A fabulous and fun album, Gossamer is guaranteed to get you on feet. Despite the upbeat tempo the lyrics tackle some bleak topics such alcoholism, immigration, and suicide. This is the second album for the electro-pop group, Passion Pit, and it is a wonderful mix of the highs and lows of life. Here is a clip of one of my favorite tracks “Take a Walk.”
If you’re a fan of the minimalist tunes of The White Stripes, Blunderbuss by Jack White will have many tunes to please you. Don’t miss the song “Love Interruption.”
For more on Jack White (half of The White Stripes duo), visit his website.
Another great soundtrack by Howard Shore! The music is very suspenseful and I am usually able to imagine what scenes are playing during each song. I enjoyed listening to this CD when I was in the middle of writing my short story. It gives me a lot of energy and it’s very entertaining.
My favorite song from The Return of the King is probably “The Grey Havens.” It’s the last song during the film, and I think it was a great way to end it.
If you missed last month’s review of The Two Towers soundtrack, read it now.
I love listening to soundtracks from different films, and The Lord of the Rings movies have some of the best soundtracks. My favorite from The Two Towers is probably “Evenstar.” I can listen to it all the time.
Check back next month for my thoughts on The Return of the King soundtrack.
Did you know? You can see what soundtracks we’ve added to the collection recently.
Redfoo & Sky Blu are no doubt very talented entertainers! Sorry For Party Rocking gets the party started and the party never ends as long you keep this CD in! LMFAO spawned very successful singles from this album including “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know it.” The band is touring this summer — check them out!
One of the most talked about the albums of the year, the debut Boys and Girls by the Alabama Shakes does not disappoint. On this powerful soul record, Brittany Howard’s vocals are reminiscent of Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.
After hearing the band interviewed on the radio program Sound Opinions, I was struck by the band’s story and how they struggled to get this record made. The song “Hold On” has an infectious rhythm and will get you dancing no matter where you are.
The worldwide phenomenon dazzles in this live concert at the Royal Albert Hall in her hometown of London, England. Recorded on September 22, 2011, Adele shares stories of her childhood and recent life, discusses the origins of her songs, and flat out entertains the crowd.
You’ll also see behind-the-scenes footage of Adele throughout the day leading up to the concert. Adele has an amazing voice and it is apparent here during the concert as she sings the best of her two albums plus covers a few songs. I especially enjoyed “Rumour Has It,” “Someone Like You,” and “Rolling in the Deep.” And her tribute to Amy Winehouse with Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” was beautiful.
Find the DVD Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall at the library (it includes a CD of her live performances). You can also check out her CDs at the library.
Want more Adele? Tune into NBC on June 5 for an hour-long interview and concert special with Adele and Matt Lauer. Billboard.com previews the event.
Rumer has been compared to Karen Carpenter, and I understand why. Her voice is clear, strong, and soulful. She touches your emotional being and moves into your heart.
“Aretha,” “Come to Me High,” and “Take Me As I Am” are favorites, but all the songs provide a mellow, gentle, feel good experience for the listener.
Check out Seasons of the Soul by Rumer from the library today.
Also watch her recent performance at the White House.
This husband-and-wife duo’s debut album features catchy country rock songs. You may have heard their hit single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” on the radio. Fun lyrics, great music, and complementary voices make Thompson Square a great album to listen to for summer.
They’ve drawn comparisons to Sugarland (and even beat them out for the 2012 Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Duo of the Year), but they have a sound all their own.
Check out a review of the album from The Washington Post. Visit their website for more on Thompson Square.
The Australian singer Gotye covers a lot of ground from psych-rock to soul in his latest album Making Mirrors. However, the songs that stand out are reminiscent of ‘80s pop, especially the hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” This is a fun and different album that everyone should listen to this year.
Check out reviews from NPR and Pitchfork.