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September songs

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny

music Updated: Sep 19, 2011 15:41 IST
Luke Kenny

The Monsoons don’t seem to want to leave Mumbai city, it’s been a crazy rain filled four months. Not that I’m complaining, it would be more fun if the roads were better. Anyway, here are some tunes to help you ponder.

A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Dream Theatre
Warner
Rating: 4
Every self-confessed prog-rockers wet dream, DT has been an inspiration for over 20 years. And with a new album every two years, the prolificacy of founders Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci and John Myung seems undying. As much as I love prog-rock, I have never managed to get into DT; but having said that, this album might just change that. Fans will know that this album has new drummer Mike Mangini who has played with bands like Annihilator, Extreme and Steve Vai. The songwriting is as progressive as ever and requires multiple listens for its perfection to sink in. The ‘epic’ness is truly epic here.
Bottomline
Dramatic Indeed!

Panic Of Girls
Blondie
EMI
Rating: 3
Blonde is one of the seminal bands of the punk era that crossed over to disco, pop, rap and reggae. And the fact that it was the super sexy Debbie Harry leading the way, made all the difference. Although she is 66 years old today, one can never tell from the sound of their ninth album since their 1974 debut. This 11-song collection (13 on other deluxe editions) is a throwback to the fun ’80s and is to be taken with that much seriousness. Debbie’s voice is in fine form and always a pleasure to listen to.
Bottomline
Pleasure for boys.

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
EMI
Rating: 2
Jeff the actor turns Jeff the singer for a second time post his 2000 album called ‘Be Here Now’. This eponymous one packs a special resonance post his ‘Crazy Heart’ role as a country singer. But that was the actor Jeff Bridges. The singer Jeff Bridges is like listening to your grand daddy sing to you on a hot summer night. Soft voiced, velvet melodies that are easy on the ear and like all classic country music, has its moralistic philosophising. This is a curious yet predictable effort.
Bottomline
The dude resides.

Here For A Good Time
George Strait
Universal
Rating: 3
The ‘King of Country’ releases his 39th album of original material. George Strait is a true living legend and a humungously influential artist in country music history. Having racked up 57 Number one hit singles his record remains unparalleled. This is an album of excellent pedigree and even though it’s still old-time country music, the subject matter of the songs remains the constant battle for the triumph of the human spirit.
Bottomline
Stick around Cowboy.

Dreams to remember – Milli Vanilli 1989. A subtle song for subtle times. Without judgement.
The lazy song – Bruno mars 2011 We all have days like these. Just not too often, hopefully.
Fire – Kasabian 2009 For those days when you wake up, raring to go up against the world.
Untouched – The Veronicas 2007 For all you ladies not afraid to assert yourselves.
In for the kill – La Roux 2009 This is when you want to tell someone how you feel regardless of the consequences.
Take back the city – Snow Patrol 2008 This one’s for those long public transport rides back home.
Step on – Happy Mondays 1990 Because everyone gets the Monday morning blues.
Lady (hear me tonight) – Modjo 2000 One of the great dance tracks of all time.
Atomic – Blondie 1980 And may your week be so.
And as hectic as your week may be, there’s always time to slip in a song… if I may say so.