Well here we are, it’s Friday night and its been a loooooong week. With one thing or another, this week has taken a bit of a toll on me and it ain’t over yet. Normally, I would pull the plug on the week’s activities. I’d end up nearly falling asleep on the lounge after getting through just half of my second beer and I’d call it quits, going to bed early and achieving pretty close to fuck all.
Thankfully, that is where music comes to the rescue.
In times like this I fall back on three of my favourite albums and my trusty GPO Retro Ambassador record player. It is one of my most treasured gifts and my prized possession (from a music player perspective), mainly because for something that normally looks simply like a small suitcase, this awesome device is truly portable and very capable. But I’ll get into writing more about it another time.
Tonight, I want to cover off on the three albums that I listen to the most and are perfect for when I need to get myself motivated and moving. So, sit back and enjoy my professional review of three great albums!
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Its difficult to pick my favourite Metallica album, much the same as it is hard to pick my favourite child……. or beer……. or car……. or Le Jon Jon beard oil scent!
But there are a few reasons why I prefer this album over the others.
Firstly, it features Cliff Burton on bass, I don’t think this album would have the same sound if it was any other bass player.
Secondly, it has no songs that I ever skip. I know what your thinking; but we all do it, we all have songs that we skip, no matter how much we love the artist. However, there isn’t a single song on this album that I skip, enough said.
Thirdly, oddly, I never really preferred this album when I was younger. But now that I’m older, I prefer this album over the other Metallica albums. It might be because of the depth in the sound, the quality of the song writing or that I just needed to let it grow on me. I’m not sure exactly what it is, all I know is I like a lot now, pretty simple really.
Nirvana – In Utero
Do you know what ‘in utero’ means in Latin? It means in the womb or uterus; it’s also used to describe the embryo or fetus or unborn child. What’s this got to do with the album, stuffed if I know, check Wikipedia, that’s what I do!
All I know is that I like the utter randomness that this album serves up. It seems to synchronise with the randomness in my brain, somehow causing them to create some sort of offset phase that just works.
This isn’t an album I can listen to all day every day and I think that’s a good thing. I mean, it wouldn’t be very special if it was so vanilla that I could listen to it on repeat in the background. No, this album can only be listened to once through and at max volume, there are no other options.
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
Some of my first memories of playing records were of Led Zeppelin. I can remember they seemed so foreign and weird, in short, I loved them. They were part of the reason that I loved Vinyl records so much, because without them at that time, I simply would have never heard any of the music from this era.
As a side note, I also like the fact that this album carried its own name that was separate to the bands name. It was confusing enough being ‘Led Zeppelin 1’ through to ‘Led Zeppelin 4’, imagine if they kept that going right until the end. I know this is rather trivial, but I like trivial shit.
So, there you go, my professional review, done!
For those of you who are desperate for more of my professional album reviews, fear not, I plan to do some more as I start to build out the Vinyl Section that will be coming some to my website.
For now, I need to finish up, as I’m about to flip to last record over and will only have enough songs left to get everything posted.
‘til next time….. Cheers!