Friday, March 7 2014
After all these years, Colin Blunstone retains a wonderful voice. It would be an even more rewarding experience if he were prepared to deploy it on more ambitious material.
Thursday, March 6 2014
This is a beyond excellent album, one that could have a person flipping through the thesaurus for additional superlatives.
Although it retains aspects of the old school death mauling that brought Morbus Chron to the Boss HM-2 pedal-laden table, Sweven is much more expansive and experimental.
The sound is there, but the energy is missing.
New Bums, a new project from the Skygreen Leopards' Donovan Quinn and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, sounds charmingly effortless, and Voices in a Rented Room provides a soft-spoken, laid-back set of acoustic tunes to dig into.
This four-song compilation of newly unearthed Wyatt/Soft Machine demos is a treasure trove for fans of both the man and his influential band(s).
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Tomorrow's Hits splits time between classic sway and punk fury. The two side are clearly divided, but the band itself seems lost in the middle between these two poles.
A big hearted bear hug of rock' n’ roll, country and classic rock.
On Sister Raygun, Clouder, with its proto-punk fierceness and dark airs, acts as an antidote to many neutered and trendy acts of today.
For all of its shortcomings, All Her Fault can be a fun disc, if one comes to it with a certain appreciation for this prolific artist.
Isaiah Rashad's jump into the public eye solidifies him as one of the best up-and-coming rappers to watch out for. Smooth production and intricate lyricism make this one of the most enjoyable releases of the year so far.
The Nashville quartet offers up a lively mishmash.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
St. Carolyn by the Sea / There Will Be Blood is a breathtaking classic for the future. Pop/classical crossovers will never be the same.
This is an LP that merits liberal use of the repeat button, and, even when it occasionally misfires, there’s always something interesting just around the corner.
As much as critics privilege perceived innovation, how many bands working in the rock/pop idiom truly have developed their own musical language? The Caribbean has.
Rosanne Cash’s conceit is that one has to look outward to see what’s inside. The public landmarks just serve as reminders of one’s private thoughts.
These songs are dull, forgettable, and mostly interchangeable.
Monday, March 3 2014
Drive-By Truckers have lost a songwriter and a guitarist since their last album, but English Oceans finds them adjusting with aplomb and turning out another strong record.
Without a doubt, this is another Real Estate album.
Ava Luna's second full-length release is inconsistent, but when it's on, it does the band's influences proud.