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MusicTalker’s Best Albums of 2013

1. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent

The studio return of original vocalist Jesse Leach proved to be a successful endeavor and an exceptional release, pleasing many long-time and new fans alike.
https://musictalker.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/review-killswitch-engage-come-full-force-with-disarm-the-descent/
2. Black Sabbath – 13

Heavy metal pioneers, Black Sabbath, reunited in late 2011, showing the world that they still have the power after all these years through this phenomenal release and a world tour.
https://musictalker.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/review-the-past-collides-with-the-present-on-black-sabbaths-13/
3. Alter Bridge – Fortress

As a band comprised of all of the members of Creed except for singer Scott Stapp, Alter Bridge continue to portray their superior sound, much different from the former group.  With lead vocalist Myles Kennedy in the limelight, Alter Bridge are virtually unstoppable, as confirmed by Fortress.
https://musictalker.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/review-alter-bridge-fortress/
4. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP2

The sequel to 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP, 2013’s Marshall Mathers LP2 affirms that angry Eminem is indeed the best Eminem.  With the necessary controversial insults and the use of a variety of rapping styles, this new effort is arguably his best yet.  From the Beastie Boys-esque “Berzerk” to the lightning speed spitting on “Rap God” to the voice-altering style on “Love Game,” Eminem surprises the listener with the vast versatility he possesses.
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Artist of the Week [4/20/13]: Boston

In light of the events in the city of Boston and its surrounding towns, the classic rock band of that title has been selected as this week’s “Artist of the Week.”  Although they lack a large repertoire, several of Boston’s song titles speak well in this situation.  The actual lyrical content of those songs may not necessarily fit perfectly, but bear with me.

Following the explosions at the Boston Marathon this past Monday, many people, visitors and residents alike, were severely injured, three of whom died.  It was a terrifying day as people outside the city attempted to reach their loved ones while all telephone service was turned off and Boston was on lockdown.  This awful day turned into a week full of varying emotions.  Identities of the people directly affected by the bombs were released.   There were many press conferences regarding the tragedy and its aftermath.  Eyes were peeled on the news as more details continued to arise each day.

Emotions heightened when FBI uncovered a surveillance video of two suspects.  Bostonians held their hopes high as all forms of law enforcement worked relentlessly to find the two Tsarnaev brothers.  Finally, on Friday evening, the younger brother, Dzhokhar, was found in a boat in a Watertown resident’s backyard.  Many people, especially Bostonians, rejoiced after hearing that “Suspect 2” was captured alive.  The news even showed a huge crowd partying near the State House.

While more information regarding the motives of this attack will hopefully be forced out through interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Bostonians and Americans elsewhere can be at a “Peace of Mind” for now.  This whole week offered “More Than A Feeling” and showed that perhaps there is a “Higher Power.”  It is a great thing that we can now “Cool The Engines” without too much “Foreplay/Long Time” having been involved.

For those who did not pick up on those last few sentences, those are Boston song titles cleverly worked into this situation.  The band Boston is best known for its self-titled debut album, released in 1976. Despite the band releasing a few more albums, Boston is the main effort that fans remember and cherish.  From start to finish, it can arguably be considered a masterpiece.  Almost all eight tracks have been played on commercial radio.  “More Than A Feeling” is the cliché Boston song that most music listeners know.

Like their contemporaries, Boston are not considered very relevant today, especially since lead singer Brad Delp died.  In 2007, Delp committed suicide by burning himself on charcoal. That was truly upsetting to hear for several reasons.  First, suicide should never be an option.  Life tends to act like a roller coaster.  As low as you may drop, you will eventually come back up.  Secondly, that is an extremely painful way to leave this world.  It is sad to learn that he felt the need to hurt himself that badly.  Lastly, he had a great singing voice which was one of the elements that set Boston apart.  That is probably a large reason that not many people seem to care about the band anymore.

With that said, if you are not familiar with 1976’s Boston, check it out.  All eight songs are focus tracks.


Grammy’s 2013: Focus on Live Performances

As portrayed on the official MusicTalker Twitter page, Sunday night brought the annual Grammy’s Awards Ceremony to national television.

The amount of live performances seemed to overpower the number of actual awards presented at the ceremony.  Of course, CBS only showed the most popular awards being presented.

Still, there were a couple exceptionally noteworthy live performances that CBS televised.  Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys’ duet was entertaining, but was not the best of the night, by any means.  The highlight of their “set” was Keys’ song, “Girl On Fire,” but only once Maroon 5 joined in for musical back-up.

The Bob Marley tribute performance was arguably the greatest moment of the night. Bruno Mars kicked it off with his song, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which sounds like a song the Police could have written.  Heating up the room with good vibes, Sting stepped out on stage and started singing this Police-like song with Mars.  The performance continued to better itself with Rihanna and Ziggy Marley joining in on a couple of other songs.  If that doesn’t seem exciting enough, Damian Marley jumped in, too.  This all-star tribute performance brought a big party to the Grammy’s, if only for a few minutes.

Another highlight of the evening was Kelly Clarkson’s acceptance speech for “Best Pop Vocal Album.”

The video speaks for itself:


New Facebook Page

Hey,

So, I made a Facebook page for this blog.  Everyone reading this should go “like” it.  The link is: http://www.facebook.com/TheMusicTalker

Also, if you or anyone you know is a musician, poet, artist, or anything else pertaining to some sort of creativity, and want some exposure, please contact me at themusictalker@gmail.com.  I would love to set up an interview, video or audio, to feature on this blog.

I want to spice this thing up so that I can get some exposure of my own in the industry I love so dearly.

I hope to hear from people very soon!

Thanks,

Tim (a.k.a. “Musictalker”)

 


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