As it turns out, there might be one side effect of Amazon’s excellent variable price promotions for mp3 downloads: a momentary lapse in value. As albums like the Beatles Anthology 3 sit on Best Buy shelves gathering dust at a $30 price point, Amazon has battled the iTunes juggernaut with an everything-must-go mindset. That means about 100 different $5 albums each month and hyped albums by well-regarded artists sometimes falling even lower than that in their release week. That they notify the consumer through Twitter feeds would be an example for a marketing textbook, probably an electronic version that is Kindle- and iPad-friendly so as to not be immediately obsolete.
But what about the product as it sits on your hard drive, in your iTunes library? How can paying $4 for Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs ever be wrong? I found out when sitting down with the album turned into something to do after the latest (free!) podcasts silently populating my feeds. And this from someone who frequently listens to songs on Neon Bible and won’t skip “My Body is A Cage,” even when working out! Thus, I still don’t have a handle on that album. But I do have a good idea of how excellent these songs are, in no particular order:
“Bushwick Blues” by Delta Spirit