Reviews

The Dreaming | Rise Again (Metropolis)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:29

rise again_75Purposeful and timely, this album is proof that great hard rock still lives and thrives in the ears of its fans and in the creative core of The Dreaming.



 

Roundeye | “Round Eye” (Independent)

Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:45

Roundeye 75The album spans seventeen tracks which result in a cacophony of buzzed-sounding noise accompanied by incomprehensible lyrics.

   

Lunden Reign | American Stranger (Cleopatra)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 13 March 2015 16:50

american stranger_75Not overly done, the material is cohesive and approachable, which is not always so with concept albums.

 

Andy Jackson | Signal To Noise (Esoteric Antenna Music)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 13 March 2015 16:47

signal noise_75Bombastic and powerful, Jackson shines here not only as producer, but as a performer as well.

   

Various Artists | Stoned: A Psych Tribute to the Rolling Stones (Cleopatra)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 13 March 2015 16:43

stoned 75Whether or not you are into electronic power punk and gothic music, this album takes you away on a wave of psychedelic joy.

 

Kuzin | Cavity (Kill Canyon)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 13 March 2015 16:41

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The songs are well-crafted, but the album seems to lack the punch it seems it could have delivered.

   

Mat Kearney | Just Kids (Republic)

Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 09 March 2015 13:26

cd kearneyHe’s real, he’s open, he’s unafraid—and he’s talented as hell.

 

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

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

Chris 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

50ShadesofGrey OST_75After 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 showVocally, 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_Lesson_Unlearnt_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.

   

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