Dracula and One Hit Wonders

February 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm (Random Ramblings)

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap  

I’ve been listening to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap non-stop since I watched 500 Days of Summer a few weeks ago (if you haven’t seen that movie yet you must, so funny).  So I finally decided to buy their album Conditions and…..I don’t know…..I don’t love it.  I mean I LOVE that song but the album, not so much, I’ve only listened to it twice so I’m trying to reserve judgement and I may decide it’s better after a few more listens but that song got me right away, I was expecting more from the album.  It’s not bad really, it is decent background music when I’m doing the Sunday crossword but I wasn’t expecting background music.  That song is so stirring I just thought the album would have more like that, instead it’s all just a little meh.   I hate when that happens.  I hate when I’m expecting so much from an album and it doesn’t deliver.  Not that every song needs to be amazing – they can’t all be 30 Seconds to Mars but I guess I’ve been on a roll lately where most of the albums I’ve bought in the last few months have lived up to my expectations.   

Not that this is the first time it’s happened, take Being Here by The Stills  

That song has been out for almost 2 years and I still listen to it on a regular basis, it’s awesome!  But that album, I didn’t like it.  Very disappointing.  Or Bitches in Tokyo by Stars  

Great song right?  The rest of the album sounded nothing like that song.  One more…. Dig by Incubus – this song is like 4 years old and I still love it and I thought that album would be amazing.  It wasn’t.   

It’s so frustrating, not to mention expensive.  No wonder people download so much when it’s really the best way to only pay for music you actually like.  I mean it’s one thing when you kinda like a song and you want to check out the band to see what they’re about, but it’s so disappointing when you LOVE a song and are convinced the album MUST be amazing and then it falls flat.  I guess that’s why I get so excited when I buy an album based on hearing a song or two and that song isn’t even my favorite one on the album – I think that is the best thing ever!  So thank you Billy Talent, 30STM, Linkin Park, Keane, USS, Mew, Death Cab, Neverending White Lights, Ashes Divide, My Chemical Romance, Muse, Shiny Toy Guns, Silversun Pickups, Madina Lake, Kill Hannah, Metric, White Lies and any other band that I have bought an album from the past few years based on a song or two and ended up loving the whole thing!  You restore my faith. 

So I got a last minute invite to see Dracula at Casa Loma this weekend and it was……..interesting.  The play takes place in various rooms in Casa Loma so the audience has to get up and move around with the actors which was a neat concept and sometimes you’re standing or sitting right beside them while they perform.  It was put on by the Brant Theatre Workshops and I hate to say it but the acting was a little low budget, not bad exactly, just weird.  Actually I take that back, the girl who played Mina was trying to do an accent through most of it and it was…..not good.  She was trying to be English I think, sometimes sounded a little Irish but mostly just sounded and looked like she didn’t have proper use of her mouth and jaw.  It was so distracting.  I get that you want to try to be authentic with the accent but if you can’t pull it off it just makes things worse.  I’m surprised none of the other actors have told her to cut it out.  It was pretty bad and was cracking me up a little, but I’m also immature when it comes to having people acting 2 feet from me so I was having trouble keeping the giggling under control as it was, especially because it was so low budget.  At one point the crew guy ran across the front of the “stage” – that caused some giggles.  Soon after I whispered to my friend that I wasn’t going to be able to keep it together much longer.  Mostly I enjoyed being in the castle and seeing the different rooms because it’s a long time since I’ve been there.  It was a little strange being there at night with most of the lights off and I was not a fan of the basement swimming pool area – super creepy.  There’s a weird energy in there for sure.  I found the story hard to follow even though it is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula .  I’m going to have to watch that movie again because it turns out I really don’t remember it very well.  But I will tell you one thing, that Count Dracula is no Edward Cullen!  And I’m not talking about the lame Edward from the movie, I mean the REAL one, from the book.  THAT is a vampire! 

Casa Loma

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