Album reviews 5/17/21

Swamptrash- It Makes No Nevermind: I watched a video about Harry Horse today, and his convoluted, tragic life history. So of course I looked him up on Wikipedia, found out he was the lead singer for a bluegrass band (from Scotland? Is bluegrass big there?) and it was just one more crazy aspect to the crazy man. I found the album on Youtube and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s absolutely fantastic. Just everything I could ever want from the genre. It’s just a shame such a talented artist was so troubled. 9/10

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Album reviews 5/11/21

Alexandra Savior- The Archer: This is the artist’s sophomore album. She’s got a soft, pleasant voice, but her style is the slow, sad sort that tends not to really hold my attention. Songs like “Cry All the Time” in particular have that sense of trying to become the next Bond movie theme. I couldn’t help mentally conjuring the specter of Norah Jones, either. It’s overall a hard sell, slow and thoughtful and with very little to show for itself. 4.5/10

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Kamen Rider Saber: The Phoenix Swordsman and the Book of Ruin

This was supposed to only be 20 minutes long, right?

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Album reviews 4/27/21

Alain Clark- Alain Clark: The 2004 debut of a Dutch hip-hop fusion artist. This is mostly hip-hop, though there’s some guitar pop toward the end. He’s got a good voice and a strong sense of rhythm, and that’s all I can tell you because, y’know, don’t speak the language. I liked the songs that start with Z best! 6.5/10

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Album reviews 4/12/21

June LaLonde- June LaLonde: June’s back and more herself than ever before. This is a fun collection of indie rock and synthpop, as playful as it is socially conscious. Her vocals are on point as always, though there are quite a few full instrumental tracks here as well. This is a great choice for fans of indie music and anyone who wants to see what an artist can do when she’s living her best life. 🙂 7.5/10

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Album reviews 4/5/21

Jazz Emu- Vulnerabilité: Well, it’s good to see he’s expanding his comedic repertoire. The music is just as on point as it was in [sic], but oh boy, the stuff he sings about! It’s hard for me to understand song lyrics sometimes, but what little I got consistently surprised me. Jazz Emu is a strange bee lost in the endless, swirling meaninglessness that is adult life. How does a zipper work? How do eggs taste? It makes you think. 7.5/10

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Album reviews 3/31/21

Cults- Host: Hey, I know Cults. It sounds like they’re channelling the Cardigans, trying to write the next Bond theme with “8th Avenue”. This is downtempo and chill, and it’s pretty cool. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, and nothing stood out, but it’s not bad. 5/10

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Album reviews 3/25/21

Alados- Alados: A Spanish-language rock band. They’re pretty cool! I assume this is their debut, from 2013, and it gives a strong first impression. It’s the kind of album that has a strong opening, then gets kind of slow and forgettable in the middle, only to pick back up toward the end. Not bad. 6.5/10

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Album reviews 3/22/21

Alademoska- Revolución: It is Monday, my dudes, and we are listening to Spanish ska on Freegal. This is a 2017 album that is just packed full of energy, the kind of music that gets you up and moving even if you don’t understand the lyrics. Really, I’m just happy to be hearing good, fun ska in this day and age. 7.5/10

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Rider Time: Decade vs. Zi-O vs. Decade

I actually watched something in something like its due time, with friends even!

Boy, what did I watch?

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