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December 16, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Land of Dreams (1988) 12/15

Yup, I took my first final. It went OK although I wasn't sure on a few of those questions. Obviously I need to spend tomorrow studying mostly. I'm going to go to the library, because I don't get anything done in the vicinity of this computer!

And I have surprising news for you. I was listening to James Young's City Slickers on the way to school (walking a mile in 5-degree weather), and I very much enjoyed it! He even writes some halfway decent ballads!! I have to listen to it some more before I can tell for sure, but that album's a possible 11. Probably a 10, but maybe an 11!! That's pretty freaking good considering most Styx albums didn't get that high. He's the Dark Horse of Styx! (Occasionally, I really like something, but on subsequent listens I realize that I was just in an unusually good mood. But I doubt it in this case, because I was paying pretty close attention to it. And I'm listening to it again right now...)

--M.L.

December 15, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Raise Your Fist and Yell (1987) 8/15

I was insanely busy on this site yesterday! But tomorrow I have my first final, and I have to study today, probably. I'm just going to fill out a practice exam.

--M.L.

December 14, 2008

New Reviews:

Man-Made Noise: Man-Made Noise (2008) 9/15
Heavy Jack: Multiply (2008) 8/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Rolling Stones: Flowers (1967) 13/15
Pink Floyd: Atom Heart Mother (1970) 9/15

Extra Special Track Reviews:

Some obscure Elton John songs on YouTube

Whew! Reviews!

To reiterate, I'm officially taking more requests for the start of the Christmas season. It looks like I have three already. If you requested something last time, I'll take a new request from you. I won't put any new requests on my playlist until finals week is over, though... I'm gonna dig into some of these discographies a little more...

--M.L.

December 13, 2008

New Reviews:

Alice Cooper: Constrictor (1986) 7/15
Tommy Shaw: What If? (1985) 6/15

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Trouble in Paradise (1983) 10/15

So, I didn't finish my engineering project last weekend, which is why I didn't update until NOW! I probably should be studying for a final or something, but I'm going to take it easy this weekend. (The finals shouldn't be very hard anyway... they're cumulative, and I know the material pretty dang thoroughly already.)

It's snowing out right now. There's four inches at least. The weather services are predicting below-zero weather on Monday!!!!!!! I swear, winter used to be my favorite season, but I'm really bummed that I have to spend the rest of this week totally indoors. I used to go for these very pleasant walks everyday... I miss that...

Also because they were so popular, I'll do another round of request-reviews!! I've already gotten a few, but now I'm officially opening it up. I doubt I'll get started on them for another week or so, so you can take awhile to think about it.

--M.L.

December 7, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Pink Floyd: Ummagumma (1969) 12/15

Yikes! I was having some incredibly bad sleeping problems over the last few days! That's why I haven't been updating. I hope it's over now. Unfortunately, it's also dead-week now, so activity here will continute to be pretty thin for the next couple weeks at least. I'm hoping I'll get the big engineering project done today... If that happens, then I will be free to write a good handful of reviews this week.

--M.L.

December 3, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons (1967) 13/15

So I got this new toothbrush the other day. I think it's the first time I had a new toothbrush for close to five years. (Obviously, I needed a new one. It kinda smelled.) I swear that thing looks like a torture device with all those little spikes of bristle sticking out every which way. They sure don't make toothbrushes they way they did when I was a kid! Toothbrush bristles used to be very level... And they used to only have one color (white). I think I had one with Kermit the Frog on the handle. But every single one of those torture spikes does its thing with remarkable efficiency, and my teeth are now squeaky clean! I'm impressed!! (I don't know why I just told you that...)

--M.L.

December 2, 2008

New Review:

Tommy Shaw: Girls With Guns (1984) 5/15

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Born Again (1979) 12/15

I got my other two tests back. One was a 96.5% and the other was a whopping 100%! Don't let that fool you into thinking I'm a genius or anything. That calculus exam consisted of simpler versions of the example problems that were right out of the textbook. (That's quite a change-of-pace considering my last calculus professor was a sadomasochist.) And even through those triumphs, I'm still bitter about that 74% in microbiology. Especially after looking over the answer key and discovering that the "correct" answers were far less complicated than the things I wrote down! I swear loudly to the sky that I knew all of that stuff!!! (Grr...) I could go visit the professor and argue my way into some points, but it's probably better to not care. ...It really doesn't matter. I'm going to stop thinking about it....... Now.

So, I will continue my practice of not-studying and work on this site some more. At least until I have to start studying again. (Oh god.) I had someone ask me to review a few B-side Elton John songs... I'll be workin' on that. I also had a couple bands who sent me an e-mail requesting some promotion reviews. I'll get on that, also. (One of those was originally requested back in September, but I forgot! Like I forgot about that microbiology test! ... Oops!)

--M.L.

December 1, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Dada (1983) 13/15

I know nobody cares, but I got my microbiology exam back (the one I spent, conservative estimate, 15 hours studying for), and apparently I didn't understand what a quarter of the questions were even asking. That's not the first time that has ever happened; I often get confused in the middle of taking a test. But even after getting it back and reviewing my notes, I can honestly say I wouldn't have answered them differently. It's like I came from Mars or something! (Again, it's not the first time it felt like I came from Mars.) I didn't do badly (I got a C), but that's a dissatisfying score after spending so much time studying for it, memorizing paragraphs upon paragraphs of things I'll never need to know in my real life. Bah!! I'm pissed. (And I'm venting!) I'm also not doing a very good job celebrating that another test came back with a 97%. ...yay...

--M.L.

November 30, 2008

New Review:

The Rolling Stones: Got Live If You Want It! (1966) 10/15

Rewritten Review:

Pink Floyd: More (1968) 9/15

Well, Thanksgiving Break is over, and I'm back in Pullman. The good news is that I have a space heater now, so I'm not going to want to stay huddled under the blankets all night. This means I'm much more willing to spend my free time typing!

This is the final stretch of the semester, though, and I obviously have finals looming over my head. So I can't really say how much I'll be working on this. For some reason, I have three finals on the same day... Friday. One of them starts at 7 a.m., and the other two are back-to-back from 5-7 p.m. and then from 7-10 p.m. Yeesh, whoever was in charge of making that finals schedule must have had a personal vendetta against me. (OK, they picked out that schedule before I even signed up for classes, but it's much more fun pretending to be paranoid.) Making it worse is I have to make it back to Seattle by Saturday afternoon!

--M.L.

November 29, 2008

New Review:

Dennis DeYoung: Desert Moon (1984) 7/15

Yup, I still have projects to work on... There will possibly be another update today.

--M.L.

November 28, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Little Criminals (1977) 11/15

I'll probably be skimpy on the updates tomorrow. Basically it's the last day for me to do some homework before the break ends. See ya!

--M.L.

November 27, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Zipper Catches Skin (1982) 10/15

Rewritten Review:

Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) 10/15

Sorry about the lack of updates... There probably won't be many more today or tomorrow. I indicated that I wasn't going to rewrite all the Floyd reviews, but ... Well, I think I should now. They probably won't be a total rewrite, though, because I think I was being more descriptive. I'm also wondering if I underrated Atom Heart Mother.

Happy Thanksgiving, by the way! Even if you're not American, go have a turkey sandwich or something!

--M.L.

November 25, 2008

New Reviews:

The Fore: Black & White (2008) 11/15
The Beatles: Let it Be... Naked (2003) 14/15

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: Aftermath (1966) 12/15

I'm having a good break... But I need to get workin' on some homework sometime... gmmrrrr!!!

--M.L.

November 24, 2008

New Reviews:

Alice Cooper: Special Forces (1981) 13/15
Styx: Caught in the Act (1984) 3/15

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (1974) 13/15

Woo! Another reviewwww!!

--M.L.

November 23, 2008

New Review:

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs: More Arse Than Class (1974) 12/15

Rewritten Review:

Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) 12/15

Only two reviews today, but that's OK! I got to see the new James Bond movie, and it was a lot of running around and explosions. In other words, it was fun. (I took special note of the title sequence song ... easily one of the worst.)

--M.L.

November 22, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965) 10/15

Only one review today, but I did a five-hour road trip today, and now I'm at my parents' house for Thanksgiving vacation. I'm very tired right now!

I was surprised to notice that I had received an envelope in the mail with a CD in it. It's the debut of The Fore, an album that the band's publicist had said he sent me almost a year ago... I thought he forgot to send it, but the date on the envelope says 1-10-2008. Where has it been all this time? It must have been temporarily stuck in a black hole or something! So that's now on my queue. Also as promised, I put Let it Be... Naked on there too.

--M.L.

