Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Sun - Blame It on the Youth|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Two critically acclaimed EPs and rave reviews for performances opening for The Flaming Lips, Ambulance LTD., RX, Hot Hot Heat and OK Go have warmed up fans for Blame It On the Youth, the full-length debut DVD for The Sun. ... more »
I'v Waited a Long Time for This
Kerry Garrett | Winston-Salem, NC | 10/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When DVDs came out I thought that CDs were gone. I thought all bands would start making videos out of all their songs and selling DVDs instead of CDs. That's what happened with records. CDs came out and no one released vinyl anymore. I am so glad that The Sun was the first band to do this. Every song on this disk is golden. There ain't a bad song in the bunch. I heard about this disk on NPR radio. It seems that it was taking Warner Bros. so long to release the CD that the band made homemade videos for all their songs. The record company heard about this, watched the videos and said, that's cool, here is some more money, go and make the videos professionally and we will release it as a DVD, like it was a new idea or something. I talked with my buddies and most of them also thought this should have been done a long time ago. Another thing that is way cool is the audio tracks. All the songs are on the disk in .wav form too so that you can put it in your computer and tell Windows Media Player or whatever you use to put it on a regular CD and play it in your car or convert them into MP3s. There is even a sticker on the shrink wrap encouraging you to convert the .wav files.
I could go on and on about how much I love this disk. I played it for my wife, kids, coworkers and they all loved it. Like other reviewers said, The Sun is a new classic. Keep it up boys.
Terrific - Don't Miss This One
Brian C. Springer | St. Louis, MO | 10/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A few times a year, you find one of those albums you just can't wait to play for your friends because it is SO good. This is one of those albums. It reminds me most of the Pixies circa Surfer Rosa or Doolittle -- not because it sounds just like those (though similar at many points), but because of a wide-open all-over-the-place sort of sound. It will remind you of many bands at different points -- Pixies, Hives, Mission of Burma, Modest Mouse, Jesus and Mary Chain, Cake, Franz Ferdinand,etc. -- but the sound is not so much derivative as varied. Every song sounds different, and all are great. This mixes a few tracks from the first two EPs + a number of new ones. In a word - great! This will be a hard one to top, but I am already up for the next one from this very clever band.
The most unusual thing about this is that it is the self-proclaimed first DVD album. So you get 14 videos, but with embedded sound tracks so that you can transfer to iPod or CD if you want just music. But the videos are great too ... lots of interesting stuff here.
Amazon, if you read these, PLEASE cross-list to the music listing. It looks like people have bought the EPs because they couldn't find the DVD album under music, and I'd hate for anyone to miss it."
Rad, Just Rad.
Eddie Badger | New York | 11/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was a bit skeptical about this idea when I first heard about it. An all DVD release with videos? Well, I do love music videos, but I also love listening to CDs on their own, but I then realized that these tracks can be burned onto your computer and then on a blank disc, so I get the music + the videos...nice.
I saw The Sun play at the Troubador about 2 weeks ago and it was honestly one of the better shows I've been to this year. "Justice" sounded spectacular, as did "Lost At Home". I give thing 2 thumbs up!"
I've seen things I've never seen before...
A. Gyurisin | Wet, Wild, Wonderful Virginia | 12/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will be utterly honest, I don't buy music CDs anymore. With so many bands hitting the streets faster than I can imagine, I honestly cannot keep up with them all. Music begins to sound the same, corporations seem to have their pre-determined hit prior to the public even forming their own opinion. Those like the Simpsons, Backstreet Boys, and even hip-hop artists are blending together to sound uniform, unoriginal, and overly drab. I had nearly lost my faith in music, retreating to some of my older music like DMB, Counting Crows, and Travis, but then I found ... The Suns.
Stumbling around the Internet I discovered, shockingly, one of the videos to their album called "Romantic Death". It was one of the most creative and disturbing videos that I have seen in quite some time. Then it hit me, I couldn't get this song out of my mind. Throughout the whole day I had the beat, the lyrics, and the overall sensation of the song stuck in my mind ... and I had only heard it once. Like a drug, I needed more. When I returned home that evening I found the song again and couldn't stop listening to it. For the first time in a long time, I had found a new band.
Then, I bought this album. Knowing nothing about the band except for the "Romantic Death" song, I put this in my DVD player and continued to be impressed. Their videos are just as smart as their music. Their tracks seem to cover every genre of music from folk, rock, and even hard edge. Their lyrics seem well-considered, smart and a voice to a new generation. My favorites of the album are:
"Must Be You"
"Romantic Death" (Parental Guidance is suggested)
"Lost at Home"
In fact, every time I listen to this album I find a new song to explore, a new song to jam to on the way to work; a new song to enjoy! For those skeptical of this band, I suggest this album to test your tastes. Not only does it provide songs for you to burn onto other CDs which allow friends and family to explore this band, but also all of their energetic, original videos that will never see the light of day on MTV, but can be watched from the leisure of your DVD player. The Sun are a breath of fresh air to the music industry and this album finally got me out of the corporate rut that seems to be plaguing this industry.
"...if the rockstops, it'll be all my fault..."
Grade: ***** out of *****"