Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D – review, streaming and cheap album deal

12 06 2009

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If you know me, you know I’m not really one for pop or hip hop music, but for whatever reason, I thought I’d give the new Black Eyed Peas release The E.N.D. a try…and it definitely wasn’t for my love of Boom Boom Pow, because honestly, I was not super-impressed with it.  It’s a fun party song, but it didn’t really stand out from the rest.

However, once I listened, I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve like Black Eyed Peas since back in the days pre-Fergie, and their sound has definitely evolved and become more pop, but you can’t deny that they did what they had to do to get noticed.  Although you could say they’ve completely sold out, for a fun pop/hip hop/dance album, The E.N.D. is everything it needs to be.  They’ve definitely incorporated a lot more electronic/techno sounds compared to the hip hop infused Elephunk, but it’s actually pretty interesting to see their evolution and versatility. They do a great job of switching up the style so it never gets redundant, and I’m sure you can attribute that to the creative producing done by will.i.am.

Click on the album for a free full album streaming!

Click on the album for a free full album streaming!

Songs like “Imma Be” and “Boom Boom Pow” are not really my thing, but the sampling in “Rock That Body” and “Party all the Time” (among others) is pretty spectacular.  I really like the originality in “Now Generation” and “Out of My Head” (I love the old school funk feel of this one).  Honestly, I could do without the white-girl-Fergie-raps most of the time, but when Fergie belts it out on songs like “Missing You” and “Meet Me Halfway” it makes you realize what she really brings to the table. For the old school fans, check out “One Tribe”…it’s a nice blend of the old and new style and is a little more meaningful than the club hits.

Yes, I gave it 4 thongs.  So call me a sellout and make fun of me all you want, but I think this album is a great summer CD to throw in the car when you’re gettin’ ready to head out for the night.  The windows are down, your hair is did, and you’re gettin’ pumped and enjoying the lighter side of life.  It’s also great to get you through the last few hours of work on a Friday 🙂

And really,  you can’t beat $3.99 for an MP3 album through Lala.com.   You can stream it for free and buy it for only $3.99 from Lala for a limited time.

…keep rockin’…





New Music Tuesday – 06.02.09 – Dave Matthews, The Sounds, 311, Taking Back Sunday…all these album releases in one day, am I in heaven?ban

2 06 2009

If you know me, you should know that my favorite weekday is New Music Tuesday.  However, some are definitely better than others, and this week, the list of albums dropping makes me salivate (it was either the music or the delicious mango I just ate, maybe a mixture of both).

Dave Matthews New AlbumFirst off, we have the one and only Dave Matthews with Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.  Whether you like him, or hate him, you can’t deny that he has become a permanent fixture in musical history, and hopefully one that’s due for a comeback.  I’m not going to lie, if he played music from his few albums, I would know a total of 1 song (I thought the collabo with Jurassic 5 was pretty cool).  I will always agree he is one of the best live acts out there because the energy at his show is only understood through the music (which is why his live albums have always been so much more popular), but I haven’t gone to his show in a few years because the new stuff just hasn’t had the same impact on me as his older stuff.

So what does the new album have to offer?  Is this the album that wins back his older fans?  I don’t think you can judge an album after just one listen, but I can say, it’s definitely worth listening to a few more times, and maybe many more.  I’ve definitely gotten chills a few times and I think he goes back to a more organic sound, but there is still a sense of wanting to move forward and not just produce what’s already been done.  One thing I can say, is he is still an amazing writer and creates some of the most unique melodies.  Take a listen for yourself with a free streaming preview of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King from Lala below and let me know what you think.

Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Free album streaming

The Sounds Crossing The RubiconNext on my listening list…The Sounds.  You may not have heard of them before they opened for No Doubt this year on tour, but this band has been a fierce Swedish force since 1999.  They’re definitely a 180 from DMB with the electro-pop synth and new wave sound and their latest album Crossing The Rubicon doesn’t stray much from what we’ve come to know of them.  For some reason I never expect much from The Sounds, even though I have loved their music consistently since I first heard them.  Maybe the lack of expectation gives me a better appreciation for each album, but either way, I’m really digging Crossing The Rubicon so far.  It’s nothing that’s going to change your world, but it might just add a little extra flavor to your days.  The energy is totally upbeat and fun and their first single “Nobody Sleeps When I’m Awake” really doesn’t do the album justice.  The final verdict?  Can’t be sure, but I know it makes me smile, I’ll let you hear for yourself…listen to Crossing The Rubicon for free from Lala below:

The Sounds – Crossing The Rubicon – Free album streaming

311 Uplifter“My longtime friend”…311, oh how I’ve missed you. But if you’re like me, you probably think they’ve gotten a little soft in their progression since Music in ’01.  For the most part, I found Uplifter to be pretty mellow and their first single “Hey You” is a pretty good indicator of what the rest of the album is about.  There are a few songs that remind me of the good ol’ 311, like “Jackpot” and “India Ink”, but I don’t think I’ll be listening to the rest of the album again.  It does live up to its name, as I found the album to be very uplifting, but I was also pretty bored.  Listen to the album and judge for yourself though:

