Now personally I don't think Jack White will be able to top The White Stripes but it doesn't mean that I don't love what he continues to put out. "Three Women" is just one song on his Lazaretto album that I have fallen in love with. I picked up the limited-edition LP and while it has more hidden things in it then a swiss army knife I love it all the same.
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death
Now seeing that it is Halloween I felt it suiting to pick a fitting song. I didn't have to think for any more then a second before having made my decision. Iron Maiden's "Dance of Death" feels like it was meant to be played on halloween. I know I will be listening to Iron Maiden all day today to help me get into the All Hallows Eve spirit. Enjoy your celebration's whatever they may be and stay safe so you can come back and listen to tomorrow's Song of The Day!
Foo Fighters - Something From Nothing
"Something From Nothing" is the first song released from the Foo Fighter's upcoming album Sonic Highways. This song features guitarist Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick. This album will go hand in hand with a documentary series of the same name that Dave Grohl describes as "A love letter to the history of american music". Each episode will focus a city in the U.S. where Chicago was the first city, Washington D.C. the second and the third episode airing tomorrow!
Static-X - Push It
You ready to rock out with this Industrial Metal band? This band is built on strong bass rifts, solid drums, and aggressive vocals. This band is at it's best when all instruments are going all out. "Push It" is one of those songs. I do only seem to enjoy their first three albums. It has been so long since I listened to the others I don't even remember why I stopped. I just remember really hating their last album "Cult of Static". So in the end if you find yourself enjoying "Push It" I suggest you take a listen to some more of their stuff, but just work from their first albums up to most recent.
Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
Lana Del Rey is another female vocalist that I can't get enough of. Another example would be Florence from Florence and the machine. "Summertime Sadness" I feel is the safe introduction as it is a good overview of all her songs while other songs tend to be more focused on one part of her style. I do like how she spends a lot of time in a lower then average vocal range than most female vocalists. It gives her a different sound that I really enjoy.
July Talk - Summer Dress
This band was a recommendation from a friend and she wanted me to use the song "Paper Girl". While "Paper Girl" is a great song it doesn't bring you in gently to their sound, So I'm sorry but I VETO'd "Paper Girl" for "Summer Dress". The male vocals are really raspy which turned me off at first but after listening to another song after "Paper Girl" I then realized how they use his voice to set them apart from other bands and it helps make them unique. I have now listened to all their music and will keep an eye out for anything new they put out. They are today's song of the day because I think more people out their should give them a good listen.
The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Here is my favorite The Who song, I think. They have some amazing songs. If you enjoyed this I suggest Listening the "Who's Next" and "Beaty Meaty Big and Bouncy" albums. "Won't Get Fooled Again" is eight and a half minutes of music that doesn't let up. I think this is the best use of synth I have heard in a song. I think people miss out on so much when they listen to the three and a half minute single edit version. For eight and a half minutes this band manages to keep it's repetition fresh and keeps you going from start to finish.
Evan King - Enchiridion
Time for some more instrumental music. This is an amazingly scored piece by Evan King. This is just some dude from British Columbia who creates these pieces royalty free and only ask for a donation when downloading his songs at http://evanking.bandcamp.com/ . Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Veruca Salt - Seether
I haven't been keeping count but I feel like I have had a good number of 90's songs as Song of The Day. One day I might care but a lot of these songs are going to follow my current musical mood and right now I am stuck in the 90's baby!
James Brown - Sex Machine
Now first off the full name of this song is "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine". Also James has done two versions of the song. A two part that together is just over 5 minutes, and another two part that is almost 11 minutes long.
The Crystal Method & Filter - (Can't You) Trip Like I Do
An amazing Electronica song, it has so many different sounds that help play out a scene in your head. Their Album Vegas is a must have for any fan of electronica or if you are into a beaty dance style of music. This is a reworked version co-written with Filter.
Elvis - A Little Less Conversation
It was hard for me to pick the original version or the vs. JXL version. As the vs. JXL version was the first one I heard while watching a Nike commercial from 2002. I ended up choosing the original...like clipped straight from the movie original. It does cut off a little earlier then I would have liked but I'll take it.
Masterplan - Heroes
Here is a German power metal band created from two ex Halloween band members. While I have not heard their latest album "Novum Initium" I be find that I enjoy their first album "Masterplan" the most. These guys feel like they fill a rock opera type void in my music listening. Something kind of like Meat Loaf but using metal instead of rock which I think appeals to me a little more.
Coeur De Pirate - Off to Sleep
Now this is a french artist from Montreal, Canada but todays song is in english so you don't have to worry. My french is horrible but I like her stuff soo much that I looked up her lyrics in english and now listen to her every once in a while when I want to just relax and enjoy something soothing. This song was actually created for the video game "Child of Light" in which she also did all the instrumental music for. I do suggest you listen to albums but I also recommend at also at least listening to "Pilgrim's on a Long Journey" from the Child of Light soundtrack as it is an amazing instrumental piece.
