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When Rock Goes Soft

29 Sep

There is more to being a rock musician than screaming, jumping and headbanging. In my opinion, all those antics come from a softer more vulnerable source. I believe that being a good rocker requires a versatilty that can be seen in your songs, from the loud over-the-top anthems to the softer more soulful tracks which can make any hardened heart melt in an instant. Today’s post is a celebration to the softer side of rock and I will reveal my favourite.

Nothing Else Matters Metallica

“Never opened myself this way;life is ours we live it our way

No lie, this song sends chills down my spine every single time. Most people associate Metallica with their heavy metal sound but trust me, after hearing this track you will look at these guys so differently. This song is so good that it has actually been covered 40 times (!) but none of these covers have done justice to this song. There is haunting quality that it has that just gets to you. James Hetfield aparently wrote it for his girlfriend and you can hear it in lines like “so close no matter how far..” basically talking about their bond that is deep even when he’s on tour. James actually wanted to keep the song private but when Lars Ulrich heard it he recommended it for their album. The song is also a dedication to their fans and many Metallica fans would list this as their favourite Metallica track.

Disappear- Hoobastank

there’s a pain that sleeps inside, it sleeps with just one eye and awakwns the moment that you leave” 

I heard this song only once when I was 13 and for 7 years it stuck in my head as I had no way of downloading it. It is off Hoobastank’s popular album The Reason and although people would say the title track of the album is a much better soft song I will always stand by this song because of the way it just makes me feel calm. The arrangement of it is very simple but it is just such a powerful track. This list would be incomplete without it.

Stranger things have happened-Foo Fighters

“you are not alone dear loneliness, you forgot but I remember this”

I have only known this song for about 5 days but it belongs on this list. I don’t know what it is about this song, maybe its the acoustic guitar melody or the way Dave Grohl sings it but it just calms me and touches my heart. I’m not going to get into the meaning because to be honest I am still figuring it out but it is just a great track that I can  repeat up to 4 times, which makes it pretty strong in my book.

 

The Only Exception-Paramore

“darling you are the only exception

Paramore sometimes seems a bit to commercial and bubblegum for me, but when they make songs like this one they are right up there with my favourites (Incubus, Audioslave etc). I think this one of the most beautiful love songs ever sang. The lyrics are so touching, the vocals very appropriate and the beat so perfect for slow dancing. I especially love the bridge when the song elevates. This is Paramore at their very best.

 

Hello Evanescence

“don’t try to fix me, I’m not broken”

With Amy Lee’s hauntingly beautiful voice any song will have an strong emotional quality. The piano solo also contributes to the song’s strengths. Apparently Amy Lee sang this for her sister who died and you can almost touch the sadness of the song because its that powerful. This track blows me away every single time.

 

 

Blurry Puddle of Mudd

“can you take it all away, this pain you gave to me

This is the song that made me take Puddle of Mudd very seriously and I became a fan. It is such a sad song but at the same time very powerful. Wes Scantlin’s voice has the burnt quality that every rock musician should have. The song is about his son and it’s also about a break up. It’s so personal on the part of Scantlin and his son even appears on the video. It is one of P.O.M most successful songs and you can totally understand why so many peope resonated with it.

 

Saint is a Sinner Too- Slash?Rocco Delucca

“hold my hands down, so they don’t reach for you in case you don’t know a saint is a sinner too”

Slash’s self titled album of 2009 is one of my favourite albums and this is the album’s track. De Leca’s unique voice is part of the reason why this song is so powerful. It has a very simple arrangement but it still manages to pull you in. I just love the lyrics and even the way it is performed. This is a song I actually wish I had written because it is just that good.

 

 

So Far Away  Avenged Sevenfold

“i have so much to say, but u’re so far away”

Like Metallica, this is a band I associate with a heavy metal sound but this song is so different from that vibe. It’s so mellow and the melody is very chilled. A.S really practiced massive restraint in this track with very positive results. The instrumentals take a back seat to the lyrics which are quite sad and vulnerable, but it make this song so perfect.

 

I am The Highway-Audioslave

“I am not your rolling wheel I am the Highway”

With Chris Cornell’s amazing vocals and the instrumental quality of Rage Against the Machine you really can’t go wrong add the lyrics and you have magic. This song is one of the many reasons I love Audioslave. I don’t think rock can get anymore soulful. This song belongs on this list.

 

 

So Far Away Staind

“these are my dreams that I’ve never lived before; somebody shake me coz I must be sleeping

When I listen to Staind songs. I can almost touch lead singer Aaron Lewis’ pain. You don’t get a voice and music like this if you haven’t been through a lot. This song is a more positive song in Staind’s discography and I think it’s about change and opening yourself up.  

 

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Comeback Season!!

11 Aug

Remember when the Spice Girls had a comeback album a few years ago? I don’t really remember either. What about Mase’s comeback remmber that? Didn’t think so. It’s thin line between good and bad comebacks and this post celebrates the few that I find worth mentioning. These are the comebacks that were worth my listening.

Take That

Did you know that in 1996 the UK government had to start up a hotline to counsel distraught Take That fans, after they learnt of the band’s disbanding?  Or that they are the only boyband to win an Ivor Novello, thanks to Gary Barlow’s songwriting skills. I mean, I love Robbie Williams and all but he really thought Take That were finito without him. After a hiatus we thought they were done but boy did they surprise him and the rest of the world with their smash single “Shine.” This wasn’t just any ordinary comeback this one was one for the books. Did you know that their 2010 album Progress is the fastest selling album of all time in UK and that they are Amazon.com’s highest selling artists. Impressive!! They’ve been around for a while and their still going strong. Robbie rejoined them for Progress and you can also catch them on the X-Men:First Class soundtrack with Love Love one of my favourites.

 

Sade

Before Soldier of Love the last time we had heard form this group was in 2000 with “Lover’s Rock” and they returned with a bang. The UK native’s comeback album didn’t disappoint. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and at number four in the UK, and it also won a Grammy. What I will always admire about these veterans is that they march to the beat of their own drum, stick to their style and resist commercial pressure and it is worth it in the end. Salute to the Soldiers.

Maxwell

Ok so you might have realised that I am a big fan of this dude. He is supertalented with a voice that could make any female faint. After an 8 year hiatus Maxwell came back with a new look and a hit record BLACKsummer’snight in 2009. The record received rave reviews. The album sold 316,000 copies in its first week,debuted at number one on Billboard and won two Grammy’s. It went on to sell over 1 million copies in the US. I don’t think anyone was surprised by this success, I mean I certainly wasn’t. Hats off to a well deserved success!!

 Incubus

2000 was the year I discovered rock music and I’ve never been the same after that. The bands responsible were Limp Bizkit, Puddle of Mudd, Linkin Park, Blink 182 and INCUBUS. Their tracks Drive and Wish you were Here were some of my favourites and then they released Nice to Know You and I was in love and have been ever since. So you can just imagine how excited I was when I learnt of the release of their album, “If Not Now,When?” I am impressed with what I have heard so far. The single Adolescents is also doing pretty well on the charts so I am definitely pleased.