Music Recommendations #7
Welcome to Music Recommendations, a series of blogs dedicated to recommending music I find enjoyable. These blogs will cover a wide range of music I’ve recently discovered or have enjoyed for a long time. My purpose in writing these blogs is to promote positivity and happiness pertaining to music, rather than be critical of music I don’t like. At least that’s what I hope to achieve. If you’re interested in buying any of the records, click the title of one for a direct link to Amazon.
I don’t listen to too much hardcore-punk, but I want to assume that no-one does it better then Turnstile. They were the first in their genre to my ears, and I was immediately hooked. Time & Space is such a thrill to listen to. The guitar tones are massive and fast, the bass is a closed fist, the drums are absolute dynamite, and vocals have the perfect amount of grit and placement.
The intensity never dies, and the riffs are super catchy. The band even knows you’re going to sweat while listening to it, so they were kind enough to throw in jazzy intermission in the middle of the album. The album cover basically says it all. Time & Space has all that young angst and reckless excitement that it might just be the album to convince you to perform grand theft auto. Enjoy with caution.
What a joy this album actually is, that’s precisely what this album is perfect for. I fell am in love with this album this year because damn, this band knows how to write songs that you can relate to. Love, hate, adventure, thrills, young and dumb choices all make up the main motifs behind this album in an incredibly catchy alternative rock style.
The melodies and choruses paint a fantastic setting while the songwriting welcomes you with open arms for your mental getaway. It also has a hint of, dare I say, country twang mixed in it. Just enough to give the album and genre new life. Joyride is really a beautiful upbeat and emotion-filled collection that’s perfect for getting your thoughts straightened out. It really sucks when the album comes to an end because the feels you can get from this album are ones you want to ride out for a while. But hey, that’s why they invented the repeat button!
One of the best and oldest in the business for the blues, Buddy Guy, has never failed to release an excellent blues record. But in my opinion, Buddy and the Juniors is the most exciting and impressive. The album is what I call front porch blues (just acoustic guitar and harmonica). Still, it is recorded live in-studio all in one take. Each song is seemingly improvised, including some lyrical content. It features Buddy Guy on guitar and Junior Wells on harmonica with some songs featuring Junior Mence on piano.
This album is just naturally fun to listen to because you can hear and feel how much fun these three have playing together as naturally as possible. It’s also amazingly rare that a recording basically captured a jam session so pure as this with such a high-quality performance. If you’re at all a fan of the blues or just appreciate the sheer talent and are willing to listen to this record, you must check it out.
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