Let it never be said that we are cynical bastards that don’t know how to enjoy ourselves. Ergo, we listen to a lot of music, and it’s safe to assume that you do too. So some of us editors have gotten together and put forth some musical recommendations, based on our own tastes. Enjoy!
Song: Into the Mystic
Artist: Van Morrison
Description: An oldie but a goodie. If you have somehow been deprived of the genius that is Van Morrison, do yourself a favor and take a listen to the best track off his stellar album “Moondance”.
Song: Lacrimosa (Dead Space 2 OST)
Composed by: Jason Graves
Description:Despite being a terrifying game, Dead Space 2 sure has a beautiful soundtrack. This piece keeps the string quartet charecteristic of much of the soundtrack, but injects more of a minimalist, somber tone into the piece. 4:58 on is my favorite part. Stick around for the surprise at the end.
Song: Never Forget
Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Description: Never Forget by Dropkick Murphys is one of my favorite songs because growing up in a large Irish family I was and still am close with my family, and this song is performed with almost every member of the band singing, even if they aren’t singers, just to symbolize how close their family is within the band. It is a short song but it runs down a small list of some situations modern families could be in and just encourages them to stay a family, and a lot of punk rock type songs don’t really touch on this message so it is interesting how the Dropkick Murphys do this. The music is done very well too, with Irish instruments flowing into modern rock instruments. All in all it is just a great song to me and deserves a listen by anyone who hasn’t heard it yet.
Song: The Suburbs
Artist: Arcade Fire
Description: Arcade Fire is one of my favorite bands of all time, and The Suburbs is one of the main reasons. The song starts off almost jaunty, with a light acoustic part over a piano and drum. But you quickly realize that this is a reflection back on growing up, dreams, and what happens when they don’t come true. This is truly one of the morose songs I have ever heard, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Description: Not a single artist out there has touched my soul the way Anberlin has. With a sound so uniquely theirs, any comparison to another is utterly transparent. Any of their six albums are excellent, but I personally suggest Cities, which is the album this song is debut.