Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay is back with their with their 5th studio album "Mylo Xyloto". Chris Martin and the gang continue to evolve and stretch the boundaries of their musical canvas.

This album is a little heavier, and offers a real balance of synth pads along the way that catapults the album towards the future. One of the more interesting observations of this album is the strong acoustic guitar parts that serve as the melodic foundation for the bands newest project in just about every song. From the fun and moving lyrics of "Charlie Brown" to the pounding anthemic groove of "Don't Let it Break Your Heart", Mylo Xyloto is worth the investment for the most hardcore Coldplay fan to the novice music lover that has never heard of the UK super-group.

The Street

Man, these Brits are killing it. Now I know what you may be thinking. "What are hardcore white British Guys doing rapping?" Well who cares! The fact of the matter is that they are awesome. I was first introduced to The Streets by my roommate in college Lonnie. These guys know how to get a killer mix of beats that will rattle around in your cranium for a while. Remember, don't judge a book by its cover. Give it a listen and take some time to support the cause and "BUY THE ALBUM!"

Old School repsects New School

First it was Legendary Country Music God, Johnnhy Cash covering Nine Inch Nails "Hurt". Now once again one of Country Music's living legends pays an overwhelming homage to Great Britain's super-group, "Cold Play".

Willie does a masterful job of taking one of Cold Play's most recognizable singles, " The Scientist", and makes it an authentic story of intrigue that only Willie can do. There is no mistaking this Country giants haunting voice, as he walks through his journey of loss, regret, love, and reconciliation. For me one of the best musical finds of the year.

Aussie Greatness

So about three weeks ago I was surfing through some of the pages I like on Facebook, and I came across Todd Sucherman's (the band, Styx's Drummer) page and was presented with this awesome video by a band called "Gotye". After I clicked on the video I was transfixed by what I heard and made it a mission of mine, to find these guys latest album "Making Mirrors."

Once I got my hands on the amazing album via iTunes, I could not stop listening to it. I literally found myself playing the track "Somebody That I Use to Know" for a week entirely. Once I got my brain off "song repeat" mode and listened to the rest of the album, I found myself drawn into an eclectic kaleidoscope of  musical influences that makes Gotye a diverse and creative group. The group goes from poppy cool Ausi chart toppers, to killer R&B soul jams that would make the Godfather of Soul yell "GET BACK!"

So here is the track the got me obsessed with one Australia's most artistic groups. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to Gotye...

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