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Friday August 7, 2015
We wrap up a week of our newest feature, #AlbumTracks, by unearthing some overlooked stuff (as we are often wont to do).
I Love You Baby – The Troggs
from the 1981 LP Black Bottom
Livin' for You – Boston
from the 1994 LP Walk On
Their 1993 album Walk On, which came out right after Nirvana exposed the bombast of hair metal and arena rock, was largely ignored. The production is dated but the songs are melodic and the layered guitar work is typically good for the band.
"Livin' For You" is the re-write of their '80s hit "Amanda" that nobody asked for. Okay, that was mean, I actually like both these songs. Even if they are lame ballads.
Under Control – The Strokes
from the 2003 LP Room on Fire
The laid back '60s pop vibe of "Under Control" is a perfect example of the album: the songwriting is fine, it's sort of engaging, but it doesn't scream "you should listen to me again." Like the songs that surround it, it never seems to take off.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.