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Cheapskate Reviewer: We Are The In Crowd, Meshuggah, and More!

Cheapskate Reviewer: We Are The In Crowd, Meshuggah, and More!

Cheapskate reviewer weighs in on free weekly downloads from iTunes!

“I turn the music up, I got my records on | I shut the world outside until the lights come on | Maybe the street’s alight, maybe the trees are gone | But I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song.” –Coldplay, Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Kiss Me Again (feat. Alex Gaskarth)—We Are The In Crowd. Not gonna lie, these guys sound like Hawk Nelson. Alex Gaskarth (from All Time Low) features vocally in this track, sounding a lot like a country singer. This track is definitely fun and worth the cost. There’s a lotta kissin’ goin’ on. Three out of five stars.

Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion—Meshuggah. Warning: Meshuggah is a Yiddish word meaning "crazy." It’s also an extreme metal band whose members are everything but Jewish. This stuff is heavy. It’s death metal vocals. It sounds like Jens Kidman has the biggest, meanest bullfrog in his throat. It’s crazy, so if you like tame things (kittens, political science, bluegrass covers of Coldplay songs) don’t listen to it. Two out of five stars.

Indie Download of the Week: Black to White (feat. Miss Palmer)—Felix Cartal. Is Felix Cartal a girl? The cover would lead me to believe so, but I’ve never heard the name Felix for a girl. Also, according to the cover, she is holding the most pure red balloons I’ve ever seen. Hey, Felix, can I have one of those beauties? Most of the time, when they say "red balloons," they actually mean "pink balloons with a lot of confidence," but your balloons don’t lie! This song is really fun technically, especially when it drops to the heavier beat sequence. But where is the Miss Palmer featured in this track? She sounds more like a third grade teacher than an artist. Three and a half out of five stars.

Other Side—BJ the Chicago Kid. I like how this track starts out with some dialogue between two old people talking about how The Blues are black people's cousin. The blues in this song takes you back to the old days. Even with a contemporary voice, BJ really evokes a jazz lounge feel well. The distant piano and techno synth ending are pretty cool too. Three out of five stars.

What did you think of this week's offerings?

Tags: itunes, music, cheapskate reviewer, free stuff, we are in the crowd, meshuggah, felix cartal, bj the chicago kid

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