November 21, 2008

Rewritten Reviews:

Randy Newman: Sail Away (1972) 13/15
Styx: Kilroy Was Here (1983) 7/15

I might as well mention that I'm planning on doing David Bowie rewrites this Christmas. It'll be fun! I'll also post site comments, if you're dying to see something on there. Post it to the message board, and I'll see what I can do...

--M.L.

November 20, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Flush the Fashion (1980) 12/15

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: Out of Our Heads (1965) 11/15

Yes, I'm still alive, and I am now 26 years old! It's the unofficial beginning of Thanksgiving Break although I still have class tomorrow. I've just finished that four-day string of tests that I had been dreading the past 30 days, and I'm pleased to report that they all went about as well as they possibly could have. (That's why I had the energy to write a review today... if they went poorly, I'd probably be watching Star Wars right now with a bag of marshmallows ............ hm, that doesn't seem like a bad idea, come to think of it.)

Anyway, I'm going to continue to work on this site regularly during the break. I do have a number of school projects I have to finish, but they don't seem very hard. I'm going to try to do two or three updates per day... hopefully... Oh, and I'll do family things probably.

--M.L.

November 7, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Styx: Paradise Theater (1980) 10/15

Another update for another day! Man, it's starting to get really, really, really cold. It's so cold that I've taken to drinking tea. If I'm doing that, then you know there's something wrong.

--M.L.

November 6, 2008

New Review:

Lene Lovich: Flex (1979) 11/15

Whew! I updated! ... OK, now I have to do homework!

--M.L.

November 3, 2008

New Review:

Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand (1994) 11/15

Converted Reviews:

Eurythmics: In the Garden (1981) 13/15
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1982) 12/15
Eurythmics: Touch (1983) 11/15
Eurythmics: Be Yourself Tonight (1985) 10/15
Eurythmics: Revenge (1986) 11/15
Eurythmics: Savage (1987) 8/15
Eurythmics: We Too Are One (1989) 9/15

Well I hate to say it, I didn't find Bee Thousand to be quite the bee's knees. But, you know, that's OK! Just don't take it to heart... It doesn't matter what I think anyway.

And these Eurythmics reviews could probably use a rewrite, but they're fine for now. I still think the same things about most of them... except I'm wondering about whether Be Yourself Tonight should actually be an 11. Hmmm... I'll worry about that at a later date!

--M.L.

November 2, 2008

New Reviews:

England: Garden Shed (1977) 11/15
The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic (1995) 13/15

More updates! I might start the Bee Thousand review today, but I doubt I'll finish it. Maybe I'll be surprised, but I'm all worn out...

--M.L.

November 1, 2008

New Reviews:

Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (1988) 13/15
Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (2005) 12/15

Converted Reviews:

Bloomfield, Kooper and Stills: Super Session (1968) 9/15
Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) 11/15
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Deja Vu (1970) 10/15
Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills (1970) 10/15
Brian Eno: No Pussyfooting (1973) 10/15
Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets (1973) 13/15
Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974) 13/15
Brian Eno: Another Green World (1975) 12/15
Pat Benatar: Live From Earth (1983) 10/15
Pat Benatar: Tropico (1984) 11/15
Pat Benatar: Seven the Hard Way (1985) 7/15
Pat Benatar: Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988) 9/15

I've been making headway on the England album, but I've got to "sleep" now. After that, there's only two more of the request reviews left to do before delving back into the old swing of things (with the exception of Billy Thorpe & The Aztec's More Arse Than Class, which will get reviewed at an undisclosed later date).

Since I do have a crapload of pages-in-development now, it's probably a good idea to limit the pages I'm working on at one time to five. Looks like they're going to be Randy Newman, The Rolling Stones, Styx, Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd. I must complete discography pages!!!!! I will not rest until that happens. ....Well, except for now, because I have to go to sleep. I'm really tired.

So, that probably wasn't the Daydream Nation review that anybody was expecting! But still, there it is. The review. It was very exhausting! On the other hand, I actually had a previous draft of Illinois already written, and it didn't require as much revision as I thought it would. So that was easy!

--M.L.

October 31, 2008

New Review:

Randy Newman: Randy Newman Live! (1971) 10/15

Happy Halloween! I don't know about you, but I'm going to work up some cavities!

Anyway, it's officially the weekend, so I reordered my review queue to finally begin reviewing the five albums that were requested of me pretty soon. Hopefully I'll get to all of them this weekend, but I can't guarantee it. To publish it here, the albums I'll be reviewing is Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth, Illinois by Sufjan Stevens, Garden Shed by England, Clouds Taste Metallic by Flaming Lips, and Bee Thousand by Guided by Voices. (And then there's Let it Be... Naked by The Beatles, but as I already mentioned, I don't have my copy with me, so that'll come in Thanksgiving.)

I will still be taking requests by anyone who hasn't (there's already been one!), but I'll just tackle them as they come. If this process goes well I might even do a second round at Christmas, perhaps. We'll see. (After all, I still want to get finished with all these rewrites and these unfinished discographies!)

M.L.

October 29, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965) 11/15

Hello! I know the updates are coming very lightly even though I've gotten back into the knack of writing these things. I'm sure once Daylight Savings Time is through and the days start getting colder, I'll have less excuse to wander around outdoors. It was a beautiful day out yesterday and today, and there won't be too many of those.

But anyway, since this is going very slowly, I'll probably review all the requested reviews this weekend just to make sure that I do them. The only exception is the person who requested Let it Be... Naked. I have the disc, but it isn't with me. So, it'll have to wait late next month.

--M.L.

October 27, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Styx: Cornerstone (1979) 5/15

Alright, I am slowly whittling down my queue so that I can get to those albums that a few readers have asked me to review. There's still time to request something! Just go on the message board. I don't care who you are. If I have access to it, I will review it.

--M.L.

October 26, 2008

New Reviews:

The Beach Boys: Carl and the Passions - "So Tough" (1972) 11/15
The Beach Boys: Holland (1973) 12/15

More updates!

--M.L.

October 25, 2008

Rewritten Reviews:

The Rolling Stones: 12 X 5 (1964) 10/15
Randy Newman: 12 Songs (1970) 10/15

You probably noticed that the new index is now on the main page. Cool! And if by any chance you want to see a particular album reviewed, the offer still stands if you post it on the message board.

--M.L.

October 24, 2008

New Review:

Elton John: Live in Australia (1987) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Styx: Pieces of Eight (1978) 10/15

I have some homework to do this weekend, of course, but I'll almost certainly schedule some time for a few more reviews! Sometime this weekend, I'll go ahead and switch the new index with the old index since more than half of my reviews are now featured on the new index.

I also told someone on my message board that I would review Daydream Nation for the 'odds and sods' page. I forgot to add it to my queue (which is currently fairly long and has been very thoroughly listened to), but I'll add it soon. If anyone has any other requests, I'll take them on my message board. It's the least I could do for anyone reading this and actually gives a damn about what I write. (I'll also put Illinoise on there. Actually I was listening to that again just this week, so that shouldn't be hard to review apart from having to type the song titles.)

To be clear, I only want single-album requests for now... Sometime in the future, they'll probably expand to full pages.

--M.L.

October 23, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: From the Inside (1978) 11/15

Oh yes. Yesterday's update wasn't just a single event!

--M.L.

October 22, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Randy Newman: Randy Newman (1968) 12/15

Well, hello there! It's been awhile, but I think taking an extended break from reviewing has done me well. I'm feeling much more excited about the prospect of reviewing than I was last September... but considering I'm in the middle of a semester, I can't promise anything. I don't have any tests to worry about for a month... and frankly, I think I've been overstudying for many of the ones that I just had. So, let's see what happens...

--M.L.

September 15, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Rolling Stones: England's Newest Hit Makers (1964) 11/15

So much for my personal pledge to update more frequently! Oh well. Here's an update, NOW!

--M.L.

September 6, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Styx: The Grand Illusion (1977) 9/15

A review! ...I never got around to doing more, but maybe tomorrow or the next day?

--M.L.

September 4, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Blondie: The Hunter (1982) 8/15

That's the end of the Blondie rewrites, but I'll go on and review No Exit and maybe one or two Debbie Harry solo albums.

--M.L.

September 3, 2008

New Review:

Man Man: Rabbit Habits (2008) 11/15

I spent about two hours today staring at a mechanics problem before realizing that I was a complete idiot. There's engineering classes for you! Anyway, at least I have *that* done now.

And here's the randomly picked album review of the month! Now, back to more whittling at these rewrites and completing the pages I already started. I had a goal to write two reviews per day starting today, but that didn't happen, and that probably will never happen. As it is, I spent waaaaay too much time on the one I did today. More time than I spent staring at that problem.

