Posts Tagged ‘Thank You’

led zeppelin led zeppelin_IIThe album that I chose for this week’s album of the week was inspired by the trailer for the new Thor: Ragnarok film which features the track The Immigrant Song. Now before you jump to any conclusions, I know that The Immigrant Song is not on Led Zeppelin II but rather on Led Zeppelin III. It’s just that you can’t review III before II considering we already reviewed one before. That is why for this week we are reviewing the band’s second album which was aptly titled with a II and it once again featured the classic and only line up that matters in Jimmy Page (Guitars), Robert Plant (Vocals), John Paul Jones (Bass), and John Bonham (Drums). The album was probably one of the most successful albums for the band and it helped them avoid the sophomore jinx as it went number one in seven countries that included the UK, United States, West Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Spain with three other top three finishes as well. The album has been certified platinum in the United States 12 times meaning that it has sold 12 million records (it went 4X platinum in the UK, 9X Platinum in Canada, etc.).

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 2-Back1.Whole Lotta Love– One of the most popular and probably overplayed song on the radio from the band that is about what you think it’s about. Using the AABA formula, Jimmy came up with the track on his houseboat that sees the track go from a blues feel right into a free jazz like break complete with a theramin solo and a bad ass drum solo from Bonham as well. 5/5

2. What Is And What Should Never Be– One of the first tracks that Page recorded with a Gibson Les Paul that contains that cool effect where it pans back and forth on the channels. There is also a cool effect used on Plant’s vocals during the verses. It has that cool effect where it changes in tempo from a cool bluesy tune into a full on rock track. It’s also the first Zeppelin song that Plant received writing credit for in this track that is about a romance he had with his wife’s sister. 5/5

3. The Lemon Song– A very sexual bluesy track in nature, but the song was inspired by Howlin Wolf’s song Killing Floor (Both first verses are indentical). In fact in 1972, the band was sued by the handlers of Howlin Wolf to which they settled out of court and Howlin Wolf is given credit on the track. 4.5/5

4. Thank You– One of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs that was for the first time completely written by Plant. It was the track that showed Page that Plant could handle himself in the lyrics department. A very cool power ballad from the band that everyone should check out. 5/5

5. Heartbreaker– A bad ass bluesy rock track with huge balls is the best way I can describe this track because it has that feel to it. Page told Guitar World in 1998 once that, “The interesting thing about the guitar solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker” – it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and it was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.” 5/5

II6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)– A cool hard rock track from the band that Page recorded with a Vox 12 string guitar and just to let you know, it’s Page’s least favorite song which is why it has never been played live. I definitely approve of the track. 4.5/5

7. Ramble On– If there was ever a track back in the day that made it cool to read The Lord Of The Rings, it was this track from the band. The song starts off with an acoustic feel which is just Page using regular open chords, but played a little higher on the fret board. It’s also a track that Jones and Bonham shined on showing how unique their relationship was in the band. 5/5

8. Moby Dick– For all the John Bonham lovers in the world, this is definitely your track as it was basically Jimmy Page recording all of Bonham’s jam sessions in the studio. The only thing is that in the beginning and the end, Page and Jones lead the way for him and end the track with him. 5/5

9. Bring It On Home– This is the last track on the record and it’s a cover of blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II’s track that was written by Willie Dixon. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– It is almost the perfect album by the band and one that is considered to be one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Who in their right minds then did not want to be Led Zeppelin. The band’s sound which change however as they went for a more folkier sound with the next album. This is definitely must listen album for any fan off Zeppelin. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

One of my favorite bands from the late 90’s Nu-Metal scene is the Atlanta based titans Sevendust who feature the soulful Lajon Witherspoon. His vocal abilities is one of the reasons I became a Sevendust fan besides the crushing riffs that the band is also known for. Well, the band has some big news for all of their fans as they have a new album coming out after spending a year promoting their acoustic Time Travelers & Bonfires album with a new record called Kill The Flaw. The album drops in stores October 7TH via their own 7Bros record label with the help of course of ADA and Warner Bros. Distribution. The band also unleashed a brand new single called Thank You which is everything you would expect from a kick ass Sevendust tune. Lajon talked about the new record saying, “We took some time off from the heavy side of Sevendust and when it came time to record some new music; Clint, John, Vinnie, Morgan and I put everything we had in to what became Kill The Flaw. We love this new music and we can’t wait to share it with our amazing Sevendust family! God bless y’all!!!” The band is heading out on the road soon with Breaking Benjamin and then Godsmack in October. Check out Thank You below:

