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« on: June 01, 2008, 08:37:53 PM »

Though I am often chided for my love of female singing artists, I think Alanis is more palatable to some than my other favs (Avril- her latest album blows and Kelly Clarkson- her latest does too) and I can think of no other female recording artist whose albums I anticipate more than Alanis' as she's just a phenominal talent

It's her first studio album since 2004's So Called Chaos which, imo, was magnificent, and we're now just a few days away from release of Flavors of Entanglement.

The only misstep she's had as far as I'm concerned was her follow up to Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.  It just wasn't good.  Under Rug Swept, her follow up to that though, was brilliant.

Anyone else looking forward to it?

W00t!  June is shaping up to be a great month for media!

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008, 11:01:58 PM »

I was wondering when you were going to start a thread on this smile
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2008, 11:14:36 PM »

Quote from: Laner on June 01, 2008, 11:01:58 PM

I was wondering when you were going to start a thread on this smile



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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008, 01:23:52 AM »

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Anyone else looking forward to it?

Yes. smile

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM »

Well.  The third pillar in the big three (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Alanis) has contributed nothing and I am once again disappointed as this is her worst album since Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Blech.  Perhaps my tastes have changed...or perhaps they've forgotten how to write good songs?  I dunno. It's just not very good.  Also, I'm all for Alanis' word structure and such, but there's no way I'm walking around singing 'This is in praise of the vulnerable man'.

Fortunately, I have discovered a quite talented young man named John Mayer.  Where the light is is a fabulous album and I have begun the process of buying his whole catalog.

As for the ladies, I guess Dido is my only hope, now. <sigh> 
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 12:45:11 PM »

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Fortunately, I have discovered a quite talented young man named John Mayer.  Where the light is is a fabulous album and I have begun the process of buying his whole catalog.

"Continuum" is a phenomenal album. One of the best I've purchased in a long while.
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 01:19:13 PM »

Don't worry, ATB, the new Mylie Cryus record should cure what ails you.  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 01:24:04 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

Well.  The third pillar in the big three (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Alanis) has contributed nothing and I am once again disappointed as this is her worst album since Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Blech.  Perhaps my tastes have changed...or perhaps they've forgotten how to write good songs?  I dunno. It's just not very good.  Also, I'm all for Alanis' word structure and such, but there's no way I'm walking around singing 'This is in praise of the vulnerable man'.

Fortunately, I have discovered a quite talented young man named John Mayer.  Where the light is is a fabulous album and I have begun the process of buying his whole catalog.

As for the ladies, I guess Dido is my only hope, now. <sigh> 

What about Feist?

There's always Celine Dion... (insert big wink here)
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 04:34:30 PM »

John Mayer?  You know I love you ATB (or whatever your name is this week)... but John Mayer?
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 04:56:54 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

As for the ladies, I guess Dido is my only hope, now. <sigh> 

There's always Nightwish, Epica, and Lacuna Coil....
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2008, 05:22:39 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

Well.  The third pillar in the big three (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Alanis)

please, please, please tell me that the three pillars are purely based on sales!  if it's talent...well...i just don't know what to say.   icon_eek


my three (female) pillars would probably go like this:  P.J. Harvey, Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2008, 05:57:51 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on June 01, 2008, 08:37:53 PM

Though I am often chided for my love of female singing artists...

No, no, no... we chide you for your love of HORRIBLE female singing artists.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2008, 07:14:08 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 05:57:51 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on June 01, 2008, 08:37:53 PM

Though I am often chided for my love of female singing artists...

No, no, no... we chide you for your love of HORRIBLE female singing artists.

A winner is you.
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2008, 08:29:54 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 05:57:51 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on June 01, 2008, 08:37:53 PM

Though I am often chided for my love of female singing artists...

No, no, no... we chide you for your love of HORRIBLE female singing artists.

Well, I can hardly argue that now can I?  slywink

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John Mayer?  You know I love you ATB (or whatever your name is this week)... but John Mayer?

Wait, what? Is no one dazzled by his hott lixx like I am?  He's a great guitarist.

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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2008, 08:45:56 PM »

No.

Billy Gibbons is a great guitarist.

Jon Mayer is a frat boy.
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2008, 08:52:47 PM »

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No.

Billy Gibbons is a great guitarist.

Jon Mayer is a frat boy.

John Mayer is a good guitarist.  However, he writes pop songs with simple arrangements and simple guitar parts.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2008, 08:55:33 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 08:45:56 PM

No.

Billy Gibbons is a great guitarist.

Jon Mayer is a frat boy.

I heard it put this way once...

John Mayer is the patron saint of every guy who got laid in his dormroom due to badly playing an acoustic guitar.

Sounds about right.
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2008, 09:02:21 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

As for the ladies, I guess Dido is my only hope, now. <sigh> 

What about Flyleaf with lead singer Lacey Mosley? 

Their sound is a bit "stronger" than what your normal tastes seem to include, but I think they've got an interesting sound, perhaps comperable to Evanescence in some ways (although probably a bit "harder").  They also have a strong spritual Christian side which you may find appealing. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2008, 09:22:45 PM »

Well, I obviously have no idea what I'm talking about then, cause I think some of the riffs on Where the light is are bananas.

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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2008, 09:34:37 PM »

Being technically capable of something on the guitar has never equated being a good guitarist or worth listening to...
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2008, 09:56:38 PM »

Quote from: rickfc on July 29, 2008, 08:52:47 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 08:45:56 PM

No.

Billy Gibbons is a great guitarist.

Jon Mayer is a frat boy.

