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#101 | Posted: 03/14/2018 08:49 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh this really one of the guilty pleasures dating from mu youth where single after single shot up high on the charts and were all over the place on Dutch music shows: Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run, Action, etc.
So indeed a singles band where you’re best off with a best of. Mine has always been this one on CD which has all the hits I cherish:

Starke Zeiten by Sweet

The only regular album of theirs which is ok but doesn’t have any of those hits is:

Sweet Fanny Adams by Sweet

Other guilty pleasures in that league and at that time were Mud and The Rubettes. I remember that I awaited their singles with an eagerness you can’t imaginaire in these times were everything at your fingertips.
And then i got disappointed when The Sweet issued The Lies On Your Eyes, which was a lot mellower but which I started to like afterwards, and Lonely This Christmas by Mud which is still terrible.
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#102 | Posted: 03/23/2018 02:18 | Post subject: Reply with quote
35. On the Mastery of Three Genres


Up! by Shania Twain

BEA Ranks: 154th of 2002; 1539th of 2000s; 6,410th of All Time
Ranked highest by Listmeister

Where I work there is country music playing all the time. That's fine. My job is fixing laptops, so my eyes and hands are busy, and my ears are free to do what they want, and I have headphones and Spotify and YouTube. But, sometimes I have to put the headphones down and step away from my workbench, and I'll hear what's playing in the background. One day, the song playing was "Up!", by Shania Twain. So, I looked up the album, played it, loved it, it blew me away.

Forgive me for quoting myself, but this is what I wrote on the album page:

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Best country album this city boy has ever heard. I'll admit that's not a very long list, but still. I'd decided it was the best country album I'd ever heard by the time I was halfway through the album -- and then it got better.


In 2002, Shania Twain released three albums called "Up!" There was a Pop version of the album, released on a red CD; a Country version of the album on green CD, and an International version on blue CD. Now, Shania Twain has an absolutely gorgeous voice and she knows what to do with it for maximum effect. The vocals are so flawless and perfect for the songs that it works with almost any instrumentation.

The Pop album, the one I heard first and made the above comments on, is the version of the songs that are probably most familiar, and "Up!" and "Forever and Always" were legit pop hits in 2002. The Country version fits a tiny bit more with her style of songs, with more banjo, more fiddle, more acoustic guitar. It's different enough to be interesting, and it works well. "In My Car" and "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" sound really good on this one.

The International one, the Blue CD, comes as a shock once you're used to the pop and/or country version. There are all sorts of international flavors there. Bits of Latin, bits of Bollywood, bits of French, bits of K-Pop, bits of African, all blended together and emphasized in different ways and different arrangements. "Juanita" gets the prize for best International arrangement, but any of them make for a really good remix.

I don't know if anyone else made three versions of the same album. Sometimes someone might produce an album of remixes, but even then you're not going to get track-for-track parallel universes of music. Not since Zaireeka by the Flaming Lips have I heard of such an interesting idea for an album.

Country music doesn't score a lot points at BEA, but if you want to hear a great country album, give the green CD a try. Then listen to the red and the blue ones, you won't be disappointed.

35. Bat Out Of Hell
36. The ArchAndroid
37. Help!
38. Up!
39. Kimono My House
40. Kick
41. Lonely and Blue
42. On the Threshold of a Dream
43. Moody Blue
44. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We
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#103 | Posted: 03/29/2018 03:10 | Post subject: Reply with quote
34. And now it's time for silly songs with Johnny and Johnny


Flood by They Might Be Giants

BEA Ranks: 12th of 1990; 184th of 1990s; 871st of All Time
Ranked highest by nachosbob (6th of All TIme, out of 100); t08121981 (4th of All Time, out of 40)

"Incredible album, funny as hell and amazingly eclectic and complex when it comes to execution, it is one of those little gems that may be far more trascendental than what they appeared to be..." --covercove

"It's hard not to sing along with ever song." --surfdaily

"Why is the world in love again? Why are we marching hand in hand? Why are the ocean levels rising up? It's a brand new record for 1990, They Might Be Giants brand new album, Floooooooood." --From track 1. Theme from Flood

It's not brilliant music, but each song is a lyrical wonderland and catchy as hell. John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the guys who Might Be Giants, have constructed an album of surrealistic wisdom, and singable tunes. The big hit, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" one of those earworms that, once you get it in your skull, you are never getting rid of, and why would you want to? [Footnote]

You're not convinced. "What are these wondrous lyrics you speak of?" you say. Get a load of these lines:

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Blue canary in the island by the light switch, who watches over you? Make a little birdhouse in your soul. Not to put too fine a point on it, but say I'm the only bee in your bonnet. Make a little birdhouse in your soul.

