Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday Shuffle: Alice Cooper, Jackyl, Oliva, Shooter, Volbeat

Not the most memorable shuffle in the history of the feature, but still a few high points ...

"Something to Remember Me By," Alice Cooper. From the album Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011). This ballad was not one of the high points of what was a surprisingly good sequel album by Alice. It's OK, but there are far better songs on the record.

"Thanks for the Grammy," Jackyl. From the album Cut the Crap (1997). In typical Jackyl fashion, the Georgia boys reel off a sarcastic, funny and rocking "thank you" for the Grammy Award (which they never won). I'm drawn a bit more to their wilder numbers, but it's a nice send-up of the music industry.

"Raise the Curtain," Oliva. From the album Raise the Curtain (2013). The symphonic title track of Jon Oliva's first official solo album was a rather uninteresting opening to a very diverse and entertaining record. Don't let it keep you from exploring the rest of the album.

"Aviators," Shooter Jennings. From the album Electric Rodeo (2006). Electric Rodeo remains my favorite Shooter album. It's got great Southern rock, solid country and a lot of fun. This tongue-in-cheek ballad finds Shooter talking about a failed relationship in a spoken word style and hiding his tears behind his sunglasses in the chorus. The stories are hilarious, but for their ridiculousness, I've known that guy.

"Fire Song," Volbeat. From the album The Strength/The Sound/The Songs (2005). One of the things that first drew me to Volbeat was the way they can bounce all over the place, from raging metal to rockabilly and back again. "Fire Song," from their debut album, is a slashing, thrashing affair with a big melodic chorus that somehow sits comfortably next to a cover of Dusty Springfield's "I Only Wanna Be With You."

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