CDs–this is going to take a while

At the rate I’m going, I should be done listening to all the CDs in… 2011. Holy crap, I better speed it up–or not, I kind of like this pace.

14) The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy

Hard to believe this caused an uproar when it was released (1985), but then the pop landscape in 1985 was defined by Wham!, Madonna, “We Are The World,” and in the UK, Paul Hardcastle and Jennifer Rush. So, feedbacky three-chord drowse-pop must have seemed pretty cutting edge. Still a good album, though they basically play the same 3 or 4 songs over and over; Wire deserved the kind of success theses boys had, really. (bonus: “I get head on my motorbike / I feel so good in my leather boots”; never could figure out how that worked…)

15) kd lang: Hymns of the 49th Parallel

One of my favorite kd lang recordings, marries that lush yet tasteful Ben Mink production with songs by Canadian songwriters (Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, and Bruce Cockburn). Her blend of control and warmth is startling, and makes me swoon on just about every song; hell, I even love her version of “Helpless,” a song that normally makes me cringe when anyone tries to cover it. Lovely. (bonus: does Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You,” which may feature the quintessential Canadian romantic metaphor:  “oh, I could drink a case of you, darling, / and I would still be on my feet.”)