Sandra McCracken: Gravity|Love (2006)

Sandra McCracken
Gravity|Love; 2006
Towhee Records
My Rating: 80/100
Sandra McCracken has built herself a reputation as the thoughtful girl-next-door, and her fourth album, GRAVITY|LOVE, is her strongest offering to date. Folky songwriters can often miss the point when it comes to concept, but Sandra gets it right here, crafting eleven cohesive tracks centered around Love as Gravity as Love. Not that she ever gets cerebral about it, but these lovely tracks speak to the deepest of human longings. Yet the greatest strength of this record is that she casts it as a road record, every track seeming custom made for hitting the open highway in search of God knows what. From the joyous opener “Head Over Heel” to the sad-eyed “Portadown Station”, this is a record more about departures than arrivals, especially given the brilliant tribute to George Harrison, “Goodbye George.” Like U2, you get the impression that although Sandra knows what she’s looking for, she still hasn’t found it. That’s okay – being along for the ride will do.
Cohesion (4.5/5)
COnsistency (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Tracks:
1. Head Over Heel (5/5)
2. Long Way Home (4/5)
3. Goodbye George (5/5)
4. Gravity (4/5)
5. Traincar (5/5)
6. Portadown Station (4.5/5)
7. Doubt (3.5/5)
8. Broken Cup (4/5)
9. Shelter (4/5)
10. Chattanooga (5/5)
11. All the Miles (4/5)

SandramccrackengravityloveSandra McCracken
Gravity|Love; 2006
Towhee Records

My Rating: 80/100

A road record for the endless highway…

Sandra McCracken has built herself a reputation as the thoughtful girl-next-door, and her fourth album, GRAVITY|LOVE, is her strongest offering to date. Folky songwriters can often miss the point when it comes to concept, but Sandra gets it right here, crafting eleven cohesive tracks centered around Love as Gravity as Love. Not that she ever gets cerebral about it, but these lovely tracks speak to the deepest of human longings. Yet the greatest strength of this record is that she casts it as a road record, every track seeming custom made for hitting the open highway in search of God knows what. From the joyous opener “Head Over Heel” to the sad-eyed “Portadown Station”, this is a record more about departures than arrivals, especially given the brilliant tribute to George Harrison, “Goodbye George.” Like U2, you get the impression that although Sandra knows what she’s looking for, she still hasn’t found it. That’s okay – being along for the ride will do.

Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4/5)

Tracks:

1. Head Over Heel (5/5)
2. Long Way Home (4/5)
3. Goodbye George (5/5)
4. Gravity (4/5)
5. Traincar (5/5)
6. Portadown Station (4.5/5)
7. Doubt (3.5/5)
8. Broken Cup (4/5)
9. Shelter (4/5)
10. Chattanooga (5/5)
11. All the Miles (4/5)

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The Beatles: Revolver (1966)

REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so,
when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a
Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they
have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP
The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and
through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966.
“She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground
they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor
Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and
the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album
of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in
schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)THE BEATLES – REVOLVER
MY RATING: 100/100
REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)
revolverThe Beatles
Revolver; 1966
Capitol Records/EMI

My Rating: 100/100

REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I wouldn’t call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who worship The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. Canonical. This one should be taught in schools.

TRACKS:

1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)