Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:59
This goes far, far beyond guilty pleasure.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:55
The eight-minute-long “The Banality of Evil” is a pristine example of David Sylvian’s laudable vocal and songwriting capabilities.
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:54
Where Go Fly a Kite excels is in its craft: the way verses and choruses brush up against each other in just the right way, the way not a single note feels wasted or out of place, the way Kweller can repeat a refrain just often enough to drill it into your subconscious without tipping over into obnoxiousness.
Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:24
Each of us is entitled to that one person who is willing to let us explore the world and find ourselves.
Written by Ashley White Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:49
She effortlessly goes back to her R&B roots to pen a heartfelt, mature album about ending one thing to begin anew, fresh.
Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:44
The less cheeky and grittier sound hits right from the start, with a big wall of sound.
Written by Tyler Cigard Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:40
On Threads, Now, Now have a much more refined sound and show their age well.
Written by Dean Asher Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:02
Some tracks feel like they float out from behind a saloon’s swinging doors into the dusty night.
Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:49
This is a band that might cloak themselves in bedsit miserablism and Nordic chill and imagery, but mostly they just want to forge a deeper connection
Written by Tony Van Zeyl Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:45
Half of the album is packed with highly entertaining and original takes on Beatles tunes.
Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:41
“Sound: Check” created the perfect balance for all of the instruments from the keyboard to the bass and guitar to the drums, so rightly appropriate for the closing of this EP.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:14
The British house-trance-techno duo is gracing our speakers yet again with not one but two career retrospectives, released concurrently.
Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:22
I want more than soulful vocals over acoustic instruments.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 10 February 2012 17:12
“The Fall” could easily be a single on alternative radio today; drawing NIN comparisons, it’s a strong display of Numan’s still-apparent talents.
Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 10 February 2012 13:02
While it may be easy to toss aside an album upon hearing that it’s “just some guy playing an acoustic guitar,” this is Mike Doughty.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 February 2012 13:00
They make good use of a wide range of instruments so that each song has a distinctively different sound.
Written by Kyle Green Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:04
Influences aside, The Church of Rock and Roll is all Foxy Shazam, with big guitars, piano, trumpets, and the wailing tenor and falsetto Nally is known for.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:20
Some of the songs in this collection are well-known—”Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby,” “He’s a Rebel,” and “Da Doo Ron Ron” among them—but the real appeal is the more obscure selections
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:17
The variety provided by the different contexts (besides changes in the band lineup, the reactions of the audience can’t help but influence the performance) make this album worth having.
Written by Mike Koehler Friday, 13 January 2012 13:28
There are a lot of very good things going on here; there are some clear misses, as well.
Written by Kyle Green Friday, 13 January 2012 13:26
Offering music that is sonic, melodic, and ambient all at the same time, this duo is on the path to stardom.
Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 13 January 2012 13:21
The final three songs are the highlights of the album; those prior are all good individual tracks, but they do sort of blend when put together.
Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:19
A full 13 songs long (nothing new for the band; Armistice, by comparison, was 15), Odd Soul is a rather stark departure that works beautifully.
Written by Jeffrey Ricker Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:27
A concept album consisting of seven songs swirling around the theme of winter, 50 Words for Snow was clearly not created with a concern for airplay in mind.
Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 19 December 2011 11:26
You already know more or less what to expect; Tom Waits records are always good.
Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:04
The Vaccines boil down the music to what’s essential, without the fat.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 12 December 2011 13:25
Some artists’ acoustic re-imaginings come off as flat or repetitious, lazy efforts to release CDs without going through the efforts of writing and recording new material. Black Lab’s Unplugged most certainly does not fall into that category.
Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:58
How much you get out of Day Is the New Night depends on your tolerance levels for hard rock in the broad vein of Bon Jovi.
Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:49
Little does he know he’s the only one holding on to that ongoing beautiful disaster.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:27
The Mighty Lemon Drops guitarist David Newton and Thee Mighty Angels here provide a near-perfect five-song release.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:24
Brian Warren’s clever lyrics and carefully constructed songs should be enough to pull you in and admire what’s filling your ears.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:20
Steve Schiltz returns with Hurricane Bells, a new band—and a new direction.
Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 02 December 2011 14:29
What comes next is a mystery, so be good, be weird, have fun, and hope for the best, just like Casey Crescenzo.
Written by Jim Dunn Friday, 02 December 2011 14:25
It is very easy to look at Billy Joel now and forget that he was once young and angry, and the world was literally his oyster.
Written by Mike Rengel Friday, 02 December 2011 14:22
It’s wholly modern, but doesn’t sound compressed beyond recognition for the earbud age.
Written by Nicole Madden Friday, 02 December 2011 14:18
The subtle interpretation of these songs is clearly a winner.
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