Aug. 28th, 2008

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Some songs from my head:

My Chemical Romance, Mama (from The Black Parade). MCR's Black Parade album is an odd leap when compared to their previous work; they're still singing about the dead grandma - eloquently, I might add, but the topic's getting stale - and there's that single Teenagers which sounds like a generic hair band and definitely not a bunch of angsty guys from NJ with a fixation on the supernatural. But anyway. Mama is an anti-war song, of the "look what the war did to me" sort, and ironically it's set to a marching beat. What I really like about this is the way that, for the third verse, the music goes a bit off the rails, and it always makes me think of that scene in From Dusk Til Dawn where the band are suddenly playing instruments made from body parts. There's just a sort of demented air to it.

Dashboard Confessional, Vindicated (from Dusk and Summer). I love this entire album. Bought it for one song (Stolen), wound up hooked on the whole thing, but what I love about Vindicated is the way the vocalist seems to throw himself into the chorus. There's really no other way to describe it. I can almost picture him taking a running jump at the microphone.

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