Thought it would be fun to try out. If anybody could recommend me some music, that'd be great. =)
# - 3 Libras
I only have three songs on my playlist that have a number beginning in the title, and I came to this through process of elimination. Despite that fact, it's still a nice song, with good lyrics and pretty violins.
A - All Mine
My friend burned this on a CD for me before I even knew who Portishead was. I liked what I heard. Gibbons' voice makes the already-creepy lyrics even more haunting: "Make no mistake, you shan't escape. Tethered and tied, there's nowhere to hide from me. All mine...you have to be..." Very chilling.
B - Beyond the Veil
The aforementioned friend is trying to get me into Tristania. I wasn't very fond of them at first, and I still have trouble enjoying some of the songs - the male vocals didn't sit too well with me. However, I can't help but love this song. I love the instrumentals used, the juxtaposition of the lead woman's voice and the coarse voice of the lead male, and he *sings* very well! I should also mention that I have a violin fetish. :p
As for Berry...well, it's just insane. The song is about an abused child going into his father's drawer, taking out a gun, and fantasizing about shooting his parents and then himself. Depressing, no? The irony is how cheerful the chorus sounds compared to the emotional weight of the lyrics. The girl saying "I'm gonna blow your head off like raspberry jam" at the beginning in one of the most fake British accents I've ever heard adds a touch of humor to the song.
C - Chop Suey!
I first heard this song when I was eleven or twelve, can't quite remember what age. It was a cool spring day, I was watching my brother play video games, and the sound was wafting into the living room from the kitchen radio. It was all a dull roar to me until I heard the line "I cry when angels deserve to die", at which point I started to pay attention. That line just hooked me, and made me the SoaD fangirl that I am today. I still consider this one of their best songs.
D - Destroy Everything You Touch
...the friend's name is Alix, and she got me into a lot of music.
Now that that's out of the way, she had me listen to a strange band called Ladytron who her friend had gotten her into. Destroy Everything You Touch was one of the first songs that stood out. It's just so catchy!
Darkangel had to grow on me, but it's one of my favorite VNV Nation songs now. I love the beats and the lyrics, especially the last few lines: "I only come here seeking peace. I only come here seeking me. It seems I came to leave."
E - Eulogy
One of Tool's better songs, in my opinion. Although the intro's a bit tedious, the lyrics more than make up for it. There are so many good lines to this song that I'd end up posting the whole thing to get my point across. I love the bitterness portrayed, and the repeated imagery of crucification.
F - FATES~The God Of Destiny~
(Fake Ex Swan Diver
I admit it - I have an undying love of Chrono Cross' music. This track in particular stands out, mainly because it's so wildly different from anything else on the soundtrack. It was the battle theme for FATE, and what's strange about it is that it's so mechanical...but in the game's context, it makes sense. FATE was a computer, and too predictable.
King Cobra is a band that's been interesting me as of late. Somebody posted a review labeling it as "Conqueror Rock", I think, and I agree with it. I especially love the organs at the beginning, and the absolute raw power of their music. Intense.
G - Gravity
This must be the first song that isn't depressing on this list so far. XD It's the closing track to "Thirteenth Step", and it's very, very nice. It's a very hopeful song about cleaning everything up and beginning again - a rebirth, of sorts. It fits very well in the album's theme, and is still excellent as a stand-alone song.
H - Hallelujah
I first heard this off Shrek, and thought it was both sad and beautiful. It still is. I've yet to hear all the versions of it yet, though, and my parents keep saying "Hey, that's Cohen's stuff!" so I suppose I should give them a listen.
I - Inner Universe
I sat down to watch Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex one night, heard this opening, and fell in love. I wasn't at all surprised to find it was Yoko Kanno's work, as she's a brilliant composer. It's a song containing Russian, Latin, and English, leaning on the techno side of things - Origa's voice suits the song too well.
J - January 1979
Alix sent me this song, saying that I'd like the lyrics. She was absolutely right. <3 I love the imagery and figurative language used, especially "I was floating in a peaceful sea, rescued by a sinking ship," though there are various other lines that I adore.
K - Karma
I'm beginning to dabble in prog metal, and I've heard many good things about Kamelot. I decided to listen to sample some songs, and I'm glad that I did. A very haunting, almost Egyptian-like beginning, great guitars, excellent lyrics...the band basically grabbed me in the way that I had expected Symphony X to. I look forward to hearing more from these guys.
