Ode To Joy: Wilco
Significantly different from other musical albums by Wilco, Ode To Joy isn’t uplifting or melodious. Instead, this 11th album by Wilco is inspired by modern Global political scenario. With the rock and instrumental tone, Ode To Joy is certainly not here to enunciate your senses.
The tone of the album becomes ominous as the “Quite Amplifier” creates an eerie and hypnotic aura around. To add to this ghostly eerie vibe, the album has high-pitched strings, ascending tempo, and subdued trumpets. Ode To Joy is indeed deeply-rooted in Jeff Tweedy’s three singles and his personal account that describes his addiction and depression. The lyrics are well versed in describing the political distrust around, while Tweedy’s use of minimal vocals creates a sense of raw and unpolished masterpiece. The album certainly has mellow depth and is about finding support in times of distress. Tweedy wrote on twitter that “Nobody Needs more Wilco music,” which is the reason why he experimented in creating this album inspired by political distrust.
My Name Is Micheal Holbrook: Mika
In the year 2007, Mika came of nowhere and became the sensational pop artist, blessed with the vocals of Freddie Mercury. But as mysterious as it might get, he was never consistent with his music. Since 2007, he has only released four albums, and the fifth one is his first album in the recent four year period. The collection certainly holds the gloss Mika’s albums have, But it has gloomy undertones to it as well. He sings “My name is Michael Holbrook, I was born in 1983,” which is a profound verse in the album. The album is somewhat a well-versed bridge between the two perspectives, two worlds. In the track, he mentions that once he found his life gloomy but not, he is dancing. The album certainly is not covered in a flow, but it seems like deliberate input from Mika’s side to create the mystery.