May 21, 2010
New Albums: Glee and The Black Keys
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music Volume 3 Showstoppers
Another album, Glee?! They are popping one out every couple of months! Although, I guess with an average of six or seven songs being performed per episode, they can afford to cash in over a short period of time, right?
So this time the cast brings in Broadway superstars Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Kristin Chenoweth, plus Grease babe Olivia Newton-John (who still looks incredible, by the way) and Neil Patrick Harris on their latest album. You get to hear Groff in Lionel Richie’s classic “Hello” and it’s pretty nice.
There are 20 songs total on Showstoppers, and they consist of songs from a few months ago all the way up to the finale (which hasn’t aired yet!). Funny enough, though, is that there was this one episode where they took awful, awful songs and tried to make a point of how bad they are (like “Run Joey Run”), and none of those songs are on this CD except for “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” What a song. Yikes. Although…now that I’m listening to it, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff sound so good that it almost negates the atrocity that is “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
Other songs include Gaga’s “Poker Face,” which is stylized by the Glee folks as a duet between Lea Michele and Idina Menzel. They also duet in “I Dreamed a Dream” (take that, Susan Boyle!). There’s also some Beck in there (”Loser“) and Aerosmith (”Dream On“–my favorite of Aerosmith songs–which features Neil Patrick Harris). Check it out!
The Black Keys – Brothers
So this is The Black Keys‘ sixth studio album. I was looking into some of their other stuff, and it’s interesting that they are an American duo-band, but seem to be slightly more popular in the UK. I’m not sure why that is, though. But that being said, they’ve been gaining a little bit of reputation here over the last few years, since their last album, Attack and Release, in 2008, peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. Not bad!
So their latest album is called Brothers and it is super trippy. I mean that in the best way possible, though. Right off the bat their song “Everlasting Light” sounds like a combination of The Beatles (in something like “Yellow Submarine,” when you just know they were dropping acid like lemon drops) and The Killers (think “Everything Will Be Alright“). I know, I know, it’s a strange combination to think about, but just trust me.
Bands like The Black Keys make me really happy to be doing weekly “new music” blogs–it gives me a chance to listen to bands that I probably wouldn’t notice otherwise. But because I listen to their albums, then, I also get to become a fan of different bands and music! Maybe if you listen to Brothers you’ll understand what I mean by it– the whole album sounds like a blast from the past, but with a modern edge to it. The style is 1970s but the electric guitar screams 2000s. Love it!
Check out The Black Keys’ sixth studio album, Brothers, now!
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