Written by Tony Van Zeyl Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:11
This struggle could come off as cliché in different hands, but the self-effacing, conversational tone of the lyrics and the varied musical ideas keep things fresh.
Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 21 July 2011 06:10
By now, you should have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get with each Ben Harper release—his style is his style.
Written by Teresa Montgomery Wednesday, 20 July 2011 15:12
“These are songs I care about quite a bit, more so than the last couple records.”
Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:01
Standouts like “Switchblade”, “In the Company of Wolves”, and “Thieves” more than save this album from what quickly could have been the Brandon Boyd show.
Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 11 July 2011 14:21
Taylor Goldsmith and the gang perfect and fine-tune their sound, not to mention the art of analog recording.
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 11 July 2011 13:57
My notes from initial listens were generally favorable; however, when I listened to it again I found it generally annoying.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:58
Such a clever, classic approach; I appreciate it anew with every listen.
Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 22 June 2011 19:32
“I’m really good at doing cartoons, and I’m really not good live, or showing my face, but how do you resist this face!”
Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 22 June 2011 17:53
Regrettably, pristine production is one of a (very) few highlights to glean from Life Fantastic.
Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 16:03
Moment Bends combines all the strengths of previous efforts and molds them into an incredibly delightful whole.
Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 15:55
Mid-song a filing cabinet can be heard being thrown across the room while Sheff sings about the world shaking and breaking.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 20 June 2011 15:47
Morrison's Broadway credentials attest that he has the goods, but you won't find evidence on this album of anything that would set him apart from any number of other sweet-voiced pop performers.
Written by Brett Berliner Friday, 17 June 2011 13:58
I believe Tyler intentionally made Goblin hard to listen to all the way through, as if it would be a badge of honor to succeed.
Written by Christopher Sewell Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:46
There are plenty of catchy melodies to be found here, a wealth of warm analog-sounding synths, and solid production courtesy of Flood and Alan Moulder.
Written by Joe Witthaus Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:47
“This time we decided we wanted to get a little trippier with it and experimented a little more.”
Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:32
It’s clear that Johansen and the gang are thrilling us with the same music that thrilled them so many years before.
Written by Jason Neubauer Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:00
The 10 tracks serve as a litany of classic new wave styling that may well have sounded at home in their catalog 30 years ago.
Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:51
You get a sense throughout this album that these are songs transcribed from glyphs on the walls of recently excavated pyramids, with attendant tricks and sonic mysteries attached.
Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:45
It’s a yearning, stretching paean to youth, partially imploring hangabouts to do something magnificent with those meandering, formless teenage moments.
Written by Tyson Blanquart Tuesday, 31 May 2011 17:54
"Expect the best of Rusted Root and expect the unexpected,” Glabicki says, with a smile in his voice.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:12
In a lot of ways, business decisions are really similar to creative decisions. We operate as democracy.
Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:33
The band made some changes with this record, most notably by recording it entirely on tape in Dave Grohl’s garage with legendary Nirvana producer Butch Vig.
Written by Jen Mettzler Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:30
“It was definitely a more lo-fi thing and this album is more professionally done analog, whereas the last one, while analog also, was a scrappy experiment done in two weeks.”
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 16 May 2011 19:09
In honor of its 10th year, here are the 10 performers I am most excited about seeing at this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival.
Written by Jenn Metzler Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:49
“I want to give something more to people, being on stage must not be a casual thing, it’s something special.”
Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:25
Every song features quality lyrics and flow from the Wu-Tang member, making the rhymes the true strength of this album.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:42
Much as I like lang's voice in and of itself, I like it even better when she's singing a great song, and the material on Sing It Loud doesn't always live up to her vocal chops.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:31
I didn't understand one word of it (I think the lyrics are in Punjabi), but I really don't care—the sound by itself is enough to keep me listening.
Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 02 May 2011 08:59
Yelle takes those signature elements soaring to a much higher level—one that’s more mature, but upon first listen nowhere near as fun.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 29 April 2011 20:35
It’d be so boring to just play one style of music for the rest of your life. Why not try everything, but do it with a passion?
Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 29 April 2011 10:08
“It originated from having to call tech support late at night. We wrote the song about the human condition and the importance of human contact in the least likely of places.”
Written by Ashley White Thursday, 28 April 2011 08:30
I initially underestimated her talent based on her punkish appearance, but Jessie J has completely surprised me with her vocals, production, and song composition.
Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 28 April 2011 08:11
With nearly 30 people singing, it’s hard not to believe them that not only will everything be alright; with some effort, it’ll be extraordinary.
Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 25 April 2011 15:16
"Being on stage is like being on drugs. It's a really euphoric thing. You get hooked on it."
Written by Eva Connors Sunday, 24 April 2011 10:39
“We like St. Louis a lot, we have a good time every time we come here. It's become a regular tour stop in the last eight months, it's been almost a bi-monthly thing.”
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Wednesday, 20 April 2011 11:14
Here Before is a consistent little postcard from the early ‘80s that sounds a lot like early R.E.M. because early R.E.M. sounded a lot like the Feelies.
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