Thursday, February 27 2014
St. Paul & The Broken Bones keep soul alive and well on debut Half the City
A noisy and occasionally thrilling live set from the Scottish rockers.
Though the music may seem far removed from our present day culture, we can connect to it on a human level. For, these are songs of hardship and joy, regret and celebration – in essence, songs of everyday life.
One of America's best little-known rock 'n' roll bands may not be that way much longer.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Neneh Cherry has always followed her own path in her style. With Blank Project, Cherry has reclaimed the spotlight to deserved applause.
Close to the Glass is a frustratingly uneven album that shows of signs of brilliance drowned out by dull electronic excursions.
Lost in the Trees always seems to be changing, and the group's third record, Past Life, is its most daring and dynamic shift yet, an album that can both carry the long shadow of the past and pump the hot blood of the here and now.
Although it's familiar and safe, the fourth Transatlantic outing is another intricate, joyous, and incredible experience.
Kanou is a pop-rock album and it's also an impatient album. It never uses four seconds to get a motif across if it can do it in three.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Island Intervals starts with songs that pit the intimate and the epic against each other, that shift tempo, texture, and scope in fascinating ways. But that set of complications can't sustain itself.
The Fray are a talented band, but album number four yields mostly more of the same.
The Brink is a collection of arty, swirling dance pop-rock, but the songs ultimately collapse under their own weight.
These soul albums have been available in various formats over the years, but the high quality of art on these discs demand respect and celebration.
Monday, February 24 2014
Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.
Kovač brings ideas from Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, etc, folk dance into contact with other musics that are urban and fringe-dwelling but at the same time somewhat antique
With this five-song concept EP, Krill proves itself a serious band that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Aram Bajakian's second album is a testament of his love affair with the guitar.
As good as this album is, it’s ultimately less a cohesive entity of its own and more like a mishmash between great pop songwriting and the flighty, inspired production of Molad and Lalish.
Friday, February 21 2014
This re-issue is an example of when youth and musicality collide in a sublime fashion.