Reviews in 200 Words

Neglected Albums

In Beat Jab Best of 2011 on December 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

Friends, as we bid farewell to 2011, a few albums that didn’t make our Top Ten, but that are worth your attention…

Take all the money you have on you right now, hit up the New York Stock Exchange, and invest it all in Sherman Williams—it’s time to go hard in the paint. Musically speaking, of course. You won’t find these albums on any popular “Top X” lists, but rest assured; they’re well worth the listen (and recognition).

1.      “Welcome Reality” by Nero – the album art itself is enough to send you on a journey back to when sci-fi was still fiction and a bit romantic. This musical duo (Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray) out of the UK is spitting hotfire and revolutionizing dubstep and the way your body melts to electronic music.

2.      “The People’s Key” by Bright Eyes – Conor Oberst is back with a dance warrant. So get up. The songs are played between excerpts of a creepy new age sermon, giving each track a distinctive contextual “message” along with a groovy beat you can’t help but jive to.

3.      “TRON: Legacy R3C0NF1GUR3D” featuring Daft Punk, The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, and more – Everyone remembers how cool the new Tron movie was (gaping plot holes aside), right? The soundtrack was the best part! This batch of remixes is a welcome extension to the legacy of Daft Punk’s Tron OST.

Welcome Reality: http://open.spotify.com/album/7mLdDLzH8tMpan5Xi8tzB3

The People’s Key: http://open.spotify.com/album/6YRWzjsyPLPIlDpsBMtoOM

TRON: Legacy R3C0NF1GUR3D: http://open.spotify.com/album/382ObEPsp2rxGrnsizN5TX

-Eric Ellis

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