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What’s Hitting the Shelves: April 19-22


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Written by: Communicator StaffApril 23, 2014

“The Space Project” by Various Artists

I have to be blunt on this review: I’m not sure what I’m listening to. That isn’t because I think this music is bad, and that was not some sarcastic music snob remark. I literally mean I don’t know what I am listening to. Conceptually, this album is the most incredible thing I have ever heard in my life. Last September, NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 were 12 billion miles away from Earth, making them the farthest man-made objects from home. These voyagers were able to take detailed photos of Jupiter and Saturn and their moons, but they also contained instruments to record the electromagnetic radiation fluctuations of those planets. Since each body in space, be it an asteroid, Saturn, or one of Jupiter’s moons, has their own mass and element make-up, they each emit a unique sound. These sounds were then taken by fourteen modern bands, such as The Antlers and Beach House, who created songs with these cosmic sounds. This album, mind you, is a collection of singles so while there is a common sound throughout the album, the vocals and stylizations are different.


“Food” by Kelis

You might remember Kelis from that catchy song “Milkshake,” but don’t let one silly song confuse you about her ability. Kelis is a talented artist who has effectively displayed a wide range of vocal and musical talent in her new album “Food.” Named thus to assert the fact that her album can’t be contained within one genre, she believes her music, like food, would be the common thread between cultures, families, gatherings, and musical tastes. For the most part, I think she nails it. If you equate Kelis with “Milkshake,” you might not recognize her vocals in this album. She carries a deep, husky alto voice paired with trumpets and funk guitar in songs like “Jerk Ribs” and “Hooch” but then, with her signature husky voice, slows it down in “Floyd” to a very soulful sound with self-celebrating lyrics.


“Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina” by Various Artists

Jason Molina passed away last year at age 39. If I were to describe his personal music, I would say his vocals are like hushed Neil Young and his lyrics are like Conor Oberst. If that means nothing to you think of a twangy folk voice singing very depressing, yet beautifully written, lyrics. Molina’s music is the kind you listen to while lying in your bed, sheets over your head with a single tear streaming down your face in the dark haze of twilight as a single candle flickers. I’m not being dramatic; he’s just that dramatic. His music is beautiful in the sense that it sometimes feels good to be sad.  The intense nature of the lyrics don’t change because it is an album of covers, but it’s always fascinating to see how other bands cover an artists’ songs and what new feelings, connotations, and stylizations they bring to a song and I have to say that I’m impressed.

Reviews by: Logan Hursh