Notes, May 2020 Edition

Hey all you music lovers! I’ve got some albums I’d like to share with you. If you’re looking for some new (to you) music, or even just want to gab about old classics, look no further. Here are a few for your playlists:

Rust in Peace, by Megadeth. The early 90’s were a really glorious time for metal, and this album is one of the great harbingers of that era. The threshold of talent required to make metal good is way higher than a lot of other genres of music, so the truly outstanding metal bands always feature incredible proficiency that just isn’t duplicated anywhere else.

Carnival, by Bryce Vine. This is new music, and it’s just so incredibly vibrant. Try not to involuntarily move while listening to this. If you just want one sample, listen to “Drew Barrymore,” and just let the music give you a good time.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters, by Fiona Apple. What? New music from Fiona Apple? She’s as savage and deep as ever, and whether you were a fan of hers in the past or not you won’t be disappointed. She has a way of singing that makes you feel like you did something wrong, like you broke somebody’s heart, and she just forces feelings into you. If the current world has gotten a little monotone and you need a hit of something different, listen.

So Much For The Afterglow, by Everclear. Everclear had a few hits in the 90’s, mostly from this album. They’re still around and they’ve done great work since (Black is the New Black is a great and more recent album), but So Much For The Afterglow had everything going for it. Catchy pop hits with genuine heart and fun tracks to sing along to in your car. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

It’s All In Your Head, by Eve 6. Eve 6 is one of my favorite bands, but this album flew under the radar for me for a long time. Horrorscope, their second album, is in my top 5 of all time, and I think that made it almost impossible to appreciate any follow-up when it was released. So it took a long time for me to come back to this album and really give it its own space, but when I did I found out that it was actually excellent on its own.

That’s it for this month. As always, I hope music gives you something you need – and if it does, share. Sometimes that’s all we can do.

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