August 19, Speak Now (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift Genre: Country, but also with a touch more rock instrumentation than a typical country record. Year: 2010 Runtime: 92:16 Total Number of Tracks: 20, including six bonus tracks not on the standard edition. Of those six, three are additional songs, the other three are additional versions of songs from the standard edition. Songs you might know: – “Mine” … Continue reading An Album a Day: Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)
August 18, Fearless (Platinum Version) by Taylor Swift Genre: Country Year: 2008 Runtime: 79:19 Total Number of Tracks: 19, 13 of which are on the standard edition. Of the Songs you might know: – “Fifteen” – “Love Story” – “White Horse” – “You Belong With Me” My prior relationship with the album: Fearless was one of those albums that I probably wouldn’t have hated as much as I did … Continue reading An Album a Day: Fearless (Platinum Edition)
June 14, Starfire by Caitlyn Smith Genre: Kind of a folksy country with a ’70s bluesy rock vibe. Year: 2018 Runtime: 46:25 Total tracks: 12 Songs you might know: – “Starfire” – “This Town is Killing Me” – “Tacoma*” – “Drumming Song” – “Cosmic Love” – “You’ve Got the Love” *This song appeared on Garth Brooks’ 2014 album, Man Against Machine. Smith wrote it, and includes her own … Continue reading An Album a Day: Starfire
May 8, Badlands by Halsey Genre: Um… Alternative Pop? Maybe? Year: 2015 Runtime: 40:03 Total Number of Tracks: 11 Songs you might know: – “Castle” – “New Americana” – “Colors” – “Ghost” My prior relationship with the album: I was first introduced to Halsey when one of my friends got rather obsessed with her back in 2015, but I didn’t bother listening to Badlands myself until a year later … Continue reading An Album a Day: Badlands
March 22 – One of the Boys by Katy Perry Genre: An edgier-than-usual pop Year: 2008 Runtime: 44:01 Total tracks: 12 Songs you might know: – “I Kissed a Girl” – “Waking Up in Vegas” – “Thinking of You” – “Ur So Gay” – “Hot ‘n Cold” My prior relationship with this album: I definitely listened to this album not too long after it came out. I remember having an … Continue reading An Album a Day: One of the Boys
March 18 – Identified by Vanessa Hudgens Genre: Pop Year: 2008 Runtime: 37:44 Total tracks: 12 Songs you might know: – “Sneakernight” My prior relationship with this album: As mentioned before, I had an odd relationship with the albums of various Disney Channel stars from this era. I listened to this album back in the day, but not out of enjoyment so much as to validate negative opinions I … Continue reading An Album a Day: Identified
March 17, ÷ Deluxe Edition by Ed Sheeran Genre: Folksy pop Year: 2017 Runtime: 59:27 Total tracks: 16, including four bonus tracks not included on the standard edition. Songs you might know: – “Castle on the Hill” – “Shape of You” – “Galway Girl” – “Perfect” – “Happier” My prior relationship with this album: I had certainly listened to Divide before, and no I’m not going to use the symbol every time … Continue reading An Album a Day: ÷
March 16, V by Vanessa Hudgens Genre: R&B (I guess?) Year: 2006 Runtime: 38:28 Total tracks: 12 Songs you might know: – “Come Back to Me” – “Say OK” My prior relationship with this album: I honestly can’t tell you whether or not I ever listened to this album in its entirety prior to this project. I mean, it seems like a thing 2006 Anne might’ve done but I’m not … Continue reading An Album a Day: V
Okay. So this might be a bit of a bother to some of my subscribers who initially followed me for movie/tv/writing related content. In 2019, I’m going to be seriously upping the music content of this blog. That’s not to say there won’t be more thoughts about movies and tv (hell maybe even books), but I want to get more into music, specifically albums. Maybe … Continue reading Introducing: An Album a Day!!!
I am a firm believer that you can learn a lot about someone by asking them what their guilty pleasure movies are. The reason why is because a person’s “guilty pleasure” reveals a little bit about their intellect as well as a little bit about their emotions. The very definition of a guilty pleasure is a struggle between these two sides that exist in every person. I love learning what makes someone happy as well as what a person believes should make them happy.
However, one thing I don’t think we talk about enough is the other side of the coin. That is, the movies that we think should make us happy that just don’t. I call them guilty apathy movies. These are those films where I recognize on an intellectual level that the movie is well-executed. It’s a solid idea that’s written well, acted well, shot well, and edited well. These are the cases where it’s incredibly difficult to point at something and say “welp, there’s the flaw that killed the whole thing” (not that I won’t try anyway).
Yet at the same time, guilty apathy movies just don’t punch me in the gut and make me feel something. They’re not fun the way something like Adventures in Babysitting or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is fun. They don’t give me a precious “d’awww” moment like When Harry Met Sally or Crazy, Stupid, Love. They don’t rip my heart out like Steel Magnolias or Pay it Forward. They don’t make me laugh the way I laugh at Mean Girls or My Cousin Vinny. They don’t inspire me like Sing Street or Whiplash. They don’t take me on the adventure of Kingsman: The Secret Service or Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.