Johnny Cash Album Review: Out Among the Stars (2014)

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Today we’re reviewing Out Among the Stars, a collection of music that Johnny Cash recorded in the 1980′s. As music is very particularly opinionated, I brought my cousin Robby on board with me for this review. We’ll give our thoughts on each track.

In green is my opinion. I’m familiar with some of Johnny Cash’s more popular works. I’m nowhere near a Cash aficionado, but I do enjoy his music when I hear it.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He is in the same boat as I. He is familiar with some of Cash’s stuff, but he isn’t an expert by any means. He is eager to hear what this new album has to offer.

Out Among the Stars

Ladies and gentlemen, this highly anticipated album begins with a road-trip song that the kids are sure to shake their heads at while their parents blast it in the car. Yes, that is a great thing. When the youth hates music, it is typically a sure sign that the music is in fact good. The steel guitar is a welcome touch to the song, adding some playful flavor to the simple verses. The chorus is friendly yet also sentimental, as it so clearly connects to Cash and his passing. “To fly like eagles out among the stars.” This is a fantastic song to kick off the album.

Johnny Cash’s once lost album begins with a typical sounding song from Johnny that comes with a nice message. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with the typical sound, however, as it is what made Cash the Man in Black. This title track is a great way to kick off the album. It is great to hear that Out Among the Stars starts off with some pure Cash!

Baby Ride Easy

Baby Ride Easy is a fun, lighthearted track that is sure to remedy anyone’s poor mood. The fast pace as well as the constant trading and sharing of lines keeps the song engaging and interesting. The verses have a strong sense of adventure to them, and that adventurous feeling does not disappear in the midst of the chorus. The whole song is tightly knit and easy to enjoy. Oh, and Dancing Nancies anyone?

Baby Ride Easy is a perfect snapshot of the past, displaying how great classic country music sounded. The lyrics are funny and the guitar playing is fast paced, moving the song along at a great pace. The backing vocals are a nice touch as well. I would love to hear a male and female duet version of this song!

She Used to Love Me a Lot

She Used to Love Me a Lot is a reflective song that is both sad and dark. Despite the constant offsetting between Cash’s tone and the smooth guitar, the song still works, all parts assembling to create a surprisingly cohesive song built upon somber memories. This track is a great one. 

Although love is usually a worn-out, generic topic, especially in music, She Used to Love Me a Lot is an exception. It contains some great acoustics and tells a nice story. This song is easy to listen to and can be enjoyed by anyone.

After All

Not many men on this planet have the depth of Frank Sinatra’s voice, but After All exemplifies the Sinatra sound in almost every way. Cash’s baritone isn’t even close to touching Sinatra’s range, but the similarities in the music are undoubtedly apparent. The bell-like sounds, the piano, the lyrics, and the execution is more Sinatra than Cash, and you won’t hear me complaining about that. The song is a bold attempt by Cash to do something different, and he is successful at doing so, though I can’t help but feel that the clean white doesn’t fit Cash as well as the gritty black.

The intro to this song reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird. I love the piano on this track, as it establishes a melancholy mood. Listening to it, I imagine a cold dark night with grey clouds in the sky and rain falling down like hot cakes. After All is a sad-sounding song that reminds me of a ballad. After All is a solid slow song.

I’m Movin’ On

The energy that bursts from I’m Movin’ On is contagious. The quip at the beginning gets me smiling, and to make things even better, the crackhead on the piano is killing it. I don’t know what exactly Cash is trying to say, but it doesn’t matter. This song makes your legs dance, and is a pleasant pick-me-up after the solemn After All.

The comment at the beginning of the song reminds me of something that Dave Matthews would say. After that little intro, I’m Moving On sounds and plays like the exact opposite of After All. This song is fast and more alive. I can imagine square dancing to this song, followed by downing a nice glass of Cream Soda. Oh, you thought I was going to say beer? Beer is for yellerbellies! Yee haw! Now let’s have a hoedown with this song playing! Thank you Cash for getting me into a country party mood.

If I Told You Who It Was

Cash revisits whatever part of his mind helped to yield the cleverly humorous Boy Named Sue and produces yet another song with the same merits. If I Told You Who It Was is hilarious, fun, and catchy. This song is a great treat that is well-appreciated. 

I don’t know what to say about this song. I could not stop laughing because the storytelling on this track is funny! I love that deep bass sound, as it keeps the song catchy.

Call Your Mother

I’m not sure about the meaning of this song. It seems to be very personal to Cash, which is fine. His steak is his steak. It’s not meant to be my steak. In that case, however, he shouldn’t have put his personal steak on the menu. This is yet another song that is haunting solely due to the fact that it is as if Cash wrote this to be played after his death. Call Your Mother isn’t a track that I would return to often, but it does have a spot, no matter how unrelateable, on this posthumous album.

From the title of the song, I thought that Call Your Mother (not literally) would be fitting to play on Mother’s Day. Then I carefully listened to the lyrics. I don’t understand if this is supposed to be a happy song or the opposite. The track plays with your mind, though it does have a nice message in the chorus.

I Drove Her Out of My Mind

I Drove Her Out of My Mind is Johnny Cash’s own version of Eminem’s last verse of Stan. The whole endeavor is clever. I love that the backup singers add an extra layer to the ironic joy. This short track is hilarious. “To the burning gates” is the cherry on top. This song is within the same realm of Boy Named Sue and company, and I am completely fine with that. I Drove Her Out of My Mind is a song that will have you smiling ear to ear. 

You can easily tell that this is a breakup song, but it is not the depressing type. It seems like Cash does not give a crap that he is breaking up and decides to live life to the fullest. I like that Cash treats the breakup as a joke, which is completely ironic for a song about breaking up with your girl. It is different, and I like it for being different. Do not let a girl ruin your life.


Perhaps I need to get married in order to connect to this song, but as it stands, Tennessee bores me. (I’m not referring to the state, I’m referring to the song. But that state is probably boring as well.) Cash stoops low lyrically and sings about what every other country singer sings about nowadays. Land. Their state. Jeans. The chorus of children at the latter end of the song sounds pretty right on, but regardless, Tennessee is not a favorite of mine. 

Wait. We go from a song about a break up to a song about getting married? My mind is blown. Anyway, Tennessee seems to be a song about a son writing a letter to his mom about the start of a new life with his wife, detailing all of the plans that they have. I love this song for that reason, and any newly-wed should be able to relate to it right away. Another cheerful song from Johnny. It’s pure genius, and the kids singing at the end with the applause sound nice as well. Tennessee is presented in such a way that you would think that it was a live performance of a letter. Cash essentially transformed words into a motion picture.

Rock and Roll Shoes

The classic sound that this song has is admirable, but it isn’t a very dynamic song as a whole. I could have done without Rock and Roll Shoes. 

Rock and Roll Shoes opened up sounding exactly how I though it would: early 50′s Rock. The rest of the song has that 50′s feel as well, reminding me of Elvis. It is a nice homage to how the early days of rock sounded before it got crazy with all of the amps and equipment we have today.

Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time

The acoustics on this track faintly resemble Jack Johnson’s What You Thought You Need. I really dig the sound of the guitar and banjo working together. They leave some room open for Cash and his wife to tackle lackluster lyrics. The music in Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time is fantastic, and they could have served as a solid foundation for a wonderful song, but the lyrics fell short. This track was a missed opportunity. 

Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time is a nice duet love song that I have been waiting to hear! I am not a fan of the female vocals, however. The woman could easily be replaced with someone else in today’s country world like Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry. Still, this is a breezy song that I wish was longer.

I Came to Believe

Cash’s faith has always been an integral part of both his persona and personal life, and this song conveys that clearly. This is a straight up church song, and while it is underwhelming as the concluding track to this solid album, it still has a place somewhere in the pews. 

I Came to Believe is likely the final song we will ever get from the Man in Black. It is a great way to say farewell to the country king. Once again, I love the piano, as it gives the song life. At the same time, Cash’s vocals sound sad. The song is stuck at a crossroad. Still, I Came to Believe is wonderful song to end the album with. I am glad that we could listen to this wonderful album. You will be missed, Johnny Cash, but your legacy will live on along with this album. Thank you all once again for reading another review!

My Top 3

Baby Ride Easy

I’m Movin’ On

I Drove Her Out of My Mind

Robby’s Top 3

Out Among the Stars

After All


Over all, this Cash album is a greatly enjoyable T-Bone. There is plenty of material that is both fun and sentimental present to fit your personal tastes, and a few surprises laced within the Cash we have come to know and love. I would recommend that you give this album a fair listen. It is definitely something that was worth releasing after laying sedentary for 30 years.


The Top 10 Robbyisms of the First 10 Album Reviews

Those who read the album reviews that are posted here on Gamerscene know that none of them are complete without the opinion of my cousin Robert. I value Robert’s opinions, as they are usually very logical. Usually. There are rare occasions where Robby says something that is unintentionally hilarious. Now that we have 10 album reviews completed, I finally have a reason to pick the best Robbyisms from all of the reviews published to date. Let me know in the comments which Robbyism you find the most hilarious. This list was a blast to compile, and hopefully it’s even more of a blast to read. A fresh list of Robbyisms will be made at each increment of 10 album reviews. Let’s get started!

