The Affliction broadly covers a wasteland of emotions, and though most of the members of the band are in stable relationships or marriages, they prove uncannily able to identify with being alone, isolated, and thoroughly depressed.
So hey, you like music? Pop hooks? Verse-chorus-verse a la Kurt Cobain and the history of pop music, or the kind of pop fodder you get on the radio? Then don't listen to the new album Shaking The Habitual by The Knife ... it represents the antithesis of that whole idea. That's what makes it so fantastic.
The eleven songs on the album are grounded in acoustic jamming that often venture out into astral electric (near) rave-ups. This guitar work is impressive and everything here sounds great. Why do I feel reluctance then to just saying, "dammit, this isn't boring - its plain awesome ..." and why can't I recommend this to all you out there searching for 2013's anthem?
Multi-instrumentalists and producers Matt Shaw and Nick Andre have no genre they fit into, or mold they confine themselves to. Their music and lyrics are filled with meaning, every track with deliberate, intentional contradictions between the music and the lyrics.
Who knew Mudhoney had another album in them? The original grunge kids have grown up but refused to turn their amps down. Mudhoney's new album, Vanishing Point, isn't a deviation or an exact return, but a set of tunes that make their point without fuss (just old garage-rock power). The fuzz is still super and the muff is still big.
Sometimes the right room and the right vibe can make an ok jam into a special listening pleasure. The best cut might be from Trent Reznor and his piece "Mantra," which also features Joshua Homme (QOTSA) and it makes me look forward to new NIN music. The rest of the album is sort of forgettable in that it sounds like a 90's retrospective. This isn't a bad thing, but the tunes blend together after a couple listens, without many WOW moments.
This is how modern songwriting happens ... Sit down with Google and find some fucked up subject matter. Its fascinating to think that Cave just sits around and follows links - bouncing around the Internet from sick disease pics, to the history of the Black Plague, to Robert Johnson, to dabbling in porno, reading the NY Times, and flipping though red carpet photos...is this rock 'n' roll?
Yo La Tengo's new album isn't likely to disappoint longtime fans, but it isn't the type of record that will excite too many critics or casual streamers. When it comes down to it, I love the first song and tolerate the rest.
OK, so one problem I've always had with a band that is all about Marxist, third-world rebellion is that it's existing in a capitalist, democracy and a major label environment on top of that. The band always knew they were part of the "machine" they raged against, so the argument that they infiltrated the very beasts they wanted to bring down ... cough ... still, they became fairly big/successful rock musicians off this album so ... do we want to consider this as rebel music or entertainment? | COMMENT
On their last two albums Ethan Kath’s explosive synths and Alice Glass’ staple wail placed them at a limbo in-between of dark obscure electro and blogosphere stardom. Yet, in their newest album, (III), the duo seems stuck in a dystopia of discontent, frustration, and despair as disharmonic and angst driven electronic melodies define the album.
Soundgarden are back with a quality collection of songs that won't embarrass them (or fans) and even if they fail to reach the heights of their peak work, they add to their catalog a few tunes that can sound right at home on stage with the classics.
I feel like I've written the words "epic grunge" before, but never have I thought that phrase as many times during one album, er DOUBLE album, as I have during my spins through the multi-colored ride of Neil Young and Crazy Horse's new album Psychedelic Pill.
Grimes’ dream pop and dark wave blend with scarcely tangible vocals might seem kitschy on paper, but she means it and it is perfect for this cold, autumn weather. Just because it's so listenable doesn’t mean it is bad.
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