Saturday, December 24, 2005

And The Guiltiest Pleasures of Them All.

Yesterday I put up my top 5 albums I couldn't live without. I also have five albums I catch a load of hell for loving. I've had the pleasure of seeing every one of them live this year, and I was probably the oldest person at each performance, which is why I call them guilty pleasures.

1. Almost Here - The Academy Is...
Ah, yes. This is one that I play continuously. I especially like it while I'm working out because it's very upbeat and has really sassy and snide lyrics throughout the track list. Checkmarks is still my favorite track, considering it gives the rest of the world a different view of the heartache of a rockstar. Speaking of rockstars, William Beckett is the epitome of the word. Seriously, if you ever have a chance to see him, it's a thing of pure beauty. Luckily, if you can mark off February 16th, you can catch him at the Masquerade shaking that sweet ass of his for all the ladies, myself included.

2. Commit This To Memory - Motion City Soundtrack
If you like overly saracstic lyrics and tones with a Moog chiming in the background, then you'd love this album. I think listening to it made me realize I don't need mental help nearly as bad as lead singer, Justin Pierre, which is blantantly obvious in Everything Is Alright. I like to put this in the player and then make faces at myself in the mirror while singing along. As dark as some of the subject matter is, I manage to still focus on the pure rock of it all. I saw them live twice this year, and I can confidently say that there is no other keyboard player who can rock your face off like theirs. If you don't believe me, go to the Masquerade on March 15th and witness it yourself.

3. Before The Robots - Better Than Ezra
I admit this one with no hanging of the head...I have been a fan of Better Than Ezra since Friction, Baby back in '94. It's been a long while since they've gotten any recognition for an album since then, but now they seem to be slowly climbing back into the saddle with this one. A Lifetime was released in May and still gets airtime on 99X. What I like most about the album is that it takes you on a roller-coaster ride of different types of songs...almost like there is more than one genre represented throughout. My two favorites are the ballad-like tune Overcome and the booty mover Juicy, which was featured on Desperate Housewives.

4. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge - My Chemical Romance
I'm not normally into the whole emo/screamo thing, but after checking out I'm Not Okay (I Promise) on 99X, I decided, what the hell? I'll buy it. And I did. And I listened to it non-stop for about 3 months. It's still in the rotation, too. I loved this one so much that I got my hands on MCR's first full length, which I also love. There are numerous great tunes out of Three Cheers, like the better known Helena, all the way to I Never Told You What I Do For A Living. I won't say anything good about their live act, because there isn't anything good to say, but the music speaks to me, so I'll take it.

5. The Everglow - Mae
You won't find the explicit lyrics sticker on this album, since it's coming from a former (and maybe still recent?) Christian rock band. This is my mellow-rock retreat, the something I can listen to that seems to produce a reaction equivalent to Calgon, because it just takes me away. I could listen to Suspension on repeat for about an hour before deciding maybe I'm being psycho about a song. Of course, the live show I caught this summer just drilled their album even further into my brain. Holy wow can those guys tear a stage apart and surprise the poo out of me. Kudos to them for being an unforeseen favorite in my collection.
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