Every now and again, a record emerges in the shellshocked, foxhole-filled musical landscape in which we live that reminds me of why I love music as much as I do. You get old. You get jaded. You get burnt out. And you just wonder, "When's that feeling going to come back?"
This album brought that feeling back to me. Maybe timing is everything, but God, it's like this record was specifically meant for this point in my life.
Enough said. Here are my thoughts on Charlie Simpson's debut solo album, Young Pilgrim.
I wrote this as part of a guest blog appearance for another user's blog, and figured I would post it here as well. Five albums that weren't received all too well upon their release, but later down the line, at least for me, they prove themselves worthy.
The Academy Is - Fast Times At Barrington High - This album was quickly written off when it first came out. It just wasn't what I wanted at the time. Eventually though, I fell in love. A concept album about high school turned a lot of people off, but the nostalgia and memories this album triggers is almost overwhelming. I hated high school, but this album brings back the little moments that are tucked away in my brain that I do sometimes miss. It could be anyone's soundtrack.
Hidden In Plain View - Resolution - Forget that Joe doesn't sing as much as he should have. Forget that the songs are more melodic than they are intense. Some bands record an album, and then break up. Hidden In Plain View recorded an album while they were breaking up. A very narrative, personal, and emotional record, that makes you wonder if this band was taken away before they truly reached their peak. An album of goodbyes, I like to think.
Dashboard Confessional - Dusk and Summer - There's a lot of criticism towards this album. Maybe it's because it was Dashboard's big break, ala` Spiderman style, or maybe it's because it was just too hard to compare to the earlier material. Some people will always prefer Chris alone with a guitar to the full band. Don't let the title fool you, this album is good for any season. Even better, check out the deluxe edition with the live version of "The Best Deceptions." Absolutely haunting.
Our Lady Peace - Gravity - While a departure from the more experimental sound they had played with on the previous album Spiritual Machines, Gravity is one hell of a rock album. Die hard fans were turned off by its mainstream accessability, but this doesn't mean the album is a throwaway. Raine and crew prove they can write an album with energy and emotion, without falling into the radio-rock trap 99% of other arists stumble into. Melodic and dark, this album has it all.
Marvelous 3 - ReadySexGo - How do you follow up one of the biggest hit singles and albums of the 90s? Even moreso, how do you follow that up when your label has told you to go to hell? The answer? You tell everyone to go to hell, and then you write a killer, tongue in cheek, balls to the wall, booming rock anthem album that feels like it was crafted for arenas across the world. That's not how things went for the Marvelous 3, but this album is pop-cock-arena-whatever-rock at its absolute pinnacle. "Cigarette Lighter Love Song" is arguably the greatest album closer of the decade. Butch Walker presents of a showcase of his rock genius.