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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Money talks, but it don't sing and dance and it don't walk

An update on my recent perusal of the iTunes store: I added a few more songs to the library over the weekend. I'm down to a few dollars left on the gift card and I'm unsure as to what else I should purchase. For now, here's a review of the latest.

"America," "September Morn" and "Forever in Blue Jeans" by Neil Diamond
One of Neil Diamond's greatest hits collections was a staple of many family car trips growing up. So were collections of Simon & Garfunkel and John Denver hits. I never disliked any of these songs, but once I got my own Walkman, I kinda went off into my own world. Now these songs are on my iPod. Is this progress?

"Cats in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin
It still amazes how maudlin songs were regulars on the pop charts in the Seventies. (See also Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" for starters.) Of course, Ugly Kid Joe's version in the Nineties seemed to fit in with grungy gloom. Chapin's original still sticks with me though.

"Sleeping Awake" by P.O.D.
There are certain moments in P.O.D.'s songs that have a certain melodic bite. Forty-three seconds into this track (the "do you see what I see" part) caught me as I watched the Matrix Reloaded credits roll in the theater. I can't say it changed my opinion of the band overall, but I've always dug this song.

"Pay to Cum" by Bad Brains
This version from the American Hardcore soundtrack is also known as the 7" version, one of three different recorded versions. Though it's slower than the ROIR version, I prefer this one above all. H.R. doesn't rush through his lyrics and the band sounds tighter. It's sure nice to have this version to replace my crappy-sounding MP3 that I downloaded back in college.

"(Nothing But) Flowers" by Talking Heads (video)
I credit Clerks II and my interview with Nate Mendel for why I got into this song. I'm not so sure I'm at a point where I can jump headfirst into Talking Heads, so I'm taking this one song at a time, months at a time.

"Mein" by Deftones (video)
Despite really digging White Pony back when it came out, my interest in the Deftones has been a song-by-song since then. I never checked out Deftones or Saturday Night Wrist, but caught wind of a few tracks along the way. This one in particular grabs me immediately with its drum fill and chord progression. I'm glad to see the band has aged well despite some of their contemporaries.

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