Reviews

Aaron Krause | Holding On to Love (s/r)

Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:43

cd aaron-krauseThis album is 10 songs of vibrant, shimmering pop, with Krause’s many talents on full display.

 

Mikey Wax | s/t (Toucan Cove)

Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:40

cd mikey-waxDance floor–ready first single and disc opener “You Lift Me Up” takes you instantly to the crest of the wave—no paddling required.

   

The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Polydor/UMe)

Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:37

cd Velvet-UndergroundThe quality of the songwriting was certainly still there, but the production left it with a sound that had less edge and more seduction.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra | The Christmas Attic Double Vinyl Version (Audio Fidelity/Atlantic)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:36

cd TSOHeavy and melodic, The Christmas Attic is a rock opera like no other.

   

Simple Minds | Big Music (Chrysalis)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:35

cd Simple-MindsBig Music is just that: big in sound, power, and melody.

 

Underworld | Dubnobasswithmyheadman Super Deluxe Edition (UMe)

Written by Ashby Walters Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:33

cd UnderworldWhen originally released, Dubnobass was interesting because it toyed with different instruments and styles.

   

Alarm Clock Conspiracy | Harlequin (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:32

cd alarm-clockThe album is a dreamy, yet uneven, combination of rock, alternative pop, country, and ’70s classic rock.

 

The Wytches | Annabel Dream Reader (Partisan)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:30

cd WytchesHeavy and raw, The Wytches prove that true underground music still exists and thrives.

   

Various Artists | The Classic Christmas Albums: Pop & Hard Rock (Legacy)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:37

cd classic-xmas-pop“Carol of the Bells” is my favorite classic Christmas song, so although I have multiple renditions of it, adding another is a pleasure.

 

Sonny Vincent and the Spite | Spiteful (Ultramafic)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:11

cd sonny-vincentVincent’s announcement is simple: This ain’t history; this is rock and fucking roll.

   

Various Artists | Christmas at Downton Abbey (Warner Bros.)

Written by Jennifer Manjarez Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:55

cd downtown-abbeyOne could easily envision any one of these songs as the backdrop to the forthcoming Christmas episode.

 

Tears for Fears | Songs from the Big Chair Deluxe Edition (Island)

Written by Jim Ousley Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:52

cd tears-for-fearsThe band’s sophomore effort succeeded in replacing “me” with “us,” putting the listener into the world instead of orbiting outside of it.

   

Chris Brown | X (RCA)

Written by Ashley White Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:48

cd chris-brownBrown’s life to this point seems engulfed in the superficial and uncertainty of the twenties.

 

Xerxes | Collision Blonde (No Sleep)

Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:44

cd xersesIt would be prudent for the band to define and hone in on its true sound, because if this is it, it leaves much to be desired.

   

Jason Derulo | Talk Dirty (Warner Bros.)

Written by Ashley White Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:54

talkdirtyderuloDerulo is one of those artists who is able to make music for everyone, using every genre, from hip-hop to pop and R&B.

 

The Funeral Portrait | For the Dearly Departed (Revival)

Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:51

forthedearlydepartedWith everything from acoustic guitars to backing strings, The Funeral Portrait may just carve themselves a niche in the metal community.

   

Dark Blue | Pure Reality (Jade Tree)

Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:40

darkblueThis is not a bad album; however, the overall sound of the album is schizophrenic and all over the map.

 

We Were Promised Jetpacks | Unravelling (Fatcat)

Written by Mike Koehler Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:08

unravellingThis is a wonderful album that further expands on WWPJ’s sound of guitar swells and pop hooks.

   

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.

   

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

   

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