(the ranking of the Robbyisms are completely determined by my own personal opinion)

10. “He seems very chipper when he sings, and the entire song has that bright feel to it.” – Robert on Dave Matthews Band’s Funny the Way It Is

Who the hell says ‘chipper?’ When Robby sent this review to me, I had to do a double take. Robert is not from the UK. His use of the word ‘chipper’ was out of left field. And that is why I love him.

9.”I can easily play this song for my family or friends, and we would all enjoy listening to it.” – Robert on Chris Isaak’s Goin’ Nowhere

Oh, this is a song you can play for your family?

Like the stance, like the sky, like the way you shake it.
You’re the kind of a girl that looks better naked.
You’re the kind of a girl I would say is goin’ nowhere.
You’re goin’ nowhere.

I wonder how your mother would like that one.

8. “This song is great when performed, well written, and I know I look dang good in Yellow!” – Robert on Coldplay’s Yellow

Robby does look dang good in Yellow.

robby yellow

The wine is symbolic of Robert’s sophistication.

7. “Faint is just another great heavy song from the band, and if you do not like it then why the heck are you reading this review in the first place?” – Robert on Linkin Park’s Faint

Robert states the facts. Yet another reason why I love him.

6. “It seems that Eminem has a problem with female dogs.” – Robert on Eminem’s So Much Better

When Robert listened to his first Eminem album, we all witnessed him soak in rap culture. This is one of the moments in which Robert made an observation about hip hop.

5. “I do not and will never wear Knee Socks, but damn this song makes you want to get lucky.” - Robert on Arctic Monkeys’ Knee Socks

I have nothing to say about this statement. 

4. “If you need to shut someone up, play this song at max volume right in the person’s ear.” – Robert on Linkin Park’s Hit the Floor

Gamerscene is not responsible for any deafness or other related medical problems that may be contracted while viewing this blog or any media connected to it. Also, do not follow this advice. 

3. “Well if there was any song you would play when stapling something together it would be this one.” – Robert on Jack Johnson’s Staple it Together

This is a Robbyism to live by. I will absolutely play this song each and every time I staple something.

2. “Thanks once again for reading this review and HAIILLLL TO THE KING! HAIILL TO THE WORLD! Just remember our king will always be our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God bless you all, Amen.” – Robert on Avenged Sevenfold’s Album Hail to the King

At the end of a review of Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King, which begins with a track titled Shepherd of Fire and has an album cover featuring the Death Bat, Robert decided to bless everyone. This is yet ANOTHER reason why I love Robby.

1. “Ahhh…you’ve got to love when Dave sings about sex, because it is always funny and magical.” – Robert on Dave Matthews Band’s Crash Into Me

I died when I read this. Of the first batch of album reviews, this is undoubtedly the best Robbyism to date.

Let me know which Robbyism was your favorite. Thanks for reading! Request an album and support the album reviews, as Robby and I have no intentions of stopping them.


Linkin Park Album Review: Meteora (2003)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Meteora, the second studio album from Linkin Park.

In green is my opinion. I grew up listening to this album as well as Hybrid Theory. I am very familiar with LP’s sound, and feel that this band is an interesting concoction of various styles. I’ve also dabbled in Minutes to Midnight.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He too has grown up listening to Linkin Park.

Not interested in this band or familiar with them? These reviews will you give you a taste of their music. Let’s start our track-by-track review.

(Meteora begins with a 13 second track of metal-working noises titled Foreword. There was no need to review it.)

Don’t Stay

Don’t Stay introduces each member of the band save for Shinoda, giving us a taste of nearly each sound that is present on the album. Turntables, heavy electric guitar, screaming, and moments of quiet(er) are all part of the opening track to Meteora. Although rap isn’t present, Don’t Stay is an accurate representation of Linkin Park. It essentially segues Hybrid Theory into Meteora, promising some new tricks yet also assuring fans that the old sound is still prevalent. Overall, it serves as a solid first track.

Don’t Stay is a great way to introduce someone to the nu-metal sound of Linkin Park. It contains Chester’s great scream, in your face vocals, hard hitting riffs, and, of course, the electronic noises that only Linkin Park can make enjoyable to my ears. It sets up the tone for the rest of the album, which is what every intro track should do.

Somewhere I Belong

The intimate guitar and complementary scratches at the beginning of Somewhere I Belong latch you onto the track and strap you in for the ride. The song explodes soon after it begins. Vocal collaboration between Shinoda and Chester is spot-on, resulting in relaxed moments that are much more preferable to the loud and lyrically corny chorus. Somewhere I Belong is a solid song that could have done with less chorus and more easy vibes from Shinoda and a calm Chester.

Somewhere I Belong is the first song on the album that re-introduces us to the rap/rock combo that made us fall in love with Linkin Park. Mike’s raps along with Chester’s voice, which can be melodic when he is not screaming, is a match made in heaven, and this song showcases that well. It is amazing how well Linkin Park pulls of this rare combo that usually sounds terrible, and the metal sound is always a nice touch.

Lying from You

Lying from You is one of the best tracks off of Meteora. The tight, tense verses guided by Shinoda’s rap mesh well with the heavy chorus dominated by Chester’s scream. The climax at the end of the song is unforgettable, as it is a sufficient combination of all of the elements that make this track great. Lying from You is an excellent song that packs a punch despite its short length.

This song smacks you right in the face with guitar 12 seconds into it, and it blows your ear drums away. This is another rap heavy song with classic Chester taking over in the chorus with the help of the hard hitting drums and guitar. What is really cool about this song is the key change that occurs two minutes into it. If you do not love loud instruments or screaming vocals then this song is clearly not for you. If you love the heavy sound and intense vocals then you will fall in love with Lying From You right away.

Hit the Floor

Hit the Floor is a weighty song that is merciless. Chester’s chorus is the highlight of the song. He’s pissed. Shinoda’s verses, however, seem like filler. They essentially act as little pauses to allow Chester to catch his breath. They lacked punch and lyrical complexity, and so they didn’t add much to the song. Hit the Floor’s chorus is solid, as it usually is with Linkin Park, but the song is bogged down by the lackluster verses.

Hit The Floor is Chester’s screaming in all of its glory. I’m not a fan of the rapping in this song, but Chester’s screaming makes me want to headbang as much as I can. Honestly, the screaming is the only good part of this song, which is a shame, but if you need to shut someone up, play this song at max volume right in the person’s ear.

Easier to Run

Easier to Run is a slower song by Linkin Park standards. Mike Shinoda’s easy rap along with Chester’s soft vocals work in unison to build up to a melodic chorus that is a success. Many songs from this album have a slight layer of cheese due to the sometimes overly simplistic lyrics, but Easier to Run does not suffer from the excess of corn. It seems that the guys actually connect with the words. Easier to Run is a splendid track.

The beginning of this song sound like another Linkin Park song, Pushing Me Away, and it showcases the more melodic side of the band. If you carefully listen to the lyrics and understand the message, you may be surprised. I am in love this song because it is not crazy heavy, it has a great meaning, and it is even a little sad. Easier To Run is very deep, and it is different compared to the other songs on the album.


This string-based track is a nice change of pace from the electric guitar-centric songs that Linkin Park is accustomed to creating. It’s a quickie that ends with screaming that is heavy even for Linkin Park. Faint would serve as a great show opener.

Man you have got to love that intro! Anyway, Faint is classic Linkin Park in every way, as it contains awesome rap with instruments in the back, Chester’s voice, and that hard sound we all love. Sure, the song may be repetitive, but that bridge makes you want to get all of that anger out of you. Faint is just another great heavy song from the band, and if you do not like it then why the heck are you reading this review in the first place?

Figure .09

Figure .09 a catchy song. Most of the tracks from Meteora have a great hook, but Figure .09 is definitely the best example of a memorable Linkin Park melody. A fine song.

Once again, Chester’s singing being complimented by Mike’s rapping is awesome, and this is another song that displays that well. I just love how every bridge on this album is heavy. Figure .09 is a good song to rock out to.

Breaking the Habit

I wish that Chester sang like this more often. His yelling is enjoyable when it is used in the correct moment, but I much prefer this quiet style. Breaking the Habit displays the duality and range that Chester has going for him. Although the softer singing is dominant in this instance, it also showcases his vocally angrier side. This guy has two singing voices, and it’s an interesting, impressive thing, as both are solid, and neither are gimmicky. The lyrics to this song are strong, and the music complements them well. Breaking the Habit is a fantastic song that puts Linkin Park in a very positive light.

Where do I begin with this song? If you ask anybody to name a Linkin Park song, this song would likely be one of the first that people remember. It is not heavy at all, has no rap, and is not crazy loud. Breaking The Habit just shows how wonderful and powerful Chester’s voice is without all of that screaming. Even a guy like me who loves heavier music takes a liking to this song. Chester’s voice is not the only great part about this song. The drums are great, and I love the guitar in this song. When I do eventually learn guitar I would love to learn this song because of how simplistic yet fun the guitar sounds.

From the Inside

From the Inside’s chorus is smooth as butter. It is a melodic feat that is memorable long after you hear it. Shinoda’s volume is noticeably lower than Chester’s, which adds more emphasis on the well-flowing chorus. I would like to hear an acoustic rendition of this song. That would be awesome.

