Friday April 30th…the end of another month. And this week, we actually have 30 new releases for you to look over. Hopefully something in this bunch will float your boat. My boat is rocking with a couple killer releases and then my boat feels a little country too with another. My choices are in Blue. Let me know which ones you are dying to hear and which ones I might have missed as I am sure there are some despite the large number here. Thanks for stopping by each week and for all the support. I hope you all have a great and rocking weekend!!
Royal Bloods – Typhoons – (Warner Bros): This album was supposed to come out last year and I have been waiting a long while for it to finally arrive. Their last album, the 2017 “How Did We Get So Dark?”, was smashing. If you like rock with a little blues, a little garage rock sound and just plain hard, then this is for you!!
Gojira – Fortitudes – (Roadrunner Records): If Royal Blood isn’t heavy enough for you then Gojira might more up your alley. This French metal band has the goods and delivers all the time. The last album was back in 2016 and was called “Magma” and it was a lava filled volcano of rock. This should be just as good or better…yes, expectations are high!!
For My Sunday Song #120, I am discussing one of my favorite songs of 2018 called “I’m Not A Saint” by newcomer Billy Raffoul. The song is from his 2018 E.P. called ‘1975’ which I did a review on a couple months back (go check it out – click here). The song was released as a single, but sadly, I don’t think I have heard it on the radio which I find to be sad as the world is missing out on a real talent.
When I saw Billy Raffoul open for Needtobreathe over the Summer, I was really impressed with his Jeff Buckley sounding vocals and so I picked up the E.P on vinyl at the show (which he gladly signed for me) and it turned out to be one of my favorite albums I have heard this year. This song in particular jumped out at me and I really connected to it.
The song is about the fact we all have things we do that we know we shouldn’t. Some sort of vice that is keeping us from being what he calls a “saint” such as smoking, drinking and cursing (which is my biggest problem). He states he could be a saint if he tried, but honestly, I don’t think he is going to try which is fine as there is nothing wrong with having a vice (well as long as it doesn’t kill you I guess it is okay.
Before we get into the album review, let me go into the story of how I came across Billy Raffoul. My wife and I went to see Needtobreathe in concert on August 21st, 2018 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW). Billy was the opening act of a triple bill. When we arrived he came storming on stage before we got to our seat. We didn’t mean to arrive then, traffic just sucked.
When I go to a show, I enjoy watching the opening acts and giving them the respect they deserve. Hey, you never know if they will be the next big thing. Watching Billy, I felt that he could be just that. While I was listening to him, I turned to my wife and told her that I loved his voice. It has this Jeff Buckley raspiness that was incredible. Imagine my surprise when I read his bio online, it actually mentions that same Buckley feel. Glad I wasn’t imagining things.
I can’t tell you the songs he sang as I had never heard of him before, but I do know he played Jimi Hendrix’s Fire. Hell, he is a lefty like Jimi and has that same upside down lefty guitar. I am sure he knows he could actually buy a left handed guitar!!
My Sunday Song #88 is going to get downright sexy. The song of choice this week is “Lips on You” by Maroon 5. The song is off their most recent album ‘Red Pill Blues’ which was released back on November 3, 2017.
The song was co-written by Adam Levine with a slew of people including Kasher Hindlin, Jason Evigan and two people that are all over the charts right now, Julia Michaels and Charlie Puth. With that many people involved, I would hope a good song would come out of that collaboration and let me tell you…it sure as hell did!!
This is probably my favorite song on the album. The deep bass, the slower groove and the lyrics are all so damn hot. When you throw in Adam’s voice, you have pure magic. This is one song that should be played when you want to get busy and it will make your partner swoon and turn them in to jelly. The lyrics will guid you through what you should do. If this doesn’t do it, let me know and we will file a complaint with Maroon 5 and Charlie Puth.
Scott Stapp. Where do you begin? The Creed frontman has been ridiculed and the talk of much gossip with his numerous personal issues. He seems to be one of those artists that people love to hate. I don’t get it. I will go ahead and say this upfront. I think he is an awesome singer and a great frontman. I like Creed!! I like Scott Stapp!! I like Art of Anarchy!! I like everything he has done…okay, maybe not everything…but heckuva lot of it.
Scott’s personal demons are well documented…his drinking problems, many addictions and his battle with bipolar disorder. He has attempted suicide, been in and out of rehab and so many other things that nobody wants to have happen to them. At the time of this album, he seemed to be doing really well. But shortly after, he came crashing down again.
‘Proof of Life’ is Scott’s 2nd solo album and is probably his most personal and honest record he has ever done. It takes you on a stroll through all his struggles and how he somehow is able to get back up and fight back. There are many Christian overtones in the music, but it is not a Christian album. It is a mainstream, hard rock album…no doubt. It is probably the best thing he has ever done. Yes, I said it…The BEST thing he has ever done!!!
Maroon 5 started off their career as a Pop/Rock/Funk band back in the very early 2000s and brought us the masterpiece debut album ‘Songs About Jane’. 15 year later the band is still going strong with the newest album called ‘Red Pill Blues’. The resemblance between these two albums is relatively zero. The Rock/Funk part of the band is non-existent and all you have is glorified POP!
Don’t get me wrong, there is some pop music I like. However, there is something about pop music that irritates me and that is most songs on pop radio seem to think the actually have to be “featuring” a hip-hop artist or at least another artist. Singers and bands today don’t seem to be able to do a song that is strictly their own.
Maroon 5 now believes in that theory whole-heartedly. As a result, they have six songs, that is right 6!!!, on their new album that feature another artist. They are as follows:
“What Lovers Do (Feat. SZA)
“Help Me Out (duet with Julia Michaels)”
“Who I Am (Feat. Lunchmoney Lewis)”
“Whiskey (Feat. A$AP Rocky)”
‘Don’t Wanna Know (Feat. Kendrick Lamar – yeah for like 10 seconds)”