The List: (alphabetically)
Elvis Costello – My Aim is True
Features classic Costello styled music, strong melodies, and a neat acoustic selection of bonus tracks.
Jars of Clay – Good Monsters
This new Jars of Clay album sends Christian music into the much beloved world of new ‘indy’ rock. Reminds us of stuff like Cold Play mixed with SufJan and some other things too. Track 8 is the best.
John Mayer – Continuum
Courtesy of Paul Randell; this is John Mayer as heard not catering to the musical needs of adolescent girls. Good mix for rocking; one step down from ‘rocking out’.
New Pornographers – Electric Version, Twin Cinema
Stellar Canadian band, regardless of what Dan Jupp’s cousin thinks. This is feel good, foot taping music.
Phish – Billy Breathes, Slip Stitch and Pass
Phish… who knew? Highlights include a well refined studio recording (Billy Breathes) and a great live album (Slip Stitch and Pass). The ladder is liked because of a Talking Heads cover which kicks the album off. The great jams will cause your Halo 2 experience to run incredibly smooth.
The Roan – Ambient Compilation
This is the music which stared it all. Jason Rainville made me an ambient mix in third year, and we would swear by this mix all through out the Tyndale Halo 2 years. Good mix of creepy ambient, and chill ambient with a beat.
Talking Heads – Fear of Music, Remain in the Light, True Stories
Music which is great, and a little out of the ordinary. Fear of music comes with many killer lines which can be quoted in various contexts for great inside jokes. Remain in the light is a treat as well. True Stories gives an enjoyable look at the 80’s from the talking head’s perspective. ‘Speaking in Tongues’ could have been in this list as well, but we haven’t given it the chance it probably deserves.