--M.L.

September 2, 2008

New Review:

Lene Lovich: Stateless (1978) 12/15

Yay! I updated! ... But I actually have an assignment to work on now... Oh well, I have a whole extra day.

--M.L.

September 1, 2008

New Review:

R.E.M.: Accelerate (2008) 11/15

The Labor Day weekend is over, and I have a five hour drive ahead of me to Pullman. I might update again today especially considering I already had a review of that Lene Lovich album written in 2007 and I forgot about it. But I want to revise it so that I can give her a whole new page and finish her (brief) discography. Well, I'm missing one album, but that's OK.

--M.L.

August 31, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Harvest Moon (1992) 12/15

Rewritten Reviews:

R.E.M.: Around the Sun (2004) 7/15
Styx: Crystal Ball (1976) 7/15

Er... I guess just three reviews today. But I gave it a good try, I think!

--M.L.

August 30, 2008

New Review:

Cyndi Lauper: Bring Ya to the Brink (2008) 3/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Styx: Equinox (1975) 11/15
R.E.M.: Reveal (2001) 9/15
Elton John: A Single Man (1978) 9/15

Converted Reviews:

Elton John: Victim of Love (1979) 3/15
Elton John: 21 at 33 (1980) 8/15
Elton John: The Fox (1981) 8/15
Elton John: Jump Up! (1982) 10/15
Elton John: Too Low For Zero (1983) 11/15
Elton John: Breaking Hearts (1984) 10/15
Elton John: Ice on Fire (1985) 7/15
Elton John: Leather Jackets (1986) 5/15

Shockingly, I have all my homework assignments finished until this Friday. This is utterly unprecedented in my academic career. (Usually I don't even start until the night before it's due.) I even have a homework assignment finished that isn't due until the 11th. They also don't seem to push us nearly as hard as they did at the community colleges. I don't have anything other than homework assignments to turn in until late September when the first wave of tests start rolling around. It's only the first week of classes, and I'm sure the homework assignments will get more challenging soon, but so far it's been very smooth sailing. Now that I'm getting more comfortable with my new living arrangements, I'll hopefully get to work on my site a little more rigorously.

So, the Elton John rewrites are done. I know those 1979-1986 albums look like they need rewrites compared to what I did with the 1969-1978 albums. But those were written in 2007, and I need to stick with the original plan. As soon as this rewriting project is completed, those will be among the first I give another look to. I shall rewrite The Rolling Stones and Randy Newman next.

--M.L.

August 25, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Elton John: Blue Moves (1976) 9/15

I was in top form today. I not only finished this Elton John review, but I actually did my homework two days before it was due! Will I be able to keep this up?..... Sorta doubt it, but there's always the distinct possibility. Also, I was getting a little bored with my playlist, so check out the queue for a couple weird additions I put in there!

--M.L.

August 23, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: The Alice Cooper Show (1977) 11/15

I really didn't update as much as I hoped, but I always seem to have a tough time updating right before school starts again... I didn't quite get into the amount of classes that I wanted to, but the good news is that I don't have to take those undergraduate classes like I thought I would. I'm taking a very light load of 11 credit hours. One of these classes is Calc III (I know, I just got finished with that, but this version of Calc III includes all of Calc IV from the quarter system. It sucks that I have to repeat some of the class, but at least this version doesn't include those nasty sequences and series.) I have no idea how much I'll update...

--M.L.

August 19, 2008

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Up (1998) 9/15

Yup, I'm still here. So, the computer came, and I'm now living in Pullman, WA. The computer is great and the town is rustic. It's also looking like I'll have to stay here for three years instead of the previously anticipated 2.5 years, but I've been in college so long that what's an extra semester?

--M.L.

August 9, 2008

New Review:

Elton John: Here and There (1976) 12/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Blondie: Autoamerican (1980) 10/15
8mm: Opener [EP] (2004) 8/15

Converted Review:

8mm: Songs to Love and Die By (2004) 9/15

Dell was supposed to send the new computer I ordered yesterday, but they decided to delay it for another week. Bah!!! This better mean that they're using the time to make it *right* unlike that HP machine that's sitting in my closet with all the other hunks of crap that I own. But I'm willing to bet that they hadn't even started on it.

--M.L.

August 7, 2008

New Review:

The Byrds: Live at the Fillmore, February 1969 (2000) 9/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996) 10/15

There was a new Randy Newman album released sort of recently, which probably means I'll start his rewrites sometime relatively soon. Though we're getting very close to the beginning of the new school year (I head off over there in 10 days *gulp*), so "relatively soon" might actually mean "Thanksgiving Break."

I'm going to a new school in a new town. I can't even *guess* how often or *if* I'll have time to keep up with this review site. The fact that school is in semesters gives me an indication that I'll have more of a chance to keep up with it, because the classes won't be insanely jam-packed. I also have good reason to believe that the community colleges I was attending were pushing us harder than regular universities do. But I'm still taking two complicated math courses, which means I will have to study until my brain falls out, regardless. On the other hand, I don't have a job there (it's hard to get one of those in a college town without actually being there first), and I've basically sworn off going to the movies. So, maybe ... just maybe ... I'll update every once in awhile. We're talking hypothetically, now.

--M.L.

August 6, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Blondie: Eat to the Beat (1979) 11/15

Yes, my arm is sore!!! But I can still type.

--M.L.

August 5, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Elton John: Rock of the Westies (1975) 10/15

I'm getting an MMR and tetanus shot tomorrow. I remember last time I got a tetanus shot, my arm was useless, so I'm not sure if I'll want to be typing much. We'll see what happens.

--M.L.

August 4, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Lace and Whiskey (1977) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Monster (1994) 8/15

More stuff!!

--M.L.

August 3, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Arc (1991) 2/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) 14/15
Styx: Styx (1971) 7/15
Styx: Styx II (1972) 9/15
Styx: The Serpent is Rising (1973) 8/15
Styx: Man of Miracles (1974) 9/15

There. Reviews of all four of Styx's earliest releases all rewritten in less than 24 hours. ...I don't have a life, and it's wonderful!

--M.L.

August 2, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Weld (1991) 12/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978) 13/15
R.E.M.: Automatic For the People (1991) 12/15

Super Special Movie Review:

Help! (Movie Review) B

Converted Reviews:

Blondie: Blondie (1976) 11/15
Blondie: Plastic Letters (1977) 12/15

I watched Help! last night ... and I thought, why not write a little something about it? And to remedy the fact that I'm reviewing too many good albums, I decided (almost on a whim) to go ahead and tackle the first four Styx albums. This is a brooding task, because they're all on the same collection and I won't split them up since I also submit these reviews to another site. And now is a better time than ever to muck through all that crap again!!! (Although to be honest I was very unfair to some of it... but that's why I'm rewriting!)

--M.L.

August 1, 2008

New Review:

Flight of the Conchords: Flight of the Conchords (2008) 12/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) 12/15
R.E.M.: Out of Time (1991) 12/15
Elton John: Caribou (1974) 11/15

I'm going to have to start reviewing suckier music. I've been inching toward finally starting those Kiss rewrites, and maybe it's time to finally do those... but I want to wait a little bit until I'm closer to finishing those R.E.M. and Elton John rewrites.

--M.L.

July 31, 2008

New Review:

Can: Flow Motion (1976) 10/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Green (1988) 11/15

And another update. I'll try to get another one in today, but I actually have things to do today...

--M.L.

July 30, 2008

New Review:

Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976) 11/15

I did that out-of-synch with my queue, but that's because my Internet connection was out this morning and I had that album on my iPod. Cheerio!

--M.L.

July 29, 2008

New Review:

Nancy Sinatra: Movin' With Nancy Sinatra (1968) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Elton John: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973) 11/15

Converted Reviews:

Nancy Sinatra: Boots (1966) 8/15
Nancy Sinatra: How Does That Grab You? (1966) 11/15
Nancy Sinatra: Nancy in London (1966) 9/15
Nancy Sinatra: Sugar (1966) 7/15
Nancy Sinatra: Country, My Way (1967) 6/15
Nancy Sinatra: Nancy & Lee (1968) 11/15

My computer died! I only had it for 18 months, and it doesn't start anymore. It's stupid to get computers fixed these days... but I really expected that thing to actually have a lifespan. It was absolutely the least reliable computer I ever owned. It never worked properly... I don't ask for donations, but if you want to support Don Ignacio's Music Reviews you will NOT BUY HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPUTERS.

Luckily, this happened during summer break, and I wasn't working on a school assignment or anything. I have full access to another computer (that's four years old, slow, and in perfect condition), so work on this site shall resume.

