Favorite Tracks: "Future Mixtape For The Art Kids", "Spin The Dial", "Punks In A Disco Bar"
2. Chapter and Verse by Bruce Springsteen - Put down those chicken fingers because Bruce is back baby. If you don't get that reference, it's okay I am too familiar with Bruce because I am a loyal listener of his classic albums. This new album acts as a sort of anthology, featuring old songs from past projects that Bruce was a part of. The old stuff is really fun with that raw, harsh recording sound of the early days of rock and roll. Then Bruce takes us to his big hits from back in the day, ranging from "Born to Run" to "Born in the U.S.A." Finally, we are dropped into the newer music from his more recent albums. Overall, the album is just a joyful look back at the life and times of Mr. Springsteen. Even though most of this album is recycled music, it hits home as an original structure in song placement.
Favorite Tracks: "Henry Boy", "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", "Born to Run", "The River", "The Rising"
3. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I could listen to the first track on this album 1000 times and still be hooked by it's catchy melodies. When you put a member of The Walkmen and a member of Vampire Weekend together, you apparently get a nice softer rock band with some dreamy vocals. This album reminds me of the creative spirit behind Arcade Fire's catchy tunes, bringing a charming atmosphere to it's listeners. The instrumentals are a ton of fun with some songs featuring unique acoustic instruments. In some of the songs, we get to hear a very articulate piano that keeps the piece going. Beyond instrumentals, Leithauser's voice gives a masterful performance on most of the pieces as he starts of soothingly and then expands into more intense vocals.
Favorite Tracks: "A 1000 Times", "Peaceful Morning", "When The Truth Is..."
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