Trampoline Records: Greatest Hits Vol.2
At first listen, this CD sounds like the
same artist, perhaps due to the overall bluesy, indie-rock mood.
More listens make obvious however that this is almost like the soundtrack
to a city. A general feeling prevails amongst all its occupants,
yet still with some individual triumphs, losses, dreams, and obstacles.
Kip Boardman - "The Bottom Line".
Perfect way to start the album.
A whimsical, humorous song of love and forgiveness. Great to sing
Nadine - "Different Kind of Heartache".
This heartbreaker song decently captures
a rainy day in the city mood. Good buildup vocally in the chorus.
Fleshpot - "God's Country Girl".
This listful tune has an airy feel to
it. Decent tune for driving...out along the farmlands and mountains...in
Pennsylvania...away from the nuts. I'm sorry, I'm still a little
freaked about the incident with the pizza delivery boy up there, especially
since I am currently a pizza delivery boy at the time that I write this.
The Few - "Blue Eyes".
A faster and slightly heavier song.
A continuous riff with one of two accompanying riffs leading up to the
vocal and emotional peak and then bringing it back down.
Liz Phair - "Don't Apologize".
A raw, hard-edged, mid-tempo rocker with
some razor-tipped riffs. Gutsy femme fatale.
Dan Wilson - "All Kinds".
The first song with crisp-clear vocals.
Wall of sound production and even a lyrical tribute (although briefly)
to The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses". Testament to why there was
some critical acclaim for his band, Semisonic.
Buva - "Daydream".
A great piece of work that perfectly captures
suburban boredom and angst. The opening line of "Jerk offs wanna
know" should immediately grab anyone's attention and the snide vocals perfectly
capture the mood.
Flotilla - "This Year's Clown".
Good wobbly affects and attentive, yet
shy guitar solo accompany light-hearted instrumentals with somewhat pessimistic
Chris Stills - "About a Girl".
Acoustic, mandolin-driven love song.
Backing vocals are lovely and the lyrics at times seem a bit cliché,
but the melodies of the vocals and instruments cause Chris to sound so
sincere, you don't care if a river of love overflowing isn't the most original
Pete Yorn - "I Feel Good Again"
Classic, groovy-blues rocker. The
kind that makes you wanna "try, ohh gonna try" to sidestep, strum, and
twirl around with your guitar in a parking lot for a plethora of kids and
The Freemasons - "30 Below"
A "what if" type song with a sort of remorse
for the past and optimism for the future. Moving out West and having
trouble saying goodbye even as you look towards a new chapter in your life.
Decent song for anyone who's doing the same. Perhaps 30 Below is
in reference to age and seizing the day before it's too late.
Minnie Driver - "Everything in my Pocket"
Ethereal love song recalls Sarah McChlaclan
mixed with a touch of Bjork maybe. Enchanting piano, violin, and percussion
lines perfectly accent Minnie's lush vocals and guitar lines.
Michael Miller - "Lover I Know"
Cautiously beginning with a small wobbly
riff and Michael's wispy voice, shy lyrics, gaining confidence with each
use of the ever-so popular, sing-along of "na, na na na na, na na na na
na" into an orchestra with bass, cello, and drums before ending on a solo
vocal line before laying down to sleep.
The Wallflowers - "Too Late for Goodbyes"
Though no longer as popular as they were,
The Wallflowers retain what made them famous to begin with. Jakob
Dylan's soulful vocals are still top-notch and the band's folksy sound
gets experimental with organs on this cover of a Julian Lennon song.
Jonny Polanski - "Even the Oxen"
Killer, mid-tempo bass and drum lines
with apologetic riffs with Jonny's sad, yet observant voice and lyrics
build up into a cathartic electrified chorus and cries of "Here comes the
wave of disappointment". One of the best tracks on the compilation.
Morello - "Turnaround"
Morello is really studio whiz, Malcolm
Cross. You wouldn't know it from listening to this track. Though
he doesn't deserve full credit for this track as this folksy-orchestral
slice of heaven does have the help of some musicians in the studio.
A sunny track that captures exquisite beauty.
Waz - "Wait Another Sunday"
Pleasant, intimate acoustic song with
a dose of pop-sensibility. Some orchestral elements, but the acoustic
guitar is always up-front in this gentle love song.
Jukebox Junkies - "Raised by Rock and
Another lush, ethereal love song, albeit
with more instruments and sounds used. However, sometimes the whole
overshadows the vocals. Good effort though.
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