Thursday, August 21, 2008

Taxidermia

The short version:
Amon Tobin—Taxidermia EP: 6/10
Morcheeba—Charango: 8/10
Alanis Morissette—Flavors of Entanglement: 9/10
Bear McCreary—Battlestar Galactica seasons 1 and 2: 8/10

I've been listening to a nice variety of stuff recently. First up was a soundtrack EP for an obscure Hungarian film scored by Amon Tobin, Taxidermia. It's about twenty minutes in length, but in those twenty minutes you're treated to another one of Tobin's bizarre sonic journeys. The tracks as dark as always, possibly even moreso than usual. My favorites on here are Taxidermia and Run. It's not his best work, but it's still not bad.

Next up was Charango by Morcheeba, my first CD featuring their most frequent vocalist. Like their later albums that I also picked up recently, it's cool, relaxed, and interesting. I really like it, but just not quite as much as The Antidote and Dive Deep. But, if you like Morcheeba's other work, you'll like this too, and it's certainly worth a purchase. I really like Otherwise, Women Lose Weight (featuring Slick Rick), and Undress Me Now. Women Lose Weight is particularly amusing, a lighthearted song about a man whose wife becomes too fat for his preferences and, unwilling to pay child support after a divorce, finds the only course of action is to murder her. It's too happy and perky to not love.

My favorite disc of this batch was Alanis Morissette's latest album, Flavors of Entanglement. I picked up the special edition which has several bonus tracks, and if you like Alanis, I'd definitely recommend that version—these songs fit perfectly with the main album, and are just as good. Versions of Violence, In Praise of the Vulnerable Man, and Incomplete are all fantastic. This album was produced by Guy Sigsworth, the non-vocalist half of Frou Frou, one of my favorite bands. He replaces some of the sounds of her previous albums with synthesized beats, and the resulting sound is really pleasant. Some of the tracks still have angry Alanis guitars, but overall the album just "sparkles" more than her previous work.

Finally, I finished my mini-collection of Battlestar Galactica music with the seasons 1 and 2 soundtracks, and both are about as great as season 3, though I'd say that they do get a little better each season. I don't have anything else to say about the BSG music—my favorites here are Passacaglia, Lords of Kobol, Roslin and Adama, and Prelude to War.


I just imported the latest album of one of my all-time favorite bands, Hooverphonic: The President of the LSD Golf Club. I was holding out for a US release, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. They always do great work, and I'm sure it will be no exception.

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