Go back in time with Avicii in his new visuals for the bluegrass EDM ‘True‘ cut — “Hey Brother”. The production value continues to be high with a fantastic homage to our american soldiers through young Timmy’s eyes. This is a very personal video. Might warm your heart.
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Aw. Naw. We’re buying you a shot. Patron, if you don’t have a preference. Only the good stuff for you babe, (wink!) This party is going to extend into A.M. where you’ll find Chris Young serenading you with some late night anthems on his 2013 effort. Because I loved his last album, NEON, so much…it made B4M’s 2011 top 5 old fans will remember…went into this album with high hopes. Happy to report they were met. You get sort of the same package of typical country songs: rowdy, beer fueled, and a bit heartbreaking. What makes it difference is Mr. Young’s delivery and the lyrics. Such fantastic lyrics. Sang beautifully in a ruff ‘real man’ sort of way. Not as cold as Aldean nor sweet like a Luke Bryan. Right in the middle. Catchy. Not annoying. How I like it.
Chris Young has tendency to wear his music feelings on his sleeves. When he’s ready to party, he brings the cooler. When he’s sad…he’ll try to make you stay. But the most telling track is “Who I Am With You”. A cut that praises the love of his life.
‘A.M.’ is well rounded. 12 shades of a normal country artist. Always sounds like a good time when I play it. Take a listen for I love this record. Pity 2013 was quite competitive. Didn’t spend much time in the car with it like I did with Neon. On my musical Saturday mornings. Still can’t deny it. That you can’t.
More country music to share as Justin Moore (who made our Favorite Albums of 2013 list recently) drops the music video for his cut — ‘Lettin The Night Roll’. There is street racing, running from cops, and some sexy country-ness going on. Is it a bit too soon (Paul Walker)? You can decide for yourself. That you can.
Consider this one of those perfectly pressed tracks. It’s quite organic how each verse evolves from each other as Keith Urban speeds to the enlightening conclusion. A love song. To say the least. Yet more than that. It really about a man coming to terms with his flaws. Think that’s why I like it so much. Can relate to the sweeping chorus as an imperfect man. Revealing so much of what I see beneath my aging skin. Most of all…sounds great driving in the car. Where I featured this picture & track. Forgot about my iPod as I rose this morning. Comic Book Wednesday rolled later than usual, but we were playing this really cool board game called zombies. Got a little too into it. Normally, I’m so carefree but really wanted to make it to the helipad. Didn’t. Got killed by a zombie just as I made it to the street. Got a killing spree just before. Rolling those 6′s on 6s. Pop. Pop. Good thing my character would have a shelf life in a world like the Walking Dead.
No Wing Night. So, gonna to home…recover…and write some more Fav Album blurbs. Almost to 10! Did some rearranging to make more fleshed out countdown.
This is a Heart Like Mine by Mr. Urban.
My feelings for these records rose and fell throughout the year. I didn’t like it, then I loved part 1 when I heard it on vinyl, geeked out as part 2 was announced, hoped, got hyped, then was disappointed once more when iTunes streamed it before it dropped, and now I’m back to stage 2 believing that the complete 21+ track (144:36 min) experience is worth praising. With 2+ hours of catchy, repetitive, soulful fusion tracks to bump…music fans will find something to love. I love a overloaded record. Prefer it to a 9 track minimalist take. Mr. Timberlake issued a buffet of really unique beats, hooks, clicks, random Timbaland shouts, cheesy high school lyrics, and two of R&B’s catchiest mainstream hits (Mirrors & TKO). Jeez. I prefer the Part 1, but when you finish it you’ll be demanding more. That’s where Part II comes in. Gives you a bit more radio friend pop than soul. Nothing can deny that this record is what Justin Timberlake is as an artist. It’s all pure Timberlake. No pandering. Just every side of the man behind the soulful poppy voice we admire so much.
My biggest problem is the arrangement of the songs. ’That Girl’ should be track 1 and such on…seeing how the Tennessee Kids aspect deserved a better set up. They are just dabbled in and makes no sense. There isn’t bad tracks on 20/20. Just needed a little more thought in the organization. But when you’re dealing with the kitchen sink sometimes you gotta keep problems at bay. Otherwise you’ll be knocked out when it comes your away.
There is so much shelf life left on this record that we have yet to feel the true potential of JT, Timbo, Jigga, Drizzy, and the TK. You’ll hear much more from 20/20. So get comfy, let the groove get in, and get ready to take back the night in your suit & tie. This is the jam packed 20/20 Experience by Mr. Justin Timberlake. Try to not hate it. If you do…play it for your girlfriend. She’ll dig.
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You’re really just battling for number two when your EDM album followed the release of Daft Punk’s ‘RAM’ in a highly competitive year. And our nod to that spot went to the underdog Avicii whose ‘True’ is probably more revolutionary as a whole than Random Access Memories’ core. Avicii jumped out of the genre box, grabbed folk-soul-bluegrass…hell, Americana and infused it with his own unique EDM flavor for the first half of the record. It worked didn’t it? Their Aloe Blacc collabo — “Wake Me Up” — is a bonafide smash. The second half showcases how truly amazing EDM is and can be. Flowing organic beats, pounding drums, rhythmic claps, while heavenly computer sirens ease your worries…repeating to you — “All You Need Is Love”. The final message of the record. Sounds familiar?
My favorite track is “Addicted to You”. A James Bond theme song on crack. Says a lot. ”Wake Me Up” is probably my favorite single track of 2013 because it makes me so hopeful. I have been trying to find myself for so long too. Nevertheless, still got some growing up to do. That I do. Lessons to take into 2014. Plus…I love to travel.
There is a definite voice throughout, whether spoken or unspoken…I can’t help but feel moved by the music. ‘True’ is true to the EDM genre while allowing some branching out. Shows you how this electronic dance infection will spread into every genre of music. Soon we’ll see major country / folk artists doing what Usher / the R&B genre is doing to keep the spark & innovation moving forward. Remember that this was the blueprint to the original formula.
Overall, ‘True’ gets you dancing. So wake me up…and start moving! Happy Friday!
These old habits die hard because I love country music. Justin Moore’s ‘Off The Beaten Path’ had all the twang, fiddle, and attitude I needed in my 2013. Wasn’t really a big fan of Moore’s until I lost myself in this record. He’s always been the bad boy of country music with his deep voice & all the chatter of beer, women, travellin’, heartbreak, and fat asses continues to make his legendary a bit more well rounded. Seriously. Track 7 is all about that behind. Kim K references.
There isn’t anything here that i hadn’t heard before from other country artists. Same talking points. Still delivered in amazing twang fashion. His duet with Miranda Lambert is the one track you should listen to. If not that one, his bonus track with Charlie Daniels is devilish.
Justin is a dirt road kid. And this record takes us all down the road less traveled with him.
Country Sunday continues as I present to you the new live music video from Jason Aldean. Prefer this take on the ‘Night Train’ cut than what’s on the album. Because Jason Aldean kills it live. Just a matter of fact. Enjoy.
Light that FUSE because Keith Urban joined up with miss Shotgun, Miranda Lambert, on his latest venture and this is the music video. Happy Sunday.
Still not feeling good. Couldn’t make it out to the viper room as I planned last night. So, not much to say…only this: have an amazing weekend! More new, fresh, music tomorrow. Here’s a country classic.