This week has been an odd week, because I’ve been listening to all sorts of genres of music. Keeping this in thought, I decided to go with a peculiar list of songs for this week’s edition, which have inexplicably been at the top of my playlist. These tracks are all highly catchy, emotional songs in each artist’s catalog, and yet I like them all for completely different reasons.
1. “Beauty In Tragedy” – August Burns Red
What’s not to like about this song, released on the band’s career defining Rescue & Restore? It’s easily one of my favorite albums this year, and “Beauty in Tragedy” goes a little way to explain why that is. The song is simply brutal, featuring some of the band’s best guitar work in years, and yes, a lot of breakdowns. But these are magnificent moments in showcasing the band’s impeccable timing and undeniable talent. “Beauty in Tragedy” is metal done right, and of course we’d receive nothing less from August Burns Red.
2. “Until The Day I Die” – Story Of The Year
There’s quite a bit that could be said about this song. It’s honestly one of the first “heavy” songs I ever laid ears on, and I’m grateful to this band, and the entire Page Avenue album for opening up new horizons in music for me to explore. As for the song, the chorus is the absolute best part, and meant to be sung along to, in large groups. This is easily one of my most favorite singles ever released.
3. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
While I only moderately enjoyed Timberlake’s first solo album, I was a big fan of both FutureSex/LoveSounds and most recently, The 20/20 Experience. “Mirrors” is probably my favorite song from the album, because of the emotional depth of the song, especially its strong lyrics. The verses are probably strongest here, plus Timberlake’s use of a wide range of synths and effects. Each listen to the song is an experience in and of itself.