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#1: ‘…Like Clockwork’ by Queens of the Stone Age

I don’t know why I’ve never listened to Queens of the Stone Age before, but I wish I had earlier. My first thought upon hearing ‘…Like Clockwork’ was, “yeah, this is my kind of thing.”  It’s spectacularly moody with its grimy guitar and infectious bass. And it seems timeless, too; this is an album that could have been made 20 years ago but still sounds great (and probably will another 20 years from now.) A very, very good album.

#2: ‘Desire Lines’ by Camera Obscura

I like chill music, and I think of myself as a pretty chill person, but ‘Desire Lines’ is a little TOO chill. I almost fell asleep a solid four or five times while listening to it. I’m not saying it’s a bad album, but I couldn’t pay attention for long enough to really comprehend it. (I have to admit, I was vaguely disappointed- Desire Lines by Deerhunter is one of my all-time favorite songs and I had hoped the good vibes would carry over.)

#3: ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National

‘Trouble Will Find Me’ is one of those albums that makes you really think about things. I can imagine myself sitting on a mountaintop, listening to it and silently crying into the wind. It’s good, very good, but it’s one heck of an emotional ride. Not gonna lie, I almost cried during “Sea Of Love.” And “Heavenfaced.” And the whole rest of the album.

#4: ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ by Laura Marling

There’s something about Laura Marling I can’t help but love.  Her music has a very intimate feel to it; it’s beautifully crafted, but retains a level of organicness that gives it emotion and personality. The album is incredibly powerful; even at her most subdued, Marling glows with a strength and passion that captivates and awes. She’s a superb songwriter; the arrangements are gorgeous and her lyrics are intelligent and honest.

That’s a wrap for this segment! Stay tuned for July/August.

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