From the Inside is another deep song from the band, and it sounds great as usual. I love the piano in the song. It gives the song a depressing sound. Chester’s voice lets us know that he pissed off at something, which makes sense since he had a lot of problems in his younger days.

Nobody’s Listening

I admire Linkin Park songs in which they put their signature guitar-driven style on hold and experiment with new sounds. Nobody’s Listening is exactly why. It’s essentially a hip-hop song that remains within the definitive Linkin Park genre. The flute guides the song in the right direction, and Shinoda rolls with the experimental Japanese sound. Nobody’s Listening is a fun, high-energy song that is a success.

Hello everybody, welcome to Ancient Japan. The classic Japanese present in Nobody’s Listening sound pairs up well with Mike’s vocals. I honestly love this song because of the fact that it has music that makes you think you are in some Japanese conquest. Nobody’s Listening is a great way to show how creative LP can be.


Session is a quick instrumental track that is an interesting addition to the album. There is nothing to complain about when it comes to this song, as it is a nice change of pace that is easy to listen to, but it isn’t as exciting as some other instrumental tracks that come from other artists. Regardless, I dig Session.

I really do not think a song can have as many layers to it as Session does. It is a really cool instrumental song that shows once again how creative Linkin Park can be. I can make a list of 101 places this song could appear in. Session is pure genius, and it reminds me of what Metallica does with their instrumental songs, though it is on a much smaller scale.


Numb is excellent both lyrically and musically. It defines Linkin Park. If you don’t enjoy this track, then Meteora isn’t the album for you, as it sums up this album’s sound in a concise way. Numb is a great ending to a great album.

Numb is the definitive Linkin Park song in almost every way. Sure, it may not include rap, but the way in which all of the instruments come together is great. This song is why many people became fans of Linkin Park, and this album is LP in their prime. It is really a shame that they changed their sound, and I fear that they will never be the same. This album is a gem, and we will never get another one like it. This is the good old Linkin Park, and this is the LP that me, my family, my friends, and all the Linkin Park fans minus the newbies will remember and love forever. Thank you all for reading another reviews.

My Top 3

Lying from You

Breaking the Habit

Nobody’s Listening

Robby’s Top 3


Breaking the Habit

Easier to Run

Meteora is an excellent follow-up to Hybrid Theory. Every track is solid, and while some songs are more complex than others, they are all enjoyable. Meteora is filling and satisfying T-Bone. If you somehow haven’t heard this album before, give it a listen. It’s a heavy experience that is worth your time. Thanks again for Robert for giving his insightful opinions.


Dave Matthews Band Album Review: Crash (1996)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Crash, the second studio album from the Dave Matthews Band. This is arguably the band’s most popular album, as it contains both classic fan favorites and radio hits. 

In green is my opinion. I have been a listener of the band for a while. They are undoubtedly my favorite musical group. You’ll get references to other DMB songs in this review, as I’m familiar with a lot of their music, and find it effective to use it as a reference.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He has been listening to DMB for years as well, and is a fan. You’ll get honest and straight-forward reviews as to how Rob feels about these songs.

In pink is my cousin George’s opinion. He too is an avid listener of DMB. It’s his first review with Robby and I, so let’s show him some love in the comments below. I brought him onto this review because Crash is an album that all of my cousins are very familiar with, and Robby and I always appreciate a guest. Oh, and George plays guitar, which gives him some extra insight.

Not interested in this band or familiar with them? These reviews will you give you a taste of their music. Let’s start our track-by-track review.

So Much to Say

Tonight, Robby and I are likely going to have So Much to Say, as we’re both very familiar with this album. We start off Crash with So Much to Say, a fun song that gets the listener excited for the album. The acoustics are wacky, the sax is funky, and the lyrics are lighthearted. It’s a goofy song that is surprisingly layered. A lot is going on, but as is often the case with this band, the jamming is spot-on. So Much to Say is a great song, an ideal track to set Crash in motion.

If I were to ever audition for The Voice, I would choose this song to sing. So Much To Say is a great way to start the album, and is one of my favorite songs by the band. I love the acoustic guitar throughout the entire song, as well as the fun lyrics that go along with it. Of course, the brass instruments are great as well. I honestly would not mind hearing an all acoustic version of So Much To Say. It is a fun and easy song to sing along to. Whenever this song is playing, I am always singing along with it no matter what!

There’s so much to say about this song. It starts with a complex guitar riff and then erupts into a catchy party tune. Its unique lyrics combined with LeRoi’s smooth baritone saxophone make this song a perfect album opener.

Two Step

Two Step begins with a heavy drop of epic proportions. Intense guitar paired with distant vocalizations create a mood that is unmatched by any other Dave Matthews Band song. This song is a flurry of emotion and music. The frequent changes in tempo, the violin plucking, the lyrics, everything is of high stature. The listener can feel Carter’s drive on the drums. Two Step is an anthem of celebration that is not solely happy. There are dark overtones present that enhance the song, though they aren’t very apparent technically. I assure you, however, they are there. Listen for yourself. Feel the darkness. Two Step is an amazing song that is masterful in its execution.

Man, where do I begin with Two Step? Two Step is just pure musical genius! It starts with an epic intro that progressively gets better and better. The lyrics are beautiful, and the jams that come with them are timeless. I love the violin plucking, the drums, the guitar, and everything else. Words cannot describe how mind blowing this song is. Just listen to the song. I assure you that it will blow your mind.

One word to describe Two Step: EPIC. This song has a nice dark feel that progressively intensifies throughout the song. Stefan’s bomb-dropping bass-lines are locked in with Carter’s drums. This lethal combination holds down the upbeat rhythm of this song.

Crash into Me

The Dave Matthews Band radio hit. On this track, Dave Matthews tells it like it is. Some of his most memorable lyrics stem from this song. The lyrics I’m referring are, of course, the boyishly honest ones.  The words are iconic for a reason, as the band restrains themselves from jamming too hard as to not overpower the words. Stefan kills Crash into Me with his bass in a positive way. The song isn’t exactly for my demographic, as I feel that the ladies have claimed this song whether I like it or not. Regardless, Crash into Me is very clear as to what kind of action it is trying to spur. A solid song.

Ahhh…you’ve got to love when Dave sings about sex, because it is always funny and magical. I have friends who, for some reason, do not like this band (crazy I know), but love this song. The bass is unforgettable, the guitar is great, and the lyrics are naughty, which is why people have fallen in love with them. It is a fan favorite because of how slow and sexy it is. The love doctor has nothing to say about this song other than that love is fantasy, and only you can make it a reality. Even if you find the lyrics hard to relate to, it’s undoubtedly a wonderful love song. So now I say Craaaaassssshhhh Into Me!

This is the anthem of the album. This song tells the story of Dave falling in love with his wife. The entire song is filled with bright and happy sounds, which always puts me in a peaceful mindset.

Too Much

Too Much is a song that has a life of its own. The guitar is sporadic, the horns are off the hook, and the violin is frantic. Dave’s vocals are all over the place in the best way possible. He doesn’t try to calm his “Dave-ness” one bit, giving us as song that is fun in the DMB way. The song could be a giant WTF-bomb for an ear untrained to this band, but fans and those who are beginning to delve into DMB’s  music will understand that this is a fun jam that is “them” in every fashion. 

Too Much, much like Shake Me Like a Monkey, makes me get up and dance every time. The groove is catchy, absolutely bringing the funk! This is another fun song to listen to. If this was played at a club, it would get everyone up on their feet, even if they’re all bad dancers like me! As usual, the lyrics are funny, and the band’s touch of musical magic makes it even better. I know for sure that Too Much will make you laugh.

Too Much starts with an explosive intro which then breaks down into a funky jam. I don’t know what the lyrics mean, or if they are supposed to mean anything at all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m always down to vibe to this song, as it gets me on my feet. Boyd Tinsley also plays some wild violin on this song.


The ambient opening of #41 is pierced by sensual saxophone, a perfect start for the most beloved Dave Matthews Band song. The sax dominates the song, and that is no small feat, as it conquers Dave’s strong vocals, Carter’s fiery drumming, and the engaging guitar. It is clear that Dave poured his soul into #41. Boyd’s violin solo is lovely, and I don’t use that word often. (Sure, I live in California, but I wasn’t born here.) #41 is filled with passion. The music is undeniably great, but it isn’t the music that people have fallen in love with. It’s the passion that is channeled through the music. This isn’t poetic junk I am creating. This is real stuff. This song isn’t about one thing. It doesn’t seem to tell one specific story. It is one of the few songs that I have heard in my lifetime that means a different thing to everybody. If it hasn’t already, #41 will grow on you if you let it.

Remember how earlier I said that Two Step is a genius blend of music? Well #41 is a musical masterpiece. If you do not understand why this is such a beautifully written fan-favorite song like Juck, then you have to give this song a careful listen. (In the summer of 2013, I wasn’t very enthused about #41. I had only given it a couple of listens. This is what Robby is referring to.) Every time I hear this song, I cannot help myself from tearing up a bit. I do not know what about the song makes me do this, but it is amazing how all of the instruments come together with Dave’s sweet voice. The jams are always unforgettable, and they leave me in awe. I honestly cannot describe how great this song is in words because it leaves me speechless. It always sucks me into its wonderful sound. I wish that I could say more about this masterpiece, but I can’t find the words for it. Remember how magical Stairway To Heaven Is? This song may be not like that, but it does have that lasting appeal that makes it timeless. Honestly, if you hate this song then you clearly do not know crap about music and should be deeply ashamed of yourself.

