Hello dudes and dudettes,
Sorry for not blogging for quite a while (been only a week) but been busy..y'know the usual stuff-studies,games,music,movies in the descending order of the time they occupy. Firstly I must convey a tragic news....
As you well knew I got Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic from my uncle a week ago and I was damn excited about playing my GotY 2003.Surprisingly it was this same CD I played back in 2003 and as you might have realised the CD is quite old and ahem...used.
As a result from the third day I began playing KotOR I noticed that my CD drive was apparently having trouble reading the KotOR CD which showed it's presence when the gameplay became choppy,the load times became more extensive and ultimately the worst thing which every PC gamer fears- The game would hang after every 20 odd minutes just because the CD was too scratched for the drive to read. I tried head cleaning the drive a couple of times but in vain. I even tried other relatively newer CD's like Doom 3 and Quake 4 and they all worked perfectly well.
This utterly depressed me. I was immensely excited about getting an oppurtunity to play KotOR after such a long time and it had to get shattered by this generic problem.
I had reached Taris as well,one of my favorite places in KotOR. I decided to get a brand new KotOR someday for PC or Xbox...or hopefully it will come on Xbox Originals someday so I can directly download it off for 1200 MS points.
Oh well with the unfortunate demise of KotOR all I can wait for is my FFVIII to arrive which should be coming by this weekend most likely.
A Little About Books If You Permit...
I am actually quite surprised I have lost my interest in books for quite a while and the last book I finished reading was Jeffrey Archer's "Prisoner of Birth" and John La Carre's "Smiley's People". Both were excellent books though being an Archer fan ever since reading his cla$$ic revenge saga "Kane and Abel" I must say I was disappointed by the overall plot of his new book.
Firstly for those who don't know Prisoner of Birth is Archer's modern-day version of the Alexandre Dumas "Count of Monte Cristo". I loved the original and considered it way better than some of Dumas' other works like Three Musketeers (highly overrated,IMO). Archer's version is only basically similar to the plot and he makes his variation including the trademark shocking ending though I was not able to attach myself to the characters to the level I was able to do in Kane and Abel. None of the characters strike instantly memorable which is something rare for an author of Archer's quality.
A week back,Brisingr-- the third in the Inheritance series. As many of you know, I consider Eragon as a generic yet one of the best fantasy books I have read. Better than LotR,IMO. Yes,I love Tolkein's "The Hobbit" and I think it is much more of a trend-setter and staple in fantasy genre than LotR. Back to Brisingr then. Despite the fact that I am a fan of the series, I did not buy the book for couple of reasons : 1) No free time. 2) When I do get free time I dedicate it to games,music,movies etc. I will definately get it someday though.
Onto Gaming Then...
I took a break from playing GTA IV. C'mon dudes and dudettes,I have been playing that game non-stop for nearly month and a half and now I have reached the most tedious part of a GTA game. All that stands between me and 100% completion is 191 hidden packages [or pigeons or "flying rats" (WTF)] and 29 stunt jumps. This means it's time to print out the map of Liberty City from one of the game guides and do the f***ing donkey's work.
Oh I also have to beat the high score of QUB3D. For those who haven't played GTA IV,it's a mini-game- a parody of Tetris 3D which is dubiously titled as "The Puzzle Game You Have Played Before".
I would also like to take this oppurtunity to talk about some of GTA IV's humor. Those with previous experience to GTA games will know that most of the humor is based on parodies and oddball jokes based on American culture. In GTA IV,it's more prevalent than ever. Listening to some of the shows on radio stations which they call as "radio soaps" makes me half want to laugh and half to frown. Why?
Coz some of GTA IV's radio shows like Judge Grady,Bastion's Buddies are as anti-feminist,promote anti-liberalism,call every other immigrant a "terrorist" and in short make fun of American pop culture. Listening to Judge Grady sometimes make me wince...
For example in a divorce case involving a man and a woman the Judge gives final decision in favour of the man (after a long speech about how men are better than b****es) and to prosecute the lady he burns her. All this is radio of course,but seriously dudes and dudettes, despite the fact that I am a dude doesn't mean I can swallow all of this. Rockstar has often crossed the line with the Hot Coffee stuff in San Andreas and IMO,they have done it again albeit in a less controversial manner.
Okay...after reading Gears of War 2 Hands-On I have only one view BRING IT ON DUDES!! Seems like Gears 2 is winning the battle against Fallout 3 so far for me.
Onto Music Then...
As you well know I bought Death Magnetic last time and also "promised" NeonNinja to listen to In Rainbows. Here are my thoughts
Death Magnetic (Metallica)
There was lots of hype surrounding this album. It even had a grand reception in Mumbai as well where this CD was officially launched. The music channels here like MTV and VH1 showed the leading single "The Day That Never Comes" over and over again. It was after listening to this track which sounds quite similar to "One" in some places I finally believed that Metallica would restore fan's faith on them after a series of flop albums like Load,ReLoad and St.Anger (don't even get me started on how bad this was).
