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Sound: Blue Monsoon

Maybe I’ve been posting too much retarded stuff right now on the internet, but I’m suddenly looking forward to posting non-retarded stuff once in a while. There, there, don’t cry. If you’re looking for someone to make a fool of himself on the interwebs, you can still count on me. This blog is known as and will continue to be known as “Your Daily Dose of Retard” and I’ll continue to keep supplying you with that stupid juice you so crave.

If you need more convincing that I didn’t jump the shark, one of my first posts on this blog is also an album review, so shut up.

Throw out your misconceptions of jazz being ambient music for porn. They’re this one awesome jazz band that’ll blow your mind away.

Ok, most of you first encountered Sound on the overhyped and underwhelming album Kami nAPO Muna (Yes, I didn’t like that album. Four good tracks won’t make me buy the rest, which were watered-down uninspired reinditions of classics). And most people didn’t like their contribution to the album, Di Na Natuto, you know, that little-noticed and unfortunately much maligned track that I so love. No problem. I understand that they may be a little too over people’s heads. And some people just can’t listen to jazz.

The 29th of November saw the release of their sophomore effort, Blue Monsoon. I know, I know, the Sophomore Jinx is just around the corner so I was wary of buying this without any reviews coming out. Thank God I didn’t wait for the reviews. Let’s just say I just finished listening to this album and I’m still in shock because of the sheer amount of awesomeness it tried to cram into my head. It’s really hard to distinguish Blue Monsoon from the first album, maybe because they sound too much the same, and this is the album’s strength AND weakness. However, I feel that Blue Monsoon is the better album (and that’s saying a lot because bossaManila is hard to top. Seriously.)

A rundown of my favorite tracks from the album:

  • Bagong Siglo – Probably the best track of the bunch because of the sheer amount of energy put into the song. And the lyrics hit the nail on the head.
  • Maynila – A tribute of sorts to Hotdog’s “Manila”.
  • Let’s Get it Back – An instrumental. Wow. Just. Wow.
  • Turpentine – I was never a fan of Sound’s slow songs on their first album. But this is awesome.
  • Blue Monsoon – This ain’t the title track for nothing.
  • The Trouble With Me – This could easily top this list if it weren’t a filler track.
  • Madaling-Araw – A good waker-upper, because I am definitley not a morning person.
  • Di Na Natuto – An extra minute has been added for your orgasmic listening pleasure.

And the other awesome but not quite my favorite tracks on the album (which I definitely need to listen to more to appreciate them better) are:

  • War Elephant
  • Peligro
  • Maskarahan
  • Where to Go From Here
  • From A to B
  • Idlip
  • Blue (Reprise)

Final Verdict: Buy it.

RATING:

BTW, if you have trouble finding a copy of Blue Monsoon, I got mine at Astroplus at Mall of Asia. You can also check their website out at www.sound.ph and that is where I got the pictures for my post from. Also, they have sample mp3s there.

So what do you think?

14 Comments

  1. Bambam

    I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for their albums for years from music stores, eBay and Sulit.com but I still can’t manage to find a single one! 🙁 Where did you get yours sir? I hope they still have copies left. :/

    • Ade

      I got mine from some record store in Mall of Asia the month it came out! So basically it was waaaay back in 2009. I have a feeling their album is out of print by now. Sorry if I can’t be of help.

  2. tim

    SOUND is cool.. however, there are few who appreciate their songs and Im one of them..

  3. bossamanila and blue monsoon, pakinggan mo sila ng magkasunod and grabe, sarap ng pakiramdam!!! two really good albums.. thank god nirelease sa market yung blue monsoon na sobrang panalo!!! and sound is not gay!!!

  4. ba

    MAY KOPYA NA AKO! BWAHAHAHAHA

    Happiness. ^_^

  5. Yeah and I notice that the more retarded the posts are, the more comments they get. So, keep on posting retarded stuff. Life's too short to be serious all the time. 🙂

  6. Uhm, ok. 🙂

    *Off topic* I already have White Album in my CD rack, actually. And yeah, it's my all-time fave Beatles album as well. Probably one of the most diverse records in history.

    So yeah, peace out!

  7. Sound is a great band. Too bad they're not that acknowledged in the mainstream media. Then again that's the beauty of the indie/underground music scene. obscure yet exciting.

  8. ade

    [quote comment="8839"]…

    … uh… Who are they?

    =_=;;[/quote]

    They're an obscure (NOT) jazz fusion band! Geez, I just wrote an entire article about them!

    [quote comment="8827"]C'mon man! Don't make it sound like I despise bossa. Truth is,

    *Gay*

    the harmonious crosspollination of nylon-string classical guitar and piano

    *Gay*

    helps me relax whether I'm at home or at work.

    *Gay*

    It's the type of music people from all walks of life

    *Gay*

    would definitely admire.[/quote]

    Sound's not gay! If you call them gay one more time I'll… I'll.. slap you silly! Chenes!

  9. … uh… Who are they?

    =_=;;

  10. C'mon man! Don't make it sound like I despise bossa. Truth is,

    *Gay*

    the harmonious crosspollination of nylon-string classical guitar and piano

    *Gay*

    helps me relax whether I'm at home or at work.

    *Gay*

    It's the type of music people from all walks of life

    *Gay*

    would definitely admire.

  11. ade

    [quote comment="8649"]Sound… cool name. Talented, uh-huh. But bossa nova!??? FREAKING BOSSA NOVA? I'm totally outta here. Sorry.

    Oh, and Ade, who died and made you king of all NON-retards? :-)[/quote]

    I assure you, they were doing bossa nova WAY before Sitti made it suck. And they can do funk and acid jazz as well!

    I'm still Ade, I'm just being normal for once. This ain't a shark-jumping moment, I tell ya!

    [quote comment="8662"]Foonyeta, lumabas na yung second album nila?? Meh.. Wala pa nga ako nung BossaManila eh. Hanggang hiram lang ako.

    Sound is LOVE. ^_^

    Ang labo lang talaga na hindi na-appreciate ng mga tao yung contribution nila sa Kami nAPO Muna album. I loved their track, while I just simply didn't like the others (SpongeCola's Nakapagtataka, anybody? :p)[/quote]

    I Limewired Kami nAPO muna to give me a preview of the songs, but I never bothered to buy that album because it had A BAD CASE OF THE SUCK!

  12. ba

    Foonyeta, lumabas na yung second album nila?? Meh.. Wala pa nga ako nung BossaManila eh. Hanggang hiram lang ako.

    Sound is LOVE. ^_^

    Ang labo lang talaga na hindi na-appreciate ng mga tao yung contribution nila sa Kami nAPO Muna album. I loved their track, while I just simply didn't like the others (SpongeCola's Nakapagtataka, anybody? :p)

  13. Sound… cool name. Talented, uh-huh. But bossa nova!??? FREAKING BOSSA NOVA? I'm totally outta here. Sorry.

    Oh, and Ade, who died and made you king of all NON-retards? 🙂

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