Reviews

Feist | The Reminder (Cherry Tree/Interscope)

Written by Joe Bowman Monday, 07 May 2007 13:28

cd_feistWith The Reminder, Feist has emerged as the most solid of the rotating female vocalists from Broken Social Scene.

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Bullets | A Child But in Life Yet a Doctor in Love (Words on Music)

Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 30 April 2007 14:26

Songs that embody an intricate use of musical theory coupled with thoughtful lyrics make up the debut CD of this San Francisco sextet. Classic undertones of lost love and semblances of heartbreak balance out compositions of odd celebration and poignant advice for the soul-sick.

 

   

Lesbians on Ecstasy | We Know You Know (Alien8)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 30 April 2007 14:24

Through electro beats, synth add-ins, space age mixes, and liberating lyrics, Lesbians on Ecstasy celebrate decades of womyn's movements and lesbian love.

 

 

The Book of Knots | Traineater (Anti-)

Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:44

cd_bookofknotsThere have been fantastic records released this year, but they all pale in comparison to Traineater. This record is that solid.

 

 

 

 

   

Various Artists | SC100 (Secretly Canadian)

Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:58

cd_sc100Each artist covers another member of the SC family, with assignments determined "via the ol' names-in-a-hat method," according to the album's press sheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoko Ono | Open Your Box (Astralwerks)

Written by Joe Bowman Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:51

cd_onoAll premature snickering aside, the album is curiously listenable, if not utterly scatterbrained in electronic stylings.

 

 

 

 

   

Of God and Science | Elbow, Spoon, Doves (Detach)

Written by Maria Kriszt Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:44

godandscienceOf God and Science shows their talent off with long stretches of music in every track; you never know when they will break into instrumentals.

 

 

Illinois | What the Hell Do I Know? (Ace Fu)

Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:37

cd_illinoisWhenever Illinois starts to hint toward psychedelic, they always remember to harness pop structures and rein them in.

 

 

 

 

   

Blonde Redhead | 23 (4AD)

Written by Tyson Blanquart Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:31

Makino sings of a love lost, but it appears that she is the dump-er rather than the dump-ee.

 

 

Mr. Quintron | JamSkate EP (s/r)

Written by Joseph O'Fallon Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:08

Mr. Quintron—or Robert Rolston to those who knew him in Florissant—provides a basic, plain-structured EP with music that is anything but bland.

 

   

Umphrey's McGee | The Bottom Half (Sci Fidelity)

Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 16 April 2007 15:33

cd_umphreysA double-disc comprised of previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of songs, and studio brainstorming, The Bottom Half reveals why Umphrey's McGee is one of the most intriguing rock bands in today's music scene, not just in the jam world.

 

 

 

 

RJD2 | The Third Hand (XL)

Written by Nick Main Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:49

cd_rjd2When you look back to his last album, the two tracks RJD2 sang on are some of the best songs on the album. The simple lyrics were charming; here they're embarrassing. What went wrong?

 

 

 

 

   

The Cinematics | A Strange Education (TVT)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:52

cd_cinematicsOn repeated listens, the once charming title track comes off as a watered-down ripoff of an earlier generation (Reagonomics, anyone?), despite the fact that Scott Rinning's vocals really are quite versatile and beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Black Lab | Passion Leaves a Trace (s/r)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:43

cd_blacklabDurham's voice—stark, lonely, aching—is spot-on against bare-bones accompaniment. When he sings counterpoint with himself on vocals, it's pure heaven.

 

 

 

 

   

The Frames | The Cost (Anti-)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:40

cd_framesThe more I listen to The Cost, the more I have realized this: My life is the Frames, at times spiraling wildly, deliciously, passionately out of control, only to be reigned back in and tamed.

 

 

 

 

 

Numero 013: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation (The Numero Group)

Written by Sam Levy Wednesday, 11 April 2007 14:10

cd_numero13For every Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin there are a hundred Syl Johnsons, a big name if you know soul, a "No, I don't think I ever heard of him," if you don't.

