July 16, 2010
New Albums: Sting and Korn
Sting – Symphonicities
Doesn’t that name remind you of Scrantonicity a little bit?
I’m not sure how original a concept this type of album is, but I’m enjoying it: Sting has re-recorded and revamped a bunch of his hit singles (and some lesser-known songs) and put them in a compilation to be released as its own album. Nice! From a lot of artists, something like this wouldn’t work. But from Sting? Yes, please!
It’s a well-known fact that I’m a big fan of Sting and The Police, but I have to say, a lot of people argue that many of his (their) songs sound too much like each other. Okay. But if you listen to Symphonicities, you’ll hear even some highly popular songs almost entirely rewritten, such as “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” (which, by the way, was performed once by Scrantonicity…it all comes full circle!).
I think my favorite off the album is “Next to You,” though. Just sayin’.
The whole album has a very movie-music-score feel to it, and that’s probably mostly because Sting joined forces with London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, who provide the accompaniment for many of the tracks on Symphonicities. Coincidentally (or not so much), he’s currently on tour with the orchestra.
If you love Sting, I would suggest checking out this album. He proves himself, once again, as a master songwriter.
Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are
It’s been about three years since Korn has released an album. Well, they’re back with this new album. Okay, first off, I’m a little confused. I remember Korn when the album came out in 1994 (well, not really: I was 6. But just humor me), but I don’t recall a Korn II ever being released. Am I off my 21-year-old rocker?
Oh well, regardless of the album title discrepancies, Korn is BACK with an angry (I’m talking to you, “Let the Guilt Go”) album full of attitude. Korn III: Remember Who You Are must be referring to each band member’s teenage rebellion years or something. If you need to let out some energy or something, go for a run and listen to this album.
“Never Around” is particularly angsty. “Are You Ready to Live?” is also emo. Hey, I’m just saying: if you like dark, loud, and angry music, then Korn is consistent with all of those qualities. I think they’ve always produced this kind of stuff, right?
Anyway, take a listen to Korn III: Remember Who You Are, out now!
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