On Rotation This Week

With a snowy and cold couple of days behind us and warmer days ahead, we've got some 'warm weather' albums on rotation this week. Check 'em out below.

#5 - Bleed American (self titled) by Jimmy Eat World

I'm glad the members of Jimmy Eat World put the effort they did into making this album. The band recorded this album without the help of a label, which pushed the members to take on day jobs in order to have cash to spend on studio sessions. The band's drive to make this record is obvious as it's songs are incredible. Every song is catchy, but not without soul. By far their best album to date, give it a listen if you haven't in the past 12 years.
Standouts: 'Get It Faster', 'Hear You Me', and 'Bleed American'.

#4 - Torches by Foster The People

One of the catchiest records to come out in recent years. Each song has a way of making you want to dance and sing along. The songs cross between dance-pop and psychedelic without seeming forced or messy. Get ready to dance.
Standouts: 'Call It What You Want', 'Pumped Up Kicks', and 'Houdini'.

#3 - Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra

I've been listening to Manchester since 'I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child' in 2006. This is a band that started out great and just kept getting better. Simple Math is their most mature to date, yet still carries a punch like 'Mean Everything To Nothing' did in 2009. Lead singer/songwriter Andy Hull's songwriting shines on this album, each song taking you deep into his world. The lyrics are deeply personal as this concept album is built around Hull's life story. Deep, catchy, and rock & roll.
Standouts: 'Apprehension', 'Simple Math', and 'Virgin'.

#2 - El Camino by The Black Keys 

Winner of 4 GRAMMYs this year, El Camino is so dang good. Similar to their past work, The Black Keys get right to it in the album's first song 'Lonely Boy'. The band blends catchy hooks and harsh, bluesy guitar lines with force. I've found their past work to have great songs mixed with good ones. This album however, is full of great songs.
Standouts: 'Gold On The Ceiling', 'Run Right Back', and 'Little Black Submarines'.

#1 - Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Regarded as one of the most influential albums of all time, Pet Sounds is my favorite from the Beach Boys. Brian Wilson created this masterpiece over several months, he even quit touring with the band to do so. It's the layers that do it for me on this record. From the perfect vocal harmonies to the sound effects and unconventional instruments, I find something new with every listen. Pet sounds is such a treat.
Standouts: 'Sloop John B', 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', and 'God Only Knows'.
March 11, 2013 by Michael Simon
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