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CD Exchange with Co-Worker Pt. 2

Continuing from Part 1, with some albums being out of order because that’s how life rolls.
1Animals As Leaders
Animals as Leaders

I picked this album to see how he'd respond to another progressive album (after Dream Theater), this time being instrumental. His favorite track, unsurprisingly, was Cafo, and he enjoyed the album as a whole, mentioning how it had a similar effect on him to Joe Satriani.
2Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons to Die

I've had time to reminisce on the albums I've heard from my co-worker, but I had to go back and re-listen to this a bit to remember how I felt about it. In the face of other albums, it basically faded into the background. I feel like this album offers up much of what I've come to expect from rap and hip hop, which is a batch of songs I can get behind with another batch that just fade into obscurity. Might take a few more listens for it to properly sink in, but I'll readily do so with this album more than, say, the Dr. Dre or Wu-Tang Clan albums I borrowed.
3Trees of Eternity
Hour Of The Nightingale

I'll admit, half the reason I picked this album is because it's been my jam recently, but I also figured since he enjoyed The Great Cold Distance, there'd be a possibility of him enjoying this. Unfortunately, he wasn't too fond of it. When he heard the opening track, he said he wasn't sure whether he should feel depressed, and noted that he had trouble understanding what Aleah was saying, as if she was whispering everything.
4A Tribe Called Quest
The Anthology

I'm reluctant to bother with compilations or Best Of albums, but since this CD exchange is meant to serve as a means to introduce us to music we don't normally listen to, I suppose it was only inevitable. Some tracks here were really catch, especially Check the Rhime, Bonita Applebum and Stressed Out. My favorite, however, was probably Electric Relaxation.
5Symphony X
Paradise Lost

I thought this would be a sure win, since Symphony X were one of the first bands to get me into heavy metal. However, my co-worker had mixed thoughts on this one as well. He enjoyed Revelation and mentioned that Eve of Seduction was his favorite track, but otherwise didn't have much to say.
6Jurassic 5
Quality Control

Just have to say up-front: This is the album to beat of the ones I've borrowed. He touted how Jurassic 5 have their own sound, with part of that being the vocal harmonies, and not only do I see and agree, but I'd say that's a big part of why I enjoyed it so much. I felt like it was easier to get behind the words behind the music since both came across as more grounded to me, as if there was this transparency to the entire group.
7Iced Earth
The Glorious Burden

I'm sure my fellow Iced Earth fans will be baffled by my choosing of a non-Barlow album. While I did want to go with either Burnt Offerings or Something Wicked This Way Comes, I felt they wouldn't leave as strong of an impression, and it turns out my hunch was spot-on. Just like Jurassic 5 with me, my co-worker said he truly enjoyed this album. A lot. He loved everything from the album art to the subject matter and music itself. Of the Gettysburg trilogy, he actually liked Hold At All Costs the most; if we exclude the trilogy, he enjoyed Red Baron/Blue Max the most.
8Method Man and Redman

This struck me as a more fun rap album, but not to the point that it felt overly obnoxious (not to say it isn't silly). If I was laying back in a living room with friends, smoking and watching them play a videogame I don't know, this would definitely float my boat. As far as regular listening, though? Wouldn't count on it.
Under the Red Cloud

Another album that left mixed impressions on my co-worker, but he seemed a bit more positive about this one than, say, Symphony X. I recommended he hear the two bonus tracks. His favorites were Dark Path, Winter's Sleep and Death of a King, noting how he enjoyed the latter for incorporating a flute with metal, something he said he'd never heard before. Perhaps this would be my cue to start looking into Eluveitie.
10Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2

I feel like my co-worker had a lot riding on this album, since he's talked about Run the Jewels quite a bit even before we decided to start swapping CDs. As luck would have it, I rather enjoyed this album. I found the beats to leave a more lasting impression than most of the albums he lent me, which combined to help the lyrics feel more punctually delivered. Favorites are Blockbuster Night, Close Your Eyes and Early.
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