Entries Tagged as 'album-review'

REVIEW: Prince, Originals (Warner Bros.)

June 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Prince, Originals (Warner Bros.)

Prince’s estate has been a bit of a PR shambles since the star’s sudden death in April of 2016. The lack of any discernible will has led to a never-ending legal battle between Prince’s family and the banks appointed to care for the business dealings of the musician’s vast estate. Despite the financial squabbles, the […]

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REVIEW: Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)

Fiona Apple’s re-emergence every half decade or so is a triumphant celebration for a niche community of devotees and rather an apathetic shrug for the rest of America, which assumes (wrongly) that she’s just a Lilith Fair throwback, trying to claw her way back into the limelight. I belong to the former group, as my […]

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REVIEW: Cotton Candy, Top Notch & First Rate, Teenbeat

June 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Cotton Candy, Top Notch & First Rate, Teenbeat

When Unrest disbanded at what I considered to be the height of its powers in 1994, my college radio-infused world was devastated. Unrest was my favorite band at the time, simply because its wildly erratic yet highly collectible records mimicked what I thought made college radio so interesting and intriguing and vital. The abrupt mood […]

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REVIEW: SLED, S/T, Lunchbox

April 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off on REVIEW: SLED, S/T, Lunchbox

It’s true that most bands rock less as they age. The few that go against the grain remain rare exceptions. Specifically, hardcore bands tend to blow up long before they can go limp. Such was the case with Assfactor 4. The legendary South Carolina quartet called it quits at the height of its powers in […]

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REVIEW: The Avett Brothers, The Gleam II, Ramseur

September 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on REVIEW: The Avett Brothers, The Gleam II, Ramseur

What are a few country boys to do? Following their defining release, 2007’s Introducing: Emotionalism, Concord N.C.’s The Avett Brothers have enjoyed what most burgeoning bands would consider one hell of a year: National TV appearances, sold out shows in mid-sized venues across the U.S., a mention on Perez Hilton, and a move to the […]

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REVIEW: Anakrid, FeverDreamFever, Stereonucleosis

September 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Anakrid, FeverDreamFever, Stereonucleosis

Inarguably, Anakrid’s music is inherently uneasy on the ears, but that shouldn’t completely scare you away, if you’re ever even slightly intrigued by what’s behind the other, less welcoming door. Anakrid’s so-called “difficult” musical canvas is an acquired taste to be sure, but it’s worth adjusting the tuning in your musical ear to appreciate the […]

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REVIEW: Band of Horses, Cease to Begin, Sub Pop

December 30th, 2007 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Band of Horses, Cease to Begin, Sub Pop

On paper Band of Horses seems like it would be a hideously boring mess: mid-tempo rock drenched in gratuitous reverb all with more than a hint of twang. But Ben Bridwell’s idiosyncratic execution of such a simple formula catapulted his band to the upper echelon of Sub Pop’s prestigious roster, alongside The Shins and mentors […]

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