Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures & Opinions on Tom Petty and Rhymefest

Guilty Pleasures: Jim, Greg & some brave listeners reveal their musical Guilty Pleasures. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums by veteran rocker Tom Petty & rapper Rhymefest.

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Guilty Pleasures

Everyone has a cheesy pop skeleton in his or her musical closet–even rock critics. This week Jim and Greg fess up and reveal their musical Guilty Pleasures. These are songs that our hosts know are not“cool”or“artistic,”but for whatever reason, they love ‘em. And at Sound Opinions we have a completely populist philosophy about music. If it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it, enjoy it.

Here are Jim and Greg's Guilty Pleasures:

reviewMojoMojo available on iTunes

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo

In his four decades in music, Tom Petty has appeared to do it all. He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he's performed at the Superbowl, and he's collaborated with everyone from George Harrison to Johnny Cash. So, Jim and Greg wonder, what's left to accomplish? On his new album Mojo, it sounds like the only goal was to have an easygoing jam. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but Jim feels like the fight has gone out of Petty. Greg agrees, explaining that Mojo is more about the band's performances and the songs themselves. Both critics give Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a Try It rating.

reviewEl CheEl Che available on iTunes

Rhymefest El Che

After years battling with his major label J Records, rapper Rhymefest has finally released an album on his own. El Che is his second official release, though he put out a fascinating (and unauthorized) Michael Jackson tribute in 2008. As Greg explains, this record definitely doesn‘t fit in a major label model–it’s too hard to market as one thing. It's funny, political and poppy. But, because of that, the sound of El Che is sometimes erratic and not as strong as his debut. Greg gives the record a Try It. Jim disagrees. He hasn‘t seen this kind of strength of character in hip hop in a long time. Rhymefest is indeed weird, but he’s funny, unique and totally himself. Jim gives El Che a Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. Everlast, Saving Grace, Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford, Liberation, 2008
  2. John Fred And His Playboy Band, Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), 21 Golden Gate Greats, Take 6 Inc., 1969
  3. PM Dawn, Downtown Venus, Jesus Wept, Polygram, 1995
  4. Captain and Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together, Forget Me Nots, A&M, 1972
  5. Jodi Benson, Part of Your World, The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney, 1989
  6. Jay-Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A), The Blueprint, Roc-A-Fella, 2001
  7. Alice Cooper, Guilty, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Warner Bros, 1976
  8. Sweet, Blockbuster, Sweet, Razor & Tie, 1973
  9. Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, She's So Unusual, Sony, 1984
  10. Richard Harris, MacArthur Park, A Tramp Shining, MCA, 1968
  11. Ted Nugent, Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine, Weekend Warriors, Epic, 1978
  12. The Moody Blues, Nights In White Satin including Late Lament, Days of Future Passed, Deram Records, 1967
  13. Billie Holiday, Guilty, There Is No Greater Love, Black Hole Recordings, 1948
  14. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jefferson Jericho Blues, Mojo, Reprise, 2010
  15. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, I Should Have Known It, Mojo, Reprise, 2010
  16. Rhymefest, Truth on You, El Che, Rose Hip, 2010
  17. Rhymefest, Prosperity, El Che, Rose Hip, 2010
  18. Blondie, Call Me, Autoamerican, Chrysalis Records, 1980
  19. Cloud Cult, Love You All, Feel Good Ghosts, Rebel Group, 2008
  20. Mark Cutler, Vampires, Red, Pottersfield, 2010

Footnotes Tom Petty Rhymefest