--M.L.

July 28, 2008

New Review:

The Byrds: Byrds (1973) 11/15

Rewritten Reviews:

R.E.M.: Chronic Town (1982) 12/15
R.E.M.: Dead Letter Office (1987) 9/15

Update! O glorious update!

--M.L.

July 27, 2008

New Review:

Katy Perry: One of the Boys (2008) 10/15

Rewritten Reviews:

Elton John: Honky Chateau (1972) 13/15
R.E.M.: Document (1987) 11/15

School starts (again) in about three weeks! Shockingly, I was accepted at the last minute to Washington State University. I thought about getting a head start in Differential Equations, but I think I'll review rock albums instead. (...I posted a positive review of the album from the girl who wrote "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed a Girl." I'm just as shocked as you are.)

--M.L.

July 4, 2008

New Review:

KK: Telescopes (2008) 10/15

Yeah... I didn't review at all, did I. Nothing but a big broken promise. I only got myself to write about this album, because I told the guy who sent it to me I would. (I really put it off to the last minute, too... I'm headed off to the airport in about three hours!) So, I'll be gone for the next two weeks. I'm not bringing my computer... Just my iPod and a few books.

To the Americans, happy Independence Day!

--M.L.

June 27, 2008

New Reviews:

The Beach Boys: Sunflower (1970) 12/15
The Beach Boys: Surf's Up (1971) 11/15

I'm not working at such a fast pace... but I've been giving my brain a bit of a rest! It needed it!! I'll try to review as much as I can before I go on a trip in one week.

--M.L.

June 24, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Elton John: Madman Across the Water (1971) 11/15

A bit of a demotion in that Elton John album compared to the original review. The original score of 8.9 converted to a 12 on the new system.

--M.L.

June 23, 2008

New Reviews:

Can: Unlimited Edition (1976) 10/15
Neil Young: Ragged Glory (1990) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) 13/15

Converted Reviews:

Tyrannosaurus Rex: My People Were Fair... (1967) 12/15
Tyrannosaurus Rex: Prophets, Seers & Sages... (1968) 9/15
Tyrannosaurus Rex: Unicorn (1969) 12/15
Tyrannosaurus Rex: Beard of Stars (1970) 12/15

--M.L.

June 22, 2008

New Review:

Elton John: 11-17-70 (1971) 12/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction (1985) 10/15

Converted Reviews:

Brian Wilson: Live in Kansas City
ZZ Top: First Album (1971) 10/15
ZZ Top: Rio Grande Mud (1972) 9/15
ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973) 11/15
ZZ Top: Fandango! (1975) 8/15
ZZ Top: Tejas (1976) 11/15
ZZ Top: Deguello (1979) 10/15

--M.L.

June 21, 2008

Rewritten Review:

Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection (1970) 13/15

Converted Reviews:

Michael Bolton: Michael Bolton (1983) 6/15
Michael Bolton: The Hunger (1987) 5/15
Michael Bolton: Soul Provider (1989) 5/15
Michael Bolton: Time, Love and Tenderness (1991) 4/15
Michael Bolton: The One Thing (1993) 2/15
Michael Bolton: All That Matters (1997) 4/15

I'm going to go through and trying to put all the reviews I'm not rewriting on the new format that I can... While those Michael Bolton reviews could use a touch-up especially since they were written quite a long time ago, they hardly a priority. Anyway, I think I was better at writing reviews of bad albums than good albums back then...

I'm still doing that Tumbleweed Connection rewrite. I'm taking my time on it.

--M.L.

June 20, 2008

New Reviews:

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare (1975) 13/15
Barry White: Barry & Glodean (1981) 7/15
Rush: Vapor Trails (2002) 7/15

Rewritten Review:

R.E.M.: Reckoning (1984) 11/15

Converted Reviews:

Alice Cooper: Pretties For You (1969) 10/15
Alice Cooper: Easy Action (1970) 10/15
Alice Cooper: Love it to Death (1971) 13/15
Alice Cooper: Killer (1971) 14/15
Alice Cooper: School's Out (1972) 12/15
Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies (1973) 13/15
Alice Cooper: Muscle of Love (1974) 10/15
Alice Cooper: Live in Topeka

That Welcome to My Nightmare review was actually written about a year ago, and I forgot about it! ...Well, here it is now, in all its glory!

--M.L.

June 19, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Freedom (1989) 11/15

Rewritten Reviews:

R.E.M.: Murmur (1983) 13/15
Elton John: Empty Sky (1969) 10/15
Elton John: Elton John (1971) 11/15

The final grades are in, and I passed everything! (Yay!)

--M.L.

June 18, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: Past Masters Volume 2 (1988) 14/15

There's the end of the Beatles re-writes. (No... I won't review the Anthology series... I haven't even heard it to be honest.) Now I'm going to work pretty heavily on Elton John and R.E.M. rewrites. (All the reviews I have from Victim of Love until Leather Jackets were written last year, so they'll just get posted as-is.)

--M.L.

June 17, 2008

New Reviews:

Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime! (2008) 11/15
Madonna: Hard Candy (2008) 7/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: Past Masters Volume 1 (1988) 13/15

That was a higher grade for that Madonna album than I thought it would be. It was almost an 8, but there were so many obnoxious songs in there that I had to downgrade it a notch. But still... I think she's getting better.

--M.L.

June 16, 2008

New Reviews:

The Byrds: Farther Along (1971) 10/15
Neil Young: This Note's For You (1988) 9/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: Let it Be (1970) 14/15

I decided I'm not going to be as crazy about getting as many reviews in as possible as I can sometimes be. I'll still be pretty prolific, though, probably.

--M.L.

June 15, 2008

New Review:

Can: Landed (1975) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969) 15/15

Did I overrate that Can album? Perhaps. But I enjoyed 85 percent of it, and I couldn't let that go unnoticed.

--M.L.

June 14, 2008

New Reviews:

Barry White: Sheet Music (1980) 11/15
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1969) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: The Beatles (1968) 15/15

I told you I was going to update. Why didn't you believe me?

--M.L.

June 13, 2008

Yeah, so going five days on two day's sleep has finally caught up with me. I feel like a zombie. I'll see you tomorrow -- probably late afternoon -- when my brain feels better. And then I shall tackle The White Album.

--M.L.

June 11, 2008

Two days left, and then I'm through with school for the year. I expect activity will soar here next week (I always seem to do that once the quarter/semester ends). While I'm studying for the final and finalizing my physics project report, I'm re-listening to the stuff that's on my queue, and adding a few things (including the new Madonna album and the new Barenaked Ladies album).

I said earlier that once I'm through with the Beatles rewrites, I'll relaunch the Elton John and R.E.M. pages. That still stands. (And that message board is going to be history. All I get on there is spam that I have to delete every few weeks.)

See you Friday!

--M.L.

May 10, 2008

New Review:

Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) 11/15

I didn't think I'd do it this weekend, but here's an actual REVIEW!!! This is also the last Iron Maiden album I'll review. Those are really tough for me...

--M.L.

May 6, 2008

This is a littler closer to what I used to compose Haunted Mansion. It's sort of pop-rock.

--M.L.

May 2, 2008

Calculus III is driving me crazy! And here's another composition... It's made up mostly of leftovers. Northern Travels.

--M.L.

April 20, 2008

Well... Looks like my interests have drifted back to songwriting again. I wrote a really cheesy piece in case you're interested. It sounds a little like it belongs in an anime... Trotter's Lullaby. Sorry about the lack of reviews... My wave of interest in that regard is very low right now. Don't worry. It will return.

--M.L.

April 17, 2008

Apologies for a lack of updates even though I said I would update. I am still alive. I'm going to try to get myself to do it this weekend. My reviewing activity requires me to generate a lot of momentum! Oh well... Writing this paragraph surely would help me generate a refreshed interest!

--M.L.

April 8, 2008

Uh oh... I have a number of things to take care of, so this silly site will have to be put on hold until Saturday. (Friday, if I'm lucky.) See you then!

--M.L.

April 6, 2008

New Review:

Rush: Test For Echo (1996) 11/15

...OK, no more updates today. I needed a break. And I needed to do my calculus homework. Maybe I'll review that Iron Maiden album tomorrow. Maybe the next day. Who knows? I'm shooting for tomorrow.

--M.L.

April 5, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Life (1987) 10/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (1967) 15/15
The Byrds: Byrdmaniax (1971) 8/15

Converted Reviews:

Gary Numan: Tubeway Army (1978) 9/15
Gary Numan: Replicas (1979) 11/15
Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle (1979) 13/15

Hello. Update!

--M.L.

