by B. J. Eakin on Oct 1, 2010 at 10:20 PM
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Some of the major joys that I have experienced have come from music that I discover years after its original release date.  This is the music that was probably listened to by all hipsters of the time and then readily discarded a month later.  However, this is music that still deserves love today.  So I have decided to periodically update with a couple albums and brief reviews of something that you may have missed in the past.  Now, I know that some of you may already be familiar with what I share, but oh well - maybe I will show someone something they'll love!

------------------------------------------------------------- ALBUM #1 - Our Lady Peace's Spiritual Machines

Canada's alternative rock group released this in 2000.  This was after their huge commercial successes of Clumsy and Happiness is Not a Fish You Can Catch in the 90's.  However, this was not warmly greeted by the masses at the time.  Anyway, I overlooked it for four years before I investigated and found out that they produced this concept album based on Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Spiritual Machines.  Not that any of that matters...  The simple

fact of the matter is that this album is set apart from the others in creativity and it just sounds good.  You do not have to be a Our Lady Peace fan from the 90's to like this either.

Synopsis: Overall I give the album a 8.5 out of 10.0. There are some weird interlude songs with words spoken by the Kurzeil dude that add something little but I could do without it.   Besides that, the band cranks out some golden nuggets like "Right Behind You (Mafia)," "In Repair," "Made to Heal," "Everyone's a Junkie," "If You Believe," and finally "The Wonderful Future."  Each of these songs I have found myself getting some energy boosts when I run and jamming out in the car -- also, all of these are at least four star songs on my iTunes - if that says anything. 

------------------------------------------------------------ ALBUM #2 - Okkervil River's Black Sheep Boy and The Stage Names

Okkervil River is one of those indie bands with huge potential to take over like Arcade Fire has recently.  Their most recent album The Stand Ins (2008) was critically acclaimed and they gained significant notoriety.  Yet, even with this public success, the band's first works are a couple of my favorites.  They are indie to the max and Sheff is a lyrical monster in these.  Much of the album's song titles and lyrics are interconnected in such a way that I have not seen other musicians do, really novel idea actually.  The lyrics tend to be heavy and potent - violent at some points - so different than others... 

But you will just have to check it out yourself.  Five Star songs like "For Real," "A Glow," "A Girl In Port," "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe," "Unless It's Kicks, "Love to a Monster" amongst many good others.  I mean, this is some frackin' passionate junk.  I cannot say how much I love it -- probably more that Arcade Fire really, sorry if that's indie blasphemy...  But this is some stuff you should get into.  

I do not think I can really do it justice, just listen to it. 


1 R&R Engage comment to “"MUSIC YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED" - VOL. 1”

  1. MCM Says:
    Rad dude.

    I absolutely love this idea!
    I love how you've laid it out and I hope to see more of it.
    There's one more band (Okkervil River, NOT OverKillRiver, or OverKill River, or Over Kill River or Over KillRiver - Okkervil River) that I need to check out.
    Need to add videos.

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