As many of you know from last week’s post, I have started to reconnect with my music collection, as well as acquire choice CDs to add to my collection. I have listened to / owned some of these albums in the past, but I have also chosen to explore some new-to-me artists.
This series – The Catch and Release – showcases a choice sample of these finds from the past month; some of these albums I’ve “caught” will happily be part of my collection forever. But, there are albums that I acquired on a lark, that upon a listen or two have not resounded with me, which I have chosen to release back in the wild.
Here we go!
This past month, I made the decision to add some female musicians to my pretty male-dominated CD collection…I had some success and some failure…
Sarah McLachlan – Touch (1989)
This charming album by Canadian songstress, Sarah McLachlan, has always been on my want list…even back in 1989 when her hit, Vox, was rising on the charts. I first watched McLachlan’s music video on Much Music and was instantly taken in by her angelic voice and awesome dangly earrings. Aside from the two of us sharing a first name (including the “h”, thankyouverymuch), I couldn’t help but get drawn in by her stylings at the time there were so few female Canadian artists doing what she was doing. It might have been the same day when my friend, Jenny B, and I went downtown to the local record shops in Sudbury to search for Sarah McLachlan. Alas, Sudbury, Ontario was an underserved music hub in 1989, and her album was very difficult to find…and it was expensive to buy elsewhere. I had to settle for Jenny B’s cassette recording off of Much Music via cable radio so I could listen to the song in any capacity.
Fastforward to this past month when I found this album on my travels for $2.99. And – thank goodness – my instincts were right…I was not the least bit disappointed, by any of it! This debut showcases her opera stylings, which might be a little too classical for some, but I think it’s a great listen. Hits: Vox, Steaming, Ben’s Song.
Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (1989)
It was a trip to my local grocery store about 10 years ago when I first heard the song, Nick of Time, play over the PA. It hooked me in right away, especially the lyrics that concern the big questions of life – getting married, having children, growing old, and running out of time to do all of it. Bonnie has her slide guitar on the pulse of life. Each song is rich with warm pure sound. And Bonnie’s voice – wow! This is my first Raitt CD, and it definitely won’t be my last. By the way, this also has her other mega hits: Thing Called Love, Have a Heart.
Sass Jordan – Racine (1988)
I must have been asleep when Sass Jordan’s music was making a dent on the radio. I was not paying any attention to her albums at all. I knew she had a string of hits, and I know her from her work with the Montreal band the Box. When I found her album, Racine, on my travels, I decided to give Sass a try – hey, she’s female, she’s Canadian. Well, Holee Sheeeitt! Jordan has some set of smokin pipes, yo! People have compared her stylings to the Black Crowes, and that must be why I loved this album so much. It’s rockin! \m/
Familiar hits: Make You a Believer, I Want to Believe, Go’in Back Again.
TLC – Fanmail (1999)
I never owned anything by TLC back in the day, but I do love that Waterfalls song. This Hip Hop album happens to have three “hits” I recognize – Silly Ho, No Scrubs and Unpretty. I am not the biggest Hip Hop fan that ever there was, but when done well, I can certainly get behind it. Fanmail is very Hip Hop, utilizing loops, samples and scratches throughout – and not well in a lot of cases. Try listening to a song with a half-time buzzer on a constant loop? I was about ready to stab my ears out! I do like that No scrubs song though, but not worth keeping an album for one song.
Garbage – S/T (1995)
When Garbage broke out on the scene, I enjoyed Stupid Girl. I didn’t really follow the band’s career back in ’95 (too busy following the Watchmen’s career!). It was the first time listening to this self-titled album, and I was surprised – and not in a positive way. Some might like this album for the liquid adrenaline dripping from the speakers on every track…points for consistency, but I needed a breather.
Exposé – Exposure (1990)
This trio had a string of hits in the 80s, including Point of No Return, Seasons Change and Come Go With Me. So, when I found this at the Mission thrift store for $0.50, why the heck not? Exposure, a greatest hits album has included these hits; the other 7 songs on the album are not familiar, no that great and oh so 80s….I never thought I’d say this out loud but some albums can be too 80s, even for Sarca (the hubs almost had a heart attack when I muttered that sentence…)! Yeah, it’s a pass…
In conclusion, not too shabby this month. I am trying to be selective, and not just keeping something for the sake of it. I am still enjoying this experience. We shall see what next month will bring…