Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45
"On Your Level," the second track on Never Been Better, has the underdog anthem qualities of classic Replacements, Matt Marka singing in a rough-throated howl over guitars that have the wild fury of Bob Stinson but the lo-fi buzz of Hüsker Dü-era Bob Mould.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43
Pocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25
Hammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:48
While Bird's live performances serve as a landscape for rewriting his songs, as well as artistic experimentation, the 33-year-old Illinoisan has found stability in the studio, a place where his beauteous forms and melodies come to harbor.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:37
On "Parting of the Sensory," a sleepy acoustic is held up by rhythmic claps before jumping into a hoot-and-holler romp, and "We've Got Everything" employs Mercer's yelp to bring the album's most danceable song a little light-hearted charm.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:24
Admittedly they have dropped some rather forgetful releases in their history, but picking out which records are their worst (my vote goes for 2002's TA) is liable to stir up arguments voicing the exact opposite opinion. Also, simply describing the band without disagreements is a true rarity. Welcome to the world of the Trans Am fan.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:12
The pair have sold millions of records between them, Shaw as the singer/guitarist of Styx and the writer of all that band's best songs ("Renegade," for example) and Blades as the singer/bassist of hair band giants Night Ranger, but neither has had a hit since 1 B.C. (Before Cobain), making a grasp at recapturing their glory with a covers album pretty much an inevitability.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:58
If his new band's debut album is any indication, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus didn't take the breakup all that well. "Please understand/ This isn't just goodbye/ This is I can't stand you" he wails on the dark "No, It Isn't."
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:43
Refreshingly, the Greencards are neither hidebound by bluegrass traditions nor divorced from them. Combining Anglo and American, folk and popular, the separate influences upon their sound are apparent but never dominant.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:36
Released much later than originally anticipated, the Noisette's first LP is a truly a priceless pearl embedded into a normal-looking oyster.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:31
Their undeniable talent gives them accessibility to a plethora of musical opportunities.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:25
Lead singer Michael Shepard confusingly ooohs and aaahs for about a minute, then returns to the chorus.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:19
I like it in the way I like Green Day: it's OK to listen to once or twice, but after that, I get a little overwhelmed by the brutality of what might have otherwise been a perfectly soothing song.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:14
Many Sound of Silver songs have strong lyrical content, which is pretty impressive for a dance-punk album, and an improvement from the debut - though don't expect poetry.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:09
The album starts off with its best song, "Glueman," a fantastic Fender Rhodes-driven number that bops along, getting progressively better as it goes. In this writer's opinion, this was one of the best singles of last year.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:04
It's tasteful but not terribly innovative; sweet but never cloying; endearing and enjoyable.
Written by Paul John Little Monday, 12 March 2007 03:02
Neon Bible is to the '00s what Radiohead's OK Computer was to the '90s. Quite simply, it captures the zeitgeist as only a few pieces of popular music have ever managed to do.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 11 March 2007 11:17
The nice balance between the clean guitars and Zac Young's cool drumming on "No Stars" serves as a perfect setting for Taylor's soft, organically pure voice.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:08
Imagine if Oasis and the Libertines had a baby, and that baby didn't think he was the greatest thing in the world. That baby would probably like Hats Off to the Buskers.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:02
The Fratellis embrace what most young bands try so hard to ignore: their hooky instincts.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 26 February 2007 14:17
"It makes me feel free to do anything," Woomble sings on "Every Line of a Long Moment," and I can't help but think, yes, that's what a good song will do.
Written by C. Saathoff Monday, 26 February 2007 14:13
...a guitar-rocker laced with social and political commentary that continues right where 2005's Okemah and the Melody of Riot left off.
Written by Amy Burger Monday, 26 February 2007 14:02
The opening song, "Play This," is a real departure from Williams' generally laid-back, "jammy" sound, with a punk-inspired, hard guitar opening and funky, Flea-like bass riffs throughout.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 February 2007 13:41
The clearest candidate for a universal favorite lies in the Johannsson-sung "It's Alright," an acoustic-driven piece built around smooth, echoing vocals, harmonic expansion, and beautifully sincere lyrics.
Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 26 February 2007 13:36
"Faithful and blind/ You finish me off like a sentence."
Written by Kaylen Hoffman Monday, 26 February 2007 13:32
"Audience Reaction" has the quaint thoughts of, "If you go down on me/ I'll go down on you." So not the cute lyrics I was expecting. At all.
Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:34
These five Pennsylvanian dudes are musically old souls, Cro-magnons in the midst of their psychedelic peers.
Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:32
While Hella's previous output of no-wave guitar/drum weirdness had enough elbow room for some well-placed chirping, having Aaron Ross on the microphone full time has resulted in a major shift in the band's song structure.
Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:01
While there are no extreme departures from their bouncy modern rock norm, nearly every track shows hints of evolution.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:52
8. Golden Ball won the Philadelphia City Paper 2005 Choice award for "Best Weird Band." I'm inclined to give them that same commendation right now.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:44
we play danceable, shed rehearsed guitar music. we like to dance, drink, draw, pretend to be on a mobile phone whilst we are not, write songs, dance.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:37
Are "pounding drums" and "squiggly synth sounds" what come from long hours contemplating the hidden mysteries of space and particulate matter?
Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:34
Shara Worden's voice could be put on top of Gilbert Gottfried and a pack of dying howler monkeys and still sound five steps past amazing.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:51
Miller's just a kid, really, and he's working with former Atlantic Records president Ron Shapiro, among others. And I like him anyway.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:03
With Four Winds EP, Bright Eyes' first new release since the double infusion, the multifaceted Conor Oberst has chosen sides in a resolute way.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 05:17
Owen's latest CD is everything you've come to expect from Kinsella, and more. It's even more understated, if that's possible, with richly woven strings and chords backing Kinsella's frail yet competent vocals and revealing tales.
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