Zune Pass Picks
Welcome to World of Zune's October 2009 Zune Pass picks. I
heard a lot of great music this month so I'm proud to present the 10
tracks that made the final cut.
I've updated the format, hopefully you like it better than the one I
used last month.
Hope you enjoy what you hear and tell
me what you think!
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Here they are in no particular order...
by The Raveonettes
Danish shoegazer rock
band The Raveonettes
released "In and Out of Control" in October, and
it's the best album I've heard this month. It's one of the few albums
where every song is great. Bang!
is probably the most catchy song on
the album. It's the album opener and a great way to open the October
2009 Zune pass picks.
by Summer Set
And since we are on the
topic of catchy songs, you can't beat Chelsea by Summer Set when it
comes to catchiness. This song
was offered as a free download from the Zune Marketplace. Score!
by Florence and the
the Machine is a new female fronted rock band from London
great song from their album "Lungs" -- effectively mixing piano
vocals, this song has somewhat of an 80's feel.
Unleashed by Tokio
Japanese and they don't live in a hotel (we'll maybe when they're
touring). Tokio Hotel
is a teenage band from Germany blending emo
vocals, rock and electronics. Most of the songs on their album "Humanoid" are more
rock oriented, but Dogs
Unleashed is one of the more dance-y tracks -
it sounds more like Depeche Mode! I'm looking forward to more great
releases from this band.
I'm not going to hide that I'm
partial to European bands, but Phoenix
(from France) makes the cut
through sheer merit. I swear it has nothing to do with where they're from! 1901
is a great retro-rock song, as good as
anything The Killers could produce. And that's a big compliment coming
Switch by Silversun
Pickups is a L.A. band and has been around since 2005 but
starting to get popular. This is another rock band with a female lead
vocalist. Amazing vocals and amazing guitar on this song - you'll love
All Stations by Skindred
I'm just going
to quote the Zune Marketplace verbatim when describing this U.K. band
since I won't be able to do it any better -- "Skindred blend reggae and
dancehall with searing thrash and punk influences for a striking take
on heavy metal hybridism". Ok, that might be a fancy way
rap-rock, but this band is no Limp Bizkit. Calling All Stations
favorite song on this album, check it out!
The Sun Rose Again by Alice
Iconic grunge-metal band Alice
in Chains is back with their first
real album in over 10 years, "Black Gives Way to Blue". When The Sun Rose
Again is a great track off of this album featuring a
tribal rhythm and
a new vocalist that sounds like original Chains vocalist Layne Staley.
Most of the tracks on this album are good, Private Hell being
another one of my
South by Cartel
Modern Rock (read emo-pop)
Atlanta band Cartel
have a new release called "Cycles" and Deep South
is a great track off this release. Full of hooks and a punchy guitar
driven sound, this one is not going to get out of your head anytime
soon. (See, not all my picks are European!)
caught my attention a long
time ago when I heard they sounded like Radiohead, but their sound
never really appealed to me. That is until I heard Uprising off of
their latest release "The Resistance". Great song! And the vocalist
sound like Thom Yorke. I'm going to have to give Muse a second chance
after hearing this song -- it's great stuff!
Till next month...
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