April 4, 2008

New Reviews:

Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am (1979) 11/15
Barry White: I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing (1979) 8/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Beatles: Revolver (1966) 15/15
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 15/15

I have decided... I'm planning on reviving the R.E.M. and Elton John pages after I'm finished with The Beatles rewrites. All the R.E.M. reviews need rewrites, and I'll review the album they did recently too. All the Elton John reviews until that disco thing will get rewrites, too. (The rest were written last year.) And I'll also finish up his discography, I hope.

Hmm... the Barry White and the Earth Wind & Fire albums start with the same word, were released the same year and have a similar looking cover if you look at them from a distance...

--M.L.

April 3, 2008

New Review:

Neil Young: Landing on Water (1986) 9/15

I went to the calculus III class for the first time today and overheard that a significant portion of the class are retaking it after doing poorly last quarter ... That doesn't give me a whole lot of confidence! But the good news is I'm only taking two classes, so I'll have a lot of time to study.

--M.L.

April 2, 2008

New Review:

The Byrds: Untitled/Unissued (1970) 10/15

I'm going to work later today, but there could be another update or two when I get back.

--M.L.

April 1, 2008

New Reviews:

Rush: Counterparts (1993) 10/15
Neil Young: Old Ways (1985) 9/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965) 14/15
The Beatles: Help! (1965) 13/15
Barry White: Is This Whatcha Wont? (1976) 6/15

Sorry for the delay... I had writer's block of all things. Though I probably was just very reviewed-out! I watched a ton of movies, though. The same thing happened toward the tail end of my winter break, too!

As I thought, the Barry White score didn't change at all. (I had my original 2004 review posted on there because I lost access to the album. But I've regained access to it a couple weeks ago!) Though the text changed, which was very much needed. (Yay!)

--M.L.

March 27, 2008

New Review:

Barry White: The Message is Love (1979) 10/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Beatles: Beatles For Sale (1964) 12/15
The Byrds: Ballad of Easy Rider (1969) 10/15

Thankfully, I not only got permission to take calculus III, but I also qualified for in-state tuition! So, instead of paying close to $3,000, it is only $900. I'm only taking two classes, but that's OK. I was only planning on taking one class over the summer, so I'll take two. It's better to spread these things evenly, I suppose. And the unintended side effect will be more time devoted to more leisurely things like writing these stupid reviews.

--M.L.

March 25, 2008

New Reviews:

Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'N All (1977) 11/15
Neil Young: Everybody's Rockin' (1983) 8/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) 13/15

I was intending to update yesterday, but I ended up spending my entire morning at Cascadia Community College attempting to sign up for Calculus III. They are giving me a hard time about it! If it has been more than 12 months since your last math class, you have to jump through a billion hoops if you don't feel like starting over from the beginning. Baaaaaaah!

--M.L.

March 23, 2008

New Reviews:

Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Men 9/15
The Band: Live at Watkins Glen 7/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Beatles: With The Beatles 13/15
The Byrds: Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde 7/15

Happy Easter!

--M.L.

March 22, 2008

New Reviews:

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time 10/15
Neil Young: Trans 10/15
Rush: Roll the Bones 8/15
Barry White: The Right Night & Barry White 7/15

Rewritten Review:

The Beatles: Please Please Me 12/15

That Iron Maiden album was a near-11, and I couldn't quite muster the will power to bring it up that notch. Oh well. Don't take it to heart. There's only going to be two more Maiden reviews, I think. Despite the glowing reviews, I'm not that interested in delving into their '90s material.

--M.L.

March 21, 2008

New Reviews:

Neil Young: Re-ac-tor 10/15
The Band: The Last Waltz 12/15
Philip Glass: 1000 Airplanes on the Roof 12/15
Hall & Oates: Private Eyes 10/15
The Monkees: Head 12/15

Ouch! The dynamics test didn't go too well. By the time I got to the last question, my brain turned into mush. The question wasn't that difficult (in retrospect), but in my confusion, I started to solve for something that it wasn't asking for. By the time I realized the error, there was only five minutes left and way too late to save it. (I wrote some things down, but considering I was in mushy-brain, panic-mode, the stuff I wrote down was probably utter nonsense. I can't even remember what it was!) Anyway, I had a solid B in there before the test, so the worst that can happen is I get a C! And C = Commendatory!!!! My brain still hurts, but I think I can muster up the energy to do some writing.

Those reviews I posted were written a year or so ago. I still have a few others from that era I can post. That Monkees album is a 13 based on the way I calculate the raw scores. But somehow I don't think it should be a 13, so I lowered the rating. I'll reassess it whenever I get around to having a real Monkees page!!

--M.L.

March 20, 2008

New Review:

The Band: Jericho 11/15

Converted Reviews:

The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man 12/15
The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn! 10/15
The Byrds: Fifth Dimension 12/15
The Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday 13/15
The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers 11/15
The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo 8/15
Macy Gray: On How Life Is 12/15
Justin Guarini: Justin Guarini 4/15

Over the next week, I'm going to be converting a lot of the reviews that aren't going to be rewritten into the new format. I've been spending all day studying for my dynamics final, and my listening queue has grown obscene. To celebrate, I brought back the review queue. So, you can see what's spinning in REAL TIME (i.e. whenever I get around to updating, which is usually pretty frequently).

At this point, I can't be sure, but I'll try to get that Neil Young update finished tomorrow afternoon or evening. (Sometimes after tests, I feel zombified, so I can't guarantee anything tomorrow.)

--M.L.

March 19, 2008

New Reviews:

Can: Soon Over Babaluma 11/15
Neil Young: Hawks & Doves 9/15
Rush: Presto 8/15

Converted Reviews:

Laura Branigan: Laura Branigan 6/15
Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority 12/15
Melissa Etheridge: Melissa Etheridge 5/15
A Flock of Seagulls: A Flock of Seagulls 9/15
Barry Manilow: Barry Manilow II 8/15
The Monkees: The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees 11/15
Os Mutantes: Os Mutantes 14/15
Pearls Before Swine: Balaklava 9/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire 12/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: The Need of Love 11/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: Last Days and Time 11/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: Head to the Sky 10/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes 11/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: That's the Way of the World 13/15
Earth, Wind & Fire: Spirit 10/15

I converted the odds & sods and the Earth, Wind and Fire pages whilst listening to my updated playlist. Here's what's coming up next: Hawks & Doves Neil Young, Jericho The Band, Re-ac-tor Neil Young, The Last Waltz The Band, Somewhere in Time Iron Maiden, Trans Neil Young, and The Right Night & Barry White by Paul McCartney.

--M.L.

March 18, 2008

New Review:

Barry White: The Man is Back! 6/15

Rewritten Review:

The Band: Islands 9/15

Considering I only studied about two hours for the physics final and I had a terrible case of insomnia last night, I'm pretty sure I did fine on it. (The professor put the solutions up once I got home, and I remember doing most of that stuff.) Actually, I would've done a lot better if I didn't go back and change some of my answers! ... I'll just blame that on poor judgment from the insomnia.

But I took a nap, and I'm ready to do what's really important in life. I did that Band rewrite (the score actually decreased a bit, and my song reviews changed almost entirely).

--M.L.

March 16, 2008

New Review:

Rush: A Show of Hands 9/15

A vague possibility I might update either again today or sometime tomorrow. But I do have plenty of school, work and studying to accomplish. Not to mention some midi-contest reviews to write.

Definitely look for a new update Tuesday. It will depend on how much I think I bombed the physics final. If I think I did horribly, I'm going to spend the rest of the day in a catatonic state. If not, I'll feel relieved and take a deserved break and write some reviews. My dynamics final is Friday, but I already know I'm going to bomb that!!!

As you might have guessed, Spring Break is around the corner! I don't think I'll be doing any songwriting and I won't be going on any trips. I plan to relax, and concentrate on reviews. I think it's about time to rewrite The Beatles reviews. Also, someone at Music Babble tells me I should listen to Freedy Johnston. I glanced over his material, and he seems like something I'd like. Other than that, I'll concentrate on finishing the discographies of Neil Young, The Band, Iron Maiden, Rush, Can and The Beach Boys. Also, look for a revamped Byrds page!!! (Only everything after Sweetheart of the Rodeo needs to be rewritten... I rewrote the previous ones early last year.)

I have vague hopes that next quarter won't be too difficult for me, which will free up more time for the site. Dynamics has been rather time consuming, and I'm looking forward to finally getting it over with. I'm only taking physics and two math classes... As I reported earlier, I had to retake a whole year's worth of physics, so there are no new concepts for me to learn. And math classes tend to be naturally easy for me. (Especially calc III since I already dealt with most of that stuff... the other class is Differential Equations, which will probably be a total bitch... but at least there are no word problems!!!!) And the summer... well I'll probably just take linear algebra, so I'll have plenty of time to goof off.