L - Lateralus
I used to skip this track, thinking that it was a bit too long for my taste; I remember listening to it for the first time and waiting for what seemed like ages for the vocals to begin. How very stupid I was. It's one of my favorite Tool songs now, and it's quite interesting to learn what elements the members included in the song - I didn't even know what the Fibonacci sequence was until I did some research on their music.
M - Moskau
Alix is the one who got me into Rammstein as well. :p "Moskau" was the second Rammstein song I've ever heard, coming only after "Amerika". I thought it was pretty cool, especially since I think that the Russian language is pretty. Then I looked at the lyrics and thought "wow, this is almost sick." For some strange reason, that only made me like the song more, not to mention that I also liked the contrast of dark lyrics with a catchy chorus.
"I'd sell my soul, my self-esteem a dollar at a time for one chance, one kiss, one taste of you, my black Madonna." The way that Maynard sings it makes it even more creepy. An almost scary song about complete captivation and how one will do almost anything to stay within it.
N - November Rain
In the days of Napster, my dad downloaded this song. Every time we talk about Guns 'N' Roses, he says that he hates "Welcome to the Jungle", but that "'November Rain' was a good song." I agree. One of the few love songs that I enjoy.
O - Orphanage of Flame
Again with the Chrono Cross songs! A powerful song with use of organs, violins and overlaying dramatic vocals. It would make for good Halloween music to scare the little kiddies.
P - Pagan Poetry
; Paint It, Black
The title drew me to this song at first, along with somebody on Amazon saying that repeating "I love him, I love him" while background voices sing "She loves him, she loves him" wouldn't work with anybody but Björk. I wasn't disappointed. Her lyrics are strange, but I'm drawn to them nonetheless.
"Precious Things" was something that Alix burned for me, once again. I feel that I can connect with this song more than others, for some reason, and I absolutely love the chorus.
As for "Paint it, Black"...sitars. 'Nuff said.
"Pet" was one of my favorite APC songs from the start. Very dark, and I love the way that Maynard's voice gets more and more distorted with each repetition of the chorus. I can actually see a child being lectured by an older man while houses burn around them: "Keep your head down, go to sleep, to the rhythm of the war drums!"
Q - Question!
It's the only song on my playlist starting with "Q". :p Still a damn good song, and it impressed me a lot when I first heard it off Mezmerize. Some people were trying to classify it as a mix of earlier songs, but I think it's something new altogether.
R - rain and storm
The title fits. It's a lovely piano piece that starts off nice and slow, then escalates into something stronger, lasting at that peak until tapering off. Yuki Kajiura is talented with that sort of thing. :3
S - She Is My Sin
"Bless me, undress me, pick your prey in a wicked way.
God, I must confess...
...I do envy the sinners."
The guitars, the drums, Tarja, the lyrics... the whole song is friggin' awesome. *_* Wonderful. One of the few songs that can make me "squee" inside.
T - The Mystic's Dream
(The Pharaoh Sails To Orion
My mom got me the Mists of Avalon soundtrack knowing that I liked Celtic. Almost unfortunately, I could not get past the first track. But why need to when the song is as gorgeous as this one? Loreena's voice is amazing, and the background music complements it well. I don't think I've ever witnessed more use of imagery in a song than this.
I know that people disliked the "death metal" guest singer on Oceanborn, and I really didn't like how the band handled Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean. However, The Pharaoh Sails to Orion is a different story. The guest singer's voice actually suits the song well, and I loved the use of the piano in the beginning and its contrast with the heavy guitars. "Ruling with the scythe of death, you tear our philosophies apart" is the line that really stuck with me.
U - Until the Dark
Lovely piano, guitars, vocals, and violins! My only complaint is that the lyrics sung are a bit hard to make out, but the song sounds beautiful nonetheless. I especially like the use of the bells near the middle. This is another band I'm really going to have to look into.
V - velveteen
Sung in English and Italian, the lyrics deal with the more obsessive side of love. Graziano's voice really carries the message well.
W - Warning
I saw the music video a couple of years ago and never saw it again, but the song stuck with me. The positive message is one that should be listened to more often, in my opinion.
X - Xenon
It's catchy and I like the beat...and it's one of two tracks on my playlist that begin with "X".
Y - Yakitori
Shall I have to restate my love of Ghost in the Shell music again? :p It's a seven-minute guitar solo and it's pretty dang cool.
Z - Zombie
I was interested in The Cranberries, so Alix decided to have me listen to this. I really like the guitar's melody, and the song is overall very catchy.