RECORDS REVIEW: Albums #35-31

In music on 04/30/2012 at 17:42

The count down continues. Here are 5 more albums you should for real check out.

35. “Late Registration” by Kanye West
Late Registration

Ye’s follow up places just a few spots higher than his debut, and while both efforts have their strengths and weaknesses, “Late Registration” is the out and out better album. It’s darker, smarter, longer, funnier and the production values are up, more layered and cohesive…it’s fitting that this is somewhat of a “conceptual follow up” to “The College Dropout” because it’s simply an improved version.
HIGHLIGHTS: “Addiction,” “Celebration,” “Gone”

34. “We Are Born” by Sia
We Are Born
Australian songstress Sia’s fifth album took a turn from her low-fi, indie-ballad/trip-hop roots in favor of a more accessible, dance-pop approach to songwriting, foreshadowed by a collaboration with Christina Aguilera. Unfortunately it was announced recently that “We Are Born” will be Sia’s last album, but it’s a hell of a way to go out. Sia manages to bring her abstract/poetic lyricism and jaw-dropping vocals to songs that are driven by their ability to get a listener out of their seat and onto the dance floor. The best of both worlds and a fitting end to one of the most beautiful discographies in music.
HIGHLIGHTS: “Bring Night,” “The Co-Dependent,” “Oh Father”

33. “Tell All Your Friends” by Taking Back Sunday

Tell All Your Friends

“Tell All Your Friends” doesn’t hold up as well post-high school as some other records on this list, but it’s still got some standout tracks. If you are looking for some lyrics for your tumblr wall or a dreary facebook status, though, you can’t go wrong here.
HIGHLIGHTS: “You Know How I Do,” “Bike Scene,” “Great Romances of the 21st Century”

32. “Dude Ranch” by Blink 182
Dude Ranch

Blink 182’s major label debut went about as smoothly as possible, producing the overall greatest album of their career. “Dude Ranch” maintains the rough, garage vocals of “Chesire Cat,” but the song writing is so much more dynamic. Tracks like “Enthused” and “Apple Shampoo” show Blink 182 at their ADD best, with no interest in verses or choruses, simply playing one incredibly melodic section after the next without intention of slowing down. The CD is like a time machine, too. What up 5th grade!
HIGHLIGHTS: “Voyeur,” “Dick Lips,” “Enthused,” “Untitled”

31. “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me” by Brand New
The Devil and God

Brand New’s third release continued the band’s trend of sounding nothing like it’s predecessor. “The Devil and God” is an abrasive, grim collection of songs that offers no hope, not even in the afterlife. Unlike “Tell All Your Friends” or other “emo” releases, however, their is an intellect–both musically and lyrically–behind Brand New which makes their bitching and moaning much more cryptic than their peers. This is a CD that needs to be listened to start to finish, and although the result might be you curled up in a fetal position weeping, it’s worth it.
HIGHLIGHTS: “Degausser,” “Limousine,” “You Are Not the Sun”


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