This track, in my opinion, is the best song on the album, and is also one of my all time favorites. The overall groove of this song makes me nod my head right away. Dave Matthews is one of the only song writers I know who could turn the word “yeah” into a powerful chorus.

Say Goodbye

I love the tropical sound that is created by Carter’s experimental drumming along with LeRoi’s flute. Say Goodbye is unlike any other DMB song in sound, in lyricism, and in essence. The story told is a bold one. Dave was very honest in his writing across this whole album, as his lyrics reflect thoughts that not many would pour out to even their closest friends, let alone the world. This is the case with both Crash Into Me and Say Goodbye. In this particular song, Dave’s proposal is made to be pleasant by the fun, tropical music. The music matches the escape/vacation vibe that is created by the lyrics. I would have liked for the sound to remain on the quieter side, as it shifts to being louder at the latter end of the song, but Say Goodbye is still a solid song that by no means bogs down the album.

Say Goodbye sounds like it could be off of Before These Crowded Streets because of the intro. At first listen, I did not like this song. I gave it another careful listen, however, and enjoyed it. To me, it has that African sound, which makes sense since Dave was born in South Africa. It is a slow and easy song to get into because it is not loud or heavy. It’s pleasant sounding. Dave sends us a great message through this song, and I wish that the band played it live more often. You may not like it at first since it is slow, but once you understand the lyrics, it will grow on you.

This song’s a cool one. Carter’s percussion work in this song along with LeRoi’s flute playing give this song an interesting vibe. It reminds me of the color blue.

Drive In, Drive Out

The main guitar riff and the chorus are the only things that this song has going for it. It’s too overbearing from the start to get a grasp on. The sections that follow, both the calmer ones and the jammy ones, are nonsense. The band had no idea what they were doing on this track. It’s a mush of noise. If the second half of the song was a jam that DMB was to play in concert, I would be fine with it. On the record, however, the base of the song was quickly abandoned, thus making the jam weaker than it would have been if it were stemming from strong material. They had a solid riff that they quickly strayed away from for no apparent reason. Carter’s quip at the end is hilarious, however. Drive In, Drive Out should not have made it onto the album.

I feel that not many people like this song, but I am not one of those people. What I love about this song are the guitar, the drums, and the violin. The way that these three sounds come together is interesting. Drive in Drive Out may get repetitive at times, but the tempo does change often, which enhances the song. Boyd can really play the crap out of his violin. Another thing that I like about this song is that you never know what kind of sound is going to come from it. It’s unpredictable.
Drive In Drive Out has another catchy guitar riff in the intro. This song has a strong beat to it that transforms into a crazy ending groove with a weird time signature. This track shows the musicianship of every member of the band.
Let You Down
The first thing that I noticed about Let You Down were the acoustics. They resemble the acoustics from Jack Johnson’ song Cookie Jar. Of course, this album came many years before Cookie Jar, but it’s an interesting similarity that I detected. In all fairness, Cookie Jar resembles quite a few songs. Pushing Cookie talk aside, Let You Down is a fantastic song. Dave’s voice is haunting, the acoustics are crisp, and the music is sad. Let You Down is an underrated Dave Matthews Band song that doesn’t get nearly enough love. This is a fairly new song to me at the moment, and I am floored at how little buzz this track gets. Let You Down is depressing. This is a dark track that could fit into the Lillywhite Sessions, which came years after this album’s debut.
This is another song that I always skipped for some reason, and I regret that. I now realize how beautiful and sad it is. It is crazy and cool how many people can relate to this song with past events in their lives. I know that I cannot relate to it, but we all know that I almost always love a song that is slow and sad. Another aspect that makes this song great is LeRoi’s saxophone playing. I will admit that Let You Down is repetitive, but it is still a good song. I also love how there is whistling towards the end.
Let You Down is probably my least favorite on this album. This song kind of bored me, and I never go out of my way to listen to it. It does have some nice sax fills by LeRoi at the end though.
Lie in Our Graves

Shout out to Georgie. This right here is your song. You play a bunch of stuff, but this will always be the song. Summer of 2013 will always be defined by Lie in Our Graves. Lie in Our Graves is a celebratory song driven by the complex acoustic that never grow stale. Dave delivers both lyrically and vocally, carrying the song just as well as the other band-members. Carter’s drumming shouldn’t be overlooked, as it is impressive. Lie in Our Graves flaunts the whole band. Boyd’s violin playing is on fire, Stefan’s bass shines throughout the whole track, and LeRoi’s accents don’t go unnoticed. The instrumental breakdown on this song is something that is memorable and epic in its own way. The way that the song is brought back around is a feat in itself. Lie in Our Graves is a powerful track that will be cherished in the hearts of my cousins and I for years to come. 

This song will always remind me of Juck and I’s cousin George. George loves playing this song. Lie in Our Graves is a wonderful acoustic-heavy song. The lyrics are pleasant as usual, and the rest of the band contributes a lot to them. Just like So Much To Say, I would not mind if this song was simply Dave and Tim playing on their acoustics. Some parts of the song remind me of Grey Street. Lie in Our Graves may have helped to inspire it musically. It also fits as a welcoming song, like when I came to California, or as a departing song. A perfect example of this is the video log from the California vacation.

Ahhh. Yet another classic, and another one of my all time favorites. This song is one the happiest songs about death ever. Boyd Tinsley rips some crazy solos on this tune, and I can sing along to it all day. My favorite aspect of this tune is the reprise at the end. Just when you think it’s all over, Dave and the band come back in unexpectedly and play another quick verse.

Cry Freedom

Cry Freedom has a lot of darkness pouring from it. I dig the way that Dave sings the lyrics. Throughout the song, Dave sounds like Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. In fact, Cry Freedom has many elements that are similar to Pearl Jam’s Black. The hints of electric guitar, the structure of the song, and the melancholy tone all resemble Black. Regardless, Cry Freedom’s chorus was not executed very well. The relaxed, brooding sound of the verses were not conquered by a strong chorus. Unfortunately, the chorus kept this song from being an outstanding track.

I am most likely one of the few fans who really adore this song. When I first gave Crash a listen, I automatically fell in love with this song. Dave’s voice is beautiful, along with the soft drums, bass, and guitar. What I also love about this song are the lyrics. Dave once again delivers a strong message. I love how soft this song is. It sounds so much like a ballad. I am not 100% sure if this could be considered a ballad, otherwise I would have called it one, but that is why I love it so much. I was lucky enough to hear this live, and I am glad I did. I could just rest my head on a pillow, get in some cozy blankets, and fall asleep to this song. Many fans may not like this track, but it is one of my all time favorites. I wish that more songs were like this one.

This is another song that I’m not too crazy about. This song has a calming vibe to it, but I never got into it.

Tripping Billies

Ants Marching may be DMB’s anthem, but Tripping Billies is their party song. In a different way than Two Step, Tripping Billies is a song of celebration. On this track, the boys jam with joy. The excitement is felt in each note and each lyric. Boyd owns the song. Carter does a fantastic job, the sax gives the song power, and Dave makes the song his own, but Boyd kicks ass. That boy can play the violin. Tripping Billies is a great celebratory song that has rightfully earned a place in the hearts of fans.

I just love the energy that this song brings. It makes you want to get up and jam the moment it starts. Tripping Billies has one of my favorite lines in it which are said by many: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry For Tomorrow We Die! I love that line. If anybody were to say that Carter is not a good drummer, I would blast this song in their face! The intensity with which the band plays this song is impossible to learn. The band just does not get any better than this. There are only a few songs from DMB that are more intense than Tripping Billies.

Amazing track. This is my second favorite song on the album. This song has another explosive intro similar to Too Much. Tripping Billies is the perfect concert opener, and BT once again rips some wild solos. The name of this song is pretty accurate, as it really does sound like a bunch of hillbillies on acid.

Proudest Monkey

Proudest Monkey has an entrancing bass line. Other than that, it does not have much else going for it. The lyrics aren’t relatable, the sound isn’t easy to latch onto, and it doesn’t stand out when put with these other great songs. It would have been better if the bend left this song out and ended Crash with Tripping Billies.

I will admit that this song has great lyrics, great music, and is a good way to end such a timeless album. To be honest though, I am not a big fan of it, which may be a sin to DMB fans. It is just too slow for me to like. I know that it is better live, but I still cannot seem to get into it. Its just too repetitive, and only the guitar and sax keep me wanting to listen to this song. I know it is a shocker, but everyone has their own opinions, and that is why I love reviews, because I can express those opinions. Anyway, thank you all for reading the first album review that I have recommended. (I knew that we were going to review it eventually.) This certainly will not be the last time that I recommend an album, and I hope you all enjoyed this one. Thank you all for reading and remember: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Proudest Monkey is the perfect way to end this album. It is nice, chill, and easy to listen to. This song has evolved greatly since its original recording, as now features solos from Rashawn and Tim during the live show. Dave seems to have a fascination with monkeys, but regardless, this song is a calm, meaningful ending to a masterpiece of an album.

