What we’re listening to….
February 3, 2007, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Music


CJ and I are self-proclaimed music critics so I thought it would be fun to post music reviews of some albums we’re enjoying these days. 

“The American Song Poem Anthology”- This is a hilarious album recommended by our buddy Tom who has an uncanny ability to predict music and films that become our instant favs.  This album is a result of 1960’s and 70’s magazine ads that invited readers to submit poems that would then be recorded as hopeful hit songs.  After a listen, you can safely assume that none of these tunes made the top 40, but there’s really nothing out there quite like this. Enjoy tasty licks such as, “A Convertible and a Headband” and  “Jimmy Carter says Yes.” And lyrics such as “I’m gonna get some Crisco, so I can bake a cake and disco, disco, disco,” sung by a cat that rivals Robert Goulet. Unforgettable.  And the funniest part? They’re completely serious.

 “G.P.” by Gram Parsons- His life story and innovative country-rock music  made Gram Parsons  into a legend that influenced countless musicians  including The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, and Emmylou Harris.  He was a brilliant song-writer and soulful performer who died at the early age of 27.  Check out the newly-released documentary titled, “Fallen Angel” that chronicles the music and short life of this unique  musician.  Great stuff!

“A Tabua de Esmeralda” by Jorge Ben – Jorge Ben has earned his reputation as one of the most influential Brazilian pop musicians to emerge from the 1960’s and 70’s by creating such musical gems as A Tabua de Esmeralda.  On this 1976 album, Ben combines Brazilian music with West African groove to create beautiful melodies and catchy tunes that never fail to bring a smile to my face.  Joyful, jubilant music that surely anyone will enjoy.

 Harvest Moon” by Neil Young- This might be my favorite album of all time, if not the most listened to.  It’s a gentle, reflective album that was released on the 20th anniversary of his 1972 album “Harvest.” This country folk album with its soothing accoustic guitars is the perfect soundtrack for cold beers on a warm summer evenin’.  

 And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out” by Yo La Tengo And now for a more contemporary album.  This is not their newest release, but it is one of their best, and one that I continually reach for, whatever my mood.  They create dreamy landscapes of lush organs and vibes, doo-wop style backing vocals, and they even throw in some noisy guitars.  Often referred to as a “music critic’s band,” Yo La Tengo never fails to impress even the most discerning music lover. 

The Best of Charles Wright” by Charles Wright– The perfect album for gettin’ the party started.  Charles Wright is a funk-master from the 60’s and 70’s and all he wants is for you to “Express Yourself!”  Quintessential 70’s soul for when you’re ready to get your groove on. 


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Hey Jen! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 This is a fun post you have here! Hope to meet you someday!

Comment by Stacy Cross Photography

hey jenn, you totally forgot fergalicious. she puts dem boys on rockrock! and you call yourself a music critic…

Comment by tracie b

Ditto Tracie. I mean what is a music review without Fergie. 🙂

Comment by aimee

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