This week’s all over the place, but at least the quality of the music is consistent!
Yes – Fragile
Yes are basically the definitive progressive rock band. In many ways, they seem to have set standards for what progressive music came afterwards, all while creating awesome music in the process. Great guitar, sexy bass, awesome keyboards, nifty drums, and a distinct singer? Woohoo! Definitely check out the opening track, Roundabout, which was actually used as the ED for the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure reboot last year. If you’re a fan of 70s prog but haven’t listened to this album yet… well, what have you been doing with your life?
Genre: Progressive rock, hard rock (I’m confused about that one)
Strapping Young Lad – City
What started as a Devin Townsend solo project ended up being a pretty crazy outfit (but still not as crazy as Punk Bruster: Cooked on Phonics). This album is loud, it hits hard, and it’s frankly a pretty niche deal. If you aren’t a fan of extreme/industrial metal, you’re going to want to pass on this one, but if you’re interested, check out Detox and AAA. There’s also a fair amount of swearing on the album, as evidenced by one of the song titles. FYI. If it weren’t for the connection to Devin Townsend, I probably would have never given this album a listen, but I’m certainly glad that I did.
Genre: Extreme metal, industrial metal
Daft Punk – Discovery
While my introduction to the group was last year’s Random Access Memories, many people consider Discovery to be the go-to Daft Punk album, and for good reason. As an electric album, it was a bit of an odd listen at first, and while I still find it to be very top-heavy, it’s a great album to sit back and nod along to. And oddly enough, this album has the anime connection that some of you might be interested in – the entire album was used as the soundtrack for Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, a 2003 anime film based around the album itself that has no dialogue and minimal extra sounds. Give Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and One More Time a listen.
Genre: Garage, disco