This is one of the entries where my list and Rolling Stone’s converge. I typically steer away from music with a “college-y” sound, for lack of a better term. It’s similar to the New Wave movement from the 80s which I also never really understood. Similar to the mindset of college students, I feel like being different comes before actually being interesting and entertaining. I did however find a lot to like in this album but for some reason as soon as I saw their SNL performance, I lost interest.
Kaipa has continued to put out solid albums since they re-united 10 years ago. Even without Roine Stolt they can still put out a solid, prog release.
I’ve always thought that Weepies albums contained 50% genius and 50% filler. This one’s no exception but I’d put put this song, Hummingbird, in the genius category.
For some reason this white, rapping, piano-playing kid reminds me of myself 10 years ago. Every time I listen to this song I discover a new pun or creative line I missed before. None of his lyrics are filler.
Another solid release full of re-tuned classics and this rare original.
I love Elton John and think everything he recorded in the 70s was pure genius. I even liked some of his work in the 80s and 90s. However, I don’t really get the praise given to this album. I’ll hope he rediscovers cocaine for his next release. Maybe a Lindsay Lohan duet?
I wasn’t nerdy enough for They Might Be Giants in middle school but somehow I’m nerdy enough for Paul and Storm today.
Angra has a unique sound being a progressive metal band from Brazil. Their Brazilian roots bleed into the music which is why it tends to stand out against the prog acts coming out of Scandinavia.
If I was to hand-pick my favorite metal album of the year this would be it. Adding a symphony to a prog metal act is a great solution for shaking up a tired formula.
After a few less-than stellar pop-rock albums, Glass Hammer returned with a prog vengeance. They unapologetically sound a bit too much like Yes this time around and their album artwork shows they embrace it. I miss the vocals of Susie Bogdanowicz who played such a heavy role in the last few albums. I’m her Facebook friend now, though there’s no prog-related status updates. She’s busy having prog babies.