Last Week in Free MP3s 1-19-10
Unfortunately this song takes too long rhythmic-wise to keep the listener interested. The languidly-sung lyrics will also lull you to sleep only to be jarred awake by a children’s choir accompanied by strong percussions. Skip it.
“Are You Really On My Side” – Silver Swans
The ‘80s vibe of this song will have you nostalgic for groups such as The Go-Gos. Go find their music instead.
“Cryin Shame” – The Parties
With a sound between The Monkees and The Beatles in their early days, “Cryin’ Shame” has a happy, upbeat tune with the harmonica being a featured instrument. It’s a paradox since the rhythmic arrangement does not match the lyrics, yet it blends well.
“The Party” – Without a Fight
The hyperactive instrumentation on this track will remind you of Green Day. It’s one of those songs that you need listen to several times over because you’re sure there’s something profound that you’ve missed. If you need a reason to download it then use that one.
“Swim” – Oh No Ono
There’s a reason why some songs are free. Don’t waste your time downloading this repetitive tune that goes on 4 minutes and 37 seconds too long.
“You Look Good in Orange” – Charlie Hunter
From the album “Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You, You Will Not Be Getting Paid” Charlie Hunter’s “You Look Good in Orange” is a welcome Jazz respite from the noise of this week’s free downloads. It’s also a lesson in how Jazz is a multifaceted genre that can be appreciated even when there are no lyrics. The solid musicianship is enough.
“Battles and Brotherhood” – 3 Inches of Blood
Great name for a band, amazing lyrics and solid heavy-metal instrumentation would make this one of the best downloads for the week, if it wasn’t for the lead singer. His screeching throughout most of the track will turn you off. He never seems to find his musical footing or a balance between entertaining and irritating.
“Calling All Crows” – State Radio
This mild Reggae jam punctuates the lyrics causing both music and words to mesh into a strong, listenable statement. Seek out the rest of State Radio’s music if only to hear their views set to melodic, rhythmic harmonies.
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