Category Opinions

The Album Experience

I’ve previously expressed my love for albums, but I’ll reiterate that, whether or not an album was precisely constructed with a strong sense of cohesion in mind, I find a lot of value in the full album format.  I say this especially in the age of digital music where you can easily cherry-pick the songs […]

Musical Cynicism

I think it’s important to be critical of the things that you consume, for a plethora of reasons.  At the very least, I think a nuanced understanding of something only serves to reinforce your love for it, and it opens the door for all kinds of interesting discussions with others.  But the more I examine […]

“True” Fans

There’s a sort of plague that seems to exist in circles surrounding almost everything in the world that one could theoretically enjoy, where elitist factions try to define who has “earned” the right to be called a fan of it.  To say it exists more prominently in any one medium than another would probably be inaccurate (not […]

Lyrical Potency

I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the impact that music can have through its lyrics, particularly with that impact amplified and shaped by instrumentation, chord progression, and vocal timbre.  I strongly believe that there is power in pure instrumentals, as previous posts on here can attest to (including last week’s), but there is […]

The Right Album at the Right Time

Recently, I was reading a review of an album that really emphasized the idea of subjectivity in enjoying music and how coming upon music at just the right time can trump all other factors.  I’ve touched on how much subjectivity I find there to be in music before, but this idea of “finding the right […]

The Value of Reflecting On Music

A little less than three years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the idea of personal music charts.  At its most basic level, personal music charts are just your personal version of the Billboard music charts.  Every week, you think about which song goes first, second, third, etc.  The exact criteria for how […]

Initial Reactions to Jimmy Eat World’s “Damage”

This is a first as far as what I’ve written on here so far, but I’m a huge Jimmy Eat World fan, so I thought I’d do a more informal analysis of my personal feelings about the album shortly after release. Granted, “initial reactions” is a bit of a deceiving term, since I took advantage […]