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A Whole Lot Of Illegal Recordings Get Reviewed! [Nov. 10th, 2004|12:46 am]
[mood |shut up.]
[music |none, jesus, no more music today]

So I've been on a downloading spree recently, just thought I'd give you a heads up on the shit that doesn't matter at all, because it's just pretty much bad.

The CD that brought this on was the new A Perfect Circle CD ("Emotive"). I'd actually been waiting a while for this to come out, not realizing that it was actually just a bunch of covers (not that something like that really bothers me too much, seeing as how I'm actually quite the fan of Me First). Once I had found out, though, instead of actually buying the CD like I was planning, I downloaded it all thanks to the wonderful world of slsk. So I listened to this CD once while I was working (I usually consider it a good test as to whether or not I'm actually going to enjoy the CD when concentrating on it, since if it can catch my attention while I'm doing something else, there's a good chance that I'll like the way it sounds when really listening), and it never really caught my attention at all - it's not that I was trying to force it or whatnot, it was all just kinda... bland (ESPECIALLY for Maynard). I'd heard the "Imagine" cover and watched the music video with it, and was pretty impressed, but, in all honesty, the music video adds a lot to the song, and without it there, the song was really lacking. As for the rest of the album, it's mediocre, at best. There are a few tracks that are fairly decent (can't go wrong remixing one of your songs from the last album, and giving it a huge name...), but overall, a lame duck. It's not even like their last album, where, if you didn't really dig it at first, you could listen to it, and it grew on you (in a good way, not the KROQ way). After listening to it, and listening to the meaning behind the entire album, I didn't feel the sudden urge to fight my government (at least not anymore than I'd felt originally), and it just makes me sad that Maynard (who we all know can do some pretty magnificent work, as seen with Tool, and even earlier APC) of all people would use this as a cop-out. Making money by relasing a political CD during election time is fine with me, but not at the sacrifice of talent. I think because I've seen what he has been able to convey through music in the past, this is just a huge disappointment - that he would willingly take the lyrics of others, instead of creating his own, definitely leaves something to be desired. Yes, it's true that sometimes it's been said before, and maybe it just needed to be updated for a modern crowd, but coming from a guy who was able to create music that states "fuck your god, your lord, your christ" and get it played on almost all the radio stations across the country, it just didn't seem like he'd be one to let others speak for him. 4/10

Another CD I've now listened to all the way through a couple of times now is the new Eminem ("Encore"). I didn't even know he was coming out with a new album, but hey, I figured I'd give it a listen, and, even if I don't really like the guy, he does have quite the way with words - and he's pretty much done it again on this album. Due to the total lack of remotely talented rappers, this'll probably win all the freakin' awards again, but hey, he's good at what he does. As usual, the CD has a couple of tracks that you know are on their way to the radio (like the one they play now - whatever that dance one is called) - but the best of the CD always comes with the tracks that will get no air time, either because of language, or general content (see: "Rainman" or "Big Weenies"). I dunno why, but even with this CD, something was missing - I guess making money calms even the most foul mouthed assholes. Although there's a definite lack of "asshole-ish-ness" that was found in his other albums, it's still far above the average hip hop album, and definitely worth a listen. 7/10

Well, I've been on a rap kick recently, and just got the Talib Kweli's cd "The Beautiful Struggle" - It's pretty awesome, but I think that's because I dig his voice. His rhymes sometimes lack, but this is either his first or second album, so I'm willing to give him a little more time to grow into the something awesome that he'll no doubt be. This isn't gonna be a long review, since it's 1:20am, and I'm fucking tired, but let's just say that with the help he's gotten from Kanye, this is a pretty awesome album. 7/10

There's more, but I'm tired, and was really only doing this to kill some time.

screw you all!