Sade ‘Soldier of Love’ Review
Everything changes âˆ’ except Sade.
For over a quarter-century, the singer has sported the same look, employed the same band, recorded for the same label, and for the most part, kept the same sound: a lean, wan take on lounge-jazz that never loses its temper or its focus.
So narrow an approach could easily [...]
Allison Moorer – Crows Review
Sure must be nice to be Allison Moorer. As if the success of her Grammy-winning sister Shelby Lynne wasn’t enough, the Alabama native is also married to alt-country legend Steve Earle and has been nominated for an Academy Award for her contribution “A Soft Place to Fall,” which appeared on the soundtrack [...]
Album Review: Faber Drive â€“ Can’t Keep a Secret
Taking an intricate look at a band in the leagues of Faber Drive requires a little more effort than most contemporary rock bands on the market. I mean sure they pretty much sound like any other current up and coming artist who can perfect modern production trends. [...]
Passion Pit “Manners” Review
Even if the rock kids aren’t doing the standing still as much these days, indie-friendly electro-pop bands are still liable to have their own backs against the wall– Hot Chip with their Urkel affectations, Junior Boys’ overriding permafrost, Cut Copy and their unflappable cool. Despite residing on the always trustworthy Frenchkiss, Passion Pit [...]
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea (Review)
When Corinne Bailey Rae crossed the Atlantic in 2006 following one of the last blitzkreig major label promotions, she arrived to a very welcoming US audience. Already a hit in the UK for her languid pop/folk sound, she was the perfect new star for 20- and 30-something year old women [...]
Howling Bells – Radio Wars – Review
Juanita Stein and her trio of impossibly beautiful bandmates return with an album so formless it’s barely recognisable as the product of one of the decade’s most promising debutante bands.
Sydney’s Howling Bells were one of the underrated treasures of 2006. Their self-titled debut album of haunting waltzes, country balladry, epic [...]
Eels â€“ End Times Review
Recently divorced and having taken a substantial break from the studio, Mr. E and his talented backing bandâ€™s latest offering End Times is a glance into the soul of a singer going through emotional turmoil. Eels could never be accused of being overly chirpy, but in End Times they dive headlong into [...]
OK Go – ‘Blue Colour of the Sky’ Review
OK Go have been scratching at the walls of stardom for the better part of a decade. The bandâ€™s welcoming brand of power pop ought to have seen them join Weezer, Teenage Fanclub and The Postal Service in blaring out across college campuses the world over. But despite [...]
Lostprophets – ‘The Betrayed’
So, 2010. No hover-boards, robots or flying cars yet, but look a little closer, and I’ll bet you find all that good stuff we’re getting used to is evolving and improving rapidly. Mobile phones, computers, internet… and Lostprophets. January 18th 2010 brings the release of their 4th studio album, ‘The Betrayed’.
Consisting of 11 [...]
Review: Train – “Save Me, San Francisco”
Honestly, I have been getting pretty weary of Train. A huge fan of their first couple records, I found their subsequent ones to be hit and miss. Their last one, 2006â€™s â€œFor Me, Itâ€™s Youâ€, was a real snoozefest â€“ more fun could be had watching CSPAN. Making matters even [...]