The Lift do not start off their â€œIt Is What It Isâ€ with the most interesting of starts. The band themselves are catchy on their own, but there seems to be too much of a U2 influence early. This hinders the band from crafting their own sound right from the get go. However, this is not a major deal, and a song like â€œWiredâ€ does well to bring a slightly different sound to the fore. The band plays the same light style of rock that has been tied to acts like later Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, and Coldplay. The resulting sound of tracks like â€œWiredâ€ is something that is very groomed for radio stations, but does not seem to push the envelope in any serious way. Continue reading “The Lift â€“ It Is What It Is”
I still remember reviewing Trail of Dead a number of years ago for the campus radio station. They were a pretty impressive band back then, and Iâ€™m glad I have the chance to see how they have grown since then. The first actual track on â€œSo Dividedâ€ is â€œStand in Silenceâ€, and the beginning of the track reminds me of the first time that the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show. Continue reading “Trail of Dead â€“ So Divided”
Secrets of the Moon start out their â€œAntithesisâ€ with a well thought-out entry in â€œNowhere 11.18â€. The track gradually grows in speed and uses repetition to get into listenersâ€™ heads. The band is able to tie together different elements and create something compelling without having to resort to vocals. The orchestration of Secrets of the Moon during this track lays a solid framework with which the band can use on subsequent tracks. Continue reading “Secrets of the Moon â€“ Antithesis”
Nox is a band that plays an absurdly fast brand of metal. In fact, it is my opinion that they are one of the top five or ten fastest acts out on the market. While I have no reason to believe that they use sequencing on any of the tracks on â€œIxaxaarâ€, to have a drummer of the caliber to make the skin hits during â€œChoronzonic Chaos Godsâ€ work so well is a feat in itself. There is so much in the way of material present during the discâ€™s opening track that the three and a half minute runtime feels as if the band has went on for five or six. However, there are enough in the way of twists and turns to keep individuals interesting and wanting more from â€œIxaxaarâ€. Continue reading “Nox â€“ Ixaxaar”
It has been a few years since I have had a chance to hear The Dreadful Yawns. In fact, it was 2005 when I last reviewed a Dreadful Yawns album. For their self titled album on Bomp, I said that the band had a down home and rootsy sound that would do them well on the GAC channel. For their next album, â€œRestâ€, I would have to agree with what I said prior. This Cleveland band is a little bit more diverse in sound than how I described them previously. Continue reading “Dreadful Yawns â€“ Rest”
Rio En Medio â€“ Bride of Dynamite / 2007 Gnomonsong / 12 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/daniellestechhomsy / http://www.gnomonsong.com / Reviewed 17 June 2007
â€œYou Can Standâ€ is the first track on Rio En Medioâ€™s â€œBride of Dynamiteâ€, and the slower, more soulful sound created by the band during this track is telling. As it sits at the head of the album, the rest of the disc is tempered by the music that is contained within. This is heard in the discâ€™s second track, â€œHeaven is Highâ€, just as it is heard throughout the rest of â€œBride of Dynamiteâ€. The female vocals may be slow and drawn-out, but the band seems to pull influence from the sixties, specifically the folk and more psychedelic sounds of that decade. Continue reading “Rio En Medio â€“ Bride of Dynamite”
The tag that I see Wilson tagged with is â€œrockâ€. I would have to not agree with that, as songs like â€œCalvaryâ€ rely much more on a country-western and seventies pop sound than anything remotely close to rock music. The walking bass line, the strung-out vocals, everything on â€œFrankie Rayâ€ seems to put Wilson into a C&W box. Continue reading “Johnathan Wilson â€“ Frankie Ray”
Michael Buble is all the rage in the right circles, but is not among the key demographics that would turn this very successful artist into the â€œnext big thingâ€. However, this artist may be able to establish eirself in the minds of a larger range of listeners with this effort. Two tracks from this album have charted at the present time; â€œEverythingâ€ and â€œMe And Mrs Jonesâ€, and Bubleâ€™s star is beginning to shine (culminating in eir performance replacing Tony Bennett on American Idol). The only thing that seems to spell trouble for me on â€œCall Me Irresponsibleâ€ is the fact that Buble does a number of covers on the album. I understand that it is a common thing for crooners to do at this date and time (include a number of covers on their album), but I think that more copies would sell if Buble was able to break free and wow fans more consistently with eir own material. Continue reading “Michael Buble â€“ Call Me Irresponsible”
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