My Top 3

Two Step

Lie in Our Graves

So Much to Say

Rob’s Top 3

So Much to Say

Tripping Billies

Cry Freedom

George’s Top 3


Tripping Billies

Two Step

I wish that I was alive when this album was released. The feeling I would have gotten when putting this into the CD player would have been unforgettable. Regardless, Crash is amazing. This will remain one of the Dave Matthews Band’s best albums no matter what they put out in the future. Nearly every track packs a heavy punch that is complex, enjoyable, and unique. Crash is loved for countless reasons, all of which are valid. This album is an absolute Filet. Do yourself a favor and pick it up if you don’t already own it. You can thank me later.


Inside Juck’s Head #3: Impractical Jokers, Viggo Mortensen, and Movie Bundles

I’m Juck. Things go on inside of my head. Here are some of those things.

Everybody knows the Impractical Jokers. If you’re in the minority that is unfamiliar with them, look them up on Youtube and thank me later. Although I don’t watch each and every episode or follow them week to week, I think that they are the stars of one of the best shows on television today. They drop the obscenity of the Jackass crew and add their own light-hearted charm to the scenarios they are forced into.

Next up is Viggo Mortensen. You likely know him as Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings.

I recently watched two of his films: The Road and Eastern Promises. The Road was a gloomy post-apocalyptic film in which he tries to keep his son alive as they struggle to survive. It was alright. Eastern Promises featured Mortensen as a Russian mobster. Over all, the film felt like a humorless Russian Goodfellas, and not one that I would recommend, though the shower fight scene was remarkable.

Despite the lackluster quality of both of those films, this guy is talented, and should be put in more A-list films. He owns every role that I have witnessed him embody. Look into Viggo Mortensen. He’s one-of-a-kind.

The final bit that I have for you is an idea that should be an option at all retailers that sell movies. Why is it that Walmart or Best Buy hasn’t established an option to bundle films together? The idea struck me when I was at Best Buy picking up a CD for my dad. After I had purchased the CD, I dug for movies in a movie bin. My first draw consisted in these three films in one handful: Se7en, The Usual Suspects, and Law Abiding Citizen. An ideal crime film bundle. If I were to gift movies in the future, I would love the option to build my own bundle as I would build a burger. Sure, you could just get three films individually, but wouldn’t the option of a discounted personalization pack be more ideal? What’s a film bundle you would gift to somebody?

That’s all from me today!


Movies I Probably Should’ve Seen in 2013

2013 was not a big year for me in terms of movie-going. Rather than going to my local theater, I often chose to watch classics that I had yet to see (like Goodfellas. Yes, I know. It’s about time), as well as movies that my friends and family had recommended me to see (Donnie Darko, In Bruges, etc.). I am aware that I missed out on some great films. This list is essentially a kick to my own butt.


Jake Gyllenhaal consistently stars in fantastic films, and it seems that Prisoners is no exception to his great decision-making. From what I heard, this is a dark film that is well-executed. I also heard that a rabbit will make an appearance at some point. I will catch Prisoners as soon as it hits Redbox or Netflix.

Captain Phillips

Dave Matthews on a boat. What more is there to say?

Oh, right. I am the captain of this ship.

The Wolf of Wall Street

DiCaprio has chops. He owns every role that I have seen him assume. Many are calling the Wolf this generation’s Goodfellas. This vulgar film is on my must-see list, and I will absolutely catch it as soon as possible.

Ender’s Game

I didn’t like this book. I felt that it was very blandly written. Still, I’d like to see my father’s reaction to the twist at the end. Plus, Harrison Ford is in it, and so is the chick from True Grit. She did a fantastic job in her role as the witty daughter, and so I look forward to seeing her and her caterpillar eyebrows in Ender’s Game.

American Hustle

This movie looks intriguing. Perhaps it doesn’t have the grandeur of the Wolf, but I’d like to see it regardless. Oh, and Amy Adams. That is all.

Of course, there are other films that I’d like to see, but these are the ones that are at the top of my list. Which film do you recommend that I see first? Thanks for reading!


Tug of War 2014: Marvel vs. DC

Thanks to Kim at Tranquil Dreams for informing me of this event. For those who would like to be informed as to how this “Tug of War” works, don’t ask me. Instead, go to Kim’s blog and bother her.

I have been asked to take a side. Because I am, in fact, myself, I must choose a side to offset the balance of this Tugging War. And so the question must be addressed. Which universe of superheroes (and villains) is superior: Marvel or DC? 

I’d like to get the technical stuff out of the way and link to Matticus, a king of a foreign land, the organizer of this War. I have yet to grace his kingdom, though I suspect it is nice, hot tubs and all. Here we go.

The superior group of heroes and villains belong to the DC universe, of course. The reason is simple. The DC universe is firmly set in biblical doctrine.

Juck, that’s crazy!

No, it’s not. Hear me out.

Let’s begin with Superman, the most iconic DC superhero. The character of Superman was modeled after Jesus. Superman was sent to earth by his father and raised by a man and a woman who did not conceive him. In Man of Steel, he is 33 years when the humans ridicule him. He even gives the camera a sign, letting the audience know that Juckanin is, in fact, correct.

But of course Superman isn’t what makes DC the best. Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler, is the reason why DC is Number One. What many don’t realize is that Alfred is actually Miles from Inception. The Dark Knight trilogy is based upon Miles’ dreams.

Juck, you’re joking!

No, italics, I am not. Let’s take a closer look:

This is dialogue from the Dark Knight between Alfred and Bruce.

Alfred:  A long time ago, I was in Burma, my friends and I were working for the local government. They were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in a forest north of Rangoon by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months, we never found anyone who traded with him. One day I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.

Bruce Wayne:  Then why steal them?

Alfred:  Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Alfred’s experience with the bandit, clearly deeply embedded into his memory, has embodied itself as the Joker, the antagonist in the dream. Another instance of dream-logic is present in the Dark Knight Rises. First of all, Bruce narrowly escapes a nuke, which makes no logical sense in itself. Lets fast-forward to the ending. Alfred is sitting in a cafe where he imagines that Bruce and Anne Hathaway are. He is clearly stuck in limbo. This isn’t far fetched, as Nolan created Inception before the Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight Rises is a metaphorical film that tells Miles’ story, where he sees himself as “Alfred.” Because Alfred is in a dream, he represents Joseph of the Bible, the dream-interpreter.

The bad guy in the Bible is always Satan, of course. But who represents Satan in the DC comics? The Joker? The Riddler? Of course not! Satan is represented by Sinestro. ‘Sin’ is in his very name! If we unscramble the name ‘Sinestro,’ and rearrange the letters in Chinese, we get the word: Santa, which, of course, is an anagram of the word ‘Satan.’ (Santa-Satan)

Heck, Sinestro even looks like a little devil.

The King requested that people not write him an essay, a wise decision in foreign policy. Allow me to wrap up. What does Marvel have? Oh, right. Captain America. Get out of here. DC is clearly better. It’s a huge biblical metaphor for epic biblical stories and characters. That is all.


Jack Johnson Album Review: In Between Dreams (2005)

I want YOU, the VIEWER, to leave a comment down below to request an album for me and another person to review. Any artist, any genre, we’ll give it a chance. I also ask that you give this review a read. You may end up enjoying the music included! If you would like to hop on a review for any album, let me know in the comments!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you In Between Dreams, the third album from Jack Johnson. Due to music being very opinionated, I brought my cousin Robert on board with me to assist with the review.

In green is my opinion. I discovered this album by chance and decided that I would like to take a closer look at it through a review. I haven’t listened to Jack Johnson’s other work. I do know, however, that he is Hawaiian born and known for relaxing music.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He knows that Jack is from Hawaii, and is familiar with his album To the Sea, though he does not listen to his music.

Not interested in this artist or familiar with him? These reviews will you give you a taste of his music. Let’s start our track-by-track review.

Better Together

Oh hai Jack. Nice to meet you.  Jack Johnson’s third album begins with a very relaxed track. The piano on Better Together adds a very playful touch to the easy rhythm of the song. This track lets the listener know that In Between Dreams is going to be a chill, relaxed collection of songs. Better Together is a great start to the album.

What a great song to start off the album. I love the guitar in this song, along with the bass groove that keeps you into the rhythm. Jack’s voice is pleasant to listen to.

Never Know

The guitar, drums, and vocals on this track mesh together to create a very thoughtful, forward-moving song. The guitar’s frequent tempo changes keep the song exciting and engaging. Jack Johnson’s lyrics are interesting, sung in an ironic way. Never Know is an intriguing, individual song that is sure to satisfy.

What a catchy song to listen to. I can just chill out and listen to it. This song reminds me of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and that is always a good thing. Lyrically and musically, this song comes together. I can listen to it over and over without getting bored of it.

Banana Pancakes

I am glad that Jack Johnson’s lazy ass created this song. Bring me my sliced coconuts. I require a beach chair and a pan. Yes, I will put a beach chair in my kitchen and make pancakes. Of course, this song will be playing on replay as I craft my flapjacks. Banana Pancakes is so good. It the highlight of the album, and absolutely a highlight of Johnson’s discography. Banana Pancakes is a lazy song that knows what it is. I am very fond of Banana Pancakes.

