This is what happens when a guy has way to much time on his hands. I was working on my other blog yesterday (cheapsoles.blogspot.com) and started thinking about all the things I collect besides sneakers and thought about the huge CDs collection I have amassed thanks to years of buying music plus the many years of working and later co-owning a record store. For years I either got stuff at cost or ended up with free copies of all kind of things. There is no telling how much really bad I brought home just because it was free. And I mean really really really bad music. What I realized is that I have all these albums by all kind of artists and yet I have probably never listened to over half of them all the way through. Some I have never even listened to at all much less just listened to the single. So I figured since I already have a blog about wearing every pair of shoes in my collection once without repeating a pair I might as well write another one about my other collection. It's not like I have a whole lot going on during the day anyways.
For those of you who read my other blog (all 2 of you) this blog is a little different. First, the language over will be a little more raw over as most of the music I'll be discussing comes with a Parental Advisory sticker. Second, while I will be listening to a different album everyday in it's entirety and discussing it on here, it won't be like that will be the only album I listen to that day. The plan is to pick a different album everyday and listen to it all the way through and write about on here, that's all. I'll still be buying new music, will still listen to other albums that day, I just want to make sure I actually listen to every album I own all the way through. Some of these albums I have listened to before, some I have listened to the singles and that's all, and some I have never listened to at all. Thirdly, there will be no order or logic to what I pick each day. One day it might be The Roots and the next day might be The Sex Pistols and the next day Alabama. Just whatever I grab or pick of the hard drive will get listened to. Might be jazz during dinner, might be rock while driving, might be r&b while cleaning the house, just depends on the mood and day.
So for my first entry I decided to finally listen to Cee-Lo's latest album "The Lady Killer" which was released last November. Of course I bought It the day it came out but every time I thought about listening to it I would end up listening to Fuck You, Old Fashioned, and Bright Lights, Bigger City before getting distracted and switching to ESPN Radio or another CD. For anyone who has listened to Cee-Lo's two previous solo albums you know what to expect and he delivers in spades. If all you know of Cee-Lo is his work with Danger Mouse as part of Gnarls Barkley then you might be a little surprised as this album is a pure R&B album. Those of you who only know him from the Goodie Mob days honestly shouldn't be that surprised by this. You've heard him sing many times before and already know just how eclectic he and the entire group are. Since I was emailed the new version of "Fool For You" the other day I can honestly I greatly prefer the new version to the album version. They added Melina Fiona to the song and it sounds amazing. She just adds a new dimension to the song that you didn't know was missing but now can't live without. Also, if Elektra is reading, make that version of the song the next single and release it to iTunes and follow it up with Old Fashioned. That song is just amazing and might be my favorite song on the album. It feels so old and yet fresh at the same time. The type of song your parents (or grandparents, depending on your age) would listen to and think it was something from back in their day. All in all, it's a great album I should have been listening to all along.
That's one of the things I'm most looking forward to with this project, finding those albums I should have been listening to all along and adding them to my rotation. And maybe I'll turn some of you on to something new and expand your musical tastes along the way. Till tomorrow, Cheapsoles
A CD A Day
- I have always loved music and working in and later co-owning a record store has allowed me to aquire a huge music collection which I am constantly adding to. The other day I realized that the only problem is that I have all this music and yet I have never listened to a huge portion of the CDs all the way through. That had to change. From now on I'll be picking a CD everyday to listen to and report back to you guys my thoughts.