Juliet – Random Order (LP of the Week)

julietrandomorderContinuing with another dance album, however this one is much more underground.

I had not listened to Juliet’s debut album Random Order in quite a while, so I decided to make it this week’s LP of the week.

Like last week’s, Sophie Ellis Bextor’s latest, this is a dance album too. As I stated above, this one is much more underground. Sophie Ellis Bextor may not be too well known in North America, but in her home country she is considerably more popular than Juliet in her home country. Juliet’s being the United States of America!

Juliet is actually Juliet Richardson, but records as Juliet.

Random Order is actually her sole release at this point. It was released in 2005 on Virgin Records. All Music classifies her as electronica, and club/dance and house as sub genres. I suppose those actually fit, as I was thinking of her as an American Goldfrapp as a sort of comparison.

Two singles were released, “Avalon”, and “Ride the Pain”, along with accompanying music videos. However if it weren’t for the internet, I believe I would have never heard of her. I may have seen the “Avalon” video on television, but I am not certain about that. Therefore I am guessing she did not receive as much mainstream exposure as she could have. However she did reach number one on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play charts. She also charted in the Europe and UK as far as singles go.

One of the producers, Guy Sigsworth, is also half of the musical collaboration that goes by the name of Frou Frou. Frou Frou being made up of Sigsworth and Imogen Heap. Together they released Details in 2002. Sigsworth collaborated on the track “New Shoes”. Another producer, Stuart Price is a member of Zoot Woman, and has worked with acts such as Madonna (most notably her Confessions on a Dance Floor), and No Doubt among others.

Besides the information I do not have too much to add aside from the customary recommendation. On with said recommendation! Yes, so if you are looking for a quality dance album with hints of electronic, that is definitely not commercial, this would be a good one to fit that bill.

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Trip the Light Fantastic (LP of the Week)

sebtripthelightfantasticThis week’s album of the week is Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s third, and most recent effort.

Trip the Light Fantastic was released almost a year and a half ago, on May 21, 2007.

I first heard the leadoff single, “Catch You”, and quite enjoyed it. I believe I only listened to it once, awaiting the release of the album.

It is hard to describe the album, as it has its own feel that is different from her previous work, yet at the same time, still within the same genre. Possibly different in she has matured somewhat as an artist. Different but the same in the way Kylie Minogue’s albums are from Light Years to the present. The preceding comes to mind, even if it may not be particularly the case.

The album starts off with the aformentioned leadoff single “Catch You”. It is a very up tempo, catchy song, that will have your feet getting busy with the main beats that stand out (:14-:20). Next is “Me and My Imagination”, the second single, which to me is a mid tempo track, yet still feels like an up tempo track. The third single, also the third track, “Today the Sun’s on Us” is a mid tempo track, but still a good one. What was ultimately cancelled as the fourth single, “If I Can’t Dance”, so she can release the first single of the upcoming new album, feels like Sophie of old, good, catchy, with a sense of humour.

“Catch You” was written by Cathy Dennis and Greg Kurstin. Cathy Dennis who has helped pen a few catchy tracks, including Kylie’s “Can’t Get You out of My Head”, Britney’s “Toxic”, and Kate Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”. Every other song on the album Sophie Ellis-Bextor had a hand with.

“If You Go” is a song I’d put in my insanely good songs list. It is up there as one of my favourite tracks from the album, on an album where every track is of quality.

Worth a listen if you like dance, pop, or both. The All Music review ends by saying this is one of many releases in a good year for female fronted “electronic chart pop”.

LP of the Week (Coldplay – X&Y)

In hoping to write more on this blog, I am starting a feature that I have thought about for a while, and that is featuring an album each week.

So to start of I am featuring Coldplay’s third album, X&Y, or the album that came out before Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

I can’t really think of much to say about this album besides it is another good Coldplay album (another reason to write more in this blog, so I can elaborate more, and write better) . As I mentioned it is the album before Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, so it was still the Coldplay that was more accessible, at least for the mainstream listener.

X&Y was released June 6 2005, three years before Viva la Vida.

“Speed of Sound” reminds me of when the St. Louis Cardinals spoiled what would have been the Houston Astros winning the NLCS in game 5. FOX used that song when recapping the Albert Pujols home run that gave the Cardinals the lead, and went on to win the game 5-4. Joe Buck said something to the effect of things can change at the speed of sound.

Too much music indeed

I am finally listening to Death Magnetic in whole for the first time. Next up will be Appeal to Reason, Rise Against’s new album. Then there is the new Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul. I also want to give Coldplay’s latest, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends some more listens.

Not to forget I want to catch up by listening the older Rise Against (Revolutions per Minute on) albums and Oasis (Be Here Now on).

Hopefully soon I will write about the new albums soon.