Reviews

Chris Brown & Tyga | Fan of A Fan the Album (RCA/Young Money/Cash Money)

Written by Samantha LaBat Monday, 02 March 2015 12:45

brown_tyga_75Chris Brown and Tyga deliver exactly what their fans will expect: the lyrics are vulgar and the music is amazing.

 

Dogheart | What Burns the Best (RGMLR)

Written by Vella Mour Monday, 02 March 2015 12:37

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What Burns the Best is the perfect background album for any activity. However, it might just be background music.

   

Mikaela Kahn | Milk and Honey (Hawk Cove Records)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:51

milk_honey_75Bringing together such genres as pop, smoky jazz, and classic soul, Kahn creates a musical aura in many different shades.

 

Kate Pierson | Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow/Kobalt)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:33

guitars_mics_75Showcasing Kate's many musical talents (guitar, piano, percussion, and a “human theremin”), Guitars and Microphones is well produced and well performed.

   

Fifty Shades of Grey | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Universal Studios/Republic)

Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:41

After assuming this album would be background music for a steamy night in with your partner, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

Ne-Yo | Non-Fiction (Motown)

Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:24

Compared to Ne-Yo’s pervious work, Non-Fiction is sub-par.

   

Radio Birds | Contemporary American Slang (Brash Music)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 20 February 2015 11:10

american_slang_75You’ll instantly be able to sing-along, as the melodies and rhythms grab you and hold on for all 11 tracks.

 

Sister Sin | Black Lotus (Victory Records)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 20 February 2015 10:56

black_lotus_75Every track on this album stands on its own merits.

   

Carl Barat and the Jackals | Let It Reign (Arcady / PIAS)

Written by Vella Mour Friday, 20 February 2015 10:36

let_it_reign_75This album is drenched and appropriately named. Let It Reign is a blast from the past.

 

Erase Errata | Lost Weekend (Under the Sun)

Written by Vella Mour Friday, 20 February 2015 10:30

lost_weekend_75Immediately reminiscent of Joy Division and other post-punk legends, this all-girl group brings an urgent edge back to today’s post-punk scene.

   

The Black Ryder | The Door Behind The Door (The Anti-Machine Machine)

Written by Michael Koehler Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37

As the listener, what you get is enjoyable and pleasing—it’s just all been heard before—and done better.

 

Belle & Sebastian | Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 17 February 2015 17:53

Belle & Sebastian find a way to move forward by keeping a watchful eye on the past, with their feet set squarely on the dance floor.

   

Jazmine Sullivan | Reality Show (RCA Records)

Written by Ashley White Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:01

reality_show_75Vocally, lyrically, and spiritually, this album transcends the basic boundaries of simply revealing experiences she grows through.

 

Charlie Wilson | Forever Charlie (RCA)

Written by Samantha LaBat Monday, 09 February 2015 16:37

From start to finish, every track is flawless—from the beat to the melody to the lyrics.

   

JJ Grey & Mofro | Ol’ Glory (Mascot Music)

Written by Adam Robinson Friday, 06 February 2015 19:02

This is the best album to date by JJ Grey & Mofro. They will be playing at the Pageant on May 2.

 

 

 

Jessi Teich | Twisted Soul (Madame Freak)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:40

cd jessi-teichBacked by an awesome jazz-oriented band, the material here is a breath of fresh air in a climate of electronic and synthesized music.

   

Belle & Sebastian | Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

Written by Kiernan Scrima Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:52

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When you skip past those dance songs, you end up with not such a bad album.

 

Until the Ribbon Breaks | A Lesson Unlearnt (Kobalt)

Written by Kiernan Scrima Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:47

Until_The_Ribbon_Breaks_75It’s a mellow, ethereal, downtempo album that can be enjoyed by fans of many different genres.

   

Brad Reiman | Walking in the Unknown (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:39

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Melodic and melancholy, Walking in the Unknown is a superb, if not light, musical journey into a style somewhat left behind in today's age of electronic and synthesized music.

 

D’Angelo & the Vanguard | Black Messiah (RCA)

Written by Ashley White Friday, 30 January 2015 13:29

DAngeloandtheVanguard BlackMessiah_75_copy_copyWhat we have is an album that’s reminiscent of 90s soul, but nothing mind-blowingly spectacular.

 

   

Wu-Tang Clan | A Better Tomorrow (Warner Bros.)

Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 22 January 2015 23:25

wutang-better 75The Wu returns with a solid effort that often fails to get out of gear.

 

Crowned In Earth | Metempsychosis (Sonic Mermaid)

Written by Nik Cameron Thursday, 22 January 2015 23:19

cd Crowned in EarthThe music is full of synergy and the vocals are as common as guitar solos on a KISS record.

   

Walk the Moon | Talking Is Hard (RCA)

Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:13

cd walk-the-moonThe band is propelling itself to a sold-out tour on the strength of first single “Shut Up and Dance.”

 

this mountain | Still Waters (s/r)

Written by Adam Robinson Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:10

cd StillwatersThis is the best folk-rock band you’ve never heard of.

   

Sugar Candy Mountain | Mystic Hits (Royal Oakie)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:21

cd sugar-candyThis album could speak novels…if the band only knew what it wanted to say.

 

Marilyn Manson | The Pale Emperor (Hell, Etc.)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:19

prev manson_75Without all of the synths and oddities, the material here is less dramatic and more honest.

   

Nick Jonas | s/t (Island)

Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:52

nickjonas 75No longer a kid wearing a purity ring, Nick Jonas reinvents himself with his self-titled album.

 

California X | Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni Records)

Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:48

californiax 75Nights in the Dark is a perfect balance of hard rock and smooth ballads, capturing a myriad of emotion and displaying awesome guitar solos.

   

Tuxedo | s/t (Stones Throw)

Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:15

cd tuxedoTuxedo transforms listeners to a simpler era of music, and has the potential to reach a wide audience.

 

Milo Greene | Control (Elektra)

Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:12

cd milo-greeneControl sounds like a major motion picture soundtrack, but does not need the motion picture to accompany it.

   

Empires | Orphan (Chop Shop)

Written by Jennifer Manjarez Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:05

cd EmpiresThe songs set the mood for a laidback and relaxing evening in…or an extremely slow Sunday morning rise and shine.

 

A Skylit Drive | Rise: Ascension (Hero)

Written by Adam Robinson Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:03

cd skylit-driveI’d high five them for their ability to take heavy music and make it acoustic; they did it really well.

   

Josef Salvat | In Your Prime (Columbia)

Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:01

cd josef-salvatIn Your Prime, while stretching outside of its genre, consists of new, original music with a unique sound that carries deep emotion.

 

6:33 | Deadly Scenes (Kaotoxin)

Written by Nik Cameron Monday, 22 December 2014 13:52

cd 633The insanity 6:33 has created cannot be truly described.

   

Mary J. Blige | The London Sessions (Capitol)

Written by Ashley White Monday, 22 December 2014 13:50

cd mary-j-bligeA bit more time would have allowed the artist to produce a genuine feeling, an evolved musical album, but it just isn’t there.

 

Johnny Aries | Unbloomed (Frenchkiss)

Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:28

cd Johnny-AriesThe pain/pleasure and bleak/bright are all rolled into one sonically beautiful album.

   

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