Jan. 15th, 2010

mysoundsofmusic: (WRock- Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock)
I took advantage of Catchlove's holiday sale and bought 3 of his CDs I didn't have: It's Still Snowing, <3, and Where Do We Go From Here? I love the themes of love that pop up throughout all three (quite fitting, actually) even though many of the songs don't avoid the tough themes of battles and the war. Jace's music has a great sound and the songs are well done and polished.

It's Still Snowing
I really love Catchlove's two 'Still Snowing' songs on Jingle Spells 1 & 2 and I was in the mood for more Wrock-themed winter holiday music. So I took a chance on this album. I certainly enjoyed it!
1. One Christmas... (Carol of the Bells)- It's a great collection of songs, starting with 'One Christmas' which is fine, introductory variation on 'Christmas Eve in Sarajevo', one of my favorite Christmas songs.
2. Christmas Wishes- You have to love Christmas at the Burrow, so even though it is simple I really love 'Christmas Wishes'.
3. It's Snowing & 8. It's Still Snowing featuring Danny Dementor- 'It's Snowing' and 'It's Still Snowing' have got to be my favorites. They're just as good here as in Jingle Spells.
4. Tis The Season- wonderfully catchy
5. A Proposition (It's Quite Alright)- good, but doesn't stand out for me amongst the rest for some reason.
6. The Letter (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies)- makes me laugh because the melding between WRock, the Nutcracker, and Tetris is irresistible
7. The Yule Ball (She Said Yes)- I'm not sure why I like 'The Yule Ball' so much, but it's definitely one of my favorites on the album; I like its fast tempo especially.
9. Luna (A Christmas Song)- of course, no collection of songs is complete without some more Luna-love. 'Luna' is catchy, beautiful, and sweet. I love the instruments and the whole arrangement used in that song.
10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas featuring the Cornish Pixy Choral Delight- I'm not so much a fan of 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' because it stands out from the rest of the songs. But it's silly and that certainly gets marks in my book.

Where Do We Go From Here?
First off, this might be one of my favorite WRock album covers EVER!
1. The Second War Begins- fantastic opening song that really sets the mood and draws me in.
2. The Lonley Life of Sir Nick- after hearing this, I am of the opinion that Nearly Headless Nick deserves more songs! I had heard this song before, thanks to a friend, and it is definitely one of my favorite on the album because it's a great, sensitive, fun look at Nick.
3. I Told You So- I like the multiple tracks/layers of voices and instruments in this one. It really pains a great picture of where Harry was in Order
4. Krum and the Mighty Ocean- I found this one to be a bit strange (kind of came out of nowhere) but I like Krum and this song grew on me.
5. I Found Love in Wizard Rock- Certainly my favorite on the CD. Beautiful song and very sweet on its own.
6. In Which Our Claps Defeat Lord Voldemort- this one is crazy-weird just to listen to (I'm sure it lends itself to a concert/live atmosphere better) but I wish it were so easy to defeat him *claps along*
7. Headed to the Ministry- I just got to re-readingthis part in the 5th book about 10 minutes ago so perhaps I'm a bit swayed, but I really loved this one! I like the feeling of the DA conveyed here, yet it's still a bit soft and a nice combination of unsure & brave
8. Where Do We Go From Here- another great song which paints a nice picture of a specific moment in the series. I love the melody and the repetition of the question
9. Mothers Day (Your Love)- this one was a little too soft for me to really latch onto the lyrics the first few times I listened to the CD.
10. This Will Never Work- heehee I like this one as well, though the lyrics are also a bit soft.
11. Remember the Good Times?- what a great sound this one has. And the beat is fantastic, as if working us up to revolt against Umbridge. Quite catchy and fun to sing along to.
12. Dumbledore (Show Us What You're Made Of)- wow, talk about songs with different sounds! This one is quite unique and powerful. It actually made chills race up & down my spine the first time I heard it
13. Ron, I'm Telling You...- this one reminds me of a combination of a few other songs, which is kind of interesting. But there are also some great variations and the sax is a fantastic addition.
14. It'll Be Ok & bonuses- I like 'It'll Be Ok' and it was nice to see sort of a reprise of the song (in title at least) on <3. It's a great song to end with, full of determination. The bonus songs are great! I like the live version of 'Remember the Good Times?' and the Beatles filk to 'All the Lonely People' is cleverly written & well performed! And then... a House of Awesome cover (aka the House of Awkward) is hilarious and classic. FTW!

