Thursday, October 07, 2010

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Version by Mark Ronson:
This CD contains covers of several popular songs by alternate bands, wrapped together with Mark Ronson's "horns and funk" style. Some of the covers are even catchier than the originals. This CD is a must-listen, if for no other reason than to hear a cover of Britney Spear's Toxic featuring American rapper, Ol' Dirty Bastard (lyrics Not Safe for Work).

Final Grade: A

Lost, Season Six:
I've been rewatching the sixth season on DVD while digging various mines in Minecraft, and find it to be a lot of wasted potential. After watching the obligatory really good Desmond episode midseason, it really seems like they're on the verge of some awesome explanation, but they fritter it away in the finale with an ending that simultaneously nullifies the importance of 50% of this season's storyline and also makes all of Desmond's doings irrelevant. On the plus side, there's a 10 minute "Epilogue" on the DVD featuring Ben Linus that's satisfying and reflects more of what I'd hoped for in the finale.

Final Grade: C- (stop after the fourth season)

Fuzzbox by The Section Quartet:
There seems to be a large subculture of string groups playing arrangements of rock music, although the vast majority seem fixated on reproducing the same one or two Led Zeppelin songs over and over. I first stumbled upon the Section Quartet after hearing their cover of Muse's Time is Running Out. This CD is an enjoyable change of pace and really drives home the idea that a musical composition that still stands up after removing the lyrics and all of the original instruments is rare and should be appreciated. I'm not familiar with all of the arrangements, but there's also some Radiohead and The Strokes on the disc.

Final Grade: B+

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