Reviews

Howler | World of Joy (Rough Trade)

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

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Rating: B+

 

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

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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.

   

Nostalghia | Chrysalis (110)

Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 30 March 2014 21:13

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Overall, Nostalghia give the listener a lot to think about without being overly dramatic.

 

Eagulls | s/t (Partisan)

Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:17

cd eagullsVocalist George Mitchel is doing his best to channel the late Ian Curtis, especially on album standouts “Possessed” and “Footsteps.”

   

Drive-By Truckers | English Oceans (ATO)

Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:14

cd drive-by truckersWhat bothers me the most about English Oceans is that it feels like they are just treading the same waters they’ve been treading since 2004.

 

Scott H. Biram | Nothin’ But Blood (Bloodshot)

Written by Jason Neubaeur Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:31

cd Scott-BiramHis unabashed coarseness reveals a brilliance that remains brash, yet more studied and disenchanted than ever.

   

Erik Hassle | Somebody’s Party (Record Company Ten/RCA)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:58

cd erik hassle_75_copyIf he turns this on for the ladies, he can delete that Match.com account.

 

Wax Fang | The Astronaut (Absolutely Kosher Records)

Written by Micheal Koehler Monday, 03 February 2014 11:11

WaxFang 75Carney has crafted a rich, lush, and epic tale here.

   

Bruce Springsteen | High Hopes (Columbia Records)

Written by Jim Ryan Monday, 03 February 2014 08:42

BruceSpringsteenHighHopes 75

Would I recommend this to my friends? Doubtful. There just isn't enough meat on this album.

 

Switchfoot | Fading West (lowercase people/Atlantic)

Written by Jim Ryan Sunday, 26 January 2014 20:20

SwitchfootFadingWest 75Would I recommend this to my friends? Probably. There is enough good music on here to warrant a recommendation.

   

Pixies | EP2 (Elektra Records)

Written by Jim Ryan Sunday, 26 January 2014 20:03

PixesEP2 75Would I recommend this to my friends? Yes – without any reservations at all.

 

Chanté Moore | Moore Is More (Shanachie Ent. Corp)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 07 January 2014 18:02

cd chanteThis quiet storm–type of song made me want to touch my body.

 

   

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks | Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:48

cd malkmus_copyI was completely bored with this album and would never recommend it to anyone.

 

Echosmith | Talking Dreams (Warner Bros)

Written by Jim Ryan Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

echosmithWhat a delightful song: Catchy, fun to listen to, and it made me giggly.

   

The Best Man Holiday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (RCA Records)

Written by Ashley White Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:23

Best-Man-Holiday 75The Best Man Holiday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a great follow up to the original The Best Man Soundtrack that told us love stories.

 

Britney Spears | Britney Jean (RCA)

Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:31

britney-spears-britney-jean-promoI have been battling insomnia for a week now and this song put me right to sleep. For real.

   

Leona Lewis | Christmas, With Love (Simco)

Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:27

leona christmasI love how Leona is serving emotional realness with her soulful vocals.

 

Ministry | From Beer to Eternity (Planet Records)

Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:17

ministrybeercdDisclaimer: I am a huge Ministry fan.

   

Natalia Kills | Trouble (Interscope Records)

Written by Jim Ryan Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:09

trouble nataliaThere are some successes, but a bit of editing would have helped this album.

 

Krystal Keith | Whiskey & Lace (Universal)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:25

krystal-keith-whiskey-laceI think country queens have a new anthem to dance with their daddies on their wedding day.

   

Sponge | Stop the Bleeding (The Beginning Media)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:17

sponge stopThis rocker is made for Y98 listeners. Keep doing this, boys—I likey.

 

Five for Fighting | Bookmarks (Wind-Up)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:11

fff bookmarksDid they just form this band for the sole purpose of getting women?

   

Sheryl Crow | Feels Like Home (Warner Music Nashville)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:56

crow homeOK, we are back on the road to Hitsville, but not quite there yet.

 

Parmalee | Feels Like Carolina (Stoney Creek)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:47

parmalee feels-like-carolina-300x300Personally, if some guy was singing this to me I would be all like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.”

   

Luke Bryan | Crash My Party (Capitol Nashville)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:34

Luke-Bryan-Crash-My-PartyThe music is edgy, the lyrics are compelling, and the vocals are impressive.

 

The Dangerous Summer | Golden Record (Hopeless)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:10

dangeroussummerThe songs all start running together, seeing how the musical tone rarely changes.

   

Mary J. Blige | A Mary Christmas (Matriarch, Verve)

Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 07 December 2013 23:51

A-Mary-ChristmasYa know what? I do think she wants me to have a very Merry Christmas!

 

Tamar Braxton | Winter Loverland (Epic)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00

tamar winterThis song is so sexy that I think it may be sexytime tonight for my husband.

   

Willie Nelson | To All the Girls... (Sony)

Written by Jim Ryan Sunday, 01 December 2013 01:27

 

Willie-Nelson To-All-the-GirlsI love Nelson’s voice on upbeat tracks – it just works.

 

Sara Bareilles | The Blessed Unrest (Epic)

Written by Megan Washausen Saturday, 30 November 2013 21:11

The-Blessed-Unrest 75If you listen to it once, it’s memorable enough that you will return to it eventually, exiting with more emotions and thoughts than you entered with.

   

Katey Sagal | Covered (Entertainment One Music)

Written by Jim Ryan Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Katey Sagal_Covered_Cover_300I could listen to this voice all night. Pour me another one, Ms. Sagal.

 

Kellie Pickler | The Woman I Am (Black River)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 26 November 2013 00:00

kellie-pickler-the-woman-i-am-album-2013The lyrics are flawless, the guitar work is amazing, and Kellie’s vocals are once again stunning.

   

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