I really do not get why the song has this title, but it does showcase Jack’s voice well, along with his guitar playing.

Good People

While the chorus is clearly taking some inspiration from the well-known riff of the Joker from Steve Miller Band, which is a positive thing, Good People is great in its own right. Jack speaks some true words on this track. He clearly feels strongly about what we consider entertainment nowadays, and he channels his distaste through this song. Despite the  bad feelings surrounding the song, Jack Johnson communicates an uplifting message through fluid, catchy music. Good People is a welcoming, friendly song that is easy to enjoy.

As you saw from my take on the previous song, I was lazy just like Jack is. But this song has more life to it, and so there is more that I need to say. I could imagine this song in a movie, show, or commercial with no other sound in it. The lyrics match what is going on in today’s world. It seems like it is about how commercials always happen at the worst timing, which causes us to change the channel anytime they come on. (My dad does this all time no matter what he is watching.)

No Other Way

The beginning of this song makes me want to punch a wall. I hate it. There is no logical reason as to why I do, but my ears cannot tolerate the seven seconds of picking for whatever reason. The verses on this track are sung monotonously, almost carelessly, though the melodic chorus is smooth. No Other Way doesn’t have much going for it other than the chorus. It’s not a favorite of mine by any means.

If you were thinking that this would be the album review where I do not write the word ‘mellow,’ you are wrong. This song is very mellow, as I can listen to it and forget about everything else in my life. It is such a good, laid back song that takes the stress out of your life, which is why I love it.

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

I wonder what it’s like to argue with Jack. I really do. Rather than making a raw-sounding, loud song to express his pain, he makes a catchy radio single that is almost uplifting. Almost. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, is a fine little tune, quite literal, but nonetheless a decent song about waiting on love.

After reviewing an album chock full of songs about breakups (Chris Isaak’s Forever Blue) I get hit with another breakup song. This one, however, does not have that depressing, deep, or dark sound to it. This song is more harsh, as if the girl/guy got pierced in the heart with a lance. Even if you have never gone through a breakup, this song is a good listen.

Staple It Together

Rapunzel from Dave Matthews Band, anyone? Staple it Together is a groovy song that verges on reggae. The bass, guitar, and drums work together to create an edgier song that isn’t overbearing by any means. (That bass-line though) This is an original, fresh song that is a satisfying addition to In Between Dreams. 

Well if there was any song you would play when stapling something together it would be this one. I really like how clever the lyrics are, along with the great drumming. I wish I could play the drums, because the drum beat is great, tying in with the guitar perfectly.


Here we have a song that slightly over a minute long. Despite its short length, the lyrics ring true. Unfortunately, while I enjoy what’s there, it feels incomplete. It seems that these simple lines are the beginning of an incomplete song. If it’s not, then it really is a missed opportunity, as the concept of Situations, as well as the guitar-playing, is a solid foundation. 

Here we go with a short song. That means that I like it right? Well you are correct. The lyrics are great, and while Iwish this song was longer, it does not need to be to send the message straight. Just chill out and enjoy this song rather than some dumb commercial.

(?) I don’t know what commercial you are referring to, exactly, but whatever you say Rob.

Crying Shame

Crying Shame is Staple it Together’s angry cousin. Just like its cousin, it has a prevalent reggae sound. It has some grit to it, however, as Jack’s vocals are pained. The manner with which the lyrics are sung enhances the preachy vibe that Crying Shame radiates. The music is funky as well. Over all, Crying Shame is a wholesome, complete song that has high replay value for good reason.

Crying Shame is just another feel good song that makes you think about the good times you have had with your family or friends. The drum beat to this song is great, and it is a Crying Shame if you do not listen to this song and feel good.

If I Could

This song is surprisingly sad. Its short length is appropriate. If it were longer, it would likely have transformed into a bloated gush-fest, which isn’t necessary. If I Could is a simple, melancholy track that features some somber acoustics and personal lyrics. If I Could packs a punch despite its short duration.

I got hooked to this song the moment I heard the harmonica in the beginning. It is another great song, but it is also sad. I feel that this is the perfect song to listen to after a loved one passes away. It would make you and everyone else feel better.


Breakdown is a simple song that is given a tropical feel to it by the ukulele. Jack’s vocals are relaxed, his meaning is clear, and the little breakdown at the later end of the song is a nice change of pace. Over all, it is a fine song, nothing groundbreaking. I sure don’t return to this album for Breakdown, however.

What I really love about this song is the message that Jack is trying to give us. He is trying to tell us to slow down so we can enjoy everything that life has to offer us. It is such a wonderful song, and is by far one of Jack’s best.


The way that Jack speaks Chinese here is engaging and educational. This song can be summed up in my cousin’s words. He says that this is “Jack’s lady catcher.” That is all. 

Here’s another short song that I love, of course. It sounds like there are waves in the background, which I take a liking to, but what really makes me love this track is the French sound, along with the different languages that Jack sings. This is a short song that I wish was longer, with some more French.

Do You Remember

The acoustics on this track are brilliant. A straight up love song, Do You Remember is a song that I could see teenage boys far and wide trying to learn to play for their girl. They would insert their own personal lyrics, and the guitar would do the rest. Not another instrument graces this track, and so its feeling of completion is definitely impressive. Do You Remember is a solid song that is well put together and easy to enjoy.

What a really sweet song that is about sex and a relationship. This one could definitely make you happy with the person you are in love with.


Constellations features some interesting acoustics, and sums up what this album is: mellow. Constellations ends the album on a positive note. It isn’t the best song of the album, but it’s a solid closing song. 

The album ends with a beautiful, slow, and mellow sounding song in constellations. I can imagine myself listening to this song on the beach during the sunset, or at night with the moon and stars shining bright with my friends, family, or girlfriend. It is a beautiful song that makes your day perfect no matter how good or bad it was. It is a perfect song to end the album, which all together is laid back and magical. It changes your life, and you do not know how or why it does. With that said, thank you reading yet another album review. Stay tuned for more reviews by the cousin duo! (Please do not take that name seriously it is just me showing how my dad made me corny like him which I wish never happened. My DMB puns are just as bad. Just ask Juck.)

My Top 3

Never Know

Banana Pancakes

Crying Shame

Rob’s Top 3


Banana Pancakes (Lazy Like Me)

Good People

In Between Dreams is an album that showcases a blossoming Jack Johnson. He dabbles in various styles and variations of music, from reggae to love songs to lazy tunes. He gives us a simple, mellow collection of songs that are easy to enjoy and get a grasp on. Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams is a T-Bone, and an enjoyable at that. I recommend that you give this album a listen, as you are bound to enjoy a strong majority of it, if not all of it. Thanks again to Robby for joining me for this review! I look forward to the next one.


Dave Matthews Band Album Review: Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King (2009)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you an album from my favorite musical group, The Dave Matthews Band. This is the seventh studio album from the band, and it was the first I had ever heard from them. This track by track review features three opinions.

In green is my opinion. I have been a listener of the band for a while. You’ll get references to other DMB songs in this review, as I’m familiar with a lot of their music, and find it effective to use it as a reference.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He has been listening to DMB for years as well, and is a fan. You’ll get honest and straight-forward reviews as to how Rob feels about these songs.

In purple is MJ from Cali Girl Photography, a friend of mine. At the time in which this post is being published, she had listened to the album Away from the World from DMB. That is the extent of her Dave Matthews Band familiarity.

Not interested in this band or familiar with them? These reviews will you give you a taste of their music. Let’s start our track-by-track review.


We begin Big Whiskey with a saxophone piece paired with experimental drumming. Though this song only totals 1:13, it holds a lot of weight. Grux is a piece of music that LeRoi Moore recorded before he died in 2008. With a nice sound and calming yet jazzy vibe, Grux is a great way to pay homage to the beloved sax player and open up the album.

This song is all about DMB’s late saxophonist, LeRoi Moore. This song is some of the best saxophone playing you will ever hear. May LeRoi rest in peace.

Because Grux is only instrumental, this song really didn’t catch my attention. It’s short, and strictly jazzy, which definitely doesn’t appeal to my taste of music. But I think it was right and appropriate to include a piece from the deceased saxophonist.

Shake Me Like a Monkey

This song is sassy and funky. Dave has a way of worshiping women and putting them up on a pedestal in a way that is surreal. Shake Me Like a Monkey is a train that keeps on moving, fueled by the blaring horns and aided by Dave’s obsessive lyrics. This song is like candy.

Shake Me Like a Monkey is a song that has more energy than Red Bull! Every time I hear this song I want to get up and dance! The way the music is orchestrated in this song is just amazing, and Dave’s vocals just make you want to shake and jump around. This is a great song to play on a road trip or a day at the beach.

Shake Me Like a Monkey definitely caught my attention. The amount of rock and slight hints of jazz provided the perfect sound. The song was outgoing and inviting, with slower sections that also served to my appeal. I would definitely give this one a thumbs up. If this was the first song I heard from DMB I would look further into the band.

