"Sit Down, Stand Up (Snakes & Ladders)", Radiohead, Hail to The Chief
To be honest, after listening to King of Lymbs (see the following review: http://moodonmodernmusic.blogspot.com/2011/06/radiohead-king-of-limbs-or-how-to-make.html ), I'm still pissed at Radiohead. This song is brilliant though and so is the album. Hail to The Chief was scary and beautiful and I didn't think they could do better. They did with In Rainbows which built up my high expectations torn down by King of Lymbs. The end of this song is brilliant, the change of rhythm and of atmosphere is like a deep and wonderful breath. That's the kind of madness that made me like Radiohead in the first place and that we don't find on the last record.
"Red Sky at Night", David Gilmour, On An Island
This song sounds just like the introduction of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"! However, the rest of the album doesn't sound at all like anything he did before with Pink Floyd. It is a magnificent piece of music with the genious of an appeased and aged Gilmour. We can even find David Crosby and Graham Nash taking part in one of the song of this record.
"Sha-la-la (Make Me Happy)", Al Green
Al Green has one of the most brilliant voice ever and he is also is a great composer. The arrangements on his songs are unbelievable. You can very often find a sound of Hammond organ, warm and vibrant giving the whole a sound back from the good years. Al Green was able to groove just as good as Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield... maybe even better.
"Freedom And Its Owner" Kings of Convenience, Declaration of Dependence
I've already had the chance to talk about the norvegian duet. Declaration of Dependence is their last album. This is a beautiful piece of music. Nice colors, nice songs, and I love the way they manage to mix both their voices and the classical and acoustic guitars. This is not the best song of the record however but it's still nice. You can really feel the coldness of their country in their sound but the rhythm and the guitar sounds give a nice impression of warmth. I recommand this record to anyone who like that kind of acoustic music.
"All Along The Watchtower", Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
Aaaah.... that's the stuff... I've always loved the original of Bob Dylan but even he recognizes this version is way better. I've already said what I think of Hendrix (http://j-hitthebutton.blogspot.com/2011/06/playlist-of-weekend.html ). This song is the perfect example of all the thing I like about him: this warm great and powerful voice and this sound from outer space he has with the guitar. I've heard some people said Hendrix wasn't so good in his solos. Just listen to that track, you'll know. The guy is litterally inventing electric guitar here and it seems pretty easy for him... The rhythmic of Mitch Mitchell has a lot of responsibilities in the success of Hendrix's music though according to me.