Five summer additions to my music library. There’s not enough time to give each a separate review, so here are brief reviews of each, in no particular order.
Save My Soul Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The third major release from the band that helped make swing cool again in the late Nineties. This album has a bit more life overall than their second effort did, and I like it more as a result. Part of the pep comes from more songs with a Dixieland influence, and I’m a big fan of Dixieland. Otherwise, it’s more of the same from BBVD: hard swinging that’s a fun listen.
Buy it if: you liked their first CD.
Jewel provides her take on teen pop, and gives us an album that shows how good the genre could be if real singer/songwriters/musicians were involved. The beats will get your toes tapping and then the words will actually get you thinking…not your everyday modern pop experience. Heck, there’s even a protest song on here.
Buy it if: you feel guilty buying Hillary Duff’s CD…for any reason.
Youth And Young Manhood Kings of Leon
If this were the Rolling Stone review, the following question would be posed: “Will Kings of Leon save rock and roll?” Since I try to avoid hyperbole, let me just say that I was looking for a good, hard-rocking album to stick in the truck stereo, crank up, and bless others with as I drive down the road. I found it with this CD.
Buy it if: you want to be one of the first to own the CD that everyone’ll be talking about in four months.
Down With Love Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
I’m not quite sure why or how this album found its way into my possession, but now that it’s here, I’ll admit to enjoying a listen every now and then. It’s pretty straightforward Sinatra-esque vocal numbers, with the occasional era-inspired orchestral number thrown in as filler on this short CD, but there’s a time and place for it.
Buy it if: the store is out of Sinatra collections.
Truth Be Told Blues Traveler
Possibly my favorite buy of the summer. John Popper & Co. are back making music the way it was meant to be made. There’s a nice variety of songs but the band retains the distinctive Blues Traveler sound throughout. Much of the reason I like BT stems from the same reason I like BNL: both groups share a talent for the distinctive turn of the lyric.
Buy it if: you want one of the better recent releases available.