So yes,I loved The Day That Never Comes. Suddenly,James Hetfield was sounding a decade younger,Lars Ulrich was like the old devil on the drums and Kirk Hammett..well he always rocked even in St.Anger. Even the newbie bassist Robert Trujillo played bass guitar quite well...so with all expectations I bought Death Magnetic believing that this would be THE album Metallica would make....OR SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE....
Each and every...each and every song of the album shows tremendous signs of Metallica ageing...and ageing badly. They sound like they have just lost the defination of metal and are just banging drums and shouting at top of their voices. Hetfield sounds like he has an acorn stuck in his throat whereas Ulrich keeps hitting the drums so awfully that it feels as if this dude has taken an overdose of laxative.
Cyanide,The Judas Kiss,My Apocalypse are mediocre at their best. Only the lead single,"The Day That Never Comes" is something worth listening and is strangely nostalgic to the time when Metallica owned every other metal band in every boulevard of L.A
Final Verdict: Better than St.Anger,though that's not saying much. A single glimpse of Old Metallica otherwise it's all the same old crappy metal. Like the lyrics in the song even I will say in anticipation of Metallica to make another hit song like their 1989 song "One"....,"Waiting for the One!"
Final Score: 1.5/5
In Rainbows (Radiohead)
My good ol' pal,NeonNinja raved about this album half a year ago. I remember a line from his blog saying,"Listening to Radiohead will change your life." I didn't ever believe music could have such influence on life. So I bought In Rainbows, Radiohead's latest album. I couldn't get out of the Led Zeppelin groove until recently and then I finally managed to hear In Rainbows....
And I was going to have an experience of a lifetime. It began with "15 Steps". A song marked with the unique percussion beat rhythm of drums with chorus claps. It was here I heard Thom Yorke's voice for the first time..and literally it was fantastic. I loved 15 Steps no doubt. Then came a noisy odyssey titled "Bodysnatchers". It sounded like typical stuff dudes like U2 would make but what were those weird "out of world" noises. I would come to know that this was a trademark of Radiohead. They were really like a band from outer space that knew how to touch hearts with music. The noisy Bodysnatchers took an abrupt turn into a void of melancholic orchestra piano riff which intermingled with Yorke's voice like some sort of a voodoo spell.
All I Need is one of the highlights of the album. Hell,every song is a highlight of this album. However, All I Need with it's dark bass line sounded offbeat and the intermittent interruption from the bass felt to be breaking rhythm however when more instruments joined the noise turned into a wonderful music. House of Cards has an out of heaven voice that will raise everyone's hair for the first time. It's also got a strange melancholy of solitude upon which the album is supposedly based upon. Jigsaw Falling Into Pieces is the centrepiece of the album IMO. It defines In Rainbows the best. Fast,slow music accompanied by atmospheric orchestra-esque music,Yorke's falsetto and damn good lyrics. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi is definately a weird name for a song's title but it's so f***ing amazing that it will make someone wet their pants. Especially the part where Yorke's voice fades away and then a loud piano riff enters. Videotape is another amazing song that manages to do something quite original.
However, my fav song from In Rainbows is Nude. It looks like a strange title for a song upon the first observation but it somehow suits the mood. Nude is a beautiful word for Naked. Similarly the song itself is a beautiful interpretation of Radiohead's already beautiful songs. And beauty adds with beauty to produce one of the most stimulating endings to a song EVER.....Stimulating stuff truly!!
Albums like In Rainbows are few and far between in our generation. Any music fan will know that most of the albums released in music history have mostly had only two to three good songs (mostly released as singles) from the catalogue of 10 odd songs on the album CD. There are very few albums I have heard to in my life so far where I have liked each and every song from the album. Examples like Led Zeppelin's albums like (Led Zeppelin I,Led Zeppelin IV,Physical Graffiti). I can finally add In Rainbows to that list.
Final Verdict: In Rainbows is in short words a journey every individual should undertake. I am not saying that everyone will like Radiohead's music. I can understand why some of you may not admire Radiohead's post-OK Computer work calling it too electronic or too experimental but In Rainbows includes Radiohead's finest works packed into one awesome album.
Final Score : 5/5 (Third album to get a score like that from me after Led Zeppelin I and Physical Graffiti).
And Neon pal...You were right. Every word you said was damn spot-on. "Listening to Radiohead has changed my life..."
Thanks,dude. I owe you one. I will make sure I will make you a fan of one of my favorite bands. How about that I make you a Metallica fan someday...oh wait Metallica sucks right now so...um...nah Led Zep doesn't exist...hey about Linkin Park?
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