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Amazon’s 50 Albums for $5: Notblueatall’s Reviews


I know! Can you believe it? A Bonus Music Countdown? Crazy!!!

In honor of Amazon’s 50 albums for $5 event I give you a quick review of every album on here that I had never heard of the artist or perhaps hadn’t actually heard their music but may have heard of the artist. FYI: You can preview all tracks by clicking on the album and then “Preview all” above the track listing!

This Is The One
by Utada

This album and artist remind me of a mix of Destiny’s Child and The Pussycat Dolls, only slightly watered down. R&B Flavor with a pop conscience, Utada can bounce, bubble and pop with the best of them, but it’s the lyrics that left me hanging. I like it, but I don’t love it. I could listen to the album, but it’s not entirely memorable, either. But hey, you check it out and tell ME what YOU think! =0)

La Corona
by Madera Limpia

Raggeton without the overwhelming beats and hypersexuality. I could listen to this on a Sunday afternoon by the BBQ or pool or just doing chores around the house. It’s both fun and mellow. I like this a lot! I have no idea what the songs are about, but what does it matter if it makes you feel good?!

by Wavves

Fun, lo-fi , alterna-dance. You can’t really understand what they’re singing, but maybe you don’t care! Maybe you’re just stoned and want something to space-out to…this is your album!

by The Presets

Wow! Okay, I get it! An Orgy vibe with ultra-rad synth sounds with more She Wants Revenge style vocals. I like this a lot! Not too mellow and not too dancey/gothy. You even get a bit of a Depeche Mode New Wave atmosphere, too! Definitely check this one out!

In Ghost Colours
by Cut Copy

Sort of a modern New Order type band. This album has a chillout feel to it and I can always get behind that! Lots of lovely melodies and heartfelt lyrics to keep you company when you get home from a long-ass day at work!

Daylight Is Coming
by Remedy Drive

Christian Pop-Rock for the Linkin Park & Daughtry fans. Not my cup of tea, but this is genuinely good music.

by RBD

Sort of a Mexican super group from what I gather, but good pop nonetheless. Replete with obligatory ballads and fun danceable hits, RBD are worth your time and your $5! (I don’t think the rebel side truly comes out, but perhaps we’ll get a taste of that next time.)

New Surrender
by Anberlin

This one’s not really my style, but I get a very modern feel in the vein of maybe Death Cab For Cutie or Fall Out Boy and their lot. Fairly mellow pop-rock with some decent guitar riffs. Check ‘em out!

Middle Cyclone
by Neko Case

I had heard of Neko Case, but never actually heard her music. I love her voice! Very bold and full of 90’s femme-strength! She sort of reminds me of Kate Pierce of the B52’s fame. Somehow this album isn’t winning me over completely. Maybe I need to give it a few more spins, but it has a distance that I can’t quite get over. I don’t feel the words she’s singing, ya know? Again, I know nothing about her really other than lots of people like her a lot and well, upon first listen, I’m not in love with it. I do love her voice and would love to hear some rock-ish blues from her. Oh well.

Goodbye To The Machine
by Hurt

Very Puddle of Mud style rock featuring heavy guitars, broken heart lyrics and gruff vocals. If you like Daughtry, David Cook, Staind and POM, you’ll probably love this album/band. What is this new style of rock that’s taking over the airwaves anyway?? Sad-dude rock? Sdock?

A Lesson In Romantics
by Mayday Parade

My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco…see where I’m going with this? Yeah, this falls right in line with those bands. Nothing terribly exciting, but a decent album. I guess I’m just a little burned out on this type of emo.

That Lonesome Song
by Jamey Johnson

Ooh! A country album! If you hate country, you’ll really hate this. This is classic country. Singing about women and drinkin’ and retirin’ one day. Um, yeah I don’t listen to much country. This is more my Grandpa Porky’s style. Johnson has one thing that I feel most modern country stars don’t: Soul! I would love to hear him sing some honest Mississippi Blues! Oh well…

Asleep In The Bread Aisle [Explicit]
by Asher Roth

Does every white boy want to be Eminem? Or Jamie Kennedy? That’s what this sounds like to me. Even rappin’ about Bob Saget?! WTF?! No thanks. I like quality hip hop, not this watered down tricycle ride down faux-memory lane. Peace!

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