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Desert Island Discs — Queensrÿche, Promised Land

Desert Island Discs — Queensrÿche, Promised Land

Music
There are times in your life when an album comes along and hits you with a concrete fist. Maybe the material is just that good, or maybe the timing is just that perfect. And sometimes it's both. So it was with me and Promised Land, Queensrÿche's fifth and greatest full-length studio release. Promised Land was released in October 1994, the same autumn I started college in a strange and faraway land -- Vermont. Having left not only the town I grew up in but my sequestered suburban adolescence behind, I had a rather difficult time emotionally. Surrounded my nothing but mountains and farms, I had ample opportunity to ponder my life and my inadequacies. The word regret entered my vocabulary for the first time. Looking back on that period now I'm certain I ran headlong into a bout of depre
Desert Island Discs — Willie Nelson, Yesterday’s Wine

Desert Island Discs — Willie Nelson, Yesterday’s Wine

Music
I've toyed with the idea of writing a post about country music that even country music haters can appreciate. If and when I ever get around to it, Yesterday's Wine is absolutely going on the list. I have no idea if Willie Nelson ever performs material from the album in his concerts, but I would pay big money to watch him play it all the way through. If this album came out today it would be labeled "alt-country," for it bears little resemblance to the type of slick, radio-friendly music Nashville has been pumping out for decades. Yesterday's Wine is a deeply personal record, rooted in traditional sounds. It's warm and intimate, and suffused with a deep spirituality that always seems genuine. Oh yeah, and it's a concept album. Nelson assumes the role of an "Imperfect Man" who ha