Many avid music fans might say that an album is a complete work, meant to be experienced in order, as the artist intended. However, this does not prevent artists and record companies from choosing a specific track or two from an upcoming album to release as a single in order to generate interest.
Whether it’s the title song or whatever the studio has decided to be the best representation of an artist’s work for marketing purposes, often an entire album will be defined by one or two songs. This can lead to unfortunate oversights on the part of listeners who might end up missing out on some of the more ambitious or creative tracks that record companies decided were not suitable for radio.
Here, the Arts & Entertainment section of State Hornet has compiled their definitive list of album cuts that they believe deserve the same recognition as the singles from the same album.
Zach – “Cough it Out” by The Front Bottoms
If you follow me on any of my social networks, you probably know a lot more song lines from alternative New Jersey folk-punk group Front Bottoms than you might think, as they are frequently the legends of some. random chats. photos that I love to post all the time. Although I have a hard time choosing a favorite album, the song “Cough it Out” from their 2015 LP “Back on Top” is not only the best song on this album, but my favorite song of all time. . The album didn’t actually have any single to begin with, so picking it might be cheating, but it’s not the most popular on the album anyway.
The song begins with a slow, melancholy verse lamenting the changing of the seasons, but in reality it refers to the feeling of smoking marijuana and reflects on past relationships. He then enters the chorus where he describes carving his initials into a tree and watching the tree metamorphose to conform to their shape, presumably under the influence of pot smoke.
Front Bottoms often combine sections of slow lyrics with upbeat bridges and choruses to create a rapid flow of emotions, and “Cough it Out” is one example.
The chorus is the song’s main draw, in my opinion, as it’s incredibly catchy and easy to perform in a variety of ways. This is where the group thrives overall, in my opinion; they’re used to writing songs about an incredibly relatable, multi-layered personal melodrama, in which “Cough it Out” excels.
Marin – “Scott Street” by Phoebe Bridgers
My Spotify Wrapped tells me that the two words describing my musical tastes are “nostalgic and nostalgic,” so I can’t let this semester of collaborative opinion pieces end without professing my love for the musicality of Phoebe Bridgers, in particular. on “Scott Street” from him. 2017 album “Foreigner in the Alps”.
Pontiers admitted in an interview that she owes a lot of her sound to Elliott Smith, and that strong influence really shows in this particular song. The lyrics feel like the wake of a devouring relationship, that’s how Bridgers once explained it, but she got a change of tune after performing the song on tour. She says it’s a song that makes you sad, but doesn’t tell you why, and I totally agree.
Of everything in this song, the two minute outro is what always attracts me. After a series of beautifully layered melodies and strings, you hear the ringing of a bicycle bell, then a train whistle followed by the repeated line “Anyway, don’t be a stranger” until that the song is extinguished. It’s a sort of empty, haunting melancholy that can be applied to so many situations.
Michael Eskridge – “Love Yourz” by J. Cole
Cole is one of the few Hip Hop artists of this era who has a lyrical feel that touches your heart. In my opinion, his best album was “2014 Forest Hills Drive”. With hits like “No Role Modelz” and “Apparemment”. Cole includes messages of self-esteem and appreciation throughout the album.
“Love Yourz” kicks off and maintains a calming but upbeat beat combined with powerful lyrics. One phrase that stands out is “There is no such thing as a better life than yours,” which is repeated throughout the chorus. I think it’s something most people can relate to because we tend to compare and contrast our lives with those of others, especially with social media these days. The messages are very reassuring and can remind people how grateful they should be: “Don’t sleep at your level for it is beauty in wrestling” words have power and these words can save lives.
Cole uses his flow and fluency to express the positivity in each listener’s existence. For me, this resonates well with young people because it correlates with the common struggles they face, which can be self-love. This song and album could heal any injured soul, regardless of musical taste.
Jennah – “Instagratification” by Cherry Glazerr
Cherry Glazerr’s 2017 garage rock album “Apocalipstick” is arguably the origin story of the villains from their much more polished, but equally furious, album “Stuffed & Ready”. The album brings a modern twist to Runaway’s “Cherry Bomb” energy, with elements of noise pop, punk and stoner rock tastes.
Singer and guitarist Clementine Creevy leads the album with her angelic and sometimes manic wails, heavy guitar and all the feminist rage of what she calls an “overconfident teenager,” and no B-side sums it up as “Instagratification. “.
The song comments on the company’s addiction to instant gratification from social media, while also addressing Creevy’s disappointment with his own addiction to them. Interludes of synth pop bridges and guitar solos complete the underlying gritty garage rock sound. “Until your eyes burn, saturation / Fuckin ‘lazy hobbies / I’m a delinquent myself / I’m a hypocrite at least I know it,” Creevy yells over a heavy guitar that ends up blending into the intense stoner rock closer to “Apocalipstick”.
“Instagratification”, along with Cherry Glazerr’s entire discography, is chock-full of all the manic fury, satire, and heavy guitar-heavy required for a good road rage soundtrack.
Michael Pacheco – “Life” by SHINee
One of the few bands that I have legitimately enjoyed and followed during the 2010s is the boy group SHINee, which debuted in 2009. With catchy tunes, sleek aesthetics, and high-energy choreography in their tracks. dance style, they were one of the most popular acts during this time, with 12 studio album releases until 2017.
I’ve always been a fan of slower R&B style tracks, so one of the songs that struck me the most was “Life”, which was on SHINee’s second studio album, “Lucifer”.
The song begins with a slow piano riff with string chords in the background, followed by a moving song from each of the boys, with the lyrics following the “only one I need, it’s you in my room. life “which is common in the genre. If it is not broke, do not fix it !
What really rocked this song for me was the way it showcased the vocal talent of each band member, showing off each individual’s range and showing how well they harmonize during the sections of the band. chorus. This contrasts with the content of most of the other songs on the album, not to mention most of the band’s discography, which consists of many tracks influenced by pop and hip hop.
This is something that in my opinion is becoming increasingly rare in today’s musical environment where you have a very loud harmonizing male vocal projector, which could be done more at least in the western market. .