Originally published on The News Hub on November 11, 2015.
Stroke 9, Nasty Little Thoughts Since Stroke 9 is an alternative rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area, you may think that they belong on a “summer playlist.” You are correct. However, the band’s 1999 record is fit for all seasons. Their upbeat, catchy tracks comfortably coincide with the few slower songs on the album. It’s perfect for listening while taking a walk in the park underneath the neon leaves or while driving home from work or class.
Alter Bridge, Blackbird Eight years ago, hard rock group Alter Bridge released a juggernaut of an album entitled Blackbird, encompassing some of the greatest modern rock tracks. Their songs are lyrically and musically astonishing and really exemplify the talent of these four rockers. Each song is its own masterpiece, so there’s a ton of variety on this album.
Relient K, Mmhmm You remember this album, don’t you? You have to. Released in 2004, it remains one of Relient K’s most popular albums to date. They even did a 10 year anniversary tour in 2014 for the album. Mmhmm is filled with creative lyrics and catchy and inventive hooks. You’ll appreciate each song’s message, and you’ll definitely be able to relate to them one way or another.
The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely In case you’ve never heard of them before, The Raconteurs is one of Jack White’s awesome side-projects with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. (If you’re from Australia, you might know them as The Saboteurs.) Consolers of the Lonely is the band’s second and latest album, released in 2008. Considered a rock supergroup, The Raconteurs brought a fiery sophomore album featuring some fast, upbeat, and entertaining tracks mixed alongside a few bluesy tunes.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced Make some room on your mobile devices for some Jimi Hendrix, especially his band’s debut album, Are You Experienced. Normally credited as the greatest guitarist who ever lived, Jimi Hendrix displays his incredible guitar-playing and song-writing abilities on this album. On your fall walks or morning commutes, you’ll enjoy some awesome tracks like “Purple Haze,” “Fire,” “Stone Free,” and “Manic Depression.”
Eric Clapton, Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton Eric Clapton is a flat-out amazing guitarist and musician; you cannot go wrong with any of his albums — whether it be The Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominos, or his solo stuff. But if you don’t know much about the man, perhaps this fall you should start with Time Pieces, where you can sample some of Clapton’s best tracks like “Layla” and “After Midnight.”
The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound New Jersey rock group The Gaslight Anthem has released some great albums over the years. Though they are currently on an indefinite hiatus, you should go back and check out their 2008 sophomore effort entitled The ’59 Sound. The band adds some American punk elements to their music, being inspired by bands like the Misfits and The Bouncing Souls, but some say you can certainly identify their “native New Jersey sound” on their records. And believe me, it’s an excellent “sound.”
Eric Martin, Somewhere in the Middle Though fall is the time when school begins and your workload increases, the season itself expresses complete peacefulness and relaxation over the land before the rigid cold blows in in the coming months. Eric Martin, front-man of the incredibly talented rock group Mr. Big, has released a number of outstanding albums, which all embody his solo talent. This borderline-acoustic album encompasses a number of excellent rock & roll and bluesy tracks that are enjoyable and relaxing and perfect for the season (as well as any other season, for that matter).
These are only eight albums that will enhance the remainder of your fall. If any of your favorites are missing, comment what they are — there is always room for more music.
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