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18 days ago
JMac
The stylistic leanings - whether dancy or U2ish or not - are secondary to me. I don't care if it's hard rock, or pop, or experimental, or what. The problem is the songwriting sucks. It's derivative and boring. Maybe its the lack of Sambora?
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30 days ago
JMac
I'm going to the SF show on the 18th, can't wait! Will be my first time seeing Butch live.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
It's competent Jovi for sure. Listenable. But....meh. It doesn't stoke me. My palate has expanded, and I'm bored with the same old cliches, same old sound. I prefer to venture into other genres or get new twists.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI-iAujltzY "'Wilder In The Heart' was the first song written and recorded for the record, so it kind of set the tone," Walker told The FADER over email. "To me, it sounds like a straight up ‘80s Don Henley jam, which I love. I wanted that element, that soaring chorus that he would sing, but I also wanted it to tell a story of a missed love, bec
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2 months ago
JMac
Yeah, I'm catching him in San Francisco...have always heard his shows are great. The setlists often include a surprise or two, we'll see...
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2 months ago
JMac
I like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZfpUvHqJf4 WARNING: like me, you may not be able to handle the awful video image....I just scrolled down to where I could see the lyrics, but not Trump & Hillary winking at each other. Yick!
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2 months ago
JMac
More info here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/inside-stings-first-rock-album-in-decades-w429572
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2 months ago
JMac
Hi Kayaker, I'll make it simple...for a Rick newbie, the best album is probably Songs for the End of the World. I could only partially get into him until he released that album, and while stylistically different, it has similar 'energy' to the new one. Enjoy!
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2 months ago
JMac
I wouldn't say the pre-release hate the film got was necessarily unjust. I mean, sure, there were probably several misogynist twats who complained because they think "wimmin' have no business headlining a movie." But the trailers were just execrable: painfully unfunny and emblematic of the worst trends in Hollywood today. Now, I'm the first to admit that trailers aren't always re
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3 months ago
JMac
Well, let's say that, while he certainly wears his influences on his sleeve, and is at times similar to (fill in the blank - Springsteen, Ryan Adams, etc), Butch is also an original. For one thing, he's eclectic - his career includes a variety of styles and modes he operates in. He also comes up with twists that keep the proceedings fresh, and has much more of an indie spirit than most arti
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3 months ago
JMac
Hey folks, I'm really enjoying the new Butch Walker single, "East Coast Girl" (posted below on the noticeboard). Like many of you, I haven't always dug Butch's work....he's amazingly talented and brings such a refreshing, original personality, vibe, and lyrics to his work. But so much of his solo work is snoozy and despondent. He'll never make another Left of Self Centered, bu
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4 months ago
JMac
I was intrigued to see he has released a new single, but...after listening to it...meh, no thanks.
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6 months ago
JMac
Hi folks, For those who are so inclined, here's the newly released "Wasted Time" from Urban's upcoming album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ual5HwqTQA The tracklist and album info has been release. Alas, no Butch Walker this time. What do I think? Well, it's a bit too electronic, dancy-pop for me, though the chorus is catchy. It's ok. But after "Fuse", which
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6 months ago
JMac
Well, it's not like he was going to do anything worthwhile with the guitar anyway, no? *badump* Maybe it's just minor karmic retribution for that rancid album he unleashed on us. I'm a big Adams fan, but even I have to admit it was pretty awful.
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6 months ago
JMac
Hey Can Man. Thanks for stating your position in a reasonable manner. Well, saying that you don't care if Trump lies goes to the heart of an 'end justifies the means' argument, which is a whole can of worms. If that does it for you, fair enough I guess. I have more specific issues like race-baiting, name-calling, and a platform long on rhetoric, short on substance, and policy positions that
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6 months ago
JMac
I'm no fan of Hillary. Like so many other people, I feel like she is an opportunistic, establishment politician. Very much a member of the oligarchical ruling class who has been bought and paid for. However, she is also smart, experienced, and does have a platform that - while not transformational in the least - will at least keep the US on a track of slow, incremental change in the right dire
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6 months ago
JMac
I love Stage Dolls. Love. They do the high-tech, super-smooth, melodic, commercial AOR thing better than anyone. While "Always" wasn't as great as the awesome "Get A Life", I thought it was way better than Andrew's review made it out to be. But to each their own, that's cool. However, this new song to me, is lesser Stage Dolls. I mean, it keeps their sound and has s
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7 months ago
JMac
When I follow that link, it just tells me that the show has ended. But there seems to be no way to play it. If one missed it live, is that it?
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8 months ago
JMac
It's pretty simple, really. The guy has tons of energy and charisma, in spite of being kind of a whacko, but the songwriting was never at top-tier level. He's just another competent rocker with a few good tunes.
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9 months ago
JMac
I hate GNR. All of their songs. Well, November Rain is alright. The problem? Axl is an awful, awful vocalist. His voice always sounds so whiny and strained. No, thanks.
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9 months ago
JMac
I really like the tune for what it is - catchy and fun. But it ain't at the level of Songs for the End of the World. While it's a well-done, fun tune, its effect wears off soon and it doesn't demand repeat listens. I don't mean to damn it with faint praise, but if this song had been released by the likes of Kenny Chesney, nobody on this board would care one bit.
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10 months ago
JMac
Wow, that's a seriously terrible crowd.
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10 months ago
JMac
Caught them opening for ACDC a couple of months ago -- great frontman!
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10 months ago
JMac
Total nonsense. He has no clue what he's saying...it's almost as if he had a lobotomy or something. What's hilarious is how he told his manager that "Go Down Rockin" was his response to the request from the label to do that horrible covers album last year. He didn't want to do it, but said - if I have to, I'll go down rockin! And that covers album is quite possibly even worse th
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10 months ago
JMac
After seeing everyone mention Keith Semple so much, I went on YouTube and checked out his Voice audition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLx92OxoiKQ I mean, he's a tuneful, competent singer, but not much more. Hate to go against the grain, but I don't see what the big deal is. His voice is just-ok, not super distinctive or textured or rich, and actually a little sort of...whiny. Nasal.
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10 months ago
JMac
If I remember correctly, Euphoria entered the US charts at around 9 (not rock charts, general Billboard) for the first week and sold about 100,000 units the first week. Considering that Euphoria came out roughly 16 years ago and the CD has gone the way of the dodo, I'd say these are pretty decent numbers.
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10 months ago
JMac
Both rock covers are pretty lousy, though the Halestorm one is obviously better than the other monstrosity. The arrangement isn't very good, though, in spite of Hale's great pipes. Like Joe, I prefer Lissie's version.
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10 months ago
JMac
The album has some great moments, but I don't see how an album with 5 or 6 filler tracks can get a 95%, far less a 91. The main issue is that it's not consistent enough all the way through. I'm not talking about stylistic differences or being experimental, I'm talking about weak tracks that don't hold up to the Lep standard.
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11 months ago
JMac
Yeah, the album has some really great songs and is a decent effort, but it's also about half filler. Not experimental - filler. Not the best Lep album by a long shot. People make too much about how poppy or rocky songs are, or what previous album they sound like, or how varied the record is...but the standard of Lep songwriting is not there for about half the record, regardless of style.
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11 months ago
JMac
Even past Left of Self-Centered, there have been great moments in The Spade and other albums. But lately...snooze. Not just in this last album. He also released, I forget the name, Peach something, Peachtree Battle? something like that. Just plodding, depressing, and somewhat self-indulgent.
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