Welcome to the second "meeting" of the wookplus record club. Over at wook HQ, we have a bit of a music gap outside of the jamband world. We all listen to very different musical styles outside of the Jamband world. In the spirit of musical discovery, Kev and Llama are each going to present an album and tell us why we should listen to it. Then at the end of the month, Kev and Llama will publish their review of the other's album.
This month we are joined by @skoisirius, who offered up an album as well. Without further ado, here are this month's albums.
The Strokes Is This It
This month I am choosing the album that critics in the early 21st century saved rock and roll. I won't go that far, as I don't believe rock and roll has ever needed saving. I will say that this album was fundamental to my late teens. This is a go-to album when I need a quick pick-me-up or something to keep me awake on a long drive. So many bands tried unsuccessfully to replicate the success of the Strokes. I'm not going to say much about this album, as many more prolific and qualified people have written about it. Just make sure your volume is cranked before hitting play.
Why I chose 90125 by Yes.
For me, this album, 90125, is Yes’s best album. I know ‘Yes’ for most people is the 70s bloat rock they became famous for. People may say this version of Yes is a cheap imitation of the real thing, but Yes had so many members and incarnations who can say what Yes is? I mean, they had the Buggles on an album (Drama 1980). Enter Trevor Rabin and his project Cinema. Cinema was part Yes (Chris Squire, Allen White, and Tony Kaye), but not Yes, and when Jon Anderson decided to usurp the project, it became Yes. So discounting this because of the lineup is bs. Rabin provided a breath of fresh air into a stale decrepit brand. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was so refreshing to me when put up against something as boring as "Tales Of Topographic Oceans." Nobody gives a shit about your utopian fantasies Jon. The rest of the album is equally as enthralling, using the studio as a 6th member and Rabin's genius shining through. He reeled in the excesses of the 70s, and his voice provided a great foil to Anderson, especially on "Changes."
Deru - Say Goodbye To Useless
Get really high. - Skoi