I happened to find the new Norah Jones CD at the local Costco last week... in a CD long box. Finding a CD in that packaging format always feels a bit like discovering a coelacanth. I bought my first fifty or sixty CDs that way, but I've only found a handful in the last few years. Most of those were found at places like Costco. Here's to living fossils!
As for my reactions to the disc itself, I'm not sure what to make of it. As other people have remarked, all the songs are mid-tempo and have similar dynamic range. It makes the experience of listening to the whole disc somewhat monotonous. There are treasures to be found upon digging deeper, but I think the disc would have benefited from better production. There are some great songs, but they needed better presentation.
I'm more enthused about other CDs that I've been buying over the Internet. One is the self-titled debut by Black Market Radio. The band is fronted by Peter Cornell, the older brother of Chris Cornell -- the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. The vocal range runs in the family, and the playing is strong. This is a disc that will warm many a Soundgarden fan's heart, at least until Chris Cornell's next solo disc comes out in a few weeks.
I'm also looking forward to a disc that's on order called "A Fix Back East" from a band called the Tarbox Ramblers. The sound is rather reminiscent of Treat Her Right and early George Thoroughgood. You can listen to about half the songs on the disc via streaming audio from their web site.
on 2007-05-09 at 10:56 a.m.
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