Sound Affects

February 2014

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.


January 2014

Counterbalance No. 161: ‘Pretenders’

The 161st most acclaimed album of all time is going to use its arms. It’s going to use its legs. It’s going to use its style. It’s going to use its sidestep. A New Wave statement of purpose is this week's Counterbalance.


5 Modern Pop Songs That Criticize Modern Pop

There's been a recent trend of pop songs that specifically criticize pop music and pop culture, where pop stars seem to be trying to distance themselves from pop... while still being pop.


Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema’s ‘Weather Systems’

The latest Between the Grooves series kicks off with the first of eight thorough tributes to the most beautiful, tragic, and honest album this author has ever heard.


Counterbalance No. 160: Nick Drake’s ‘Five Leaves Left’

Betty came by on her way, said she had a word to say about things today and fallen leaves, not to mention the 160th most acclaimed album of all time. A pastoral touchstone is this week's Counterbalance.


Noises Sound Like the End: 13 Essential Mogwai Songs

With the very fine new album Rave Tapes out this month, PopMatters looks back on Mogwai's rich career by picking 13 of the finest songs from the full span of the post-rock band's work.


Makes You Want to Feel: The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On”

Though not from the Mary Chain's most acclaimed album, 1989's "Head On" is one of the band's better offerings, a classic example of how the proper amount of attitude can elevate a song.


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