I finally got my first The Music Box subscription box. This is probably the most excited I have ever been about a subscription box that I was getting. I love the idea of The Music Box. I use to dig through the unknown used cds at Manifest in Columbia SC when it had its old owners and felt less like a chain store and more like a local record shop. I would pick out and buy a hand full of random cds that somehow looked appealing. If I was lucky I would like one of them. More often I didn’t like any but it was fun listening to them all.
The Music Box is something like that. I do miss out on getting to pick out the cds but its still as close to that experience as I can get now. I really was insanely excited about getting it and I’m still excited about getting my next one. This is the Surprise box. So, the genres are random.
In the box: I got 3 cds, a download code for an EP and some stickers, an ad card and a hand full of dum dum suckers.
Apparently, I didn’t take a picture of all the contents together outside of the box. So, on to the cds.
Old Fashioned Love
This is sort of coffee house indie singer/songwriter stuff. Maybe a little bit Dave Matthews-y. It’s a full cd. Its not my favorite type of music but its certainly not bad. I could even see myself listening to this during a road trip or something when I want something new to listen to. It has a driving music feel to it.
Monsters and Fantasy
This is a 5 song EP. It has a scratchy low fi quality to it but I think that is a creative choice. The band has a pop-punk sound. They’re decent. It has an old blink 182 feel to it. Kind of…some songs do anyway. I could probably listen to this maybe. I think they may be one of those bands that sound better live than on CD though. I would go see them if they ever played near me.
This is a 15 song full cd. It looks like a Rockabilly or Punk band looking at the cd (which isn’t in a case but is just in plastic). It is however a female r&b/jazz singer. She has a very good voice. It’s blues-y. I wouldn’t necessarily listen to this but she has a really good voice. She definitely should work on her cd design, though.
This is an EP. The singer reminds me of the band Bayside. I actually really like him. I will probably listen to this often.
The stickers were all other bands whose music was not included. I looked all the bands up online to see if I would be interested in any of them.
Dust on the Radio
I’m not sure how to describe this. There is a reason I’m not a music critic. Well, there are several reasons but one of them is that I’m not great at describing music unless I really like it or really hate it. This is just….eh. The facebook page says they are influenced by post-punk, new wave and power pop. The phrase that comes to me is “hipster bar music” …..hipster bar music that I would ignore. *shrug* It’s not that it’s bad. It isn’t. It just isn’t something I would ever listen to.
Hmm. I think I’ve heard this band before..The name sounds familiar anyway. The music is kind of dance-y rock. Their facebook page lists their genre as “dance-a-funk-a-rock-tronic” and that sounds about right to me. I could enjoy this when at a bar or club or something..if I went to clubs. Which I don’t. If they played this kind of music maybe I would go more often.
She considers herself hip hop/alternative. It sounds more hiphop/pop to me. She has a good voice and everything but I just don’t listen to this kind of music at all.
.Alt/rock/acoustic is what he is described as on The Music Box website. Based on the songs I listened to on his Facebook I would say more of a John Meyer adult contemporary but with music that sounds engineered as opposed to played by a band. I think that may be the production of the songs making it sound that way, though, not so much the actual songs and singer. As I’ve said with a lot of the bands in this box, not my kind of music but it isn’t bad.
The ad card was for yet another band:
Young At Heart
Described as pop/punk/rock. That sounds about right to me. It definitely leans heavily toward pop-punk. I don’t mind pop-punk. I could listen to this. I wish I would have gotten a cd or download code for them. They also have a song called If Daryl Dies, We Riot. This amused me greatly. Of course in usual emo-pop-punk style the song has nothing to do with the title.
I think it’s cute that they include some candy in each box.
Overall, even though I didn’t love all the music I still love this box. If I had to say things I’d prefer I would say that I saw some other people that got 3 cds AND more download codes. I would have liked more download codes along with my 3 cds.
I’m cool with getting lots of stickers, though. I saw other items are sent sometimes and those are cool, too but I certainly don’t mind stickers. These will all go on my trunk that I have been collecting stickers on for almost two decades.
I did decide to not get the surprise genre box next month. I’m going to change genre options every month. Next month I’m going with country. After that I think I’ll try out metal.
If you want to subscribe to The Music Box you can choose the Box (what I got) for $10, the Envelope (just a mix cd) for $5 or the Bundle (both the box and the envelope) for $13. To subscribe go here: http://www.themusicboxsubscriptions.com/