Friday, April 12 2013
Slough Feg is one of the finest cult metal bands in existence. If you've not indulged before, this three-CD reissue from the band's earlier years is the perfect opportunity to experience some of the very best traditional metal ever made.
It's hard to argue that it was worth the wait, but Papoose's debut album is finally upon us and it has a lot to offer.
Even if it were true that all music is readily available today, compilations like this would be as important, because context is important.
An exemplary effort in pop-punk excellence that is free of both fat and filler; a true gem within a genre so often stuck in its past.
Thursday, April 11 2013
The London wunderkind returns with an album that attempts to satisfy fans nostalgic for his early post-dubstep tinkerings and the new legion of listeners who know him as one of the decade's most promising singer-songwriters.
The third album in five years from the LA roots-rock favorites finds them continuing to channel Jackson Browne.
Rouse has settled in, it seems, and found a way to encapsulate all the dichotomies of life, making them work within the confines of a three-minute pop song.
Eleven songs of bombastic synth pop joy that does not let concepts such as "subtlety" spoil the ride.
Simplicity, thy name is Jungle Rot. The knuckle-dragging Wisconsin old-schoolers are back with another slab of back-to-basics death metal.
A double-disc set that finds the jazz pianist jamming on a baroque organ in the 1970s (when else?).
Not quite shoegaze, but not exactly rock 'n' roll, either.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
Disengagement is something Kurt Vile sentimentalises, but his newest record is brighter, more self-satisfying.
Tim Presley's melodies have tightened up on Cyclops Reap, and he also makes a point of breaking out of his private, home-recorded setting and into larger spaces and emotions.
Icarus go fix your wings, we're goin' on a trip.
Yes, the production is grand, the band tight, and the songs are clever; but Hunter’s voice is the main attraction here.
10 arrives five years after New Kids on the Block's 2008 comeback effort, The Block.
Rustic-grubby, like the rough finish left on a chair to make it look authentically hard-crafted and a little more expensive.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
The veteran English synth-pop group take a mulligan on their comeback.
If this resembles a big summertime blockbuster film, the concept behind it is to blow up outside your comfort zone while also thoroughly embodying it; change without changing too much.
Pick a Piper is not a bad statement for a debut full-length, one that sees the band exploring the intersection of electronica-based dance music with the more organic sounds of rock music.