Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 28

Getting closer to the end of the "B's!"

Blur - Blur
Bob Mould - Bob Mould
Bob Mould - Body of Song
Morrissey - Bona Drag
Frank Zappa - Bongo Fury
Pixies - Bossanova

Blur's self-titled album is my favorite of theirs...the perfect mix of their earlier BritPop sound and the noisier elements that were creeping into their consciousness, and it's an incredibly cohesive and fully-formed album. Bob Mould's two albums are solid, if unspectacular, as is most of his solo career, although the overuse of autotune on Body of Song grates after only the 4th song. Morrissey's Bona Drag is a collection of non-album singles and B-sides from early on in his career, but is a wonderful album in its own right. Beyond the obvious standouts (Suedehead, Last of the Famous International Playboys, Hairdresser on Fire) are absolute gems like Piccadilly Palare, Lucky Lisp, and Disappointed. Zappa's live album is in conjunction with his childhood friend Captain Beefheart. While I don't care for the Beefheart-led songs much at all, the non-Beefheart songs are great, especially Advance Romance and Muffin Man. Finally, the Pixies album is probably their most understated and overlooked, but is still one I really enjoy every time I listen to it.

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