311 – Uplifter – Free album streaming

Taking Back Sunday New AgainAfter a very relaxing afternoon with 311, I’m pretty happy that Taking Back Sunday was here to rock me into the evening with their release of New Again.  My first take on the album is that it pretty solidly rocks, in standard Taking Back Sunday fashion.  It’s definitely one that needs a few more good listens to really judge, but so far, my favorites are “Carpathia” and the title track “New Again”.  Ready to do some rocking out?  Check it out:

Taking Back Sunday – New Again – Free album streaming

Also, don’t forget to check out Rancid’s new one Let the Dominoes Fall or Blood:Franz Ferdinand.  I didn’t have time to check them out today, but they are definitely in my queue.  Also, Patrick Wolf is flying under the radar with The Bachelor but it could turn out to be a real hidden gem if it’s anything like his older stuff (very indie, very unique).

And that concludes one of the best NMT’s in RockAngel history…some surprises, some let-downs, but overall, I have a few new albums, and a full queue of songs left, and have completely overindulged in music today so I am one happy little RockAngel.

Until next time…keep rockin’…





Happy New Music Tuesday – Fall Out Boy & Margot edition

16 12 2008

So it’s Tuesday again, and there were some big releases today.  Among them are Fall Out Boy, Jamie Fox and All-American Rejects.  But most importantly, I wanted to share with you all Margot and the Nuclear so and sosthat Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s have their version of their newest album Animal available on lala.com here.  You can preview it free, and just buy whatever songs are different than the studio’s version Not Animal which was originally released.  I haven’t listened yet, but I’m interested to hear the which songs are different. I know it was impossible to find before, so I’m excited lala finally has it (no, I don’t get paid to endorse them, I just really like what they have goin’ on)

Fall Out boy Folie A DeuxAlso, thought I’d let you guys know that lala is selling Fall Out Boy’s digital album for $3.99 for the next 3 days only.  You can check it out here. Kinda cheesy teen emo-pop…yes.  But it’s pretty catchy and fun if you need something to get you through the end of a long week, and you can’t beat a 3.99 album.

Be on the lookout for my top 10 of 2008 list next week!

…keep rockin’…





Free Streaming Preview of Guns N’ Roses long awaited “Chinese Democracy”

20 11 2008
Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses

After 17 years, “Chinese Democracy”-Guns N’ Roses latest project-is finally being released.  The question is, will this album go down in legendary music history like “Appetite for Destruction” or will it be the next Y2K bug and live on as the biggest musical hype of its time?  Luckily for you, Myspace is letting you do decide that for yourself…before the album is officially released on November 23rd.

Right now, you can go to myspace.com/gunsnroses and listen to the entire album for free…as many times as your little music-junkie heart desires.  There’s nothing to jump-start your day like a little dose of Axl Rose.
So far I’ve made it about halfway through the album, and already I can tell I’m gonna need to listen to it a few more times before I can really absorb the flavor of it.  Their sound has definitely become more modern, but you can still hear remnants of the GNR style…and there’s no denying Axl Rose’s distinctive vocals.  In my eyes, the recipe for an epic album needs to not only be perfectly written and composed, but it needs to contain one part old school roots, one part modern charm and one part pure originality, topped with a generous helping of emotional guts.  Does Chinese Democracy live up to this epic status?  Well, by song 8 on the first listen, I can’t judge it quite yet…but it just might…so why don’t you mosey on over to myspace.com/gunsnroses and hear for yourself.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy New Music Thursday…keep rockin…

(If you want to read more about the album, I found this article by MTV pretty interesting)





Kings of Leon “Only By The Night” – Free Album Listen

11 11 2008

Occasionally a song just hits you immediately…and for whatever reason it feels like that song has already become a permanent fixture in the soundtrack to your life.  This song for me was “Sex On Fire” by Kings Of Leon.  I’ve been a fan of these guys since the days of “Molly’s Chambers”, and have gone back and forth from how I really feel about their albums as a whole.  However, I realized today I hadn’t even heard their newest album with my new favorite song, and it came out in September!  I must have missed that New Music Tuesday!  I was extremely disappointed with myself. But disappointment turned to joy as I streamed the album for free on Lala, and fell in love with it immediately.  This album is original, with lots of mainstream undertones.  Their progressions move your soul through the song, and just when you think it might start sounding pop, they throw in a curveball.  It’s taking awhile for the ‘States to catch on to this international hit, but I highly doubt that anyone will wonder who they are after this year, and this incredibly amazing album.

For whatever reason, I’ve noticed most albums start off strong, and then fade out slowly until they fizzle at the end.  So being the skeptic I am, I kept waiting for a song to suck, but then I got to the end of the album…and still no sucking.  Guess I can’t complain about that one!  If you are a fan of the single on the radio, you will be a fan of the rest of the album.  Caleb’s voice is much smoother on this one and they have almost a U2 kind of feel.  Though they consider themselves to be Southern Rock, I feel this is a much more universal sound.

This one deserves to be bought, but if you’d like to listen to it once for free to make sure, you can stream the whole album below:

Kings of Leon “Only By The Night” – Free CD Preview.

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