Review of John Mayer – Continuum

Our pick for March 2024 was John Mayer’s third studio album, Continuum, which was released on September 12, 2006.

As sometimes happen when we share post-listening thoughts, we differed a bit on this one, with one TSC member really not liking the album, but most of us aligned on it sort of just being hhmm. Not great, not bad, just there, and potentially a great album to cut vegetables to.

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Review of The Cure – The Head on the Door

The Cure – The Head on the Door
Step into the captivating world of timeless music with our podcast, where we delve deep into the iconic albums that have shaped the landscape of rock and alternative music. This month, we turn our spotlight on “The Head on the Door” by The Cure, a seminal album that has left an indelible mark on generations of music lovers. Join us as we dissect each track, exploring the album’s innovative soundscapes, poignant lyrics, and enduring influence on the music industry.

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Review of Jay-Z: The Black Album

Jay-Z's The Black Album

We dove into Jay-Z’s 2003 classic, the Black Album, which was hyped up to be his mic-drop. A magnum opus. His final release before he sailed off into the sunset. As history has shown, Jay-Z did not retire. But was this album worthy of his swan-song? Was this a worthy farewell to the rap game? And how does it sound now, over 20 years later in an era of mumble rap, trap beats, and blending of styles? Find out the answer to these questions and more as we reveal our thoughts and opinions on this one. Spoiler alert: We didn’t all agree!

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Review of MC5: Kick out the Jams

Get ready for a thrilling ride through music history! In the last four episodes, we’ve been grooving to the catchy tunes of one-hit wonders. But now, hold on to your seats because we’re shifting gears. Our very own music aficionado and Sonic Collective member, Darren Scott, has taken us on a journey back to the world of influential albums.

This time, we’re diving headfirst into the debut album of the incomparable Tracy Chapman. Picture this: soul-stirring lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a voice that’ll give you goosebumps. We’ve gathered around to dissect this musical masterpiece and explore how it still holds up today.

October 2023 saw us dive into the very first punk album of all time. It’s so the first that it wasn’t even classified as punk at the time. MC5 recorded this, their first album live and we all felt the sound recording and quality was pretty darn good considering how long ago this was done. It stands up.

But when we really got into the music, things took a bit of a turn. We enjoyed a few of the sounds, notably the title track, but found overall this album just became noisy after a couple of tracks and started to down-right irritate some of us. Scott G enjoyed it the most but the rest of us found getting through in one listen a bit of work.

That said, we’re glad we had the experience, as this was really the beginnings of punk and an entirely new sound to the world. We’ve widened our musical knowledge and scope.

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Review of Tracy Chapman: Self-titled

Tracy Chapman Album Review

Get ready for a thrilling ride through music history! In the last four episodes, we’ve been grooving to the catchy tunes of one-hit wonders. But now, hold on to your seats because we’re shifting gears. Our very own music aficionado and Sonic Collective member, Darren Scott, has taken us on a journey back to the world of influential albums.

This time, we’re diving headfirst into the debut album of the incomparable Tracy Chapman. Picture this: soul-stirring lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a voice that’ll give you goosebumps. We’ve gathered around to dissect this musical masterpiece and explore how it still holds up today.

But here’s the twist – while we found ourselves nodding in agreement on some aspects, our opinions and passion for this album couldn’t be more diverse. Is Tracy Chapman an artist worth your precious listening time? Well, there’s only one way to find out: tune in and join the conversation with Darren at The Sonic Collective! 🎵🔊

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One Hit Wonder or Not? The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse

In last round of our “One Hit Wonder” series, we gave a listen to Bringing Down the Horse by The Wallflowers. Overall the album was generally liked with some differences of opinion on some of the positives and negatives of the album. We also mature and share our reasoning of what qualifies as a one hit wonder and decide if this band qualifies based off the performance of “One Headlight” and the rest of the slbum. Tune in to the episode to see what we thought of it.

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One Hit Wonder or Not? Blu Cantrell – So Blu

Album review: Blu Cantrell - So Blu

In the third installment of our One Hit Wonders round, we listened to Blu Cantrell’s debut album, So Blu.
The album was released in 2001 and featured the very famous and very awesome song “Hit em’ up Style (Oops!)”.
But what about the rest of the album? Equally awesome? Well, that’s what we endeavored to find out this month as we dissected So Blu. Does Blu Cantrell deserve to be better known for her body of work? Was she done dirty? We seemed to be aligned for the most part. Tune in to the episode to see what we thought of it.

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