of bloggers who are going through the Top 40 and posting about a new album every ThursdayThis is album is 10/40. 

This should have been posted nearly a month ago. I’m bad. I’ll blame travel and sickness and the fact that this is a double album FULL of songs.

The album begins with Back in the U.S.S.R. which is a fun song with Beach Boys-y “wee-oos.” This scared me because you know how much I hate the Beach Boys.

Songs I enjoyed: Dear Prudence, Blackbird

Songs I was meh about: Revolution 9, Piggies, Rocky Raccoon, Long, Long, Long, Long.

Most Say Wha?! song title: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey

That’s all I have to say about this album at this time. If I had any more minutes in my days I’m sure giving it a second or a third listen would change some of my impressions, but right now, I just don’t have the time.

Other Rewind Button Reviews Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here,