When I was wandering around town over the weekend, I had an impulse to buy a CD and maybe listen to something I hadn’t heard before.
So I picked up three albums which I’m listening to in the car as I noodle around.
Seasick Steve’s Started out with nothing is an album I’d been meaning to listen to for a while but just didn’t get around to. The more I listen to it, the more I’m inclined to think he’s a bit of a one-trick pony and that maybe this swamp blues kind of thing has already been done far better by the likes of John Lee Hooker and Tony-Joe White, not to mention the old-time greats like Robert Johnson or even Leadbelly. Not convinced by this one. At all.
Muse are far more interesting. The Bullet tipped me off about this bunch. He’s been listening to them for a while now so I bought Black Holes and Revelations. I have to say I like their mix of close harmony, heavy guitar-hero riffs and ridiculous science-fiction lyrics. It’s completely over the top, but you know, some days, that kind of thing is what you need.
Of the three, I think the real keeper will be Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. Anyone with the balls to make an entire album in a remote cabin with only a couple of microphones and some antique recording equipment deserves a second listen. And when the creaks, echoes and groans of the log cabin become part of the soundtrack to a set of aching, life-baring songs, and somehow it all seems to work, you know you’re onto something special. This one will spend a lot of time on the dashboard.