What I’m Listening To Right Now
So, in my efforts to write more about music, since I am the “music and culture” writer, I’ve decided to give you an idea of my top 5 favorite albums at the moment. My tastes run a pretty wide gamut, but I’ve managed to compile a few recommendations for you to check out. These are in no particular order.
5) Jenny Lewis – Acid Toungue
The lead singer of Rilo Kiley and indie sweetheart Jenny Lewis has returned with her sophomore effort, Acid Tongue. Departing from the indie-rock stylings of Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis focuses on a richer, more acoustic based sound. I also appreciate the fact that this album was recorded entirely on tape, without using computers. She said that the ‘little imperfections’ were what really made the album. It’s so rare that artists appreciate that these days
4) David Guetta – Pop Life
Good, dancey house. Love it. There are few tracks that disappoint on this album, and Guetta’s fun, carefree attitude is evident in the style he plays. A few favorites to check out — Love Is Gone, Every Time We Touch, Delirious, and Baby When the Lights. This is a great party album. (Also, I just noticed he’s holding a bra and panties on the album cover? Interesting)
3) Benny Benassi – The Best of Benny Benassi
Being the music snob that I am, I typically avoid “best of” albums, but this one encompasses a wide range of Benassi’s songs as well as some great remixes. It includes all the hits, such as Who’s Your Daddy, Satisfaction, In Tango, and I Love My Sex. It also includes the hit from the Benassi Brothers (Benny Benassi and his cousin Alle Benassi), Every Single Day. This Italian electro-house DJ will have you dancing for hours.
2) My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Easily one of the best albums of 2008, My Morning Jacket’s fifth studio album is solid from top to bottom. This isn’t their best album, but it was the first I discovered of the band. This album ranges from hard-rocking Southern influenced tracks to spacey, Prince-inspired dance rock tunes. Of course, there’s also “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream”, which is absolutely brilliant. “Ohhh, this feeling is wonderful…don’t you ever turn it off.” My Morning Jacket continues to assert the fact that they will be one of the greatest alt-rock bands.
1) MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Another one of the best albums of 2008. I picked this one up a little under a year ago and I haven’t been able to leave it alone since. Every track is absolutely infectious. Time To Pretend talks of everlasting youth, Electric Feel is sexy and makes you want to dance, Of Moons, Birds and Monsters is…well, exactly that. If you pick up one album out of this list, this would definitely be it. Highly highly recommended.
I’m thinking of making this a weekly thing. We’ll see how this goes.
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