Thank You Emusic

This blog is not about advertising, but given that I have a healthy dose of writer’s block tonight, I thought I’d switch gears and just appreciate the fact that Emusic has pretty much drowned me in music over the last month.

1. There’s the standard 37 tracks per month at $15.
2. I purchased 100 tracks using a $30 gift card in August.
3. Last night, they gave me 50 extra downloads for being a loyal customer through their transition in bringing Sony onboard.
4. I will shortly be receiving 10 more downloads for rating 10 albums. Yes, I select stars for my favorite records, and I will get 10 free songs.

That’s 197 tracks in one month at $45.  That’s 23 cents a tracks. Muy bueno.

And what did I purchase? Well, here’s an incomplete list:

1. Modest Mouse, No One’s First and You’re Next EP
2. 12 tracks from Bob Dylan’s first two greatest hits volumes (i.e. “All Along the Watchtower”, “I Shall Be Released”)
3. 5 tracks from Pearl Jam (i.e. “Nothingman”, “Once”)
4. Nathan, Jimson Weed
5. Hem, Funnel Cloud
6.  Neu! 75
7. Arcade Fire EP
8.  The Swell Season
9.  The Inbred, Kombinator
10. Sandra McCracken, Red Balloon
11.  The Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime (43 tracks for the price of 12!)
12.  5 tracks from Modest Mouse’s Sad Sappy Sucker
13. Son Volt, The Search (Deluxe Edition)
14. Sandra McCracken, Gravity/Love
15.  Dinosaur Jr., Farm
16. 6 tracks from Modest Mouse’s Epic releases
17. Bruce Springsteen, Hammersmith Odeon London ’75

And while there’s more where that came from, I’m not even done buying yet. I don’t know of a deal that even comes close to that in music downloads. So if you haven’t done a free trial with eMusic, what are you waiting for?

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)