Reviews

Marianne Faithfull | Give My Love to London (Dramatico/Naïve)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 29 September 2014 21:38

live FaithfullVocally, Faithfull has aged like a fine wine.

 

Girl Talk | Broken Ankles EP (s/r)

Written by Bruce Matlock Monday, 29 September 2014 16:26

cd John-MellencampIn short bursts, you might go between hearing pieces and bits of Jimmy Eat World, Ray Charles, and the Ying Yang Twins.

   

John Mellencamp | Plain Spoken (MCA)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:31

cd John-MellencampThese songs bear a sound that lacks the harder, pop-oriented edge of past releases.

 

Night Club | Black Leather Heart (Gato Blanco)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:30

cd Night-ClubLusciously produced and mixed, Black Leather Heart is a nice trip down electronic memory lane.

   

Lenny Kravitz | Strut (Roxie/Kobalt Label)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:28

cd Lenny-KravitzWith rock, pop, neo-soul, psychedelia, and hard rock, Strut shines like a lighthouse through a foggy night.

 

Melted Toys | Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)

Written by Alex Wilking Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17

Melted-Toys 75The instrumentation was what kept me coming back, but the vocals are going to turn away a lot of new listeners.

   

Gulp | Season Sun (Sonic Cathedral)

Written by Alex Wilking Monday, 22 September 2014 11:57

Gulp 75

I mean it when I say the bass is loud and fuzzy.

 

Young Rising Sons | s/t (Dirty Canvas/Interscope)

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 12:42

cd youngrisingsonsYou can’t listen to Young Rising Sons and not feel happy; it’s impossible.

   

Sixx:A.M. | Modern Vintage (Eleven Seven)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:59

SixxAMNo less than stellar, this disc rages with emotion from the opening chords.

 

Sebadoh | Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:27

Sebadoh 75Good music from a band that may still hit their stride...if they stay together long enough.

   

Siftercide | “Self-Titled” (Nailjar)

Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:13

SifterCideAs the tracks progress quickly, the listener hears more than the growling vocals, high gain guitars (and bass!)…there’s something else. 

 

Maroon 5 | V (Interscope/222)

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 05 September 2014 14:31

cd Maroon5VV pushes the band toward new ground, even as M5 sticks to the catchy pop sound on which it’s built a solid reputation.

   

Erasure | The Violet Flame (Mute)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:01

cd ErasureThis is an album of high-energy synth-pop, complete with undeniably catchy melodies.

 

Ace Frehley | Space Invader (eOne Metal)

Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:21

cd Ace-FrehleyThere is no substitute for the Spaceman’s dangerous playing and subpar singing.

   

The Bad Things | After the Inferno (Silent City)

Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:27

cd bad-thingsThe singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes.

 

Ausländer | s/t (Domestic Genocide)

Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:25

cd AuslanderThese guys wrote a song about my favorite ballpark food. What’s not to love about that?

   

Sepultura | Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx (Eagle Rock)

Written by Nik Cameron Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:15

cd SepulturaMetal Veins – Alive at Rock in Rio

 

SomeKindaWonderful | s/t (Downtown/White Clover)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:06

cd somekindawonderfulIf you’ve heard anything from this band it’s “Reverse,” and like the band’s other catchy material, it’s super inviting, yet not as good as it could (or should?) be.

   

The Griswolds | Be Impressive (Wind-Up)

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:00

cd GriswoldsLike little evil cheerleaders, children shout out the title track, letter by letter.

 

Gemini Syndrome | Lux (Warner Brothers)

Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:10

lux sqLux is a refreshing change from the normally bass-heavy production that haunts this type of music.

   

Midge Ure | Fragile (Hypertension)

Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:41

ure fragileIn a genre in which it is quite easy to be grandiose and overdo things, this album does not go overboard.

 

The Glitch Mob | Love, Death, Immortality (Glass Art)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 15 August 2014 23:33

Glitch-Mob 75This is a mind-blowing opus of serious industrial pop.

   

Acrania | Totalitarnian Dystopia (Unique Leader)

Written by Nik Cameron Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:08

ArcaniaFrom the time this album begins, it’s clear that they are similar, and yet very different than their peers in the genre.

 

Cosmic Punch | FM Stereo (Tate Music Group)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:15

cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.

   

Amoreaux | Never Young as Tonight (Neurotic Yell)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58

cd AmoreauxThe first single, “Lost the Plot,” is a syncopated piece with heavy percussion, which drowns out the melody at times.

 

Ministry | Last Tangle in Paris (UDN/Wacken)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:51

cd ministryThis set is nothing short of phenomenal.

   

Jethro Tull | A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (Chrysalis)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:29

cd jethro-tullWith 30 tracks, this is a long listen, but the musical journey is a good one. 

 

Various Artists/Ronnie James Dio | This Is Your Life (Rhino)

Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:25

cd dioIt is time for you to get a fresh dose of Dio pumping through your blood.

   

Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

 

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

   

New God | Firework (Yellow K)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:54

newgod fireworkThe album is bright, melodious, and sing-able.

 

David Gray | Mutineers (Kobalt Label Services)

Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

cd david grayI expected to like Gray’s new release Mutineers; what I didn’t anticipate is that I would really, really like it.

   

Tesla | Simplicity (Tesla Electric Co.)

Written by Marc Farr Monday, 23 June 2014 10:55

cd teslaSimple is best, and Tesla does it quite well.

 

8-Bit Operators | Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode (Deceptive Gaze/Receptors)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:56

cd 8-bitWhat could be more fun than a tribute album to the masters of the Moog, Depeche Mode?

   

Miranda Lambert | Platinum (RCA /Sony Music)

Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:38

Miranda-Lambert 75With so many fantastic tracks on this album, I think we will be hearing a lot from Lambert on country radio all summer long.

 

The Orwells | Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback)

Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:24

Orwells 75The best way I can describe their sound is as if Agent Orange hung out with The Doors, dropped acid, and then went surfing.

   

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