marshall mathers lpWhen Eminem’s new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was released yesterday, it inspired me to revisit the very first The Marshall Mathers LP for this week’s Album Of The Week. I chose this album because when it was released back in 2000, it didn’t leave my CD player for months. Eminem was coming off the success of his second album The Slim Shady LP which saw Eminem sell over 243,000 copies in it’s first week and he won two Grammy’s (best rap album and best rap solo performance). This album was a little different than the Shady LP because it was more autobiographical in it’s lyrical content and a lot more of the songs were a little darker than the over the top lyrics we had before. The album was produced by The 45 King, Bass Brothers, Dr. Dre (executive producer), Eminem, and Mel-Man and it featured 18 tracks with four being skits. The first half of the record was produced by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man while the second half was produced mainly by Eminem and the Bass Brothers with Stan being produced by The 45 King.

MI0000280511Public Service Announcement is the first track and it’s the first skit of the album lasting only 24 seconds. It’s Eminem telling the public service announcer what to say until he interjects in the end. Kill You is the next track on the record and its another track where he explores his relationship struggles with his mother over a basic beat to emphasize his rapping abilities. Stan is one of the most famous tracks on the record about a fan that claims to be his biggest fan. Eminem for the first three verses voices the character as he writes letters to Eminem, but after not getting any responses, he gets angrier and eventually commits murder and suicide. The track samples a line from Dido’s Thank You as it’s bass line and Dido is featured in the chorus. Paul is another skit on the record and it’s the executive of the label telling him that he received a copy of the record and he’s about to give his opinion and he says “F*** It” and hangs up. Who Knew is one of the tracks on the record that explores his effect on American kids and society as it’s another song with a stripped down beat. Steve Berman is the third skit where Eminem is grilled about the content of the album. The Way I Am is one of the best songs on the record and it’s the first song where Eminem solely produced the track and the beat that you hear. It’s Eminem rapping about how people are putting too much pressure on him from fans to executives. He even mentions in the track how Marilyn Manson was wrongly blamed for the shootings in Columbine.

eminem_-_the_marshall_mathers_lp_us-cdThe Real Slim Shady was a track that was written and recorded hours before the final copy was due. With it’s basic keyboard like beat, he name drops so many celebrities as he talks about what is wrong with pop society back in 2000 from Tom Green humping a dead moose to Pamela Anderson claiming to being beaten by her ex-husband Tommy Lee. Remember Me is a track with a funky bass line that features RBX and Sticky Fingaz (Onyx). I’m Back is another track that explores his rise to the top and how super stardom sucks. Marshall Mathers starts with a dark guitar riff as Eminem raps about how he doesn’t understand why people care about how him now. Ken Kaniff is a dirty skit about the internet creep getting sexual intercourse from the Insane Clown Posse. Drug Ballad has a real funky beat to it as Eminem raps about his drug habits. Amityville has an old school hip hop beat to it with the drum machine as Eminem introduces us to Horrorcore rap and the track features Bizarre. Bitch Please II is the only track to feature Snoop Dogg on a Eminem track, but it also features Dr. Dre, Xzibit, and Nate Dogg on the track as well.

MMLP9Kim starts with Eminem talking to baby Haley before it turns violent with Eminem rapping about hurting Kim (his ex-wife). It’s considered the prequel to ’97 Bonnie & Clyde as Eminem screams his rap the whole time. Under The Influence introduces us to Eminem’s group of friends and comrades in D12 as they spit some serious rhymes. Criminal is the last track on the album and it answers all his critics who think his lyrics are too dark and vulgar. It also brought some controversy along as there is some lines that GLAAD had a serious problem with. For example, “My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge/That’ll stab you in the head whether you’re a fag or les…Hate fags?/The answer’s yes.” The song even contains a part where he robs a convenient store where he promises that he won’t shoot the girl as she hands him money and he ends up shooting her anyways. This is definitely one of the best Eminem albums that he had ever released in my opinion. That is why for a final grade I am giving it 4.5 stars out of five.