Monday, February 01, 2010
I don't, and don't call me Shirley. :P
Their music is interesting from a technical standpoint, and their emotion transfers well to the listener, and I'll take neoclassical metal over basically any modern artist.
Bah! Scrooges! Post what you like and enjoy the heck out of it. I'm a fan of a lot of ambient electronic stuff that all of my friends say is boring and dull, but I post it anyway. Though this stuff isn't my style, I can definitely appreciate their guitar skills.
I tell my kids that some of the best music and movies come from when artists cross genres into something new.
Chuck Berry crossed hillbilly country with blues piano riffs and put it on the new-fangled electric guitar. He was a pretty good song writer too. Bob Dylan crossed protest folk with electric rock. Steely Dan crossed in jazz. Etc, etc.
Sonata Arctica to me is just bad metal. Their genre crossing doesn't mesh, at least to my ears.
My daughter likes Taylor Swift. I finally figured out that Taylor's a real talent. She's crossing country with bubblegum in interesting ways. She's a pretty good song writer too. Lady Gaga is my homey, but I'd only give her a C+ on music, an A on costume, and an A+ in shameless self-promotion.
Black Sabbath and AC/DC don't get the respect they deserve. The trailer to "Iron Man 2" features Iron Man and Shoot to Thrill. With Mickey, Scarlett and Samuel L. added, it should be a hoot.
I acknowledge that it's made of vast quantities of cheese and corn, and the main chemicals to be taking while listening to it is sugar and caffeine, but a)they write love (or falling-out-of-love) songs rather than vanquishing the evil demon king Balthrax, b) as songs of cheese and corn go, this isn't very bad compared to other artists I might mention, and c) I'd like to praise their technical playing ability and the emotion with which they play it.
To the TH TA
Give a listen, stuff you may never have heard as seldom played on radio. Interested in your reaction
Rolling Stones Sway
Steely Dan Parkers Band - Live
Boz Scaggs - Loan Me a Dime ... Duane Allman outro
Santana - Soul Sacrifice @ Woodstock
The Five Stairsteps Ooh Ooh Child
Joe Strummer - Redemption Song (Bob Marley cover)
The Clash - Brand New Cadillac
AC/DC Shoot to Thrill -- New .. with Lemon
My favorite AC/DC song -- never got enough airplay ... until now
Marvin Gaye - Tammi Terrell Ain't' No Mountain High Enough