Every gal in Constantinople lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople, so if you've a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istabul.

This is where the party ends. I can't stand here listening to you and your racist friend. I know politics bore you, but I feel like a hypocrite talking to you and your racist friend.

Particle Man, Particle Man, doing the things a particle can. What's he like? It's not important. Particle Man.
Is he a dot or is he a speck? When he's underwater does he get wet, or does the water get him instead? Nobody knows, Particle Man. Triangle man, triangle man. Triangle man hates Particle Man. They have a fight, Triangle wins. Triangle Man.

I said if I was smart, then I would save up for a rock to wind a piece of string around. Everybody wants a rock to wind a piece of string around.
If I were a carpenter, I'd hammer on my piglet eyes, collect the seven dollars, and I'd buy a big prosthetic forehead and wear it on my real head. Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads.

Mr. Horrible, Mr. Horrible, got a phone call for Mr. Horrible.

Minimum wage! Hyah!

There's only one thing that I know how to do well, and I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well, and that's be you. Be what you're like. Be like yourself. And so I'm having a wonderful time but I'd rather be whistling in the dark.



I think I've made my point.

34. Flood
35. Bat Out Of Hell
36. The ArchAndroid
37. Help!
38. Up!
39. Kimono My House
40. Kick
41. Lonely and Blue
42. On the Threshold of a Dream
43. Moody Blue

[Footnote] "Istanbul (Not Constantinople) was not actually written by TMBG. It was written in 1953 to commemorate the actual renaming of the city in 1930. It was written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon.
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#104 | Posted: 04/03/2018 17:47 | Post subject: Reply with quote
33. BOH BAH BOH BAH BAH BOH


Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers

BEA Ranks: 84th of 2014; 734th of 2010s; 5236th of All Time
Ranked highest by jepstein, 17th of All Time

"The title track is pretty difficult not to like." --pearljammer13

"This was one of my favorite albums of 2014. Nearly every track is remarkably crafted and full of energy. " --larryrr

"The New Pornographers have largely recaptured the magic of their first 3 albums, pumping multiple hooks into the majority of these abnormal pop/rock tracks. The poppiest tracks still mostly emanate from AC, the loveliest from Neko and the strangest from Bejar (harmonica solo!), but the tracks are tighter than they have been since Twin Cinema. If one article i read is true, this is in no small thanks to Kathryn Calder. Thank you, Kathryn. And thank you New Pornographers for once again bringing me an album more complex than simple pop but carrying all of the smiles. (And i still heavily heart Neko.)" --paladisiac

Sometime in late August 2014, I was listening to the current hits on Spotify, and somewhere in between Bailando by Enrique Iglesias and Bartender by Lady Antebellum came a commercial interruption. Normally I ignore commercials like everybody does, but this one caught my attention. It went "BO BAHH BO-BAH-BAH BO" in magnificent multi-part harmony. "And the sea was allright, and it was all right, yes (BO BAHH BO-BAH-BAH BO)" it continued. Someone spoke, "Check out the new album, Brill Bruisers, by the New Pornographers, right here on Spotify." Thank you, Spotify, I would like to check that out.

Mind blown.

It seems that the first album I hear by a band quickly becomes my favorite by said band. I suspect it's because the first time you hear the band, it's a new sound, and it's exciting, and it's wonderful. The second album you hear by them doesn't have the same impact. Anyway, that's my theory. I'm not ready to say definitively that Brilll Bruisers is the best New Pornographers album, but it's the one I heard first. That initial BOH BAH BOH-BAH-BAH BO still gets me excited, and I know I'm going to hear a good album.

So, it's got a great initial hook. What else ya got? Well, the New Pornographers' vocal sound is a co-ed harmonies ('Back Stairs', 'Dance Hall Domine'), intrumentally, their sound is overlapping video-gamey synth ('Champions of Red Wine', 'Marching Orderes') and guitar ('War on the East Coast') and drummed ('Born with a Sound') hooks. There are intriguing lyrics all over the place ("There is another west, and a new one when you arrive" --'Backstairs') ("They say we can't make this stuff up, but what else could we make?" -- 'Marching Orders').

It turned out the line in Brill Bruisers was "And the sea was all right and it was all lighters". I don't know what that means.

33. Flood
34. Bat Out Of Hell
35. The ArchAndroid
36. Brill Bruisers
37. Help!
38. Up!
39. Kimono My House
40. Kick
41. Lonely and Blue
42. On the Threshold of a Dream
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