Funny The Way It Is

Though the lyrics are simple, Funny the Way It Is has a very thoughtful message. Dave takes a look at the irony of the world, and it brings to light a message that isn’t often delivered. Inquisitive, is what this song is. Funny the Way It Is is bright, light, and a great song. Funny the way it is how people consider Kanye West and Rihanna talented when real musicians are making music like this.

This song is my favorite on the album, as it has a great meaning behind it. I love the guitar in the song as well as Dave’s vocals. He seems very chipper when he sings, and the entire song has that bright feel to it. If you need a song to cheer you up or make your day better, listen to this song, because it can make anyone feel happy about life.

I think that Funny the Way It Is is more of a laid back song, but with a bit of a kick. In the beginning, it reminded me a little bit of Train, but as the song progressed, it shifted gears, adding sharper chords. I would consider looking further into this band if this was the first song I heard. This was a tangent from what I listen to, but I enjoyed it.

Lying in the Hands of God

Lying in the Hands of God. Those are deep words. This song is one that you could fall asleep to with ease, and that is a very good thing. It’s hypnotic, to say the least. Dave’s voice is very relaxed, and paired with the band’s interesting approach to the music, it’s a memorable song. The sax and guitar work with the drums to create a beautiful instrumental. It reminds me of the Dreaming Tree at times, as that is another song that I can fall asleep to, and they share similar sounds.

Lying in the Hands of God is another Track 4 that I have fallen in love with. It is a slow song that sounds pretty dang good. This entire song is mellow, and is easy to lay back to. Anyone can fall in love with this song. This is definitely the “soothe your soul” song of this album. I can also fall asleep to this song, just as I can with Sweet from Away From the World.

Lying in the Hands of God is definitely really laid back compared to what I normally listen to, but I actually liked it. The instruments worked together to make a really smooth flow, and the vocals and lyrics made the perfect combination.

Why I Am

This song is a tribute to LeRoi, the Groogrux King. The guitar riff, while it is the basis of the song, is repetitive at times, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the lyrics are meaningful. It’s a very honest song that has an athem-esque sound to it.

Why I Am starts of with a riff that you will never forget. This song is fun to jam along to and is great to play when you are with a group of friends or family. The band as a whole gives us another song filled with energy, as well as a cool solo courtesy of Tim Reynolds. 

This song definitely has that 80′s sound to it. I caught onto that in the first second of the song, which really grabbed my attention. Though I was not particularly fond of the background jazz instruments, the song was a hit. The overall concept is good, and is that something a lot of singers don’t express like this band did. A definite thumbs up.

Dive In

I love this song. The chorus is dreamy and happy. Dive In is calming and soothing, both due to the passionate lyrics and uplifting music. The second half of the first verse is too literal for me, and in consequence, I find it hard to relate to that particular section. Regardless, just envision endless hours spent on a beach somewhere. That’s Dive In. 

Dive In has a great piano intro followed by Dave’s sweet voice. It’s another slow song on this album that sounds great. The drums are amazing, as well as the bass. Songs like this one always make me wish that we can live our lives everyday without any worries or work, but as we all know, we have to work for what you want, but this song is a great reminder of how rare paradise is. The guitar solo gives this song a nice touch too!

This song reminds has a mellow reggae sound, right from the very beginning of the song. Personally, I didn’t really find anything I really caught on to that would get me to look into the band. It was a little too laid back for my taste. It wouldn’t encourage me to look deeper into the band if it were the first song I had heard from them.


Sexiness, is what this song is. The saxophone is sexy, the lyrics are sexy, even the banjo plucking is sexy. Banjo plucking is NEVER sexy. The chorus of this song is catchy as well, adding to the entrancing music that is Spaceman. Doesn’t everyone deserve the good life?

This song is just pure sexy! Though I have never been in a relationship, this song is a good fit for people who love to live life in the fast lane. This song reminds me of Led Zeppelin since most Zeppelin songs are about sex in some way. This song also reminds you to enjoy life with some good friends and to have fun once in a while.

(That was hilarious, Robert. I literally laughed out loud. Haha.)

Spaceman surprised me in that I was expecting it to be extremely laid back, but it had a good compromise of a mellow sound tied in with it. I also enjoyed the lyrics and how more instruments were added in during the duration of the song. There is a somewhat uncoordinated sound within the instruments, but it only goes to compliment the vocals. If this were the first song I heard from this band, I think I would definitely look into it more.

(That “uncoordinated” sound is jamming, something that this band is known for doing. Each instrument does something impressive on its own, but when it all comes together, it somehow makes sound that is enjoyable and intriguing.) 


I love it when Dave Matthews returns to the Middle Eastern style that comes from his South African origins. This song is sinister, challenging, and mysterious. When Dave starts singing with the guitar, you know that it’s going to be a great song. Boyd kills it on this song, making it a cinematic kind of experience. Many wanted Squirm to be featured in a Bond movie, actually. That’s how you know a song is slick.

A sort of dark song that shows how Dave can change his sound and make it work every time. The violin in this song is amazing and so is the tempo. This song has become one of my favorites, as it reminds me of Before These Crowded Streets. I wish more DMB songs have awesome violin-based songs like this one. This is Boyd at his finest!

I actually liked the beginning of Squirm, specifically the vocals. The electric guitar really tied it all together. In general, this song is a bit gutsier, per say. The hints of violin scattered around were the perfect addition to really complete the overall feeling of suspicion in the song. I really did enjoy this song and wouldn’t second guess checking out the band if this was the first song I heard, hands down.

Alligator Pie

I never liked pie. Then I had some Alligator Pie. I like pie now. This song has a country sound to it, as if it was fresh out of South Carolina, red as can be. It’s loud, heavy, and full of banjo. This song was Dave’s excuse to lose it in the studio. Though a bit loud and repetitive towards the end, Alligator Pie is all bite and more bark.

I have had Gator Jerky but not pie. I’d bet it tastes good. Anyway, this song has a nice guitar intro with other instruments pitching in. Dave shows off his raspy side in this song, and man it sounds good. Alligator Pie makes you want to jump around. I am really impressed with Dave’s voice in this song and how he can change his pitch at anytime.

Alligator Pie caught my attention, mainly because of the name. In terms of the music, I liked that it wasn’t slow. The acoustic and electric guitar blend really nicely, and the drums are the cherry on top. The vocals have the perfect attitude for the song. Overall, it was put together well and I would look into the band further if this were my first time listening to them.


Catchy! The chorus is catchy! Seven, while great, is weaker lyrically than the majority of the songs on the album. Nonetheless, this song is a fun one.

Seven begins like a classic rock song, and then an interesting vocal sound from Dave emerges. The rest of the song gives has that classic rock feel which I really enjoy, as I was raised by a dad who grew up with bands like Led Zeppelin. I really love this song, and it shows how diverse the band can be with their music.

I loved the introduction of Seven. That’s what really got my attention. The vocals are unique to the song, making it even more likable. I liked the lyrics, and the instruments are close to perfect in collaborating with each other. I especially enjoyed the sections of piano too. And, above all, the electric guitar solos had me sold. If this was the first song I heard from DMB, I would definitely look into them.

Time Bomb

This song is a time bomb. The lyrics are haunting and chilling, and Dave’s explosion at the end is amazing. I love the music as well, mainly because it has a very Middle Eastern sound. Many may not realize the darkness of the song until they understand the lyrics. Time Bomb is great. (By the way, listen for the RELAX at the very beginning of the song.)

Tick Tok Tick Tok, Time Bomb is the definitive DMB song, and it is a fan favorite for a reason. The song starts off slow and then picks up and becomes a hell of a song. Every part and sound of this song is great, and every chorus gets louder and heavier, leading to an ending that is loud like an atomic bomb. If you want to get people moving and jumping around then this song is all you need! Oh and remember, You WANT To believe in Jesus.

The beginning of this song killed it for me, and not in a good way. I expected drums and electric guitars, but instead I got jazz. Extremely disappointing, in my opinion. Throughout the song, the tempo increased and it got a lot better, but I would have moved onto something else within the first 15 seconds if I were previewing this song.

Baby Blue

I’m all for a great slow song, but I wasn’t behind the tune for Baby Blue. The violin compliments the guitar and Dave’s voice well, but it’s not a song that I come back to. Baby Blue was the low point of this album for me, unfortunately.

Blue is my favorite color, and this song is sad. If you have ever lost a close loved one in your life then you can relate to this song. I love how we get a sad a deep song here, and it will always remind us that our loved ones may not be here, but they are not forgotten and are always in our hearts. We will reunite with them someday up above! This is a beautifully written song, and Dave wants us to understand the song’s meaning and relate to it.

Although I prefer more upbeat music, I actually really enjoyed Baby Blue. I loved the sound of the vocals and and the lyrics as well. The acoustics really caught my attention and just gave a mellow feeling, which, mixed with the shallow gruffness of the vocals, makes a perfect combination.

You and Me

This song is a fantasy of dropping everything and leaving with the person you love. You and Me is a step up from Baby Blue for sure. The song is sweet and relaxing, hopeful rather than sad. This shows that Dave can write about love as it is in movies, not just obsessive love. Tim Reynolds cools it on the guitar, not overpowering the lyrics. Boyd’s violin sounds great, by the way.

