Reviews

Cosmic Punch | FM Stereo (Tate Music Group)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:15

cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Amoreaux | Never Young as Tonight (Neurotic Yell)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58

cd AmoreauxThe first single, “Lost the Plot,” is a syncopated piece with heavy percussion, which drowns out the melody at times.

   

Ministry | Last Tangle in Paris (UDN/Wacken)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:51

cd ministryThis set is nothing short of phenomenal.

 

Jethro Tull | A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (Chrysalis)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:29

cd jethro-tullWith 30 tracks, this is a long listen, but the musical journey is a good one. 

   

Various Artists/Ronnie James Dio | This Is Your Life (Rhino)

Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:25

cd dioIt is time for you to get a fresh dose of Dio pumping through your blood.

 

Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

   

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

 

New God | Firework (Yellow K)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:54

newgod fireworkThe album is bright, melodious, and sing-able.

   

David Gray | Mutineers (Kobalt Label Services)

Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

cd david grayI expected to like Gray’s new release Mutineers; what I didn’t anticipate is that I would really, really like it.

 

Tesla | Simplicity (Tesla Electric Co.)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 23 June 2014 10:55

cd teslaSimple is best, and Tesla does it quite well.

   

8-Bit Operators | Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode (Deceptive Gaze/Receptors)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:56

cd 8-bitWhat could be more fun than a tribute album to the masters of the Moog, Depeche Mode?

 

Miranda Lambert | Platinum (RCA /Sony Music)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:38

Miranda-Lambert 75With so many fantastic tracks on this album, I think we will be hearing a lot from Lambert on country radio all summer long.

   

The Orwells | Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback)

Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:24

Orwells 75The best way I can describe their sound is as if Agent Orange hung out with The Doors, dropped acid, and then went surfing.

 

Tori Amos | Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:25

cd tori-amosUnrepentant Geraldines is what most Amos fans have been patiently waiting for. She is back to being the artist we know and love.

   

Blondie | Blondie 4(0) Ever (Noble Id)

Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:06

cd blondieWhile Deborah Harry may not sound exactly like she did back in the band’s heyday, she’s gained an edge to her voice that she uses to great advantage.

 

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s | Sling Shot to Heaven (Mariel Recording Co.)

Written by Alex Wilking Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:16

Margot--the-Nuclear-So-and-SosWith Sling Shot to Heaven, the band has embraced that melancholy and crafted a truly genuine experience.

   

The Toothe | Talons EP (S/R)

Written by Alex Wilking Tuesday, 20 May 2014 21:36

toothe 75It’s a fresh twist on folk with an energetic edge.

 

Hunterchild | s/t (Temporary Residence)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:16

cd hunterchildI can’t put a label on it—and that’s not a bad thing.

   

Earth, Wind & Fire | The Essential (Sony Legacy)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:14

cd earth-wind-fireHere, they do more than bring the funk: They invent it.

 

American Authors | Oh, What a Life (Island)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:10

cd american authorsOh, What a Life is upbeat and uplifting, music that engages as it makes you happy.

   

Infinity Broke | River Mirror (s/r)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:05

cd infinity brokeWhile I admire the songwriter’s genius in the way he sees and hears music in even the oddest sounds and combinations, River Mirror is not an easy listen.

 

Hedley | Wild Life (Capitol)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:01

cd hedleyThis one’s going to be on “repeat” on my iPod for a long, long time.

   

Jimi Goodwin | Odludek (Pias Recordings)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:29

cd jimi goodwinThis is still the voice of Doves, so if you’re a fan of the band, you’re a fan of Odludek.

 

Yeah Boy | Can’t Get Enough EP (Big Beat)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:04

cd yeah boyThe talent here is undeniable, beginning with Castro’s voice, which is sexy and rich and dazzling.

   

The Irrepressibles | Nude: Forbidden (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 12 May 2014 15:20

cd irrepressiblesIf The Nude Trilogy were to be truly understood by the listener, whether for music or message, it would need a complete overhaul in style and production.

 

Weatherbox | Flies in All Directions (Triple Crown/Favorite Gentlemen)

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 May 2014 10:43

cd weatherboxThere are lots of post-punk guitar riffs skittering here and there, along with odd time signatures and the occasional group chorus.

   

The Pixies | Indie Cindy (Pixiesmusic)

Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:01

cd pixiesThey’ve picked up that same undeniable greatness right where they left it all those years ago.

 

Elbow | The Take Off and Landing of Everything (Concord)

Written by Jim Dunn Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:36

Elbow-Take-Off-Landing-EverythingLove was not just holding hands in an Elbow song; it was more complicated—not as pretty, but somehow more real.

   

My Chemical Romance | May Death Never Stop You (Warner Bros.)

Written by Alex Wilking Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:14

mychemical maydeathAs the smoke clears, it seems this release acts as more of a tombstone than anything else.

 

The Used | Imaginary Enemy (s/r)

Written by Alex Wilking Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:00

used imaginaryThis album is too perfect. The drums aren’t gritty; the guitar riffs have no pop.

   

Howler | World of Joy (Rough Trade)

Written by Jason Neubauer Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:02

Howler 75

This is an album showing promise far beyond that of a normal sophomore attempt.

 

The Hold Steady | Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie)

Written by Mike Koehler Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:45

cd teeth dreamsIt’s like they’ve blended Hüsker Dü and the Replacements (as a shout out to their Minneapolis roots) with that classic rock sound from the late ’70s they love so much.

   

The Pretty Reckless | Going to Hell (Razor & Tie)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:15

 

cd tprGoing to Hell is filled with blistering songs that leave the listener spent by album’s end.

 

The Reverend Horton Heat | REV (Victory)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:57

cd rev-horton-heatREV showcases a band with nothing left to prove, for there is no doubt that they are the kings of their genre.

   

Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniv. Ed. (Mercury)

Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:53

eltonjohn 75

This is one of few albums that has truly stood the test of time, played on the radio to this day, 40 years later.

 

Semi Precious Weapons | Aviation (RedZone)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 02 April 2014 21:58

cd spwIf you are looking to rock, this album is not for you.

   

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