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.


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