Monday, June 18 2007
In a time when even former child stars and lingerie-hawking indie pinups have critics swooning over a few vocal twangs, it’s refreshing and reassuring
Merdeka is a superior example of a charity comp; it doesn't leave you thinking that the compilers have tossed it carelessly together just to raise money.
Thoughtful, theatrical and moody, Nishimoto follows a long line of guitarists such as Adrian Legg and Mark Knopfler with pin-point plucks of the acoustic guitar and enough room between the notes to create warm, adventurous pieces.
Wisconsin trio marry Buzzcocks-like punk-pop with Pavementy indie rock.
A clumsy lob back to an early '90s sound.
Sunday, June 17 2007
Lead single from the band's new album, Our Ill Wills, shows them taking a decidedly more lush turn on their brand of pop, with very strong results.
Evoking the grandeur of Jeff Buckley in spots and the precision of Rush in other.
Due to its brevity, Nathan Oliver feels a bit like a lengthy, unedited EP, but the power of its best tracks offers a welcome punch.
Speaker Speaker’s latest EP contains a lot of bounce and pop.
Band combines attitude with ovaries to produce a completely ordinary debut album.
Thursday, June 14 2007
The strange tale of Sir Douglas and more.
Ok, they have weird names, but this is really good.
Eli Cook is caught in some time warp, one which few artists of his age can capture.
There seems to be little room for 40 Cal’s no-joke street rap with the spotlight on the more flamboyant Dipset antics.
Highly praised composer comes off as a disappointment.
Wednesday, June 13 2007
None of the mixes are bad, none are exceptionally good, they're just sort of there.
Swelling to nine members, Je Sui France delivers a scattershot third effort of impressive ambition yet underwhelming impact.
Roman Revutsky is reportedly from Siberia, but he hasn’t been isolated from music.
Technique can only take a mix so far; after that the material itself has to take over.
Ramona Cordova has crafted 11 songs that, while they might not quite come together as an album, are starkly beautiful nonetheless.