Once again, even though I have never been in a relationship, I can tell that this song is for a couple in a relationship. It is a fun acoustic song that says to have fun with each other, and enjoy good times. It tells us how life is limitless and we should enjoy everyday of it with someone we love.

The thing I liked most about You and Me was the story in the lyrics. The acoustics were smooth and the vocals were the perfect fit for the lyrics. This song kind of reminded me of Train in the sound and story. This song puts me in a difficult position in that I don’t completely enjoy the instrumental, but I’m a sucker for a story. Overall, I did enjoy this song, but I don’t know if it would draw me to look into the band.

My Top 3

Lying in the Hands of God


Time Bomb

Rob’s Top 3:

Baby Blue

Shake Me Like A Monkey 

Funny the Way it Is 

MJ’s Top 3:

Baby Blue



This is the album that hooked me to DMB. I honestly enjoy every song on it. Baby Blue is slowly growing on me, as the lyrics are starting to sink in. As you can see by the other opinions provided, this album is solid and enjoyable all around. GrooGrux King is both a unique Dave Matthews Band album and a unique album in itself. THIS is the Dave Matthews Band album to start with if you want to dive into this band’s music. Big Whiskey is absolutely a Filet, a must-have for your music library.

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Chris Isaak Album Review: Forever Blue (1995)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Forever Blue, the fifth album from Chris Isaak. Due to music being very opinionated, I brought my cousin Robert on board with me to assist with the review.

In green is my opinion. I discovered this album in my dad’s CD collection and gave it a listen. I decided that I would like to review it. I am not familiar with Chris Isaak.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He has heard of Chris Isaak, but he only knows one of his songs. This is a fresh artist for both he and I.

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Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

Forever Blue starts with an edgy, ambient track. Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing has a grungy blues sound to it, which is by no means a negative thing. The guitar riff drives the song, and Chris’s gruff vocals help to make it even rougher. The progression of the song is Peter Gabriel-like in its execution. The lyrics set the tone for the album, which is dark and (who would have guessed?) blue. From the first track, I’m on board for the album.

The first thing I noticed about this song is that it sounds like ZZ Top’s song La Grange, which has one of my favorite riffs of all time. I love the western sound this song has, and how much louder it was in the end.

Somebody’s Crying

With some more great guitar work, Chris Isaak sings some stellar lyrics on another sad song. He sings with emotion and honesty, something that he does often on Forever Blue. This quick track is clearly a friendly single, built for airplay, but regardless, its simplicity works in its favor. 

This song sound like rockabilly that has been slowed down and updated to modern times. I really like how slow it is, and Chris’s voice is just wonderful.
Graduation Day
Graduation Day is a song that Isaak pulled right out of his heart, as can be heard through his reflective lyrics. The guitar and drums work in harmony with his somber voice to create a stellar, stand-out song. Graduation Day also has some great guitar sections and accents that add a lot to the song, essentially “Isaaking” it. I dig Graduation Day.

I graduated from High School in 2013, so I am glad that I can relate to this song. It makes me sad though when I listen to this song, because it reminds me of all the good times, mistakes, and chances I had in my high school years. When your parents say that their high school years were the best they really mean it. College is boring for me, and there are countless memories that I have from high school that this song makes me remember. 

Go Walking Down There

A James Bond-styled  guitar riff gives this song a dark, edgy sound that is both original and familiar. It makes you want to move, as it has a life of its own, and is once again filled with passion. Isaak’s yelling is priceless. He lets you know that he’s pissed, and I’m completely fine with that.

Once again, the intro is strong, just as the case has been on the other songs from this album thus far. I also noticed that Chris and his music resemble a modern Elvis. Go Walking Down There has a nice blues theme, and you can never go wrong with blues. Oh, and Chris’s screaming is just pure gold.

Don’t Leave Me on My Own

While the vocals are sincere, the guitar seems to be a little too upbeat for its own good. Don’t Leave Me on My Own, rather than being embellished by guitar as the other songs have, gets dragged down by it to a level of cliche. I’ll pass on this track. 

What a magical-sounding love song. I really love the lyrics and sound this song has, especially the great blues sound. Blues songs are often about love, and this song does it right!

Things Go Wrong

Things Go Wrong song starts off on the wrong foot. In other words, things went wrong. The trippy guitar was unnecessarily drawn out, and Isaak’s passionless singing was no pleasant to my ears. A little over a minute in, however, all of that is dropped. The guitar is no longer distorted, and Isaak once again sounds like he cares. The chorus is easily the highlight of the song, as the opening verse is sung in a way that is not dynamic. A weaker song from the album that is very forgettable.

Things really do go wrong, especially in relationships. This song communicates that message perfectly, and even if you cannot relate to this song, it is still easy to listen to.

Forever Blue

I can’t help but wonder why Chris is so depressed. The obvious choice is heartbreak, as the lyrics would imply, but I want to know the full story. Whatever happened prompted this song of depression. It should be called the song of depression, not Forever Blue. Regardless, I really dig this track. It’s very well written, and the guitar shines. Forever Blue is a well-done song.

Wow, this song is really depressing. I can see why it was chosen as the title of the album. This whole album is really blue in terms of the lyrics and sound, and this song capitalizes on that. I really love this song because of how deep it is, and it surely cannot be skipped!

There She Goes

To me, this whole album has a blues sound, though this song is the one exception. This right here is country fit for South Carolina, despite the scarcity of banjo. “Hey Buckshank, let’s go Gater hunting in the swamp while ma’ is making ice-ed tea.” It’s joyous, and helps the listener to catch on to the fact that this album is a story. Everything before Forever Blue is buildup to a break up, Forever Blue is the breakup itself, and There She Goes on is the aftermath. There She Goes achieves the uplifting sound it is trying to create. 

This song has a nice country sound to it, and I could easily find myself singing along to it. The lyrics are great as usual, and the music makes it better. I could also see this song being sung as a duet.

Goin’ Nowhere

Goin’ Nowhere is the middle finger of the album. Chris mans up and decides to bite back at this woman who has beaten him down. The music is strong, Chris’s vocals are top notch, and his confidence bursts through the track. “You’re the kind of a girl that looks better naked” is the lyric of the album. Goin’ Nowhere is hilarious and captivating.

We go from some sad blues to this song, which is has an upbeat country sound. I can easily play this song for my family or friends, and we would all enjoy listening to it. I am glad that there is a song like this on an album filled with sad slow songs, though nothing is wrong with those either. It’s a breath of fresh air.

Changed Your Mind

Changed Your Mind displays Chris’s strengths: guitar and vocals. The conservative drumming along with the calculated guitar and calm singing create an ambient track that is easy to enjoy. Chris’s howling is enjoyable as always, enhanced by the distant effect put on his voice. Changed Your Mind is a great track.

We go back to blues with Changed Your Mind, and it is yet another solid blues song. If I ever broke up with a girl and then she came back to me, this would be the first song I would play. If you are to do this, make sure you play the song when she is not near you or where she could hear the song.

Shadows in a Mirror

Deep, is all I can say. Isaak details heartbreak well in his other songs, but Shadows in a Mirror takes the lyricism to a whole other level. His passionate singing and excellent guitar-work  add to the intelligent lyrics, making Shadows in a Mirror a highlight of the album, undoubtedly. 

This song is the longest song on the album, and is by far one of the deepest. The song title helps you to piece together what the song is about, which was much appreciated. It is deep and dark, and it showcases Chris’s vocals along with the blues elements I’ve come to enjoy. 

I Believe

I believe that Chris wrote this song in his underpants while dancing around his room. Not many albums tell a story as successfully as Forever Blue does, and this is the chapter where Isaak finds a shred of hope. I can’t take it seriously, however, and it’s my fault. Many parts of it remind me of Nice Peter’s picture songs, and that’s my brain’s fault. I don’t even follow the guy. I’ve just seen a few of those videos, and they seem to have made an impression in my head. I Believe is a swell track, just not for me.

I believe that you will love this song and this album. To me it seems like this album is about break-ups. This song also goes along with that, but is more about the post-breakup and how it is all not that bad and you can still enjoy your life without the stress of a relationship

The End of Everything

The End of Everything. Isaak doesn’t say that it’s the end of the world, or the end of a bond, or the end of a relationship. It’s the end of EVERYTHING. This is a breakup song at its finest. In terms of the music, it’s fine. Better work was done in other places on the album, though this is a satisfying conclusion to this satisfying album.

If you could not tell by the title of this song, this is the last song on the album, and man is it sad. If I were to explain this song to someone I would say it is the Ultimate Break-Up Song. I can clearly tell that this album is a break-up album, which is why it is rightfully named Forever Blue. Thank you again for reading yet another album and stay tuned for more!

My Top 3

Graduation Day

Shadows in a Mirror

Goin’ Nowhere

Rob’s Top 3

Graduation Day

Go Walking Down There

There She Goes

This is an album that I am glad that I discovered. Forever Blue is one of the most depressing albums out there, and is absolutely worth a listen. This blue T-Bone is easy to stomach despite its sad contents. Both the music and vocals are largely well-done, and the story that this album tells is cohesive and interesting. Chris Isaak has a quality album right here.  Thanks to Robby as always. These album reviews wouldn’t be possible without him.