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Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening to Today?

Hey! FList! Weird question of the day! Does anyone out there have Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. I have Allison Crowe's version, and I think a version by Jeff Beck, but not one by the actual original artist. *whistles innocently*.

Someone help a GF out here.

On to the tunes...




Ball in the House, The Way It Has To Be Rating=$$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought thsi full price at the Borders where I worked before I actually worked there.

Yes, for the bazillionth time, it is ALL A CAPELLA. That means no instruments, nothing, nada, zero, zip, zilch. Hard to freakin' believe, I know, but there you ago. Ball in the House totally has that "boy band" sound, although the big difference here is that they've got vocal talent coming out the ass. Oh, and they're much older than your typical boy band, and they've got a genuine bald guy in the group (yes, they have a pretty member or two). I adore this CD, but then again, I adore a capella. You will pry this CD out of my collection over my cold dead body. Just sayin'. Because sometimes you just need original a capella music that's fun and full of pop hooks. Enjoy one my favorites on this CD.

Sample Song Download: It's All About Me



Bad Boy Bill, Bangin' the Box, Vol. 5 Rating=$$$
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How I Got This CD: Freebie from my Bordersverse Daze

Another one for people who love DJ mixes, but non-fans will want to steer clear. This is yet another CD that moves seamlessly from track to track, although the mood remains continuously upbeat throughout (now downtime for this party boy I guess). This CD actually has trance-y elements that make it a surprisingly good CD for the cube. It's hard to explain why this particular DJ dance club CD works, but it does. I can only think that it's because it's wall-to-wall music with only a single break between tracks (between one and two) right at the beginning. The end result is the illusion that you're listening to one hour-long track instead of 25 tracks averaging two to three minutes each. The one problem with this nonstop format is that it's damn hard to isolate a single track, mostly because you're isolating it from a natural environment. It's like trying to capture the picture of a single wave in the ocean. However, I think this track is about the best I can do.

Sample Song Download: Bringin' the Funk by CZR/Ito



Badly Drawn Boy, The Hour of the Bewilderbeast Rating=$$
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How I Got This CD: Freebie from my Bordersverse Daze

I'll be honest. I'm never entirely sure whether I actually like Badly Drawn Boy, or that I sometimes am in moods where I like him and find him annoying when I'm not. House is actually the first CD released by Badly Drawn Boy and, personally, I think it tries a little too hard to be "out there" on the cutting edge of pop. There are some nice songs, hell, there are nice songs within some of the songs, but overally I think the CD is a little too clever in an overcomplicated sort of way. Don't get me wrong. I like clever. I love clever. But me and this kind of clever don't understand one another. Overall, Badly Drawn Boy is not an artist I'd normally buy or if I did, I certainly wouldn't go with this CD. However, I have it, it's nice to have for the tracks I like on it, but other than that, it's a *meh.* But then again, that's my mood today. Tomorrow I might think it's be best CD I've heard in a year.

In this sample song, he's sounding a mighty lot like Neil Finn, which is probably why I like it.

Sample Song Download: Say It Again (From YouShareIt since the other filesharing service was having issues.)


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Rating system:
None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.

$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.

$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.

$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.

$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.
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