Friday, March 27, 2009

Music Library: Branford Marsalis, Brazilian Girls, and Breeders

Branford Marsalis - The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Bloomington, and Requiem. I think Branford's supposed to be the most adventurous of Marsalises, but all of these could have been recorded in 1957. Pretty decent bop featuring top-notch performances, though. The piano work on Requiem is especially lovely, which is fitting because the requiem of the title is for pianist Kenny Kirkland, who passed away before the record was released. Not everything has to burn it all down and start anew. These don't even consider the possibility.

Brazilian Girls - Talk To La Bomb. I do not like, not one bit. Deleted tonight.

The Breeders - "Oh!," "Safari," Last Splash, and Mountain Battles. On one hand, Kim Deal is awesome. On the other hand, she is more awesome at being Kim Deal than writing awesome songs. Although you can hear her Pixies background in many of these songs, they are generally not as fun, funny, or breathtakingly crazy as the Pixies, especially in the mediocre Mountain Battles (the album she was working on during the filming of the Pixies documentary loudQUIETloud). But "Cannonball" is still a hell of a track.

At this point, iTunes tells me that I have thus far listened to and reviewed 5,829 tracks and 560 albums or part-albums (and this is misleading, as it includes as an album the many loosey tracks floating around). This number doesn't include the few albums that I've disliked enough to delete, other than the Brazilian Girls album I mention above. That's a little more than 1/10th of the way through the whole of my music library! In a mere year-and-then-some. Yes, this is going to take some more time. On the upside, I've been zipping through the catalog in the last couple of days.


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