Tuesday, March 27 2007
Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.
Monday, March 26 2007
1950s girl-group pop gets a modern-day reworking on the delightful title track of the UK pop group Lucky Soul's three-song Ain't Never Been Cool EP.
While the songs feature even more organic instrumentation than before, they all exist in that tepid, midtempo, watery, emotional area that is being done much better by similar artists.
Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.
Fragile, and twee to the point of nothingness, it’s sweet without being sugary, but unfortunately acts like a constant appetizer in a meal where the main dish never appears.
Business thriller The Interview is a promising debut.
Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.
Sunday, March 25 2007
Wayne "the Train" Hancock is back with a honky-tonk country stew that'll have you hoisting a cold one in joyous salute to the "King of Juke-Joint Swing".
The second EP from Brooklyn, Nw York's the Exeter Popes is a study in maximizing opportunities.
Many of these songs hit all the right spots at exactly the right times.
A superior set of contemporary jazz, blazing straight out of the long and unruly heritage of left-field explorations.
Bookish The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay keeps the pages turning.
I read the press kit and then listen to the CD and feel as if I'm missing something.
Thursday, March 22 2007
Britain's Goldrush newest release unveils inspiring orchestrations and a whole lot of talent.
If not for lack of quality, then simple lack of interest in the style.
Carey’s pop rock comes off as being telegraphed a la Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz.
Although the press release wants you to believe that Blake Miller falls in line with Devendra Banhart and Grizzly Bear, you’d be hard pressed not to find someone like Ralph Stanley deep in the mix.
At times Phil Angotti can be a great power pop artist, but for the opening number on his new album he channels Bob Dylan for “East Side Soul #27”.
Wednesday, March 21 2007
Grand Champeen does a nice job of maintaining excitement without ever letting themselves go over the top, resulting in some basic but strong rock 'n' roll.
The artwork has more to say than the album contained within.