--M.L.

March 15, 2008

New Review:

Delays: Faded Seaside Glamour 12/15

Whoah... an update... Sorry it took so long, but I've been busy as hell. I still have a laundry list of things to do this weekend. If I don't procrastinate much the rest of the day and I finish my project, we could see a new Rush review. ...I know, you guys are all wetting your pants with anticipation!!!

Next week is finals week, and I'll be sitting around trying to slowly study dynamics stuff. Maybe there'll be some reviews then, too...

--M.L.

March 4, 2008

Rewritten Review:

The Band: Northern Lights, Southern Cross 12/15

The e-mail form isn't working. Again. I was wondering why it's been such a long time since I've gotten a reader comment! I'll work on that...

I've been pretty good about sticking to my playlist lately, so here's what I have coming up in order. Faded Seaside Glamour by Delays. A Show of Hands by Rush. Islands by The Band. The Man is Back by Barry White. Presto by Rush. Soon Over Babaluma by Can. Hawks & Doves by Neil Young. Jericho by The Band.

--M.L.

March 2, 2008

New Reviews:

Iron Maiden: Live After Death 13/15
Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked Ladies Are Me 10/15

Did you think the day after Leap Day was the end of the reviews? Then you were WRONG!

--M.L.

March 1, 2008

New Reviews:

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová: Once -- Music From the Motion Picture 12/15
Rush: Hold Your Fire (1987) 8/15
Janet Jackson: Discipline (2008) 5/15

Did you think Leap Day was the end of the reviews? You were WRONG.

--M.L.

February 29, 2008

New Review:

Can: Future Days (1973) 13/15

Leap day = 1 Can review

--M.L.

February 24, 2008

No reviews like I said I might do. However, I did write another song. (Sorry.) It's called Foutnain of Youth (6:04). The quarter is over in a couple weeks, and it looks like I won't be taking too many classes next quarter... So I might have more free time to do stuff like reviewing. (Thank goodness.)

--M.L.

February 18, 2008

New Review:

The Band: Moondog Matinee (1973) 11/15

Oh look, a review! I might do another one sometime this week. It might be Future Days by Can.

--M.L.

February 3, 2008

Yet another one. It's six minutes long, and has nothing to do with ghosts or anything. It is called The Painted Lady. ...This one's weirder. I was just going to make a pop song (albeit with some weird harmonies), but then I started writing these silly piano parts...

And there are still no reviews. And now onto homework!! (Who do these professors think they are?? I don't want to do homework!!!)

--M.L.

February 2, 2008

Still no more reviews. (It'll be awhile before I get to doing those... I'm sorry...) But I finished the second part of that thing I was working on. If you care, you can hear it here... The Ghost of Christmas Present. I'm not sure when/if the third one will come around! It's already partly written and quite a bit spookier.

--M.L.

January 26, 2008

Nope. No reviews unfortunately. I wasn't supposed to be doing anything other than my homework, but all this studying while listening to film soundtracks gave me the composing bug again. I wrote something that I just submitted in a theme contest for "Spirit of Christmas." Yeah, I know ... January is a funny time to hold a Christmas theme contest! I went with a Dickens theme and tried writing something about The Ghost of Christmas Past. It's just a brief instrumental. So there you go.

(And it gets worse... I was originally writing something about all four ghosts... It got to seven minutes. But there were so many flaws that I decided that it was best to just work on them separately. It'll have to be later, because I'm now *very* far behind with my school work.)

If you want to see more of my self-indulgence, please see my mp3 page.

--M.L.

January 7, 2008

Happy New Years, everybody! I just wasn't up to doing anything my last week of winter break. It felt too much like I was headed for the chopping block. Now, the latest quarter has started, and I'll really not be able to keep up with this site. Even though I won't be updating much from now until about the middle of June, I shall be keeping you in mind. Weekend updates are always a possibility. However, reviewing requires so much energy, and that's going to be in verrrrrry short supply.

--M.L.

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December 30, 2007

Rewritten Review:

Barenaked Ladies: Everything to Everyone (2003) 11/15

I just ordered $70 worth of supplementary textbooks from amazon.com. If my evil plan works, I won't waste so much time being confused next quarter (which starts on Jan. 7). I am making an expressed effort to not drive myself insane this time. (I'm taking Dynamics, which I heard absolutely sucks!!! I wouldn't be hoping for too many reviews over this time-period, but you never know.)

--M.L.

December 29, 2007

New Reviews:

Cyndi Lauper: The Body Acoustic (2005) 7/15
Atomic Kitten: Atomic Kitten (2003) 7/15
The Bird and the Bee: The Bird and the Bee (2007) 9/15
Feist: The Reminder (2007) 9/15
Lindsay Lohan: Speak (2004) 6/15
Jennifer Lopez: On the 6 (1999) 5/15
Yellowcard: Where We Stand (1999) 4/15

I now have an odds & sods page dedicated to "modern" music, and I wrote a random batch of reviews for it! (I'll make an odds & sods page for older random reviews, too.) Someone e-mailed me the other day asking about a demo album ... If you're reading this, I responded saying I would listen to it, but I never got a response.

--M.L.

December 28, 2007

New Review:

Iron Maiden: Powerslave (1984) 12/15

Yesterday, Power Windows. Today, Powerslavia.

December 27, 2007

New Review:

Rush: Power Windows (1985) 9/15

Reviewwwwwws!!!

--M.L.

December 26, 2007

New Reviews:

The Band: Rock of Ages (1972) 12/15
Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind (1983) 10/15

Rewritten Review:

Barenaked Ladies: Maroon (2000) 10/15

More reviews! Now that I'm finished with The Kinks page (I don't have any of their live albums, unfortunately), all I'm really working on is completing the Iron Maiden, Rush, Barenaked Ladies and The Band pages. These will take awhile! But sometime soon, I'll review two Moose albums I didn't previously review as well as rewriting the one I did review. Then I should listen to something a little more "hip." (Also, I Can review Future Days.)

--M.L.

December 25, 2007

New Reviews:

Rush: Grace Under Pressure (1984) 11/15
Barenaked Ladies: Rock Spectacle (1996) 9/15
The Kinks: Phobia (1993) 6/15

Rewritten Review:

The Band: Cahoots (1971) 10/15

Wow, I completely lost interest in this site for a few days, but I feel like I'm *back* now. I'll go ahead and tell you what was up my sleeve during that Dec. 20 post. I'm ranking all the James Bond songs! I'm also including several of the ones listed on Wikipedia as "secondary songs." I've already listened to them extensively, ranked them and I'm halfway done writing paragraphs for each. (I was working on this off-and-on.) I'd watch out for this sometime soon. Yesterday and the day before I took a break from all that and worked on a new composition. It's a vaguely Christmas-themed thing called North Pole. OK, I have that out of my system now, so I can continue to write reviews!

--M.L.

December 20, 2007

Sorry for the lack of update. I felt like I was going to go nuts if I kept writing reviews like that. So I'm going to work on a project I thought up on a whim, for this site. I won't tell you what it is, but I think it'll be fun. (It might be more topical if I did this next fall, but ... whatever. In preparation for fall...)

--M.L.

December 19, 2007

New Review:

Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (1982) 11/15

I spent much longer with that Iron Maiden review than I planned to, but I probably listened to each track review three times in a row just to make sure I was making my best decisions. ...Of course I listened to it about four times all the way through, but those aren't easy songs to evaluate! ...I still haven't done Christmas shopping, and I pretty much have to do that today, plus I go to work. There might not be too many more updates today.

--M.L.

December 18, 2007

New Review:

The Kinks: UK Jive (1989) 7/15

Rewritten Review:

Barenaked Ladies: Stunt (1998) 10/15

...And review #800 was UK Jive. Bloody Hell. I have the Barenaked Ladies' Rock Spectacle on my playlist, and you can expect that review fairly soon... if not today, then I expect sometime tomorrow. Again, I have to work today (and tomorrow, too), so I might only be able to squeeze out two more reviews.

--M.L.

