Capsule Reviews

Thursday, March 29 2007

The Makes Nice: Candy Wrapper and Twelve Other Songs

The Makes Nice sound as if they’ve been listening to early British records by the Kinks and decided to mash them up with some Keith Moon drum rolls.


Julie Sokolow: Something About Violins

Something About Violins is a beguiling lo-fi debut from a singer-songwriter whose lyrics can become strangely upsetting at times.


Various Artists: EV Records presents: Everything

Yes, yes, y'all. And it don't stop. Chicago, Illinois, is in the house with a load of fresh rhymes and beats. And it goes a lil' somethin' like this…


Vixen: Live and Learn

A fans-only disc, this album might not make much commercial headway, but the fact that Kuehnemund and her mates are having a blast starting from scratch makes Live and Learn all the more appealing, despite its shortcomings.


Wednesday, March 28 2007

Yndi Halda: Enjoy Eternal Bliss

Yndi Halda has woven a beautiful tapestry with their debut.


Zozobra: Harmonic Tremors

This is a monstrously loud, utterly enjoyable slab of melodic metal.


Lily Frost: Flights of Fancy

The Canadian indie pop singer returns with a fine little EP of "misfit songs".


The Fratellis: The Flathead EP

The Fratellis are the musical equivalent of Andy Millman's When the Whistle Blows: broad, catchphrase-based, and utterly demoralizing


Various Artists: International Sad Hits

Even in this supposed global information era there's still music of stature and depth being made in other countries without our knowledge.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

Unagi: For Lovers

Cupid has five arrows, and one of them just might be for you.


Eluvium: Copia

I can think of few musicians of any genre making instrumental music as involving as Matthew Cooper's ambient compositions under the name Eluvium.


Daníel Águst: Swallowed a Star

Daníel Águst, former singer for the Icelandic dance/trip-hop outfit Gus Gus, applies a different but no less quirky approach to his solo debut.


Holy Moses: Queen of Siam

It took some bravery and audacity for Holy Moses to promote their product in the most male-dominated genre in popular music.


Emily Grogan: At Sea

Grogan is not happy making radio-friendly polished pop, showing a far more soulful side.


Monday, March 26 2007

Lucky Soul: Aint Never Been Cool

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.


The One AM Radio: This Too Will Pass

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: Dragon or Emperor

Dragon or Emperor's deft rage evokes the sound of a Pere Ubu v Back Door arm-wrestle.


Amiina: Seoul

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.


The Interview by King Hurley

Business thriller The Interview is a promising debut.


Young Galaxy: Swing Your Heartache

Young Galaxy is the latest signing of Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, made well known now by their first signing, Broken Social Scene.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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