August 13, 2010
New Albums: Mike Posner and Black Label Society
Mike Posner – 31 Minutes to Takeoff
Mike Posner is new to the big-time music leagues. The 22 year-old released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff this Tuesday. His hit song, “Cooler Than Me” is also his debut single. Wow! Already he has reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with just one single.
31 Minutes to Takeoff features twelve tracks from Posner, including what will be his next single off the album, “Please Don’t Go.” It sounds very techno-pop-r&b. I’m not really sure Mike Posner can be put in any one genre, actually. Maybe that’s why he exploded onto the scene: no one else comes up with the style of music that he produces.
The rest of the album is just as unique as Posner’s first two singles. There are mixes of techno with electric guitar and slow beats (”Bow Chicka Wow Wow“). Then there are other songs that feature his very soft-spoken and breathy singing voice. Do you know that? I couldn’t tell where he was from because of the way he sings, but I guess he is a mid-western American from Michigan.
Check out 31 Minutes to Takeoff! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Mike Posner in the future.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black
This week, Black Label Society released its 8th studio album since 1999. The heavy metal band has been really successful in its genre, and there’s no surprise that Order of the Black has set high hopes for them.
Fans of Black Label Society can breathe a little easier, because it has been about four years since the band has released a studio album. It has been a long process, and they’ve been working awhile to perfect it; they’ve been growing steadily in popularity with every album release, so there was a lot of pressure to push quality work.
That being said, I was a little surprised when I listened to Order of the Black. Unlike Avenged Sevenfold’s album (from a couple of weeks ago), Black Label Society’s isn’t quite so…in-your-face screaming and yelling. In fact, there’s even a song that sounds (surprisingly) like a ballad…or at least what a ballad would sound like from a heavy metal group. “Darkest Days” and even “Time Waits for No One” (oh and “Shallow Grave”) take new directions for Black Label Society. Maybe they’re just getting older and more sentimental since “Stillborn“? Who knows!
Check out Order of the Black and its thirteen new tracks today!
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