Friday, April 11 2014
This merger of two industrial pioneers can be impressive, but never quite matches the original versions.
Some questionable choices, but otherwise a good place to start in the man's discography.
Wild Moccasins spend half of their debut slavishly recreating early '80s pop, but don't really come to life until they stop doing that later in the album.
Thursday, April 10 2014
As the torture scenes in The Railway Man focus on waterboarding, you're reminded that Japanese waterboarders were executed by Allied victors, and may pause to ponder the current debate over American waterboarders.
At first glance, Black Moon might appear to be just another variation of the zombie theme, but it isn't: this novel is written for adults.
The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.
The final recording of a collaborative trilogy, Abraçaço sees the seemingly ageless septuagenarian inventively fusing the Tropicália style with an indie pop sensibility.
No longer an event, a new record from this hardcore revival act won’t turn the tide for punk rock. While the rest of the band bashes away, veteran Keith Morris prattles on about what we already know.
In his publisher John Calder's view, Samuel Beckett retreats in his later texts, as did God from Genesis.
The third album from the Austin-based indie rock band peels back the layers of reverb that colored their first two albums. What's underneath is, sadly, all too conventional.
Inventions places Eluvium’s lush, electronic ambience alongside Explosions in the Sky’s sense of space and tension.
The American singer learns Portuguese and does a full disc of bossa nova music.
Wednesday, April 9 2014
Perfect Sisters establishes Sandra and Beth as archetypal caring, sharing sisters. They may look different, but they act as one.
Smart, stylish, and more than a little sad, Vernon Downs gives readers a lot to think about.
Fernando Trueba has experimented with so many genres that it's obvious he's yet to determine his own cinematic identity.
Doom Abuse may not measure up to the Faint's greatest moments or delve into new terrain, but if they're goal was to have fun and make a good record, then mission accomplished.
Paul Robeson was a powerful singer and orator whose towering intellect and strong beliefs in the dignity of all mankind may have cost him his reputation and career.
Having remixed great disco tracks and modern day indie floor-fillers for years (hi Hot Chip!), Terje finally breaks out on his own, ready to rock your yacht were it not for some of his more meandering passages.
Herzig's two-sided emotional and musical walls create an unceasing friction that is, at once, confrontational and cathartic.
Happiness lurks in his purposely sad songs, while pain and confusion live within his meaning-to-be-happy songs.