Written by Carl Hines Friday, 02 November 2007 08:52
Alex Church, lead singer and sole writer of the album, does well to blend organic instruments like acoustic guitar, organ, and cello with various electronic blips and bleeps.
Written by Mandy Jordan Wednesday, 31 October 2007 02:39
"On My Way Back Home" is a traveling song, complete with rhythmic guitar and a harmonica that makes you feel like you're just an overfilled backpack and bus ticket away from some fantastic journey or its fantastic end.
Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 31 October 2007 02:27
In a conscious effort to break free of the 1960s pop sounds from their debut full length Hello, Hello, The A-Sides have developed a new sound for themselves that is surprisingly as original as one can really achieve in today's scene.
Written by Leah Martin Tuesday, 30 October 2007 14:53
Songs like "Barricade" are what redeem Stars for their flagrant cheesiness.
Written by Jason Neubauer Tuesday, 30 October 2007 14:49
Yet another four piece steps out of San Francisco to express disappointment with love and life. In lieu of diversity of theme, Sergeant has released a CD that seems to give variations of two or three songs several times over.
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 30 October 2007 14:46
Anyone foolish enough to accuse this great new band of simply aping their influences' styles wholesale would be misguided fools.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 27 October 2007 10:37
Capsule reviews of some recent (and not-so-recent) releases by St. Louis acts: Red Water Revival, King Thief, Jon Hardy & the Public, Go Van Gogh, Brain Regiment
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 22 October 2007 14:10
The dabbles in sin, sex and salvation seep through the whole album, giving Little Amber Bottles an even stronger sense of southern gothic creepiness than the one hinted at on the group's first album.
Written by Eammon Azizi Monday, 22 October 2007 13:59
All in all, Dutch Henry is made up of four talented musicians who obviously have a passion for songwriting, and they do it well.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 22 October 2007 13:21
A line from "Only One Week" rather sums up the album for me, as Gorbel sings, "Communication is not what it used to be."
Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 13 October 2007 12:49
Mariee Sioux's debut full-length is a spine-tingling showcase of her nimble finger-picking, sweetly feminine voice and lyrically eloquent narratives.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 08 October 2007 02:43
The Payola Reserve has made The Delivery Man at a time when they could have made My Aim Is True.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 08 October 2007 02:40
Putting emotion in your vocals is great, but do you think that by closing your eyes and belting out the words to "Girl," you'll do any justice to Paul's original, youthful melancholy?
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 08 October 2007 02:11
In many ways, this whole record is meant to facilitate personal sharing and evolving romance.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 08 October 2007 02:03
This thing is meant to be listened to, to thoroughly immerse yourself in like classic rock albums of yesteryear compelled you to.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 08 October 2007 02:00
The difference between Biffy Clyro and bands like QOTSA and RATM is inventiveness. Instead of pioneering, the Scottish trio retreads, further clarifying the line between talented musicians and talented songwriters and performers.
Written by Pete Wissinger Monday, 08 October 2007 01:57
The Flying Club Cup sees Beirut's Zach Condon combining his Eastern European roots with a tinge of French pop crooning.
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 09:30
White Chalk is a deceivingly stripped-down album which finds Harvey painting chilling stories that settle uncomfortably in the head, often coming back to haunt the listener long after the disc has stopped revolving.
Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 02 October 2007 16:15
Any expectations of an upbeat nerd-pop record are quickly squashed.
Written by Eammon Azizi Tuesday, 02 October 2007 16:10
Overkill are true heroes and veterans of their genre, proving once again they know exactly what their fans want.
Written by Rebecca Reardon Tuesday, 02 October 2007 16:06
You're actually just what Luscious Jackson fans like me should really dig.
Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 02 October 2007 15:58
Liars is just as freaky and formula-defying as before—it's just that there isn't a theme or concept this time per se, unless the concept is Liars simply trying to make music without a fictional backdrop.
Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 02 October 2007 15:53
To phrase it quite simply, Les Savy Fav is an incredible rock band. And whether it is frowned upon or not, LSF do have a "party" quality to them.
Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 02 October 2007 15:49
VHS or Beta are reinventing themselves by aiming for the radio as well as the clubs; the hooks on Bring on the Comets come as fast and furious as the beats.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 26 September 2007 01:28
This album is all about feel, and you can't manufacture that. Feel has to be an organic thing, kids.
Written by Leah Martin Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:11
I actually had the urge to do the robot in my chair, from this track on for the full 37 minutes of the album.
Written by Gabe Bullard Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:02
The three claim they didn't set out to be a folk group, or to make a folk record. They've failed. Invitation Songs is the best folk albums in years.
Written by Eammon Azizi Tuesday, 25 September 2007 13:55
Overall, it's a seriously upbeat, rockin' 28-minute listen that offers nothing even close to a ballad.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 24 September 2007 07:22
Norway's greatest fictional metal band comes alive on this soundtrack from the the Cartoon Network/[adult swim] smash hit series Metalocalypse, just in time for the premiere of the show's second season.
Written by Amanda Pelle Thursday, 20 September 2007 02:14
Standing barefoot on the stage of a crowded room, Lenker addresses the audience with a demure yet unapologetic pout on her lips.
Written by Leah Martin Thursday, 20 September 2007 02:03
They consider themselves "flower punk," the meaning of which is unclear—perhaps a reference to a Frank Zappa song—and for a punk band, they certainly attempt to convey a varied message.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 16 September 2007 13:51
There is always a sense of forward motion in their music: a unique flow, an aesthetic that seems to almost survey the details of the beauty and vastness all around them.
Written by Gabe Bullard Sunday, 16 September 2007 13:35
While 45:33 was supposedly made for joggers to listen to while working out, A Bunch of Stuff seems destined for club DJs and people who aspire to be club DJs.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 09 September 2007 09:32
Rilo Kiley have made a perfectly delightful, tightly arranged record, a lean, fat-free collection of 11 tunes that broadens the sonic palette a little bit.
Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 06 September 2007 14:23
But the meat of the album comes with tougher tracks like "Balloon Factory," which goes on about the virgin mother being seen on the face of a balloon, while distorted, exuberantly weird vocals breathe fire and deliver a ripping chorus of "Whang-diddly dang dang."
Written by James Nokes Thursday, 06 September 2007 14:19
What began in a Folsom, Calif., garage has taken these three brothers and friend on a journey of textural rhythms that verge on what the band calls ethereal rock 'n' roll.
Written by James Nokes Thursday, 06 September 2007 14:15
Benzos' sophomore album, Branches, attempts to seamlessly blend the ambience and rhythm of early underground dance and experimental electronic music with lush, rock-based guitars and soaring vocals.
Written by James Nokes Thursday, 06 September 2007 14:10
Alina Simone's sophomore release, Placelessness, expands upon the minimalism of her debut EP, Prettier in the Dark, this time with a stronger sensitivity and the addition of sandpaper and a filing cabinet.
Written by Nickolas Blazina Thursday, 06 September 2007 14:02
The band has grown far past the precocious teens of the mid-'90s dubbed "Nirvana in Pajamas" by the mainstream U.S. press.
Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Monday, 03 September 2007 13:58
The biggest detriment to The Else is that it merely settles for being clever, instead of aspiring for that heady ingenuity that has kept TMBG relevant for so long.
Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 30 August 2007 14:18Fjord Rowboat package a strong, vibrant sound into a collection of indie-rock tunes more along the lines of Doves or Interpol. And they do so impressively.
Written by Tracie Tomlinson Thursday, 30 August 2007 14:07
Colton Holliday sings with such passion and conviction that it's hard not to believe every word he sings. No matter the tone of the song or the subject of the lyrics, he is able to convey its idea.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:54
I'm struck instantly of the amazing power of music. This song makes me want to cry: that's how deeply the voice and the notes combine, drawing a swell of emotions, of experiences, of memories and living life and feeling completely connected to all that surrounds me.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:50
The songs touch heavily on themes of heartbreak, infidelity and failure to commit; compositionally, they range from sparse and simple to fully orchestrated and swelling.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:47
This is truly an aural pleasure, a distinct and engaging listening experience more than a lyrical discovery.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 August 2007 13:44
I hate to think that contentment kills creativity—really, must all artists be tortured and miserable?—but numerous listens to Some Mad Hope have left me uninspired.
Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 20 August 2007 14:47In their 17 years together, they have seen and done just about everything a late-breaking musician would name as an aspiration.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 20 August 2007 14:43
The songs here aren't retro, they're timeless—but not in a classic way. This album will never be irrelevant, but it won't ever really fit, either.
Written by Sam Levy Monday, 20 August 2007 14:39
The Numero Group is brilliant at capturing stories that share a common, forgotten-by-time legacy. Michael Jackson is the only surviving member of Kid Soul, a genre that exploded, and imploded soon after.
Written by Raymee Holshauser Monday, 20 August 2007 14:34
I love the various textures of the male voice and Mark Ferrino's is pure and interesting. He adds emotion and creates a radiant pop/rock vibe.
Written by Rebecca Reardon Monday, 20 August 2007 14:30
The International is guitar-driven, jagged and danceable, right from the declarative first track. I started singing along right away, always a good sign.
Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 20 August 2007 14:24
The album opens with "That's What Lovers Do," evoking the image of a passionate couple making love by the fire, snowflakes drifting outside the window and shadows dancing on the walls.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 20 August 2007 14:20
The band used to quote Gary Numan when referencing relationships; now they sing about listening to Nat King Cole. The irreverence is there, but the attitude isn't.
Written by Rebecca Reardon Monday, 20 August 2007 14:18
Their bandmates didn't appreciate Light and Blonde's makeout sessions during practice, so the duo became The Lovemakers, and built itself a following from Oakland to San Francisco.
Written by Alex Hodschayan Friday, 10 August 2007 08:24
More energetic then most of their material, "Transistor Kids" has something for everyone, with a resonance to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside while the drums in the background rage on like battle drums.
Written by Mike Tangaro Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:54
Calgary's The Cape May's sophomore album, Glass Mountain Roads, has a lot in common with a fresh box of warm, soft donuts.
Written by James Nokes Saturday, 28 July 2007 11:05
Man in Gray, boasting high-volume, pop-structured sounds encased in a crunchy shell of volume and confusion debuts with I Can't Sleep Unless I Hear You Breathing, a polyamorous union of soul, British folk, and hardcore punk.
Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 July 2007 11:03
Such a record better at least evoke the search for the American dream, love and loss in the heartland, the feel of traveling on vast, open stretches of highway, the hope of an immigrant searching for a better life, etc.
Written by Brian Potts Saturday, 28 July 2007 11:01
Sayles and Co. have obviously never heard of the phrase "verse, chorus, verse, chorus." Rarely in their songs do parts repeat more than once.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:59
The Go should be recognized as more than the band Jack White played with in the '90s.
Written by Glen Elkins Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:53
Nine Lucid Dreams, sounds like it escaped 1997 and somehow found its way into this century.
Written by Katie Herring Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:50
She is oozing with potential and my prediction is that her next album is going to kick Don't Look Away's ass, after she gets a little bit more life experience and a little bit more love and loss under her belt.
Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:44
As you draw closer to the source, you hear that it's some kind of lush, strange music with a female singer. You're captivated, even at this distance.
Written by James Nokes Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:40
Strange and surprising, the sophomore release from Angel and the Love Mongers, The Humanist Queen, despite its peculiar titling manages to capture a catchy mish-mash of Depche Mode-like vocals and a sound reminiscent of The Cure, Morrissey, and Pulp.
Written by Mike Tangaro Saturday, 28 July 2007 10:38
Each song changes direction without notice. Vocals flutter in and out of the mix, trumpets flare and then disappear into quiet, and drums pounce vibrantly before settling into a soothing beat.
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