Dancing in September

August recap:

PJ Harvey- well now I have a  better idea of what's on Is This Desire versus To Bring You My Love. Kinda. I can name 4 songs from To Bring You My Love and now have no idea the other songs that populate the album. I'll listen to it at some point though. That being said, I enjoyed listening to Is This Desire and finally getting a feel for it. Apparently it's one of the few albums I enjoy from top to bottom (another list I should make). Not a bad song in the bunch. Although, it only has a couple of my favorite PJ songs on it (Catherine, No Girl So Sweet)

Other PJ favorites

We Float
A Place Called Home
Cat on the Wall
Send His Love to Me
C'mon Billy
The Darker Days of Me & Him
The Dancer

Jude-as I expected, this album hasn't really withstood the test of time for me. It just reminded me of a time before Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. I found myself wondering why I loved the album so much when it was current. I think the songs that are good on the album (I Know, Battered Broken, Charlie Says) are ones that are a bit darker and not so much about LA jadedness. I think the latter are a bit of a waste of Jude's talent. I got sick of them after awhile, so I'm glad the month is over and I can move on to something else.

September's albums.....it's one hit wonder month! more specifically, the album after the one hit album.

The Cardigans- Gran Turismo

Like PJ Harvey, I was only mildly into the Cardigans when this album came out. Although I really liked  "Erase/Rewind" and "My Favourite Game"  when they came out and was going to get the album. It's been a couple years since I've listened to it though. I used to listen to it quite a bit on the way to work when I was barely awake. not too peppy, but not slow enough to put me back to sleep. From what I know about the Cardigans pre and post hit, this album was where they changed their sound and got a bit darker. Granted, compared to "Lovefool", almost anything is darker. I'm not too familiar with the albums after Gran Turismo, but I do like the change they made to their sound. I think it fit very nicely.

Nada Surf- The Proximity Effect

Since September is birthday month, I gave myself veto power and switched another album for this one. This album actually reminds me of my birthday because it was around that time I first heard it. I was a pretty big Nada Surf fan when "Popular" was a hit, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to listen to an advance copy of their second album. I instantly loved it and couldn't wait to get my own copy. Then they got dropped by their label and the album never came out. So I paid way too much for a promo copy on ebay and in 2000 the band self-released the album. It's been a year or 2 since I last listened to it, but I still think it's the best Nada Surf album.