Thursday, July 28, 2011

Theme Song Thursday: What I'm Listening To Right Now: Part 1

With so much new rock music coming out lately I've gotten pretty overwhelmed and backed up in my reviews. Instead of trying to give you a play by play of each album I'm just going to give a quick overview of all of the newer records I've been bumpin'. Check back next week for Part 2, there's just too much ground to cover. Music is seriously the best motivator so I put it on whenever I'm cleaning (which has included finishing painting my bedroom a seriously gorgeous shade of lilac), working out or cooking. I've purchased more CDs in the past few months than I have in years. Here they are in no particular order:

Crossfade- We All Bleed(6/21/11): I'm a huge Crossfade fan and have been since Cold hit mainstream rock radio years ago. The band's second album, Falling Away, it's honestly one of my favorite albums of all time. This one is quite a bit harder than the last with some amazing guitar licks that I love and simpler songwriting that I can't quite get on board with. I don't know how I feel about the addition of a lot of keyboard on this one, it sounds too Euro, too industrial for my tastes at times. I love the chill vibe of the album and it makes it perfect background music for writing blog posts to. Best Track: I Think You Should Know, it's reminiscent of the tracks on Falling Away, slower/lighter, heartfelt and incredibly emotional.

Theory of a Deadman- The Truth Is...(7/12/11). This is a really fun album, let me just say that. While I'm more of a fan of TOAD's less-sarcastic, less "I hate my life" type of stuff, this music is so fun to listen to after a shitty day. With huge crossover hits (even I was sick of those songs, but I'd played them out more than a year before they hit pop radio) from Scars & Souvenirs, expect to hear some great ballads on this one; Hurricane and Easy to Love You are coincidentally two of my favorites on the album, as is Bitch Came back, a super fun post-breakup song that could be insanely huge on rock radio. Make sure you pick up the deluxe version because it has 18 tracks instead of the standard 12 (it's the one I've linked above)!

Rev Theory- Justice(2/15/11) The Third album from Rev Theory was a little bit of a letdown for me. I really love Rev Theory and Light It Up is one of my favorite albums of all time (look for my top 10 list, coming soon). This one is significantly harder, a disappointment to me because Rev Theory shines on their slower songs. The harder songs are still good party anthems with amazing guitar lines and I can't resist air guitar-ing along whether in the car or washing dishes. I know it's great to clean the kitchen to and I bet it will be great workout music too. The tracks to look out for on this one are Hollow Man, a hauntingly beautiful ballad and The Fire (ditto).
My favorite line from The Fire is "Tell me that you hate me, it wouldn't be the worst thing you ever said, but don't tell me that it's over, don't tell me that it's over." It gives me chills every time I hear it!

My Darkest Days- My Darkest Days(9/21/10) This CD was actually a gift from Matt for Christmas and I have to say it is definitely the best debut album I've ever heard, even he likes it. You've probably heard Porn Star Dancing and wondered who it was, it's these guys. Definitely make sure you get the deluxe version of this one because bonus tracks Without You and Still Worth Fighting For (as featured in my post: Top 10+ Songs That Never Were) are two of my favorites. You'll never tire of Porn Star Dancing and Move Your Body to workout to and you absolutely can't miss a cover of Duran Duran's Come Undone and perfect summer hit Set It On Fire (featured in the video above). I love this album so much that I can't wait to see My Darkest Days, Crossfade and Sick Puppies this Sunday in my hometown, even though I shouldn't be spending the money, I'll never regret going to a concert and creating memories.

Hinder-All American Nightmare (12/7/10) I love Hinder, they are one of the best bands out there. I've seen them live and honestly it sounds just as good as the album, amazing testaments to their talent. All American Nightmare is very Motley Crue-esque (the two bands toured together recently), loads of fun and catchy as hell. If you love their other albums then you are going to love this one as well. My favorite tracks are What Ya Gonna Do, an ode to getting your life on track instead of suffering through it (basically my life motto) and Red Tail Lights (a breakup song that reminds me a lot of the novel I'm writing). This one's a great mix of ballads and fun fast songs. This one also has a deluxe version with demo versions of What Ya Gonna Do and Put that Record On, again showing just how musically talented these guys are without record label input.

10 Years- Feeding The Wolves (8/31/10) Another Christmas gift from the hubby, I feel ashamed that I didn't know about this one sooner. As soon as I did hear it though, I fell in love, especially with the song I knew was destined to be the second single Fix Me. This is one of the only albums I've actually managed to make a copy of for the car but eventually I plan on doing that with all my favorites to protect the original copies from extreme weather and my messy car. Again, you have to pick up the deluxe version of this one as well because Silhouette of a Life, a bonus track also featured on last Theme Song Thursday, is one of the best on the album. I love how 10 years can say things that make you think about life, not just relationships or pet peeves but about deeper issues and they do it in a way that isn't shoving their beliefs down your throat. Love, love, love!

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