Last Week in Free MP3s 8-18

“In the Dreamlife You Need a Rubber Soul” – The Clean

Have you’ve ever listened to a song and wondered why there is so much angst behind it? Perhaps this question may take you away from this mundane-sounding track. There isn’t anything wrong with it. There’s solid musicianship and the lyrics are clear, but it’s not saying anything that a listener would care about. In fact the only thing remotely interesting about this track is its title. Still, that’s not enough to download it.

“Every Subway Car” – Barenaked Ladies

A free track from Barenaked Ladies? Yes folks, this group who’s best known for “It’s All Been Done” has yet another thought-provoking hit with witty lyrics and a rocking beat that will stay with you long after “Every Subway Car” is over.

“Brand New Day (with Tim Myers)” – Lindsey Ray

“Brand New Day (with Tim Myers”’ by Lindsey Ray is that advertising jingle that you can’t get out of your head. For a 30 second spot it may be fine, but do you really want to hear over three minutes of silly lyrics that seem to go together for the sheer purpose of keeping the rhyme scheme together? If you are in a silly mood, or simply wish to be in one, then yes go for it. It’s a happy little ditty and your mp3 deserves to have a silly tune every once in a while.

“Psalm” – Lee Scratch Perry

If your song is entitled “Psalm” then there’s a certain expectation as to what the lyrics will be about. Instead Lee Scratch Perry takes a political stance on how the word is misused and then goes into a brief history as to what “Psalm” means all with the sounding of a bell interspersed throughout; as if to say “For whom the bell tolls…it tolls for thee.”

“Left of Center” – Serj Tankian

Listening to “Left of Center” you’ll wonder just where is Serj Tankian taking you. Don’t fret, it may sound like you’re on a psychedelic trip, but it’s worth it. The heavy metal take with symphonic playing and some classical musicianship thrown in makes for one roller coaster ride that you’ll be glad you’re on.

“Be My Thrill” – The Weepies

Some songs are just okay. But do you seriously have precious space in your mp3 player for something that’s simply okay? Don’t make “Be My Thrill” one of those tracks that you’ll wonder why you bothered to download it in the first place. Not everything that’s free is worth the price.

“Come Undone” – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

This song has some great promise. With an intro similar to James Brown’s rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” you believe that you’re in for a listening treat. Instead you’re met with two voices that sound like a watered down version of Aretha Franklin and the aforementioned Brown. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan have nice voices, but they’re not strong enough for the powerful emotions in this track. This song needs powerful punches that inflict emotional pain on the listener not subtlety.

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Donna-Lyn Washington

I’ve been the go-to person of obscure information that I’ve picked up from reading, watching movies and television and a fetish for 80’s-90’s music since I learned to talk. I enjoy the fact that for a long time I was the only one who knew that “Three’s Company” was a rip-off of the British Comedy “Man About the House.” Although I am knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects, my lisp and stutter would get in the way of my explanations and I could only save a dry-witty phrase for the written word – so I consider writing to be a path-working to fully express my ideas. Knowing the terror of formal writing, I currently teach at Kingsborough Community College in hopes of helping others overcome the fear that once gripped my heart as a speaker of words.

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