Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Songs of the Day

May This Be Love:  I love the ominous intro on this one, and it doesn't take you where you'd expect.  Dig that the ominousness turns into a sweet little something, with hits of the eerie feel sprinkled in throughout.  The minimalism of the groove is very cool - makes you pay closer attention to the context of the lyrics.  Crash hits are pretty cool.  I like that Jimi doesn't try to go over the top with his voice - he knows its limits.  Sweet little guitar solo to take us out.  Oh, how lovely.

I Don't Live Today:  Diggin the psychedelic rock feel on this one - it's a little more in the forefront than the others, which is probably thanks to the effect on the guitar.  Love the pick up into the chorus - adds a nice emphasis.  I like that the groove is really what this band focuses on, because that's always what I mainly focus on.  This is a short, upbeat, but groovin tune.  Doesn't sound like it's trying to be anything it's not - dig it.

The Wind Cries Mary:  Again, we have reached one of Hendrix's most famous tunes, and no surprise as it is oh, so sweet.  Such a great guitar lick on this one - classic - I love that Miles Davis sampled it.  Oh goodness, if that collaboration had actually happened...I don't even want to think about it, or I'll get upset.  Love the mellowness of this tune, and how it just makes you want to sit back and relax.  Great solo by Jimi.  I like all of the movement Mitch has got going on in the drums - it's a nice contrast.

Fire:  Oh hey, rock blues, how you been?  Love the super upbeat groove on this one, especially how it focuses on Mitch, while Noel and Jimi are just holdin down their chords.  Oh hey background vocals, nice of you to join us.  Nothing extraordinary with them, but sometimes you just need some backups to hold the groove down.  Funky monkey.

Third Stone from the Sun:  I didn't immediately recognize this song by name, but as soon as the famous lick came in, I knew what I was listening to.  Love the play with meter going on in the beginning of this - definitely makes for an interesting groove.  I actually like all of the weird, faint stuff going on in the background - adds a nice touch.  Noel's super simple, but yet so funky on the bass - dig it.  Like that this is essentially an instrumental track, with some nice Jimi poetry.  It's all trippy n long n shit.  Dig.


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