There are a few reasons that I’ve begun this maniacal project that nobody asked for, but the main one is this: Last December, I suddenly had to take two 25 hour solo road trips.
It’s not important why I took these road trips; just suffice it to say that 2020…
#187: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Ice Cube
Look! It’s the crazy motherf****r named Ice Cube! Who recently left the gang called N-Wordz Wit Attitude! Actually, he left it six months before releasing this album, so this is where he cut his teeth.
#186: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Isn’t it interesting how subjective music is? Particularly live music. Growing up, one of my friends’ parents loved mentioning how they saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert once and they were “terrible. Just awful.”
Well, I saw the Red…
#185: Beggar’s Banquet, Rolling Stones
Another album I listened to in the middle of the snow storm, which started up right as I started playing #183. Weird, that this album will always make me feel cold.
This RS blurb gave me a LOT to unpack as a casual Rolling Stones…
#184: She’s So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper
Hypothesis: Cyndi Lauper has more in common with Eddie Van Halen than any guitar hero.
Evidence #1: Style. They were both committed to looking like circus performers. Examples: This album cover, with Cyndi’s groundbreaking undercut-with-prom-dress combo. Eddie’s iconic stripey red and white Frankenstrat.
#182: Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
A few months ago, if you put a gun to my head and made me talk about James Taylor, I would have said, “Uh, um, isn’t he like, easy listening?” and died.
But now, I’ve reached a new conclusion. “Easy listening” doesn’t exist. …
#181: Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan
So. Bob Dylan. We meet again.
My last Dylan review was admittedly a little lacking, so we have much to discuss this time around.
#180: Forever Changes, Love
This series of reviews is just becoming a way for me to confess the many things I’m ignorant about. For example, the fact that Marvin Gaye was shot by his father. Here’s another: I didn’t know that the Summer of Love referred to the SPECIFIC summer…