Tuesday, 27 March 2007 12:56
The music itself isn't really good by any means, but it makes a statement - probably. It's fast, it's loud, it's, like, "totally hardcore, dude."
Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45
"On Your Level," the second track on Never Been Better, has the underdog anthem qualities of classic Replacements, Matt Marka singing in a rough-throated howl over guitars that have the wild fury of Bob Stinson but the lo-fi buzz of Hüsker Dü-era Bob Mould.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43
Pocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25
Hammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.
Written by Joe O'Fallon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:14
In the "Sally's Song" version (which lyrics I prefer) and the album version, teenage boys "too scared to own up to one little lie" confuse Leslie.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:48
While Bird's live performances serve as a landscape for rewriting his songs, as well as artistic experimentation, the 33-year-old Illinoisan has found stability in the studio, a place where his beauteous forms and melodies come to harbor.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:37
On "Parting of the Sensory," a sleepy acoustic is held up by rhythmic claps before jumping into a hoot-and-holler romp, and "We've Got Everything" employs Mercer's yelp to bring the album's most danceable song a little light-hearted charm.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:24
Admittedly they have dropped some rather forgetful releases in their history, but picking out which records are their worst (my vote goes for 2002's TA) is liable to stir up arguments voicing the exact opposite opinion. Also, simply describing the band without disagreements is a true rarity. Welcome to the world of the Trans Am fan.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:12
The pair have sold millions of records between them, Shaw as the singer/guitarist of Styx and the writer of all that band's best songs ("Renegade," for example) and Blades as the singer/bassist of hair band giants Night Ranger, but neither has had a hit since 1 B.C. (Before Cobain), making a grasp at recapturing their glory with a covers album pretty much an inevitability.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:58
If his new band's debut album is any indication, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus didn't take the breakup all that well. "Please understand/ This isn't just goodbye/ This is I can't stand you" he wails on the dark "No, It Isn't."
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:43
Refreshingly, the Greencards are neither hidebound by bluegrass traditions nor divorced from them. Combining Anglo and American, folk and popular, the separate influences upon their sound are apparent but never dominant.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:36
Released much later than originally anticipated, the Noisette's first LP is a truly a priceless pearl embedded into a normal-looking oyster.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:31
Their undeniable talent gives them accessibility to a plethora of musical opportunities.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:25
Lead singer Michael Shepard confusingly ooohs and aaahs for about a minute, then returns to the chorus.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:19
I like it in the way I like Green Day: it's OK to listen to once or twice, but after that, I get a little overwhelmed by the brutality of what might have otherwise been a perfectly soothing song.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:14
Many Sound of Silver songs have strong lyrical content, which is pretty impressive for a dance-punk album, and an improvement from the debut - though don't expect poetry.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:09
The album starts off with its best song, "Glueman," a fantastic Fender Rhodes-driven number that bops along, getting progressively better as it goes. In this writer's opinion, this was one of the best singles of last year.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:04
It's tasteful but not terribly innovative; sweet but never cloying; endearing and enjoyable.
Written by Angie Glover Monday, 12 March 2007 03:23
We're ex-art students. We're not selling enough records to make a living. We're not on the radio, so OK, give us money and exposure.
Written by Paul John Little Monday, 12 March 2007 03:02
Neon Bible is to the '00s what Radiohead's OK Computer was to the '90s. Quite simply, it captures the zeitgeist as only a few pieces of popular music have ever managed to do.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 11 March 2007 11:17
The nice balance between the clean guitars and Zac Young's cool drumming on "No Stars" serves as a perfect setting for Taylor's soft, organically pure voice.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:08
Imagine if Oasis and the Libertines had a baby, and that baby didn't think he was the greatest thing in the world. That baby would probably like Hats Off to the Buskers.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:02
The Fratellis embrace what most young bands try so hard to ignore: their hooky instincts.
Written by Jon Rayfield Friday, 02 March 2007 08:56
The production is dark and raw, reminiscent of Company Flow.
Written by David Lichius Friday, 02 March 2007 08:51
While Waterworks contains multiple tracks of heavy, low-pitch bass rumblings that fans will surely recognize, this disc also finds Big Business exploring more melodic territories.
Thursday, 01 March 2007 08:51
Mandell writes nice uncomplicated songs that are sticky - they stay with you.
Thursday, 01 March 2007 08:37
The music appears to float above the fray and combines with searching lyrics (not searching too hard, mind you) that assures us this band will never make eye contact.
Written by Jon Rayfield Tuesday, 27 February 2007 11:22
...when you deliver a song you want that song to have a clean, cohesive
package, and these days, for me anyway, I like the idea of having a
clean, cohesive album. Too much combination could take away from the
album, make the album feel more like a compilation, you know? It's just
a matter of figuring out the right way to do it.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 26 February 2007 14:17
"It makes me feel free to do anything," Woomble sings on "Every Line of a Long Moment," and I can't help but think, yes, that's what a good song will do.
Written by C. Saathoff Monday, 26 February 2007 14:13
...a guitar-rocker laced with social and political commentary that continues right where 2005's Okemah and the Melody of Riot left off.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 February 2007 14:09
"Sissy New Age Cowboy" lets you know what Amaker thinks of designer-wearin' C&W posers ("the Rodeo is here to kick your ass").
Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 14:06
It is truly a daunting task to rise above the glut of singers with guitars draped off their shoulder.
Written by Amy Burger Monday, 26 February 2007 14:02
The opening song, "Play This," is a real departure from Williams' generally laid-back, "jammy" sound, with a punk-inspired, hard guitar opening and funky, Flea-like bass riffs throughout.
Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:51
Garfield glides fragilely from end to end throughout Ace of Hearts, sometime alone, sometimes alongside guitarist/vocalist Ste Rasch.
Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:47
Broken Land say they have their sights set on a new territory called hindie rock: Hindustani rhythms and alternate tunings uniting under a rock and punk flag.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 February 2007 13:41
The clearest candidate for a universal favorite lies in the Johannsson-sung "It's Alright," an acoustic-driven piece built around smooth, echoing vocals, harmonic expansion, and beautifully sincere lyrics.
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