May 28, 2010
New Albums: Stone Temple Pilots and the Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack
Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots
Been awhile since we’ve heard that band name, hasn’t it? The band was popular from its inception in 1986 all the way to 2003, when they took a hiatus. They returned in 2008 and have remained just as popular as they were in the 80s and 90s.
On May 19, the Stone Temple Pilots performed on The Late Show with David Letterman for the first time in ten years. That’s a long time!
When they got back together, they vowed to make a new album ASAP. In June of 2009, the band had successfully written eighteen new, original tracks, and they are reflected on their newest album, Stone Temple Pilots, which contains twelve tracks. On Letterman, they performed “Between the Lines,” which happens to be the first track listed on the album, and which also happens to be my favorite off the entire thing.
All twelve songs live up to the classic name brought with the Stone Temple Pilots, and the genuine rock sound and feel they bring to their music. Check out the album today! Particularly pay attention to “Huckleberry Crumble” and “Bagman.”
Various Artists – Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I’ve taken to enjoy listening to and reviewing soundtracks or compilations lately. It’s always nice to hear a variety of artists instead of just one (or one band) straight through for an hour. Be prepared, though, because even though I’m reviewing the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack (very unlike me), I will not be reviewing the new Eclipse soundtrack unless I absolutely have to (e.g. if there is literally nothing else coming out that week…I’m keeping my fingers crossed).
Anyway, Sex and the City 2 is going to be a huge movie, so, it isn’t surprising that they got some gigantic recording artists to contribute to the soundtrack. Alicia Keys, Dido, Erykah Badu, Jennifer Hudson (who, by the way, looks amazing right now), Liza Minnelli, and Cyndi Lauper are just a few. Sense a coincidence in these names? They are all female powerhouses. Nice choice.
I’m not going to lie–it’s not a secret that I’m neither a fan of Sex and the City, nor of Alicia Keys…but I think her song “Rapture” on the album is pretty awesome. She takes the main theme song of Sex and the City and turns it into a fresh, relevant song that’s a great mixture of genres: pop, rock, r&b, etc.
Keeping with the theme of the new movie, the songs are very exotic sounding. I actually liked Natacha Atlas’s song “Kidda” for that very reason. The original music composed directly for the movie reflects the on-location feel of the movie as well. It’s very, very different from the first one (seemingly, at least…I haven’t seen the second one). The main song that’s been playing with all the promotional material, Ricki-Lee’s “Can’t Touch It,” is fun and upbeat too.
Overall I think they did a good job with the eighteen-track album. (Some of the songs are really annoying, though…but I think the Sex and the City audiences will like them.) Check it out!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am