August 14, 2009
New Albums: Cobra Starship and George Strait
Cobra Starship- Hot Mess
I’m starting to like Cobra Starship a lot. Aside from the first song on Hot Mess, “Nice Guys Finish Last” sounding a little too much like “Womanizer,” this album is good for people who like alternative and punk music. It’s nice that the band knows itself and its demographics, too (e.g. their song “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous”). They don’t take themselves too seriously, which is cool. There’s room for humor.
Hot Mess is the band’s third studio album, and they are slowly climbing the U.S. Billboard charts. They came onto the scene when they were featured in the ending credits of the film, Snakes on a Plane. The song, “Bring It,” was extremely popular and released as their first single. As of now, they’ve released seven singles, and their latest, “Good Girls Go Bad (ft. Leighton Meester)” is currently on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10.
The album shows real potential in the alternative group—check out the album today!
George Strait- Twang
I’m going to admit it right off the bat: I’m not a huge fan of country music. Once a group or an individual goes mainstream, I like it a little bit more (e.g. Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift). But I know a lot of people enjoy country music, and George Strait is one of the most popular country musicians of all-time, often referred to as the “King of Country.” So, I thought, why not listen to his new album?
After listening to the entire album, I can tell you that if you like cliché country music, you will like this album. And, I don’t mean “cliché” in a bad way, but the songs very much follow the country music formula. I think the line “honky tonky” was actually used in “Twang.”
One thing about country music is that every song tells a story. Even if there is a set bridge and chorus in the tune, it still fits into one cohesive anecdote. That style is unique to country music and all the songs on Twang fit the mold. If you’ve heard Strait in the past and like his music, then Twang will not disappoint. He has been around for a long time and this will be his 38th studio album (12 of which are multi-platinum-selling). Check out Twang today!
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