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Songs Fading Out

I remember going on road trips with my family growing up. My parents were always playing oldies on the car stereo. They had a few of those collections that they sold on TV, like Sounds of the Sixties and stuff like that. I remember a bunch of the songs didn’t really have endings. They just sort of faded out and the new song began. Maybe the bands and producers were lazy and didn’t know how to properly end a song. But I like songs fading out. It’s like the song never really ends, you’re just walking away from it and it’s repeating endlessly somewhere until you get back around to hearing it again. I wish more songs were like that. Maybe more musicians can bring back the fade out and make it trendy again. Endings are nice and all, but sometimes you don’t want some things to end.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Burning CDs

I wasn’t around for mixed tapes, but CD burners were just starting to hit the mainstream market when I was in eighth grade and ninth grade. It was around 1999 and MP3s were still a new thing. I was one of the smart kids who took advantage of the technology to make a profit. I would get a list of fifteen to twenty songs, download them, burn them onto a disc, slap on a label, and sell it for ten bucks. It seems like a big profit, but it would take a long time to burn a single CD. It took about twenty minutes to download a song off Napster with a 56k modem and it would get messed up if anyone picked up the phone. It could take up to six hours to download eighteen songs and another hour to actually burn the CD. Luckily most people wanted the same songs. It was mostly Blink 182 and Shaggy if I remember correctly. Now it takes less than a minute to download a song, and most people don’t even bother to do that anymore because they can stream it instantly or watch the video on YouTube. Technology keeps on pushing forward. Burning CDs seems so quaint but I kind of miss it.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Greatest Hits Album

A greatest hits album is an album by a musical artist or group that contains some of their biggest hits. A lot of artists don’t like them because they feel like their singles belong to the album from which they came. They don’t like taking songs from different albums, eras, and phases and cramming them together. But you can’t deny the appeal of a greatest hits album to the audience. You get an album of all the best songs without any filler material. You get to experience more of the range and scope of their music. And it’s less of a dent on your wallet, which is always good. The first greatest hits album I ever bought was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was the best decision I ever made. I knew that I liked “Free Fallin’” and “The Waiting” but I had no idea what was in store for me. I bought it, opened it, and shoved it in the car stereo and went for a drive. The first few chords of “American Girl” came on and my life was forever changed. I played that CD on repeat for the next few weeks. I went out and bought almost every single Tom Petty album I could. I’ve seen him in concert three times, soon to be four. I became a huge Tom Petty fan, all thanks to his greatest hits album. I’ve gone and bought a bunch of other greatest hits albums from other artists ranging from Neil Young to ZZ Top to the Doobie Brothers. Each greatest hit album purchase has led to me buying other individual albums from those artists. A good greatest hits album is like an advertisement that you pay to listen to, and then you go out and spend more money on their other albums. You get more entertainment, they get more cash in their pockets, everybody wins.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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