December 17, 2007

New Reviews:

Iron Maiden: Killers (1981) 10/15
Rush: Signals (1982) 9/15

Rewritten Review:

The Band: Stage Fright (1970) 10/15

Converted Reviews:

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden (1980) 11/15
The Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari (1962) 8/15
The Beach Boys: Surfin' USA (1963) 9/15
The Beach Boys: Surfer Girl (1963) 9/15
The Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe (1963) 7/15
The Beach Boys: Shut Down Vol. 2 (1964) 9/15
The Beach Boys: All Summer Long (1964) 11/15
The Beach Boys: Today! (1965) 12/15
The Beach Boys: Summer Days & Summer Nights (1965) 13/15
The Beach Boys: Party! (1965) 9/15
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966) 15/15
The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (1967) 9/15
The Beach Boys: Wild Honey (1967) 10/15
The Beach Boys: Friends (1968) 12/15
The Beach Boys: Stack-O-Tracks (1968) N/A
The Beach Boys: 20/20 (1967) 12/15

I should upload all of the more recent reviews (that aren't getting rewrites) onto the new site ... just to see where I really am). I'm afraid those Iron Maiden reviews I'll write are going to suck. I think I put enough apologies in the first two reviews I have posted, but my next ones will be unapologetic ... and I'll just tell you what I think about 'em regardless of my perceived inexperience. (Hey, it's *you* guys who asked for them!!!) ... I spent waaaaay more time with that Rush review than I was expecting, but that's fine. I'm halfway through the Barenaked Ladies track reviews, but it's quite clear I'm going to conk out. Tomorrow.

--M.L.

December 16, 2007

Rewritten Reviews:

The Band: The Band (1969) 13/15
The Kinks: Think Visual (1986) 9/15
Barenaked Ladies: Born on a Pirate Ship (1996) 8/15

That Band album got a tiny bit of a demotion with the rewrite. I think originally I was so surprised that I liked it that I overlooked the flaws and overrated it a little bit. But don't worry ... that's still an overwhelmingly positive review! I also decided that I will review that live album the Barenaked Ladies did in 1996, since it's critically acclaimed.

I saw No Country For Old Men in theaters today. ...WOW. That's one of those rare movies that's affecting while you're sitting there watching it, but even more affecting the moments after you see it. I also saw Head on DVD, the psychedelic Monkees movie, which was so cool that it hurt. .......and I saw The Mighty Quinn, which wasn't as good, but I still liked it. It's better than most police/drug/action movies I've seen if only because Denzel Washington is always so good in those pictures, and I liked the Caribbean locale they shot it at.

--M.L.

December 15, 2007

Rewritten Reviews:

The Band: Music From Big Pink (1968) 13/15
The Kinks: State of Confusion (1983) 11/15
Barenaked Ladies: Maybe You Should Drive (1994) 10/15
The Kinks: Word of Mouth (1984) 6/15

More rewrites!! Here's what's on my playlist: The Band by The Band, Born on a Pirate Ship by Barenaked Ladies, Think Visual by The Kinks, Stage Fright by The Band, Killers by Iron Maiden, Signals by Rush, Stunt by Barenaked Ladies and UK Jive by The Kinks. I could submit an Elvis Presley review at any time in between ... or I might not.

--M.L.

December 14, 2007

New Reviews:

Paul McCartney: Driving Rain (2001) 11/15
The Police: Synchronicity (1983) 12/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Kinks: Give the People What They Want (1982) 9/15
Barenaked Ladies: Gordon (1992) 12/15
Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005) 13/15

My next scheduled update is rewrites of The Kinks' State of Confusion and The Band's Music From Big Pink. Look for them tomorrow. This should prove to be a grand old time.

--M.L.

December 13, 2007

New Review:

The Police: Ghost in the Machine (1981) 12/15

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Low Budget (1979) 10/15

How did that physics final go? Let me put it this way: Partial credit is going to be my only friend. I'm not moping about it anymore, because I just remembered that I can temporarily stop thinking about these unholy classes and start thinking about music. It's a race against time to see how much I can do within this criminally short break of mine. Next up is Macca's Driving Rain.

--M.L.

December 11, 2007

I thought I was going to update this thing more over this week, but I got too busy. I was studying constantly for the final I finished yesterday and spent the subsequent hours moping around the house feeling like I just got sucker punched. (The final went OK, I think. For some reason, I couldn't feel happy that the class was over with.) I still have one final early Thursday morning that I will study for as much as I can. Depending on how things go, look for the next update later Thursday. Naturally, if it goes poorly, I'll sit around for the next few days moping... but I'll come around... I think...

Even though I want to review every band that ever existed, I might start reviewing Elvis Presley and The Legendary Pink Dots soon. I stated a few times that I have no interest in '50s rock 'n' roll, but as I was reviewing those Macca cover albums, I couldn't remember why I didn't have that interest. Elvis was sort of the figurehead, so he'd be a good place to start.

And lastly in this letter I'm writing because I'm procrastinating my studies: Why am I completely neglecting current bands? I should start a page where I review albums that have been released recently. (Yes, I do read your e-mails!)

This will be after I get a good chunk out of the Iron Maiden reviews, naturally! I'm gearing myself up for being extremely prolific this break...

--M.L.

December 3, 2007

New Review:

The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) 13/15

I probably should have worked on another assignment instead of this, but I decided to take a break. I spent 11 hours STRAIGHT working on homework last night... I started at 3 p.m., and the merry mayhem lasted until 2 in the morning. I got a LOT of listening in, though. Seriously, the only way I'm going to update again today is if George W. Bush comes on TV and says that school is canceled forever. A rewrite of The Kinks' Low Budget will be next, whenever that is... Tomorrow with a little luck...

--M.L.

December 2, 2007

New Review:

Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run (1999) 8/15

I think this will probably be the only update today. There's too much stuff to do!

--M.L.

December 1, 2007

New Reviews:

Paul McCartney: Back in the USSR (CHOBA B CCCP) (1988) 8/15
Paul McCartney: Unplugged (1991) 9/15

I somehow hurt my back last night while trying to do a physics experiment that wasn't working correctly. It's better now, but I lost a ton of sleep! Well, I guess I have an official excuse to sit around all day! I took a decent bite out of my homework last night, but I still have a ways to go. I'm going to make a conscious effort to review one more albums today, though. Mayhaps another. Probably better not, though. It'll be another Macca cover album.

I'm still planning on doing some Iron Maiden reviews, but I'm going to wait on that until school gets out, finally. Since I'm nearly through with McCartney, and The Police won't take me too long, I'll get a little more diligent with my rewrites. I already have The first Barenaked Ladies album on my playlist and shortly after, I'll write some more proper reviews of The Band!

--M.L.

November 30, 2007

New Review:

The Police: Regatta De Blanc (1979) 13/15

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Misfits (1978) 8/15

That Police review took a long time partly because I was so busy, but also partly because I had writer's block. It's hard to know what to write about excellent albums sometimes. I have serious homework this weekend (for my last week of school), but I'll fit in as many reviews as possible. Next on my queue are four Paul McCartney albums Back in the USSR, Unplugged, Run Devil Run and Driving Rain; two Police albums Zenyatta Mondatta and Ghost in the Machine; and two Kinks albums Low Budget and Give the People What They Want.

--M.L.

November 25, 2007

New Review:

Neil Young: Live Rust (1979) 12/15

It'll just be this today. I started on the next Police album, but I spaced out and started reading about Frank Zappa. Now it's time for bed. How's this for an idea? All 75 Zappa albums over the winter break!! ... Er... maybe I should just shoot for two dozen and see how it goes from there. If I don't update tomorrow, you can bet that I *wish* I could update tomorrow.

--M.L.

November 24, 2007

New Reviews:

The Police: Outlandos D'Amour (1978) 12/15
Paul McCartney: Off the Ground (1993) 10/15
Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie (1997) 10/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Kinks: Sleepwalker (1977) 11/15
Cyndi Lauper: At Last (2003) 7/15

At long last The Police are on Don Ignacio's Music Reviews! I don't know why so many people wanted them ... my opinion of it is pretty much the same as everyone else's... Well, I loved reviewing that album, so there's the value right there! (Actually the second time I reviewed it ... My original review was a victim of my hard drive asplosion. But I think this new review is probably better.)

I'm figuring that I should do more pages of rewrites. Unless I want this site to be segregated forever, I'm going to have to get cracking!! Of course I won't revive that many pages soon since I have a ways to go with The Kinks, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Rush ... and whatever else I'm forgetting to mention. About McCartney, I know I skipped Unplugged and Back in the U.S.S.R... I'll pick those up after Flaming Pie is reviewed.

--M.L.

