Yesterday I noticed that Thomas Dolby’s live album The Sole Inhabitant is now available on Amazon as a MP3 download for only 7 bucks. These are free of copy protection, unlike what iTunes sells, so you can do with them what you wish. (I’ve stopped using iTunes for digital music shopping, unless it’s the only shop that carries what I’m looking for. I love what Amazon is doing with their MP3 store.)
So I quickly snapped the album up and have been loving it. These songs take me back not only to my teen-ish years when his albums helped shape my musical tastes, but it also reminds me how much fun it was seeing him perform in 2006 (which I gushed about), which is the tour these songs came from. The music ranges from high-concept to cheeky fun, and though he’s got enough equipment to create any sound he wishes, he made sure it retained its 80’s synthpop flavor while still sounding “retrofitted” for today. That synthpop sound that he helped pioneer is now popular again, so it’s only fitting. When listening to it I’m still so impressed that he performed it all himself, even though I watched him do it…he didn’t just press a button and let his Mac do all the work, either, he actually played it all (obviously some looping was done). It makes my inner nerd proud! So if you’re a Dolby fan, grab these tracks pronto. He’s also got a concert DVD, not sure if it’s the same performance but it’s from the same tour. It’s next on my list. 🙂
P.S.: Critter told me the other day that Jill Scott’s website had linked to my YouTube videos from the Seattle show. How cool! Ahhh, the magic of Teh Internets™.