6 Oct 2006
What I'm listening to right now, Part 1
Outkast - Idlewild Soundtrack
Speakerboxx/The Love Below was, I think, one of the best albums of all time and certainly the best rap/hip-hop album I've ever heard. Andre 3000's half, The Love Below, was a masterpiece of genre-mixing madness while Bog Boi's Speakerboxx, while more straightforward hip-hop, took that particular genre to a new level in terms of creativity. After waiting three (!) long years for a follow-up, Idlewild couldn't be anything other than a let-down. And it is. However, because the bar was raised so high with S/TLB, this particular letdown still scores an 8 out of 10. Like S/TLB, although all the songs are on one disk, once again both Big Boi and Andre 3000's songs are seperate in terms of collaboration. This time, however, it is Big Boi's tracks that stand out. Do yourself a favor and get this album
Download: Morris Brown, Hollywood Divorce, Buggface
The Feeling - Twelve Stops and Home
Due to what apparently must be a clause in the contract of the BBC Radio 1 playlist organizers, The Feeling must be played every two seconds on every radio show every day. Due to this ubiquity you will either become sick to your stomach of their music or it will grow on you. Obviously, by including them in this post I am part of the latter section. I can best describe them as a more upbeat Coldplay or a Great Escap-era Blur. Either way, their brand of catchy rock-pop is hard to resist.
Download: Fill My Little World, Sewn