Daily Archives: June 28, 2010

One rack done

With my recent burst of review productivity this blog has managed to clear an important hurdle. The first of my two CD racks is all done!

That’s 24 of the little compartment thingies.

The other rack has 55!!

And there’s the vinyl as well.

We’re going to be here a long time folks…

353. Green Day – “Dookie”

Here’s a CD from the wife’s collection.

She clearly embraced Calif-skate punk more than I ever did. But, as I comment to her regularly, she does have good taste.

It was hard to ignore Green Day around the time of this release. They released classic single after classic single and occupied a lot of music video land. They even (eventually) ended up soundtracking a Seinfeld episode (and now have their own Broadway Musical – which is sort of a punk-ish act in its contrariness).

But before all that came this explosion of an album. It is almost the Thriller of pop-punk, featuring as it does five big hit singles.

When I Come Around is the most contagious, Basket Case the one with longest bridge and most scope for air-drum action, but it’s always been Longview that did it for me. The power toms and the witty lyrics keep it fresh:

The highs on this album are mountainous.

The rest pales considerably. When Billy isn’t spitting lyrics, it’s all pretty straightforward guitar power-pop of the sort The Young Fresh Fellows played to much less fanfare.

As we own no more Green Day, I’m using this review to also embed my favourite vid from the boys:

File under: Horse management anyone?…

352. Al Green – “The Very Best of Al Green”

You have to respect the single-minded artist.

This greatest hits collection from one the megastars of the soul music scene showcases twenty tracks, each and every one of them concerned with the topic of love.

Getting distracted by food, civil rights, cars or even euphemisms is not for Mr. Al Green. He’s focussed on your love, her love, lost love, the next love and being loved. And love invokes squeals, “yeahs”, guttural purrs and many, many high notes.

We have stumbled into rutting season and he is the man with the hugest antlers. But Al is no sleazy Barry White or Isaac Hayes. His is an angelic, wholesome Let’s Stay Together, Let’s Get Married love.

After recording these he went from Mr to The Reverend. I’m not completely au fait with his gospel career, but what I’ve heard stays on the righteous side of saccharine.

But back to the corporeal love side of things. This is a fantastic collection. The backing orchestration – very often built around organ and/or horns – is first rate. The vocal stylings flawless. And as you can see from the cover, and moreso from this video, his hair is irresistable (and inspirational):

You can seriously hear the hair in the songs…

File under: It is easy being Green