For as long as I’ve had this blog, I’ve toyed around with the idea of writing reviews of various albums. However, I’ve never actually gotten organized enough to follow through on this idea. Part of the problem is that I don’t feel confident enough in my musical knowledge to render a verdict on whether a particular work is deserving of praise or blame.
Yet I still enjoy music a lot, so it seems silly to not blog about music to some degree. My solution to this conundrum is to simply write about music that I enjoy and leave it at that. So here are a couple of songs that have recently caught my fancy.
“Running Man’s Bible” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
While I’ve always been a fan of Petty (particularly during his Traveling Wilbury phase), it’s been a while since I’ve listened to him with any regularity. I enjoyed his soundtrack for “She’s The One”, but nothing he had done since then had really grabbed me at all except for the single, “The Last DJ”, which I enjoyed but not enough to plunk down good money for the album.
Then I came across his new album, Mojo. It contains some of the classic Petty sounds, from Roger McGuinn inspired pop tracks to straight ahead rock. There’s also some good blues flavored rock as well, and a particularly good example of this is the track “Running Man’s Bible”. The song is a tribute to former Heartbreaker, Howie Epstein, and is easily the best track on the album.
“King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles
While I think my taste in music runs the gamut from “eclectic” to “just plain weird”, I apparently do have some obvious types that I favor. At least that seems to be the assumption that The Misses makes, since she frequently mentions she heard some song that is “just so you” as she tells me.
Though I would like to think that I’m not that transparent about things, she was dead on the money when she predicted I would like the most recent single from Ms. Bareilles. I enjoyed her last song, “Love Song”, but I think I like “King of Anything” even more. The lyrics are more playful and the melody is a bit more catchy. And I love the way she drags out the “who” and the “you” in the chorus.