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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan: "All you need is a dollar and a dream."

24 April 2018

VuuR - In This Moment We Are Free - Cities (2017)

Anneke van Giersbergen is at it again, showing her heavy side with a new progressive metal project called VuuR named after the Dutch word for “fire”. Each song describes a different city that has left its mark on Ms. van Giersbergen in her travels as a touring musician. Each reveals just how underrated a vocalist she is.

Cover art for "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities" (2017) by VuuR

18 April 2018

Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (2010)

I’m late to the party as usual, checking out Janelle Monáe concept album The ArchAndroid eight years after everybody else. I’m used to getting sci-fi concept albums in rock, but you know what? This works. I love how she’s reinterpreting Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and making it her own.

Covert art for "The Archandroid" (2010) by Janelle Monáe

27 March 2018

Demon: “The Plague” (1983)

If you’re into melodic or progressive metal, and you haven’t listened to The Plague, you’ve missed out.