 

 

 

 

   

Lovewhip | Virtual Booty Machine (Juicy Juju)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:42

cd_lovewhipA blend of live DJ sets, band performance, and cabaret in an irresistible show of dance beats and theatricality

 

 

 

 

 

Jatun (Other Electricities)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:33

cd_jatunAuroras don't come with soundtracks, but if listeners could imagine themselves in Alaska staring at an iridescent sky, this would be the music playing in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dave Mehling | How Do I Make You Lonesome? (Sacred Heart Studios)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:28

cd_mehling20-year-old Dave Mehling takes on the indie circuit with the help of his late uncle's battered Gibson guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cletus Black | Bloodlines to the Heart (Little Fish)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:24

cd_cletusNot far off, but not quite there yet, a look at another for Cave and Cohency

 

 

 

 

 

   

Barr | Summary (5 Rue Christine)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:18

cd_barrWhat listeners have with Summary is a raw, uncensored cut of what could certainly use some severe translation

 

 

 

 

 

Swati | Small Gods (Bluhammock Music, LLC)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:14

cd_swatiA satisfying mix of discordant sounds, slurry lyricism, and frenetic chords

 

 

 

 

 

   

New Young Pony Club | s/t EP (Modular)

Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:08

cd_ponyclubJerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Men | Wake Up Swimming (Robcore)

Written by David Lichius Monday, 09 April 2007 14:56

cd_othermenWith ex-HV comrades Manolo Turner on drums and Travis Nelson handling the guitar duties, Other Men have turned away from the fractured and discordant heaviness of HV in favor of a decidedly more poppy and compact style.

 

 

 

 

   

Minibar | Desert After Rain (s/r)

Written by Jason Green Monday, 09 April 2007 14:50

cd_minibarThe band's self-produced, self-released third album makes it clear that Minibar never needed a big label in the first place.

 

 

 

 

 

Kings of Leon | Because of the Times (RCA)

Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 09 April 2007 14:42

cd_kingsKings of Leon still sound like no one else, mostly due to Caleb's literally instrumental vocals, but this is their first effort to see such decided growth.

 

 

 

 

   

Todd Carey | Watching Waiting (Inspiration Factory)

Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:13

Carey's radio-ready persona projects more than just a voice that could melt Antarctica; his boy-next-door baby face will surely win the hearts of a captivated audience in this eye-candy infatuated musical era.

 

 

Serengeti | Noticeably Negro (Audio 8)

Written by Bob McMahon Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:19

As on past releases, Serengeti is alternately political, abstract, hilarious, and goofy. He sounds equally convincing rapping cynical critiques as he does silly witticisms.

 

   

Let's Go Sailing | The Chaos In Order (Yardley Pop)

Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:54

cd_sailingLevy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Havnevik | Melankton (Continentica/Universal)

Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:52

cd_havrenikHavnevik has the touch, apparently, but knowing the little details about her past hardly prepares you for the vibrant, gorgeous sound of her debut.

 

 

 

 

   

John Taglieri | Wide Awake & Dreaming (s/r)

Written by Amanda Pelle Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29

cd_taglieriAt best, Taglieri's musical abilities, especially those portrayed in "Wide Awake & Dreaming," the album's namesake, might be suitable for a modern church choir.

 

 

 

 

 

Vandaveer | Grace & Speed (Gypsy Eyes)

Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:23

cd_vandaveer_0327One only needs to look to the masterful construction of "However Many Takes It Takes" to see that Heidinger feels the genre in his bones, as his learned tone confidently suggests that Vandaveer is worth a listen, that his stories are worth being heard.

 

 

 

 

   

The Ghost of Sly Stone

Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:37

sly2 In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, Epic/Legacy Records has deemed it the right time to reissue Sly & The Family Stone's seven LPs, with the usual digital re-mastering, revised liner notes, and bonus tracks included. These new CD packages provide a thorough look at the birth and death of Sly Stone's American dream.

 

 

 

 

 

Ada Jane | Never Been Better (P.A.W.)

Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45

cd_adajane"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.

 

 

 

 

   

Air | Pocket Symphony (Astralwerks)

Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43

cd_airPocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."

 

 

 

 

 

Albert Hammond Jr. | Yours to Keep (New Line)

Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25

cd_albertHammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.

 

 

 

 

   

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