Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 12 December 2010 00:01
The singer brings a bit of himself to “Blue Christmas,” slowing it down to an instrumental ballad which perfectly fits his voice.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 11 December 2010 23:53
I’m not sure who David Foster is, but it’s virtually impossible to deliver a “Carol of the Bells” that doesn’t dazzle.
Written by Stephen Fairbanks Friday, 10 December 2010 09:51
Though the genre pops up as "rap" when you open the album in iTunes, this is an album that defies categorization, which is high praise in my book.
Written by Stephen Fairbanks Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:53
One gets the feeling that these latter songs were intended to be played in front of a rowdy mosh pit, as is only fitting for a band with their pedigree.
Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:42
It’s ‘hit the back button the second it ends to hear it again’ outstanding, which is what the entire record aspires to but only intermittently achieves.
Written by Matthew Treon Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:36
Its pulsing instrumentation, reverb-drenched vocals and unapologetic length perfectly set the tone for the rest of the album.
Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:17
Together, this quintet creates delicious American electro-pop by the spoonfuls.
Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:06
Frankly, if West feeds off of his ego to create masterpieces like his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, we should be heaping even more praise in his direction.
Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 07 December 2010 22:33
The one song responsible for the sales of this album is as good as you remembered.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 06 December 2010 23:18
I’m convinced more than ever that this band isn’t for me.
Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 06 December 2010 21:18
He threaded the eye of the needle of his time. He sang everything that he had and he sang right at you.
Written by Matthew Treon Thursday, 02 December 2010 02:04
Dust Lane communicates nearly every aspect of being human in just under an hour.
Written by Corey Woodruff Wednesday, 01 December 2010 12:25
“I mean, Fullerton, California in the O.C? What the fuck do you write about that? ‘My dad’s a shitty entertainment executive’? We’re thinking about maybe doing a Beastie Boys-style rap song.”
Written by Alicia Wilton Wednesday, 01 December 2010 01:48
It is this ability to conflate gritty, relentless punk elements with bubble-gum surf sounds that makes the Queers’ music so irresistible.
Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 01 December 2010 01:36
Batusis has the electric, barbed wire pulse of a teenager mashed with the raucous swagger of experienced dudes who’ve been around the block and know how to put that kind of energy to use.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 27 November 2010 22:45
husband&wife seems to be the bastard child of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Uncle Tupelo and Minus the Bear.
Written by Kelly Glueck Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:45
He was able to achieve an innovative sound reinforced by his reflective lyrics—despite using nearly 500 first person pronouns on this 13-track album.
Written by Braden Abbott Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:38
Somehow, he has used the most banal artistic methods to produce works that are, quite honestly, shallow but immensely thrilling. And yes, at points he finds the sublime.
Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 22 November 2010 13:29
Think of it as an ode to love as a chemical, the loss of it as withdrawal and rock’n’roll as the corresponding dose of methadone.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 November 2010 22:39
Let’s face it: Tim Kasher has lost his edge.
Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 18 November 2010 09:48
Ferry has vocally aged very well, if anything his expressive weariness sounds better now than it ever has.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 17 November 2010 12:20
“It is a shockingly sophisticated album. It is, truly, impressive.”
Written by Jacob Snyder Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:17
Resignation Day riffs 36 minutes of nonstop chant-along punk rock without succumbing to the cliché of throwing a sappy ballad in.
Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:11
For lack of a better comparison, he sounds like a bit like Pat Metheny meets Hendrix.
Written by Courtney Rau Wednesday, 17 November 2010 02:09
I’m not sure they’ve created this year’s must-have holiday release, but they have given us a collection of ear- and crowd-pleasing songs.
Written by Justin Curia Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:15
The slow burn of the freaky folk will lift the demon souls from whatever bowels in which they may rest. It’s healing, really.
Written by Wil E. Smith Wednesday, 17 November 2010 01:08
This music sounds as if it’s meant to score an interstellar war among mechanized manifestations of the Athenian Pantheon [Greek gods in robot form], fought over the souls of humanity.
Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 17 November 2010 00:53
"When you’re just listening to an album there’s not lasers shooting all over you and it’s not so incredibly loud, so it’s just a completely different experience."
Written by Nicole Madden Tuesday, 16 November 2010 14:02
Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls answers a quickie before coming to town this week.
Written by Jennifer Manjarez Tuesday, 16 November 2010 13:46
He will be performing at Europe Nightclub, equipped with some of his most hypnotic beats, laser lights and one massive video wall.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 13 November 2010 23:47
The 13 tracks here—17 if you include four remixes—range from heavy to melodic, yet they all mesh well, and all enthrall.
Written by Jennifer Manjarez Friday, 12 November 2010 15:36
Although his first few albums post-surgery were touch-and-go, Vol. 5 has proven Stewart is nothing if not resilient and a true artist.
Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 12 November 2010 14:57
You can envision lead singer Matt Vasquez tearing up the inside of the Waits Room while recording it.
Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 11 November 2010 13:03
You can almost feel the miles of pavement passing smoothly beneath sheet metal floorboards as Aaron’s steady plucking and graceful croon create an aura of idyllic nostalgia.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 07 November 2010 21:43
“Mick Jagger” is a keeper, combining “ooh ooh”s, tightly strummed guitars, and Westfield’s now familiar wail.
Written by Bruce Matlock Friday, 05 November 2010 11:08
"The Aquabats! are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get."
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