Riss’s Ramblings – New Clear Day

Pre-Conceived Notions:  Of course, I’ve heard “Turning Japanese”.  My parents moved out from under the rock right before I turned 10.  I guess that would lead to me assuming that this is going to be 80s-tastic.  I see no problem so far.

As Listening/After Listening:  How have I never turned down this alley before?!?!  It must have been so close to my alley, that I just never noticed it before.  British-check.  Eighties-check.  Songs that sound like they come from a really good movie-check.  They remind me of a poppier, less whiny version of The Smiths.  I could listen to this quite a bit in the future.  Thanks, Record Club.

Favorites:
Bunkers- There’s something about the guitar sound on here that I really like.
News At Ten- This song has soundtrack written all over it.  There’s a bit of storytelling, a driving, yet soft and accessible melody.  It’s impossible not to connect with this one, I’d think.

Least Favorites:
Turning Japanese-I know it’s the most well-known single, but I never realize how these things happen.  I suppose it was the most club-accessible but it sounds nothing like the rest of the album, and in all honesty, I was kind of nervous about all of them sounding equally as schizophrenic.  It’s not a bad song, it’s just that I prefer the others more.

Overall: 4.7

Riss (46 Posts)

Raised in the Midwest, Marissa feels that she has absolutely no good defense for liking what she likes or nominating what she nominates. She likes it that way. With a preference for the indie music scene, there was a time before (alright a rough adolescence) filled with oldies, then country, then pop. She was an unabashed slave to Nsync, and boy bands in general, but not Backstreet Boys, god no! But that has passed. Marissa is passionate about music and about caring about music (and caring about things in general). She considers herself a stereotype, a cliche and a conundrum, all at the same time. When not listening to music Marissa enjoys watching movies, that she will sometimes review on her blog. She is an avid reader and a seasoned podcaster.


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