Phoenix always seems to provide very fun listening experiences. This fun definitely carries over to a workout environment. The album provides a snappy and consistently paced alternative rock experience coupled with great lyrics and lush instrumentation. There is one song that I do have a slight problem with. North is one of longer songs on the album and is entirely instrumental. I have no problems with instrumental songs, but this one just seemed to lack any sort of progression and hurt the fast paced flow of the album. It's a great song, but not for the context in which I was in.
Despite North, Phoenix still succeeds in giving a really fun workout album.
Nouns is the first album so far to push me to what I believe is my physical limit, for now at least. This album provided a nice assortment of noisy indie-rock songs that made me literally say to myself "I haveto run to this." That is why I believe this is yet another perfect workout album.
I wasn't feeling too great today. I'm pretty sure yesterday took a toll on me. Despite that fact, I decided I still needed to workout. I chose something that I knew would be easy and good. This album provides some great chillwave tunes that don't require you to really go all out, but you can if you want to. It's the best of both worlds.
This album was a blast to workout to. It had a lot of neat instrumentation and interesting song structures. I enjoyed the faster songs as well the quieter and slower songs. Despite its long length, it still makes for a perfect workout album.
Today we have Wonderful Rainbow, a sort of counterpoint to that Sleigh Bells album Treats I did on Tuesday. Whereas Treats was extremely loud but still made for a great workout experience, this album shows that some albums can be just too loud and too noisy for their own good. The first four tracks gave me hope for the rest of the album, but I just found most to be too fast too often. This might be an advantage for some people, but not for me. The second half of the album also becomes quite a bit noisier and loses it's tempo more frequently, which certainly threw me off.
Overall, I just flat out did not have the endurance to keep up with Wonderful Rainbow.
This album is absolutely packed to the brim with fun. From the wide array of instrumentation, to the upbeat nature, to the scratching that appears frequently, to the plethora of easily recognizable but not overtly obvious samples. This album had me bobbing my head to the beat throughout its entirety. This is a perfect workout album.
On the compressed list, I have added a fourth style to the rating scheme. Blue indicates a perfect workout album. I also may add a link to just perfect workout albums in the future. Let me know what you think.
The thing about Treats is that it seems as though someone half-way through the creation of this album decided to turn the loudness up to eleven. That may not seem like a compliment, but it is. Even with that amount of noise pumping directly into you, it still has an air of straight up pop-friendliness. This combination of loud and aggressive noise structures and the heavier pop beat definitely lends itself well to an exercise setting.
My only gripe was that when it was over, I wanted more. Luckily their second album dropped this month.
This album had a good collection of slower indie rock songs and is so far the longest album I have exercised to. While sonically very pleasing, for a large portion of it I was thinking to myself that this album did not have the pump-up jams I was hoping for. It had me reevaluating what kind of an album I'm looking for to workout to, and my opinion on this album in that regard was mixed. Then out of seemingly nowhere the last two tracks were definitely what I was looking for and pretty much saved my workout experience.
If you want an smooth indie rock album with some songs you can briskly walk to, this is it. If you want an album to run to, pick out those last two tracks.
Also I would like to apologize for missing yesterday. I was not feeling up to par, similarly to the night before.
As sort of a follow up to yesterdays album, I decided today I would do an EP from the same band. I wasn't feeling too great today so I wanted something short and easy. Like yesterday, it's good collection of dance-punk songs. I might do two albums tomorrow to make up for the fact I did so little today.
I actually worked out to this yesterday, but since I started the blog today, I will have two updates for today. The first half of the album is great to workout to, but the second half is not. I'd say it really depends on your mood.
This blog is about my journey to get fit with music. I plan to exercise every day to an album I have not heard yet. This site is really more of a motivational factor to actually get me to exercise regularly, rather than just saying I will and not actually do it.
Each post will contain an album, the calories I burned to said album, how far I went to said album, and whether or not that album is a good album to workout to.When I say an album is not great to workout to, it does not mean that it's qualitatively a bad album. It merely means it didn't make my workout experience that great. I'm split on whether I should provide links to download albums because of possible copyright circumstances. Voice you opinion on the matter here.