November 23, 2007

New Reviews:

Klaus Nomi: Klaus Nomi (1981) 12/15
Klaus Nomi: Simple Man (1982) 11/15
Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt (1989) 9/15

Rewritten Reviews:

The Kinks: A Soap Opera (1975) 9/15
The Kinks: Schoolboys in Disgrace (1976) 10/15

Converted Reviews:

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (1983) 9/15
Cyndi Lauper: True Colors (1986) 6/15
Cyndi Lauper: A Night to Remember (1989) 7/15
Cyndi Lauper: Hat Full of Stars (1993) 7/15
Cyndi Lauper: Sisters of Avalon (1997) 8/15

Hah, I managed to not pass out! I have a new listening play list... Later, I'm planning to write commentaries for the following works: Sleepwalker by The Kinks, Off the Ground by Paul McCartney, At Last by Cyndi Lauper, Flaming Pie by Paul McCartney, Outlandos D'Amour by The Police, Live Rust by Neil Young, Regatta De Blanc by The Police and Misfits by The Kinks.

--M.L.

November 22, 2007

New Reviews:

Dire Straits: On Every Street (1991) 9/15
Paul McCartney: Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984) 8/15
Paul McCartney: Press to Play (1986) 6/15

That's it for today! Maybe more will be on the way tomorrow!

--M.L.

November 21, 2007

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Preservation Act 2 (1974) 9/15

I sort of expected to review more than this by this time in my holiday, but I can review what I can review! I had to work today, anyway!! I might as well tell you what's on my queue right now... In order, there's the final Dire Straits studio album (that will finish that page), Give My Regards to Broadstreet and Press to Play by Macca. Soap Opera by The Kinks. I saw the Klaus Nomi documentary recently, which made me want to review his two albums ... so they will appear after that. Then, I will review The Kinks' Schoolboys in Disgrace and Paul McCartney's Flowers in Dirt. Sorry, to everybody who wanted me to review The Police. It will still happen! Since I don't have much time to review anymore, I figured it would be better to concentrate my efforts on only a handful of pages.

--M.L.

November 18, 2007

New Review:

Joan Baez: Diamonds & Rust (1975) 11/15

And that concludes the Joan Baez page... for now... Next on my list is Preservation Act II.

--M.L.

November 15, 2007

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Preservation Act 1 (1973) 8/15

I had an unusually decent time completing my homework tonight! So, I had time to finish this review... How wonderful! As stated, this was considerably more positive than the original review even though it was still negative... After all, who wanted a mediocre Kinks album????

--M.L.

November 13, 2007

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Everybody's in Show-Biz (1972) 12/15

Well, it's certainly been awhile!! School has definitely been keeping me busy... This review has, effectively, been about 10 days in the making. Sometimes, it's hard picking up momentum again, you know. I agree this update didn't come a moment too soon, and it makes me sad I can't work on this site more! Well, I'm using this to try warming up for the Thanksgiving break... with any luck, I'll write bunches of reviews!! (Actually, I'd like to consider the break starting this Friday... two days worth of classes is somewhat "meh"-worthy.)

The next two reviews I'll probably work on is The Kinks' Preservation Part 1 (which will be considerably more positive than my original review), and the last Joan Baez album that I expect will appear on her page for quite some time, Diamonds & Rust. That's her most acclaimed album, and it's kinda the reason I reviewed all those early '70s pieces of crap she did. (Though I gave it an 11 in my burnt-harddrive review... so, it's one of those uninspired, tasteful things.)

OK see you soon... maybe...

--M.L.

October 8, 2007

New Review:

Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (1979) 13/15

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies (1971) 14/15

This update, and then it's off to school!

--M.L.

October 7, 2007

New Reviews:

The Kinks: Percy (1971) 9/15
Joan Baez: Gracias a la Vida (1974) 6/15

A lot of sevens today... As it turns out, I did review a fair number of albums yesterday and still had enough time to study. (It should please Neil Young fans that Rust Never Sleeps shall get a 13.) Really, I understand all there is to know about this statics chapter, which is excellent. Today, I just have to complete the homeworks (which will be no problem) and probably get started on this week's physics homework due Friday.

--M.L.

October 6, 2007

Rewritten Review:

The Kinks: Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 (1970) 11/15

Converted Reviews:

The Kinks: The Kinks (1964) 5/15
The Kinks: Kinda Kinks (1965) 8/15
The Kinks: The Kink Kontroversy (1966) 9/15
The Kinks: Face to Face (1966) 11/15
The Kinks: Something Else (1967) 13/15
The Kinks: The Village Green Preservation Society (1968) 14/15
The Kinks: Arthur or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969) 14/15

OK, I didn't exactly undergo the reviewing extravaganza that I planned, but I will try to write at least one review this weekend (for an update later on down the road). I think my brain needs time to spend in a void (before delving back into the studies). Plus, the next thing I have on my list is Dire Straits' On Every Street, which isn't the most exciting thing on the planet.

--M.L.

October 4, 2007

New Review:

Neil Young: Comes a Time (1978) 10/15

Wow. OK, I probably won't do an update per day!! I guess the good news (for this site) is that I still really want to work on it. The problem is that Monday-Thursday, I'm gone for 12 hours a day straight... and if I don't do some serious work Friday-Sunday, I'll be in a load of trouble!!!

But I have *really* gotten the hang of a few things so hopefully Friday-Sunday can be spent enjoying the pleasures of running a music reviewing site. I just got finished with my physics homework (geez, those were some tough questions!!!), and I can finish that Police review. ...As long as these eyelids of mine can stay open.

(By the way, I forgot that I already started rewriting the Foreigner reviews some time ago... I should finish those and submit them sometime. I'll just do it all at once probably.)

--M.L.

October 1, 2007

New Review:

Can: Ege Bamyasi (1972) 12/15

I have started a Police review, but I'll stop working on it as soon as I have to go to work. Obviously I'm not working on these reviews as much as I used to! Everything's going fine with the school... I've been having trouble concentrating these past few days, but that's going to change soon. It would be a cool idea to update with a new review every day, so see you tomorrow.

--M.L.

September 30, 2007

New Reviews:

Rush: Exit...Stage Left (1981) 10/15
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985) 10/15

Sorry for that tantrum two days ago... I'm much better now. I haven't written a new review for about a week now (these were written before...). Today, I must study and do homework... but maybe I could work in a review or two. Also, I noticed that my track reviews for Psycho's Path were wrong... They're changed to the new ones.

Anybody who notices anything wrong about these reviews like that or dead links or something, please let me know!

--M.L.

September 28, 2007

Rewritten Reviews:

Paul McCartney: Red Rose Speedway (1972) 12/15
Paul McCartney: Band on the Run (1973) 14/15

Converted Reviews:

Paul McCartney: Venus and Mars (1975) 12/15
Paul McCartney: Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) 9/15
Paul McCartney: London Town (1978) 11/15
Paul McCartney: Back to the Egg (1979) 10/15
Paul McCartney: McCartney II (1980) 8/15
Paul McCartney: Tug of War (1982) 11/15
Paul McCartney: Pipes of Peace (1983) 7/15
Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full (2007) 13/15

Thank goodness this week is over. I had an utterly horrible run of events, and it has finally settled down. Firstly, I found out that I was enrolled in the wrong calculus class. (According to most educational institutions around the world, I should have been enrolled in Calculus III, but this college calls it Calculus IV. I must contact the Angry Video Game nerd!!!) Then, I found out that I had to enroll in another Lab class or I might never be able to take Physics III (basically a shop safety class). So... there went my Thursday evenings. Then I realized that I was enrolled in almost 17 credit hours and there was no way I could keep up with these classes and still be expected to show up to work (furthermore, I'm going to have to get another job if I'm going to afford all of this... well, maybe next quarter I'll seek employment at the campus tutoring center)! So, I gnashed my teeth and dropped Calculus III/IV... I was two days behind anyway. They have a bizarre tuition scale in Washington such that you're paying basically the same amount if you're taking between 10 and 18 credit hours, so I wasn't saving anything except my sanity. (It seems like a "blue state" such as Washington wouldn't want to penalize students who have to work to afford college! Well, there you go.)

OK, the rant's over now. I have no idea when the next update will be. (This one was pretty much ready to go already!) I'm thinking after I'm done with Friday's classes, I'll forget about them for the rest of the day and sit here.

(Someone just e-mailed me and asked me to revisit the Michael Jackson page... and he'd previously indicated that the Kiss page should be rewritten. I agree on both accounts! Again, who knows when this will be!!)

--M.L.

September 23, 2007

New Feature:

Statistics Page

New Review:

Public Image Ltd: Psycho's Path (1997) 11/15

Rewritten Review:

Madonna: Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) 5/15

For my final nerdy act before college begins tomorrow (when I have to be more of a nerd on purpose), I made box-and-whisker diagrams for all the completed artist pages who have five or more albums. Since all the scores are supposed to be equal no matter who is recording it (though it's arguable if I actully hold to it), I can get away with it... It'll make up for not having overall artist score

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