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Music From the Cube: What Am I Listing To Today?

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People looking for the start of my Death-by-A-Thon entry for booster17 titled The Acme Heartbreak Repair Kit, click here.

Okay, I'm going to give this feature of my LJ another shot. Only this time, I'm not going to put pressure on myself to do X-number of CDs per day or even a CD everyday. What I post, I post.

All songs can be downloaded via Megadownload. Enjoy!

Antigone Rising, From the Ground Up Rating=$$$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought at the local Starbucks because I heard it on the overhead.

This band has actually been around since 1999, but has recently gained some attention because of its inclusion in Starbuck's Hear Music Series of CDs. (According to AllMusic, they were the first 'new artist' to be put on the label). This live, rock-folk CD was well worth the rare full price I paid for it (and you all know that I go for the cheap, used, and free wherever possible). People reading Water Hold Me Down know that one song from this CD, 'What?,' has already been included on the story soundtrack. Here are two more samples from the CD. It was a hard choice keeping the selection down to two. While there are two or three weaker songs on the CD, there's an awful lot to really like.

Sample Songs Downloads: She's Not Innocent; Don't Look Back

Anonymous 4, On Yoolis Night Rating=$$$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought used (very, very used) online.

This is a relatively recent purchase, spurred by my earlier reviews of Love's Illusion and 11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula, the latter of which was composed by mystic and visonary 12th century Abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Like all of their other CDs, the polyphonic medieval groove that is Anonymous 4's trademark makes this gorgeous ear candy that uplifts the spirit, even during the 3 p.m. mid-afternoon at-desk sag.

Sample Songs Download: Gabriel, fram heven-king; Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse


Read the index for previous thumbnail reviews.

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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