I used to do this a lot, but haven’t in quite some time, so I thought I would take a moment to wrap up some of the new music I’ve been listening to lately. There’s a few whole records in here as well as a few singles; it’s basically a mish-mash of stuff.
KANYE WEST — GRADUATION
Yeah, it’s good. Over the next month or so, you’ll no doubt be inundated with praise for this record, and deservedly so. I’m a fan of Kanye’s, and the last two records have been really, really good, but they’ve fallen short of the “classic” tag that he do desperately seeks. Graduation, however, will most likely be remembered as a classic and one of the best rap albums of this decade. Kanye has always been a great producer, but he’s really outdone himself on this one, seamlessly blending techno punches with brilliant samples from all manner of artists. Coldplay’s Chris Martin makes an appearance on Homecoming, but the highlight of the album, for me at least, is easily “Champion”. This is Kanye’s most soulful album and probably the benchmark of his career.
ROBBIE SEAY BAND — GIVE YOURSELF AWAY
Speaking of benchmark albums: Robbie is a longtime friend of mine, but even that friendship makes no difference on how amazing his second national release is. This is easily the best Christian-market album I’ve heard in the past ten years; every single song on the record is chock-full of incredible hooks and layer upon layer of goodness. Whereas his first album was made for driving to the beach in the middle of summer, Give Yourself Away is made for any time and season, and it makes you want to sing out loud.
CAEDMONS CALL — OVERDRESSED
Caedmons Call would have to be classified as my all-time favorite band, but the past few years haven’t been kind to them. In accordance with the wishes of Essential Records (their old label), the band veered into CCM territory and came out worse for the wear, but Overdressed basically erases the past ten years worth of albums and puts them back where 40 Acres left off. That’s a good thing. They’ve returned to the rootsy, folk style that so many loved them for, and this record is probably their second best overall album.
EISLEY — COMBINATIONS
Eisley is one of those bands that you either love or hate. I love them and have since I first heard them playing in Dallas way before they ever signed a record deal. Combinations takes the good stuff about the band and makes it stronger while eradicating the fluff they picked up on their first full-length. I haven’t listened to this one enough to really get a good grasp on how I feel about it, but my first listens have given me good impressions.