Written by Mike Koehler Monday, 26 September 2011 20:45
The music itself is grand and fitting, an excellent blend of folksy acoustic guitar-driven tracks to harder-rocking, punk-like tracks.
Written by Justin Curia Friday, 16 September 2011 17:43
Follow the album all the way through, and it ends up as a ’90s nostalgia ride with a confident, effortless songwriting ability.
Written by Glen Elkins Friday, 16 September 2011 17:31
This EP is a slow burn, with a huge payoff.
Written by Mike Rengel Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:16
Admirably, Allan wants to reach every single person in the world, but in attempting to do so he loses sight of the small stories that connect single lives into a greater web.
Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:28
Mark Ronson’s influence has pushed the band even further into the realm of retro for this album; most of the best tracks sound like something straight out of the 1960s.
Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 16 August 2011 20:36
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Justin Furstenfeld’s got one of those voices that works across a range of genres, conveying strength, anger, pleading, pain, and acceptance.
Written by Mike Rengel Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:58
I’m not one to badmouth sincerity, but there’s a fair bit of too-precious warbling going on here.
Written by Jim Dunn Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:39
Short, sharp songs alternate with and illuminate the ruminations of Big Trev, a man thoroughly disillusioned with the world yet harboring a secret wish to be accepted by it.
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:11
This struggle could come off as cliché in different hands, but the self-effacing, conversational tone of the lyrics and the varied musical ideas keep things fresh.
Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 21 July 2011 06:10
By now, you should have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get with each Ben Harper release—his style is his style.
Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:01
Standouts like “Switchblade”, “In the Company of Wolves”, and “Thieves” more than save this album from what quickly could have been the Brandon Boyd show.
Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 11 July 2011 14:21
Taylor Goldsmith and the gang perfect and fine-tune their sound, not to mention the art of analog recording.
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 11 July 2011 13:57
My notes from initial listens were generally favorable; however, when I listened to it again I found it generally annoying.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:58
Such a clever, classic approach; I appreciate it anew with every listen.
Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 22 June 2011 17:53
Regrettably, pristine production is one of a (very) few highlights to glean from Life Fantastic.
Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 16:03
Moment Bends combines all the strengths of previous efforts and molds them into an incredibly delightful whole.
Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 15:55
Mid-song a filing cabinet can be heard being thrown across the room while Sheff sings about the world shaking and breaking.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 20 June 2011 15:47
Morrison's Broadway credentials attest that he has the goods, but you won't find evidence on this album of anything that would set him apart from any number of other sweet-voiced pop performers.
Written by Brett Berliner Friday, 17 June 2011 13:58
I believe Tyler intentionally made Goblin hard to listen to all the way through, as if it would be a badge of honor to succeed.
Written by Christopher Sewell Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:46
There are plenty of catchy melodies to be found here, a wealth of warm analog-sounding synths, and solid production courtesy of Flood and Alan Moulder.
Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:32
It’s clear that Johansen and the gang are thrilling us with the same music that thrilled them so many years before.
Written by Jason Neubauer Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:00
The 10 tracks serve as a litany of classic new wave styling that may well have sounded at home in their catalog 30 years ago.
Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:51
You get a sense throughout this album that these are songs transcribed from glyphs on the walls of recently excavated pyramids, with attendant tricks and sonic mysteries attached.
Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:45
It’s a yearning, stretching paean to youth, partially imploring hangabouts to do something magnificent with those meandering, formless teenage moments.
Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:33
The band made some changes with this record, most notably by recording it entirely on tape in Dave Grohl’s garage with legendary Nirvana producer Butch Vig.
Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:25
Every song features quality lyrics and flow from the Wu-Tang member, making the rhymes the true strength of this album.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:42
Much as I like lang's voice in and of itself, I like it even better when she's singing a great song, and the material on Sing It Loud doesn't always live up to her vocal chops.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:31
I didn't understand one word of it (I think the lyrics are in Punjabi), but I really don't care—the sound by itself is enough to keep me listening.
Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 02 May 2011 08:59
Yelle takes those signature elements soaring to a much higher level—one that’s more mature, but upon first listen nowhere near as fun.
Written by Ashley White Thursday, 28 April 2011 08:30
I initially underestimated her talent based on her punkish appearance, but Jessie J has completely surprised me with her vocals, production, and song composition.
Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 28 April 2011 08:11
With nearly 30 people singing, it’s hard not to believe them that not only will everything be alright; with some effort, it’ll be extraordinary.
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Wednesday, 20 April 2011 11:14
Here Before is a consistent little postcard from the early ‘80s that sounds a lot like early R.E.M. because early R.E.M. sounded a lot like the Feelies.
Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 20 April 2011 10:06
Angles has been highly anticipated, facing huge expectations—and so the fact that it’s merely solid is slightly disappointing.
Written by Christopher Sewell Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:23
Mosshart’s stint in The Dead Weather has rubbed off on her songwriting—this is a record bathed in a much darker light than previous Kills albums.
Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:18
Not only is it begging to be included on your next road trip playlist, it’s also one of the album’s surest portrayals of Callahan’s resonant lyrics.
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