December 29, 2008

'08's Music to Love More Than Music: Love, Pt. 6

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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
I am a HUGE fan of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, so anything that is even remotely related to that collective is going to be given a stern listen, and is probably going to be favored more so that it sometimes ought to be. This is usually not the case with A Silver Mt. Zion (meaning they're usually pretty good all on their own). This album goes with the flow and really shows where I think SMZ has been heading for a while. It's Post-Rock at it's finest ... maybe. I say maybe because if it truly were at it's finest, I would probably want to listen to it at any point in the day, and sometimes when I listen to this I get a little bored or think to myself that it's really over the top. So yeah, I dunno, It's no GS!YB, but really is anything? no, and I should probably stop comparing things to them...
A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

Foxy Shazam - Introducing...
Pure madness, but I felt like it could have been focused better. It's a weird album for sure and it starts off with a kick to the ribs. Strange rhythms and awkward lyrics, a clear domination over the last album (which showed promise ... at best ... and hey, it looks like that prediction was right), but it never really cuts the cake for me. Super powerful though, and power that cannot be denied.
Foxy Shazam - Introducing Foxy

The M's - Real Close Ones
There are a few songs on this album that I absolutely delight in because they remind me of my Elementary school Art Teacher (the second one, not Mrs. Day). The other songs are all right, but the couple that make me go all nostalgic-eyed make the album for me.
The M's - Ultraviolent Men

Camille - Music Hole
Dancy and strange, but still fairly popish. She utilizes a lot of vocalization and a cappella techniques to make her beats, similar to Medúlla by Björk, but certainly a lot more dancy and fun than Medúlla. I'm, again, a little biased, because Camille is French, and I'm, for some unknown reason, enamored with the French. That aside, the album is very interesting and certainly very touching. I didn't see Rahzel's name on the list of people who helped out with the album, but I can't help but think that somewhere along the way he had an influence.
Camille - Home is Where It Hurts

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