February 11, 2009

Rushing to buy a CD

In a rare move, I'm hustling to a local CD store today to make a purchase:

"Keep it Hid," by Dan Auerbach. Review here, linked by Econ.

Reaction to follow. UPDATE:
I've kept "Keep It Hid" spinning for about a day and I find myself struggling to get very excited about it. The album is mostly grooves and ballads, but I don't find them especially thought-provoking or complex (perhaps listening to too much Andrew Bird lately).

This is all OK, of course. The album is really listenable and would be great for driving or a backyard BBQ. It's just that I'm going to place it pretty squarely in the modern blues category.

All that said, I think the core of the album, tracks 5, 6, 7, and 8 make a nice run.

5: "Whispered Words (Pretty Lies)," reminds me of "Ain't No Sunshine" in its simple catchiness
7: "When the Night Comes," is Auerbach at his prettiest.
8: "Mean Monsoon," titled appropriately, takes a wicked rhythm and runs with it.

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Blogger JHitts said...

He's on Conan Friday.

His hometown paper has a nice long review:


Also, I bought the new Franz Ferdinand album, because of a pact I made with myself when I first got into them that I would buy everything by them. Unlike some bands who had excellent first albums and shitty follow-ups, Franz is still kicking it and even kind of expanding their sound in a good way.

February 10, 2009 at 2:33 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Franz still sound like they're making cartoon villain music.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sophomore effort was really good too. Bloc Party can't help from showing up in all my Pandora stations.

February 10, 2009 at 5:03 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Yeah, cartoon music is pretty apt. I'm OK with that though...it'd be one thing if they took themselves too seriously, but I think they're a little more fun than that. Plus they have an 8 minute song that breaks down into a Justice/ Daft Punk synth jam.

Did you listen to "Keep it Hid" yet?

February 10, 2009 at 7:47 PM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

I don't know what you mean by "cartoon music," but the stuff they play during my roadrunner cartoons is pretty classic.

February 11, 2009 at 7:27 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

I don't like the first track...but the rest is totally fine to design newspages to.

February 12, 2009 at 5:12 AM 

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