Wow, October has had many musical surprises for me.
I want to do a review of the whole album, so I won’t go into great depth about the track here.
Today, Bad Books released their
sophomore effort (Tangent: why is it that music critics insist on using the term “sophomore effort” to describe a group’s second album? It sounds elitist and as though the band owes its audience something.) second album, II.
I’m a huge fan of Manchester Orchestra, and Bad Books is mostly Manchester Orchestra plus singer/songwriter Kevin Devine. Their first album, Bad Books, is very mellow and folksy. From a snippet of II today, I think that II could have a little more spice. I’ll see if I have the wherewithal to follow up with another post. Let’s hope for the best.
I’m a real lover of live albums. They capture the energy of a band and let you know what’s real and what’s studio magic. Studio live albums are some sort of amazing mix of reality and fantasy, rarer in my experience than concert recording live albums.
The Black Keys have released a studio live album before, their iTunes Session. I could go on for days about how these two chaps from Akron are the heralding light of roots rock into the 21st century, but I’ll save that for another time. I’ll give today’s EP, Tour Rehearsal Tapes, a listen and be sure get back to you.