Off the Rails

Off the Rails & Opinions on Big Boi and Alejandro Escovedo

Off the Rails: Jim and Greg call out some of rock's great artists who took terrible career turns. Then Jim and Greg review albums by Big Boi and Alejandro Escovedo.

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Off the Rails

Sound Opinions is a show that celebrates music. But, once in a while we have to get a little negative and call out artists that disappoint us. In particular, there's a crop of singers and musicians who began as great talents with promising careers, but ended up breaking our hearts by going "Off the Rails." Think of it as the musical answer to“Jump the Shark.”Jim and Greg think these career wrong-turns are too big to ignore.

reviewSir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Deluxe Edition)Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty available on iTunes

Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Outkast rapper Big Boi has released his first solo album called…wait for it… Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Big Boi is often thought of as the more down to earth of the two Atlanta hip hop artists, but both Jim and Greg think the record is very inventive and ambitious. Greg does miss Andre 3000's presence, and thinks the two make each other better. But overall, Sir Lucious Left Foot is full of great beats and oddball touches and gets a Buy It rating. Jim agrees and was pleasantly surprised to hear these tracks, especially after all the torture that went into making it. It has a tad too many vulgar and juvenile lyrics, but he still thinks listeners should Buy It.

reviewStreet Songs of Love (Bonus Track Version)Street Songs of Love available on iTunes

Alejandro Escovedo Street Songs of Love

Alejandro Escovedo has been making music since the 1970's, but this past decade has brought him his highest profile to date. The Texas-based rocker's new record is Street Songs of Love, a concept album about rock's favorite topic: love. But, Jim feels like he's heard these songs before, particularly the mid-tempo classic groove. This is not Escovedo at his best, according to Jim, who gives it a Burn It. Greg thinks it's easy to be let down because Escovedo is such a smart lyricist, but the more he listened, the more he liked it. Greg thinks the singer/songwriter is that rare artist who has gotten better with age and gives Street Songs of Love a Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train, Blizzard of Ozz, Jet, 1980
  2. Rod Stewart, You Wear It Well, Never A Dull Moment, Mercury, 1972
  3. Rod Stewart, Embraceable You, Stardust: The Great American Songbook Vol. III, J Records, 2004
  4. Lauryn Hill, Everything is Everything, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Columbia, 1998
  5. Lauryn Hill, Freedom Time, MTV Unplugged No. 2.0, Columbia, 2002
  6. The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K., Filthy Lucre Live, EMI, 1996
  7. The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K., Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, Warner Bros., 1977
  8. Soundgarden, Fell on Black Days, Superunknown, A&M, 1994
  9. Chris Cornell, Billie Jean, Carry On, Suretone/Interscope, 2007
  10. Ice Cube, Bop Gun (One Nation), Lethal Injection, Priority, 1994
  11. Ice Cube, AmeriKKKas Most Wanted, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Priority, 1990
  12. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, All Your Love, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, London, 1966
  13. Eric Clapton, Layla, Unplugged, Reprise, 1992
  14. Eric Clapton, Love In Vain, Me and Mr. Johnson, Warner Bros, 2004
  15. Liz Phair, 6'1, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  16. Liz Phair, Wind and the Mountain, Somebody's Miracle, Capitol, 2005
  17. Liz Phair, Bollywood, Funstyle, self-released, 2010
  18. Metallica, Battery, Master of Puppets, Elektra, 1986
  19. Metallica, The House That Jack Built, Load, Elektra, 1986
  20. Big Boi, Shutterbug, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Purple Ribbon/Def Jam, 2010
  21. Big Boi, Tangerine, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Purple Ribbon/Def Jam, 2010
  22. Big Boi, General Patton, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Purple Ribbon/Def Jam, 2010
  23. Alejandro Escovedo, Tender Heart, Street Songs of Love, Concord Music, 2010
  24. Alejandro Escovedo, This Bed Is Getting Crowded, Street Songs of Love, Concord Music, 2010
  25. Tortoise, Ruba'iyat, Why Waste Time?, Thrill Jockey, 2010
  26. Drive By Truckers, George Jones Talkin' Cell Phone Blues, The Fine Print (Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008), New West, 2009
  27. Vince Gill, One More Last Chance, I Still Believe in You, MCA Nashville, 1992
  28. Gram Parsons, Return of the Grievous Angel, Grievous Angel, Reprise, 1974

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