2 years ago
My first Blues album! Woop woop. I haven’t done this in a while huh. Well here’s to me doing this more often! Let’s begin.
Born Under A Bad Sign: Well this isn’t what you’d expect “blues” to be. Its rhythmic and upbeat, but the lyrics are gritty. I can see myself listening to this often. It has repetitive but catchy lyrics. I would put this in my Fallout playlist :)
Crosscut Saw: Short but catchy. The lyrics really show you how culturally different everything was. Metaphors I would have never heard in my life, depicting a more “burly” America. I can imagine myself listening to this.
Kansas City: King’s rendition of Kansas City. Very upbeat and “western.” This entire album seems like something I’d listen to while playing Fallout or running around the Midwest. A smooth feeling to it.
Oh Pretty Woman: This song is more of a Rock song, akin to Elvis. It has the bluesy guitar, but seems like it is a step towards Rock n’ Roll. Albert King’s voice is pretty awesome, and this song highlights it well with the hook.
Down Don’t Bother Me: Well this is the first song that makes me awkwardly sad, which is what I always assumed blue’s was meant to do. He’s been down for so long, even down doesn’t bother him anymore. Its slowly dawning on me that this is the music my mind plays whenever I think about jukeboxes in diner’s located in the midwest. As depressing as the song is, I can’t help but snap my fingers.
The Hunter: Blues has clearly become a precursor to RnB now. Albert King seems to enjoy singing about women and “hunting” them. A very catchy song. Fast tempo compared to the other songs on the album, with King dragging out words just like on Oh Pretty Woman. He has a pretty “country” voice.
Funk-Shun: Apparently this track was added in 1988, 21 years after the album originally came out. I can hear the funky guitar rifts and it works. No lyrics to this one, but I really like the beat.
I Almost Lost My Mind: A more gospel?ish song. Clearly the old guy singing blues at the side of a bar type of song. Blues where the purpose is to tell a story, in a very slow, melancholy tone. While I wouldn’t listen to this song often, I can respect it for its musical quality. Just not my cup of tea.
Personal Manager: This song is adorable. Its a much slower beat, more of a seduction song. A stronger use of the percussion on this track, and a more stylistic playing of the guitar. I like this song a lot overall. Again more of what I categorized as Rock n’ Roll and not Blues. But awesome nevertheless.
Laundromat Blues: This song is another “ideal” blues. Ideal in the sense that its what I’ve always considered blues to be. Slow one line deliveries, nice rhythm and an awesome slow bass in the background, with a nice guitar interjection whenever there are no lyrics. The piano fits in perfectly.
As The Years Go Passing By: The most “diverse” song on the album. The piano and guitar complimenting each other, taking turns, in a sort of musical conversation is also awesome. This might be my favorite track on the album. It also seems to take more from the rock genre than from blues.
The Very Thought Of You: A blues rendition of The Very Thought Of You is absolutely fantastic. Albert King sings in a very “Christmas carol” tone, giving me a very “melting” sensation.
Overall Junction: Another added song, and the last song on the album. It has the blues progression, and seems like a nice song to dance to. Another jukebox track.
Born Under A Bad Sign
Oh Pretty Woman
Down Don’t Bother Me
As The Years Go Passing By
The very Thought Of You