Definitely my favorite of the 3 albums. I drove around with this one exclusively on my car stereo for a week. It's not as WRock-centered as Where Do We Go From Here? in that many of the songs aren't specifically Harry Potter-ish and could fit right in on a muggle radio station. But I still like them a lot.
1. Untitled- An interesting, instrumental beginning
2. Students @ Hogwarts- I'd heard Students at Hogwarts before, but this is still a fantastic version. It's unifying and fun and catchy (possibly because it's so familiar).
3. I Found Love- Pulling from 'I Found Love in Wizard Rock' this song is so well done and certainly stands on its own. I had heard the remix on From Beneath These Ashes. But of the three songs, the one here on this album is my favorite.
4. Post-Its (it'll be ok ii)- Definitely my favorite on the album. The melody and lyrics are both wonderful. And it just *sounds* good! The chorus, especially, is fantastic.
5. Every Time...- Another favorite on the album. It's a great look at the relationship and the song is just SO well done.
6. Don't Panic- I love this song! It's upbeat and reassuring :-)
7. So Damn Cute- Awww, there's just something about this song. It's the perfect song to follow 'Don't Panic' because it slows down the pace again. I really like the chorus.
8. It's Really All About Me- this one is fun
9. Dontcha Know- Yep, I ADORE this song. Harry/Ginny might not be convincing to me in the book, but Jace definitely gets me on board with it in this album. Ok... it might be tied for first place with Post-Its
10. Headed Down to Hogwarts- A bit of a change in sound & subject matter but I LOVE this. It's SO much fun to sing along with and the the "Dumbledore was victorious..." parts were great to hear in this song. In fact, there are so many little parts in this song, building up momentum throughout, from "Not my daughter you bitch" to "We've got to fight/We've got to win". It is not possible to hear this song and not sing along to it/get into it! :-)
11. Back Home Where I Belong- Aww, this one is just so sweet and... tender. Can I call a song tender? You know what, I'm going to.
12. Sing to Me- I expect the album to end with track #11 each time I listen, but it's a nice book end of sorts, framing the album along with track 1.
mysoundsofmusic: (DFTBA Records)
There are a few things I have to say first, to put my review in proper context. The first is that I love Wizard Rock and the Ministry of Magic and the Remus Lupins are two of my top favorite bands. I am pretty much predisposed to like *anything* that members of these bands put out. This is why I bought the ALL CAPS album on iTunes a year ago. The second thing is that I honestly think that LOST is an awful show. I don't think it's clever; I think the writing is only just above soap opera level. It is crazy or predictable, nothing in-between (which equals bad writing in my book). But I have watched since the very first episode, I like the characters, and I have NEVER missed an episode. When I learned that there were groups out there writing LOST music (like Wizard Rock, only with LOST instead of Harry Potter) I promised myself to never listen to it, let alone buy it.

But then Alex, Luke, and Jason formed a band. And they came out with an AMAZING music video for Mr. Eko. I think I probably watched the video 20 times the first few days it was out, and I sent the link to everyone I knew who watched LOST (including a few people who didn't LOL). And when the Oceanic Six's first album was available for pre-order, I bought it immediately and without hesitation (thank you for the bonus mp3s! The Christmas On the Island song still makes me laugh).

I received the CD in the mail yesterday, and official release day is today. So I thought I'd post my review. But, first, here's a list of their videos. Because the music is fantastic, but I like the videos even more:

First off, the CD is great: the numbers (as entered on the computer) fill the CD itself over and over again. The quality is incredibly good, as I would have expected from these guys. But, more importantly, there are so many great details in these songs that not only make the songs sound professional and polished but make them sound like they could be right there in the world of LOST.

1. Mr. Eko- my first exposure to the Oceanic Six is still my favorite. I love every aspect of the video, especially, because I love the details and the guys dressed as the various characters. I enjoy the range in this song. It is slow and thoughtful, it is respectful and solemn, it is fast and fun. Mr. Eko is a great (albeit mysterious and troubling) character and it's a perfect song for him!

2. Monster Eats The Pilot- This is the quintessential LOST song, kind of summing up the entire show. It is very well written, catchy, and beautifully performed. "We're lost/All of us, a thousand miles off course/We're lost/Second chance to try for some remorse/We're lost/In a sea of synchronicity/We're lost/The island calls us to our destiny." Even if that, grammatical, should be the plural 'destinies' I don't even mind because the song is SO good :-)

3. Good Morning Charlie- Awww, this is so sweet. I love the journey Charlie goes through throughout the series and his relationship with Claire is wonderful, especially as described here by Kristina & Luke. It's got a fun, reassuring, safe sound to it. It's also got a really nice, bouncy feel. Their voices work so well together (or maybe I only say that because I'm so used to ALL CAPS? No... I do think they're great together in a duet)

4. Henry Gale- I absolutely love this song. It is beautifully written from verses to chorus. I honestly can't get enough of it. It's possibly my second favorite song on the album (even if I hate Ben, LOL).

5. Will You Be My Constant- I don't quite know how to describe this song; the word that comes to mind is that it "swings". The tune is so good, especially the key change, and the fast, constant beat/beep is the perfect touch. I loved hearing the preview of this at the end of their Project for Awesome video! Okay, okay, it's tied for second place on my list of favorites on the album.

6. Dude- Aw, Hugo! Hurley is easily my favorite character on the show and it's fantastic to have a song about him on the album. I sort of feel like it could have used more Hurley-esque humor. But I do like the focus on the curse/luck part of his character. And the chorus is great. I am sort of... less fond of the video, I've got to say. It's good but... I'm honestly not feeling the random dancers. I'm just not sure I buy Sammy G as a Smoke Monster ;-)

7. Orientation- I wasn't sure if I liked this one the first time I heard it, but the chorus with the "Nameste" sold me on it (especially when rhymed with "I will stay"). The song has a softer, slower feel to it than some of the others, which is understandable given the subject matter. The ending effect is utter perfection. This song is a great example of what I mean by details that make the songs fit the island.

8. The Crash- This is a good one, but it's sort of the one song that doesn't stand out for me amongst the rest. I certainly really like it, but I don't find myself walking around singing it :-)

9. They Took My Son- I fell in love with this song when I heard it months back on their iTunes. I didn't like it as much as Mr. Eko but it confirmed my need to buy the whole album. I love the powerful emotions in this one. The refrain of WALT! makes me want to yell along with the song each time I hear it.

10. Invisible Others- This one also has some great emotion behind it as well. It's kind of a spooky one to end on, actually. I totally think the song should be called Invisible Udders.

BONUS. Christmas on the Island- This song amuses me to no end. Fun, clever lyrics. And the bridge cracks me up (and makes me go "Awwww!" :-( along with them). This is definitely a new holiday classic.

EDIT: The official note from the Oceanic Six regarding the chorus of Monster Eats The Pilot is that the chorus is talking as a whole there, so it refers to their common destiny and, therefore, would make sense in the singular. And I would like to thank them for reading this... and kindly not pointing out that I made an obvious spelling mistake (now corrected) while point out a possible grammatical error. Oh, the irony!


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