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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Set List - Contemporaries

Contemporary musicians have found a place in my collection, alongside rock & jazz giants and 1980s must-haves.

Depeche Mode is first on my contemporaries list.  Known early on for hits such as "Enjoy the Silence" and "Policy of Truth," Depeche Mode has yet to stray from their trademark sound and tone.  Their recently released song, "Precious," reflects this trademark - deep vocals, defined use of the synthesizer, dark yet hopeful lyrics.  Depeche Mode is one to be noticed.

Seal is an incredible singer and recording artist.  His lyrics are powerful and at the right moment in all songs, such as "Bring It On" and "Crazy," a hit of musical intensity punches the listener, who will want more.

3 Doors Down is a surprise contemporary favorite.  Sorrowful lyrics under the guise of rock sound and beat provide interest and attraction.  This mix is unique and can only be pulled off in the contemporary era of music.  The band's name is likewise clever and one to be caught by a listener's eyes and ears.

Nickelback is the ultimate in sensitive and tough lyrics and sound.  Nickelback can be thoughtful and lyrically inspiring in such a song as "If Everyone Cared."  Nickelback can be elitist in such a song as "Rockstar."  Nickelback can be tough and intimidating in such a song as "Burn It to the Ground."  These back-and-forth emotions pulled off with ease make Nickelback a contemporary favorite.

Rock in any style - classic, '80s, contemporary - has appeal to all listeners in this genre giant.  Therefore, these styles truly know how to last and play it.

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