I have decided to start expanding my range of music taste. This means I will be listening to a great variety of music to familiarize myself with more artists and records. This Tumblr will be where I keep track of what I’ve listened to and how I’ve felt about everything.
This past week, I listened to five albums.
1. Mali Music - Mali Is…
I have really never heard anything like Mali Music’s sound before. This album was definitely encouraging to listen to, mainly because the things he talked about were meaningful (from a Christian worldview) and delivered in a way that sounded pretty good. I had to listen to the album twice to understand and familiarize myself with it.
2. Hillsong United - Zion (Deluxe Edition)
There were a few songs on this album that were just so typically Hillsong that I was bored. “Up in Arms” is what I would’ve expected from a typical album from them; vague general lines with unclear meanings. I guess they leave room for their listeners to apply the vague words to whatever situation they’re specifically found in. I don’t mind this kind of writing at all… unless it’s being used in corporate praise. But that’s a different convo.
I really liked “Scandal of Grace,” “Oceans,” “Mercy Mercy,” “Nothing Like Your Love,” and “Mercy Mercy (Reloaded).” Everything else was kind of tiring to listen to because I’m pretty familiar with Hillsong’s sound already. I did appreciate the reloaded tracks because they offered a new sound. I had to listen to the album two and a half times to understand and be familiar with it.
3. Jay-Z - Magna Carta… Holy Grail
I liked this album. The beats weren’t too typical of everything else in new school hip hop that I’m used to hearing; they weren’t tiring or boring to listen to. Jay-Z is definitely a strong lyricist, and I think this project definitely reiterates that he isn’t bad at what he does. I noticed that even when he talks about the same recycled topics (money, girls, etc.), he does it with wit and pretty strong lyricism. I had to listen to this album three times to understand and be familiar with it.
4. B.o.B. - No Genre 2
I listened to this mixtape right after I listened to Jay-Z’s album, so I saw pretty clearly that B.o.B. is in several leagues underneath Jay-Z. B.o.B. is pretty recycled and boring to listen to lyrically. Musically, he doesn’t go anywhere that I haven’t heard him go before. But he still delivers some good-sounding songs on the mixtape. It’s just disappointing that all of his lyrics are predictable and not novel. I only had to listen to this mixtape once to understand and be familiar with it.
5. Gungor - I Am Mountain
Gungor’s album was surprisingly awesome. There is pretty impressive storytelling, and on several songs they send messages in an unusual and creative way. Definitely not a boring album to listen to (as opposed to B.o.B.’s mixtape…). This album was different from what I’ve heard from their past albums too – in a good way. I was thoroughly impressed, especially because the entire project not only had great content – it also sounded amazing. I listened to this album at least 4 times before I understood and became familiar with it.
This week, I’m going to listen to albums from Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar, among others.