John Mayer is a good guitarist.  However, he writes pop songs with simple arrangements and simple guitar parts.

i actually can't stand his music, but he seems to be accepted by many musicians as a damn good guitarist.  he's especially well known for his blues work, oddly enough.  he's worked with bb king, buddy guy and eric clapton (according to his resume). 
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2008, 09:59:11 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 09:34:37 PM

Being technically capable of something on the guitar has never equated being a good guitarist or worth listening to...

Can you put it in laymans term's please?
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2008, 10:06:29 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 12:37:06 PM

As for the ladies, I guess Dido is my only hope, now. <sigh> 

Try Santogold, M.I.A., Persephone's Bees to name a few.
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2008, 10:06:51 PM »

Hey, is this is like one of those Gaming Impressions threads where the impressions don't start til page 2?

OK, just to be the first OT, I bought this album on release and loved it.  Best one Alanis has released in a long time.  Sad but true, getting dumped works well for her.  I like Ryan Reynolds, but man, dumping Alanis and then getting engaged to someone else right after?  Ouch.

First time I heard "Not as We" it broke my heart.  Same with Torch, and Madness (a bonus track).  Oddly the first single she released was kind of dull, seemed a poor choice to me.   She might have done better with Straitjacket, as it's one of the few more "bitchy" songs.  Surprisingly she doesn't seem angry so much as sad and regretful throughout most the album.  Maybe she hadn't heard about his engagement yet.  

Musically it's a bit different from some of her past stuff, and I think that bothered some people, but personally I found it enjoyable.  A couple of tracks seem almost like dance tracks, kind of a strange but compelling combo with her angsty voice and lyrics.

Anyway, if you've ever been dumped but can't let go, or are just an Alanis fan in general but prefer her more vulnerable and dumped, I highly recommend this album.
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« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2008, 02:38:29 PM »

the awesome review from allmusic on _Jagged Little Pill Acoustic_:

http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3nfexqwsldhe
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« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2008, 03:14:48 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 09:59:11 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 09:34:37 PM

Being technically capable of something on the guitar has never equated being a good guitarist or worth listening to...

Can you put it in laymans term's please?

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« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2008, 04:14:05 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 31, 2008, 03:14:48 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 29, 2008, 09:59:11 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 29, 2008, 09:34:37 PM

Being technically capable of something on the guitar has never equated being a good guitarist or worth listening to...

Can you put it in laymans term's please?

Yngwie Malmsteen.

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« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2008, 05:01:46 PM »

Also, I find your complete failure at apostrophe's funny, ATB.
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« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2008, 12:36:43 PM »

Sorry! But John Mayer is awesome. Any Given Thursday and Where the Light Is are two incredible live albums. The boy jams.

And now that i'm more familiar with his music, I don't get Kratz' comment at all.
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« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2008, 12:57:39 PM »

First http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,29407.0.html and now this.
Is this forum full of 14 year old girls ?  saywhat

Avril Lavigne is hot though  icon_coolthumbsup
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« Reply #30 on: October 07, 2008, 01:32:37 PM »

Quote from: Pong on October 07, 2008, 12:57:39 PM

First http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,29407.0.html and now this.
Is this forum full of 14 year old girls ?  saywhat

Avril Lavigne is hot though  icon_coolthumbsup

You're going to compare the Jonas Brothers to John Mayer? That doesn't make a lick of sense.
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« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2008, 01:34:29 PM »

I hate his cover of Free Fallin'.
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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2008, 01:55:18 PM »

He's not a bad guitar player and some of his stuff is worth listening to just for the overall production, but his vocals and lyrics make me want to punch him in the face.  Over and over again until the pain stops.
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« Reply #33 on: October 07, 2008, 02:18:46 PM »

You might also try Jason Mraz if you like the John Mayer sound.  He's maybe a little more on the pop side, but it's catchy stuff.  I'm usually more a fan of bands like Tool and Slipknot, so I hate myself more and more every time "I'm Yours" comes on my ipod and I like it smile
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« Reply #34 on: October 07, 2008, 02:35:23 PM »

I like me some John Mayer.  I have Room for Squares, Heavier Things, and the two-disc version of Continuum.  He's even got a Pandora channel from me. 

But then, I love Dave Matthews Band as well, and they seem to be mostly reviled on GT/OO as well.  Listen to what you like, but make sure to bring everyone else some Haterade next time.  icon_lol

+1 to Pete for Flyleaf and Evanescence.

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« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2008, 02:50:58 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 07, 2008, 02:35:23 PM

But then, I love Dave Matthews Band as well, and they seem to be mostly reviled on GT/OO as well.  Listen to what you like, but make sure to bring everyone else some Haterade next time.  icon_lol

Psshh I can top that, I like Dave Matthews and Marilyn Manson, Avril Lavigne and Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails and Kelly Clarkson, Tool and Carrie Underwood, Eminem and M&Ms (ok I ran out of embarrassing bands).
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« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2008, 04:14:16 PM »

What's embarrassing about Tool?  They're the greatest band on the planet. smile
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« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2008, 04:42:56 PM »

Quote from: kratz on July 31, 2008, 05:01:46 PM

Also, I find your complete failure at apostrophes funny, ATB.

FTFY, though maybe you were making a joke by putting one in apostrophes?
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« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2008, 04:46:14 PM »

If Animal House the movie was remade John Mayer would be the guy on the stairs who gets his guitar thrashed by John Belushi.
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« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2008, 04:59:25 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on October 07, 2008, 04:42:56 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 31, 2008, 05:01:46 PM

Also, I find your complete failure at apostrophes funny, ATB.

FTFY, though maybe you were making a joke by putting one in apostrophes?

That was the whole joke.
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