October 28th, 2016 was a great day for a twelfth album release. I mean, who doesn’t have respect for a group that’s been at it since 1979.
In short: a spectacular cast, moving story, and well-handled concerns. Did I mention the cast? An easy 9 out of 10.
Lists are awesome, right? I mean… lists are debatable, which is the point behind claiming the “top 5 original games” (as not a matter of preference, because we all know it’s fact… 😛 ).
Yes, I am a gamer; yes, I stink at gaming; yes, I am untouchable when it comes to death streaks. And yes, I stink at FPS games period (DISCLAIMER: not all FPS games included, exceptions may and do apply).
I want to start by saying the album High Violet by The National is probably one of my favorite go-to’s for chillaxing and remedying artistry–along with it being Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons and The Runaway Found by The Veils. The three seem to form an inseparable boomerang of musical inspiration. The tones, tunes, rhythms, progressions, vibes, voices…
Anyway, you can get the picture. When I found out Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of The National) were heading up the tribute to the Grateful Dead–the Day of the Dead CD collection–I instantly fell in love with the memorandum. That, and Peggy-o is just flat out an amazing song. Usually I go artist-crazy and buy every album I can of theirs once I’m hooked (as the case with Josh Garrels, Dredg, Future of Forestry, U2, and several others), I decided to wait it out. Simply knowing the contribution was led by The National gave me hope that, perhaps, they had an album stirring in the shadows.
I was right and I love it.
While tracks like “Walk It Back”, “Turtleneck” and “Sleep Well Beast” aren’t particularly my favorite, they’ve steadily grown on me (especially “Walk It Back”, though the language makes it hard to listen on repeat around the wife xD ).
It is different from High Violet and more so a melancholy backdrop of tracks. As far as the album’s topic and content, someone else has bested me in putting it and I recommend reading their review. Overall, I am glad to be a fan of The National and certainly they still remain a go-to group for something familiar, soothing, and on repeat.
If anything, give a listen to the tracks “Day I Die”, “Born To Beg”, and “Guilty Party”. At least those xD
There is a lot to be said about some pretty awesomely phenomenal upcoming games. Two in particular have me excited beyond the reaches of cloud nine and Columbus. I mean, who wouldn’t be jaw dropping at the new Metro Exodus and Anthem.
TellTale Games released a much anticipated series off Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy in late April. After a failed attempt at waiting till summer’s end to pick up, I fell victim of its intrigue.
TellTale Games is known to make their games into episodic stories of rich depth, choice, and characters. So let me first clarify: as of thus, only the first episode is available. That aside, I will be playing them as they unlock and updating as I can.
So lets get gritty.
I was a HUGE fan of The Wolf Among Us. Seriously #amazing though absolutely not for children or teens. Guardian’s of the Galaxy has a much more peer-friendly atmosphere. It is, as the films are, a lot more focused upon creating a lively atmosphere and stunning visuals. With but the first episode available, its actually hard to say how I feel about the plot thus far. It isn’t feeling quite too original or deep, which leads me into the next point…
It feels far too choppy. Ya, choppy. The scenes feel underdeveloped, emotions and responses rushed, and cut-scenes broken. I understand TellTale has a distinct “vibe” or “style” in their games as was the case with The Walking Dead and Tales From The Borderlands.
But this is a little more obvious. I will give it time and chance, but the first episode felt like its whole scene/graphics production was cut short. Maybe it has something to do with the pre-leak of its work-in-progress, but regardless, I have high hopes.
Especially for the story. In all the other games, they end up being quite creative, so I’m looking forward to where the present plot will grow and change hopefully.
In a boomerang, I am slightly let down thus far but look forward to that opinion changing. Presently, the game sits at a 6.5/10. I do really appreciate it being more peer-appropriate, as I am a huge fan of replaying good games with friends and family and sharing to the rest at every opportunity should the game be worth it. Which I hope the Guardians of the Galaxy will become.