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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Album Review:Lost Songs

Image credit:Official site
Artist:Anberlin

Songwriters:Steven Arnold, Joseph Milligan, Bob Dylan, Deon Rexroat, Nathan Young, Martin Lee Gore, Johnny Marr & The Healers, Morrissey, Clive Farrington, Michael Nutall, Andrew Ramsbottom, Colin Greenwood, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood, Jonathan Greenwood, Edward O'Brien, Thomas Yorke, Philip Selway, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Joey Bruce

Genres:Rock, alternative

General thoughts:With the announcement that the band is breaking up this year, I thought I'd take a look at the first (and until recently, only) album of theirs I heard.

It's mainly a collection of various songs that couldn't make it onto other albums. (And I haven't actually heard most of the original versions. Maybe I should look them up.) This includes acoustic versions of songs, demos, and covers. In my experience, this kind of compilation ends up with some mixed but often good results. Definitely seems to be the case here.

Overall, it's good.

Track Listing

1. The Haunting
Thoughts:This is about an old lover that's still haunting you (either metaphorically or literally). Not bad.
2. Uncanny
Thoughts:This is about going anywhere, as long as you've got a certain someone with you. It's one of the more rock-y tracks, and worth a listen.
3. Like A Rolling Stone originally by Bob Dylan
Thoughts:This mocks a formerly spoiled and privileged girl. It works.
4. A Day Late [acoustic]
Thoughts:This is about a friend who has crushed on you for years, but waited too long to tell you. You think about how things might have turned out, but you're still happy they're your friend. Wow, that's a long description. Anyway, it's not too bad.
5. Enjoy The Silence originally by Depeche Mode
Thoughts:This is about just being with someone. I like the lyrics, but I'm not so sure about the delivery.
6. Cadence [acoustic]
Thoughts:This is about seeing the person you love as a miracle, even when things are looking bad. Definitely one of the better tracks.
7. Downtown Song
Thoughts:This one is about feeling lonely. It's a little upbeat for the subject matter, but a good song nonetheless.
8. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out originally by The Smiths
Thoughts:This is about a date night of some kind and being happy to die with someone you love. At one point, it starts to say the title for about a minute until you think "stop it already". Overall, not that great.
9. Dismantle. Repair. [acoustic]
Thoughts:This is about a person who knows you well enough to tell that things aren't going good. Not too bad.
10. The Promise originally by When In Rome
Thoughts:This expresses feelings for a crush. Meh, not particularly good.
11. Naïve Orleans [acoustic version]
Thoughts:This is about getting over a breakup. Decent, not great.
12. Inevitable [AOL Sessions]
Thoughts:This is about wanting to spend the rest of your life with a person. Another "okay, not great" song.
13. The Unwinding Cable Car [AOL Sessions]
Thoughts:This, I'm told, is about not taking things for granted. It's decent, works as background music.
14. Creep [Acoustic/AOL Sessions] originally by Radiohead
Thoughts:This is about feeling like a freak or an outsider, especially when compared to another person. Eh, it's kind of lackluster.
15. Baby Please Come Home
Thoughts:Just an old Christmas song about loneliness and wishing a particular person would be there. Still, I liked it.
16. Readyfuels [demo]
Thoughts:This is about having a wild night that feels great. Fairly good.
17. Driving (Autobahn) [demo]
Thoughts:This is about driving around. Meh.
18. Everything In Between [demo]
Thoughts:This one is about someone that you're constantly reminded of while separated. Another meh.
19. Glass To The Arson (16 Bit Remix)
Thoughts:This is a fully instrumental track that sounds like something from an old Nintendo game. It's neither brilliant nor terrible.


Content warnings:The song "Creep" uses "h*ll" in the chorus. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" talks about death and not caring as long as you're with the one you love.


So what was your opinion? Are you glad you found it? Or wish it was lost?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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