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MUSIC REVIEW: The Network’s “Trans Am”, Tim Minchin’s “Apart Together”, and “If the Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album”

I don’t normally review music here. From time-to-time, I make exceptions, but on the whole, I don’t feel particularly qualified to review music. I don’t write music, I don’t understand how one comes up with the perfect song. Nonetheless, I love music. And, sometimes, there are weeks where multiple albums that I am excited about all release on the same day. And, on those weeks, I feel the desire to take a listen to those albums and talk about them. This week, The Network (a Green Day side project) released an EP entitled “Trans Am,” Tim Minchin released his debut solo album entitled “Apart Together,” and the original Broadway cast of Hadestown released “If the Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album.” So, let’s talk about all of them.

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REVIEW: Green Day – “Father of All…”

foamfI’ve been a fan of Green Day since 2006. I was 11 and they were one of my first exposures to mainstream, contemporary rock music. To say they had a major impact on my taste in music would be just as big an understatement as saying that musical theatre had a major impact on my taste in music. Green Day was a major deal to me all throughout my youth. Every new album was something to get unbearably excited over. This changed some in the wake of the release of the “Trilogy” – ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!. Like many, I wasn’t a big fan of this album and my ongoing obsession with Green Day never quite recovered. When 2016’s Revolution Radio came out, I was certainly relatively excited and, on the whole, I did enjoy it – but very little of it has stuck with me. Still, my first music love will always be Green Day and there will never be an album release that I won’t look forward to. Which brings us to 2020’s Father of All…, an album that I initially was eagerly anticipating and slowly stopped anticipating as time went on and more songs were released. Now that it’s out, was the five-month wait between its initial announcement and its long-awaited release worth it? Is the album good? Yeah, it’s solid. (more…)