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by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2009


Lightning Bolt
Earthly Delights
(Load)
Releasing: 13 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 Sound Guardians
02 Nation of Boar
03 Colossus
04 The Sublime Freak
05 Flooded Chamber
06 Funny Farm
07 Rain on Lake I’m Swimming In
08 S.O.S.
09 Transmissionary

Lightning Bolt
“Colossus” [MP3]
     

by Faye Rasmussen

18 Aug 2009


Third Eye Blind
Ursa Major
(Megaforce)
Releasing: 18 August (US)

Stephan Jenkins clearly has some things he’s needed to get off his chest over the last six years and to the fortune of the fans, the silence has been broken today and expressed in the form of Third Eye Blind’s fourth album Ursa Major. But, Jenkins and company have come back from hiatus with some aces in hand: incorporating some new instruments and adding depth both musically and lyrically. 

They’re kept with their edgy lyrics, with songs like their first single, “Don’t Believe a Word” Jenkins pens, “We like thugs when they attack / And we like crime when it’s black on black.” Or the softer, acoustic “One in Ten”, about a woman who doesn’t return the singer’s feelings of love, primarily because she’s in love with a woman: “Love doesn’t come in perfect packages / That means I qualify.” With lyrics like this, in addition to new music build-ups and chorus crescendos that blast through your speakers, it’s hard to not not drum on the steering wheel. Or take a listen to “The Dao of St. Paul” where the band opted for a gospel choir to round the end of song, and album, out.

But for the not-so-die-hard, you have songs like “Summertown” or “Waterlanding” that deeply resembling the memorable hooks and catchy lyrics that the popular consensus drank up and imbibed in 1997.  The band, has not forgotten what it takes to make a worthwhile CD, and if anything, they’ve only improved their craft over the last six years.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2009


The Cinematics
Love and Terror
(Orchard Music)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 All These Things
02 She Talks to the Trees
03 New Mexico
04 Love and Terror
05 Lips Taste Like Tears
06 Wish (When the Banks Collapse)
07 Hospital Bills
08 Moving to Berlin
09 You Can Dance
10 Hard for Young Lovers

The Cinematics
“Love and Terror” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

18 Aug 2009


The Beatles: Rock Band
(Harmonix/MTV Games)
Platform: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Releasing: 9 September 2009

SONG LIST

Singles
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Feel Fine
Day Tripper
Paperback Writer
Revolution
Don’t Let Me Down

Please Please Me
I Saw Her Standing There
Boys
Do You Want to Know a Secret
Twist and Shout

With the Beatles
I Wanna Be Your Man

A Hard Day’s Night
A Hard Day’s Night
Can’t Buy Me Love

Beatles For Sale
Eight Days a Week
Help!:
Ticket to Ride

Rubber Soul
Drive My Car
I’m Looking Through You
If I Needed Someone

Revolver
Taxman
Yellow Submarine
And Your Bird Can Sing

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Getting Better
Good Morning Good Morning

Magical Mystery Tour
I Am the Walrus
Hello Goodbye

The Beatles (White Album)
Dear Prudence
Back in the U.S.S.R.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Birthday
Helter Skelter

Yellow Submarine
Hey Bulldog

Abbey Road
Come Together
Something
Octopus’s Garden
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Here Comes the Sun

Let It Be
Dig a Pony
I Me Mine
I Got a Feeling
Get Back

Love
Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows

(via Rolling Stone)

by PopMatters Staff

17 Aug 2009


Headlights
Wildlife
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

Indie band Headlights recorded their upcoming record live. Tristan Wraight says, “On this record we just sang, that’s the take, that’s the part, there’s the vocals, here’s the mic, sing the song, done.”

SONG LIST
01 Telephones
02 Secrets
03 You and Eye
04 Get Going
05 Love Song for Buddy
06 I Don’t Mind at All
07 Dead Ends
08 Wisconsin Beaches
09 We’re All Animals
10 Teenage Wonder
11 Slow Down Town

Headlights
“Get Going” [MP3]
     

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