The Fifth Chapter
This is the band's first album without founder Rick J. Jordan but it's also it's first album with Phil Spleiser. The Band has also been around now for about 20 years and in the last few albums we have been hearing a change in their style to sounds you hear from most popular dance, trance, rave, and house music today.
H. P. Baxxter's voice has really been the cherry on top of this bands great sound but if their sound gets stale will Baxxter's voice be able to carry this band on it's own? Thankfully I don't think we are their yet but this new album has me a little worried the future of Scooter.
T5C is still a good album and I have yet to skip any song while listening to the album. Each song feels different but in the same breath each song on the album reminds me of another dance song i've heard before. The album feels like a mash a music that has been given the Scooter treatment but not always in a bad way. Scooter has kept my interest from start to finish. Their last album had more of the Scooter feel then this one but I still think I like this album more.
This groups of guys always seems to have fun going what ever they are doing, and for being at it for 20 years I can say they probably got a few more albums in them. H. P. Baxxter being the only original member left and currently at the age of 50 I am not sure how many more albums he can belt out. I do know one thing, and that is once Baxxter leaves I think Scooter would be hard pressed to continue.
As with almost all scooter albums, the first "song" is just an intro so this is actually a 16 song album.
Two of the stronger songs "Today" and "Radiate" feature Vassy, an Australian born vocalist who has been featured in a number of songs including David Guetta and Showtek's Bad. She has done a great job in all songs I've heard here featured in, and her own stuff is alright.
This album starts of great with "Who's That Rave?". It works you into the album and gives you an idea of what to expect from this album.
This is nicely followed up by "Today" which should hook almost anyone who likes modern dance music and will probably the highest rated song because of it's style along with the one you would most likely hear on the radio.
"We Got the Sound" might have strange lyrics from Baxxter but the more I hear this song the more I seem to enjoy it.
I do like "Radiate" more then "Today" and I wish this would be the big song they promoted, Vassy's voice sounded better and Baxxter had some better lyrics which are all mixed together with solid beats. "Today" is a very close performer but I think I liked the vocals in "Radiate" better while the beat in "Today" is just a little better.
"999 (Call the Police)" feels like it was ripped off an older album which is nice addition to the album but the when the song slows down with the female vocals I think it interrupts things a little too much. If only done once it probably would have been ok but I think just the fact it was done twice makes to song feel like a lull in the album.
In saying that "King of the Land" does an amazing job of picking that pace back up and getting you right back into beat.
"Bigroom Blitz" is a song that I get stuck in my head and I do enjoy but Wiz Khalifa does not feel like he belongs in a scooter song. I think this is the best way they could have included him but I think I might have enjoyed this song more if they made it without Wiz Khalifa. I am not saying Wiz is a bad musician, actually I enjoy his voice a lot but this song feels like it missed out on what could have been this albums centrepiece.
"Chopstick (Mado Kara Mieru)" feels like it is a step in the right direction for Scooter wanting to modernize but still keep some of it's style. The fact that I can say this and Baxxter doesn't have any lyrics I feel is a very good sign of what the future might hold.
"Home Again", "Fuck Forever", and "Jaguare" are all solid songs, with probably "Jaguare" being the weakest out of the three but I think they are solid Scooter songs.
"T.O.O" is probably my least favorite song and while I have not skipped a sone yet while I listen to the album I think at some point this will be the one song I skip. This feels like a song they wanted to test out on the public to see if this is a possible direction for the band but the vocals and the dubstep like beats feel very out of place in this album. it isn't a horrible song, but not something I find in my Scooter experience. "We Got the Sound" had some dubstep like beats in it but they were able to work an amazing song in with it while "T.O.O" didn't feel as well put together.
"Listen" feels a little too much like a generic dance song I would hear on my local radio station and like "T.O.O" I don't see being a part of my future Scooter experience.
"Can't Stop The Hardcore" is an amazingly fun little piece that ends up being three and a half minutes long goof fest. I just wish they put this in the middle of the album and it would have felt like a nice little intermission.
I feel like "Fallin'" is "999 (Call the Police)" done right. It has some small lulls in the song but when I listen to the song they don't feel like they bring the energy down like "999 (Call the Police)" did.
"I Need You" feels very out of place at the end of the album. It makes me feel like the album is not finished. Actually if they ended with "Fallin'" and took out "I Need You" all together I think I would have enjoyed this album more.
The Good, The Bad, The Conclusion
T5C is overall a good album. Scooter took some steps in a great direction, some in a bad direction, and some off somewhere I never thought they would wander off to. With this being Phil Spleiser's first album with the band I think a lot more experimentation took place then usual. It didn't have a solid flow start to finish. This album almost feels like a compilation of artists then it does one solid band. I hope this album isn't the end of generation but a nice evolution of the current one.
Song of The Day
Some semi random song I enjoy will be posted here once a day with a small description of the song and or band.