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Sound Affects

February 2014

Ambition Is the Last Refuge of the Failure

Sound Affects examines the recent trend of musical acts gaining popularity from word-of-mouth documentaries, using the cases of Death, Big Star, Anvil, and Rodriguez.


Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - “Lightning Song” and “Sunlight”

The fourth and fifth songs on Anathema's latest masterpiece provide a calmer and more optimistic view on familiar thematic struggles.


Counterbalance Special Report

After more than three years of covering the Great List, Mendelsohn and Klinger have decided to shake things up. See what they’re planning, why they’re doing it, and what they’ve learned in this week’s Counterbalance.


Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.


The 5 Most (Hilarious) Romantic Ja Rule Lyrics

When I think about romance, only one name comes to mind: Ja Rule. What other artist so delicately crafts his words of affection? What other artist has such a unique and hauntingly beautiful perspective on romance? Yes, we are joking.


Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - “The Gathering of the Clouds”

The third track from Weather Systems offers extremely beautiful and intricate vocal arrangements, as well as heavenly musical complements.


Counterbalance No. 162: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’

You can't start a fire without a spark. This gun's for hire, even if it's the 162 most acclaimed album of all time. A misunderstood blockbuster from 1984 is this week's Counterbalance.


20 Questions: Latyrx

When Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born came together for 1997's sole Latyrx album, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, and more helped turn it into an underground classic. The long-awaited follow-up arrived at long last in 2013, and the only thing that's as entertaining as The Second Album is their answers to our 20 Questions ...


January 2014 K-Pop Roundup

It was a big month K-pop, with comebacks from Rain, TVXQ, B1A4, Dal*Shabet, AOA, Girl's Day, and more, as well as premieres by Rainbow Blaxx, Kiss&Cry, and others. If these songs are anything to go by, 2014 is going to be another big year for the Korean musical style.


Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - “Untouchable Pt. 1” and “Untouchable Pt. II”

The first two tracks off of Weather Systems serve as the first of many emotional rollercoasters, bursting with touching lyrics and gripping arrangements.


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