Monthly Archives: November 2018

Album reviews 11/30/18

Imagine Dragons- Evolve: Oh, these guys again. They’ve gone into full-on pop mode, adding in synths and hip-hop and all manner of things you wouldn’t necessarily have expected upon hearing their debut. It’s not bad, per se, just not particularly … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/29/18

Portugal. The Man- Woodstock: I’ve not had good experiences with this group before, but everyone said this album was the best thing around. By golly, those people may have been on to something. This is, by turns, jazzy, funky, noisy, … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/28/18

Phoenix- Ti Amo: Been a while, Phoenix. This runs a bit more toward the languid side than their music tends to, but it’s still got the same sound and the smatterings of foreign languages kept things interesting. Could be better, … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/27/18

Amber Coffman- City of No Reply: Had to turn this up so I could hear it, but that did nothing to stop it from being a fairly dull singer/songwriter album. She’s got a nice voice, but that’s really about the … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/25/18

Flogging Molly- Life Is Good: I adore Flogging Molly, but the problem with them is that they have one song. If they’re not playing that one song, they’re boring, and if they are, they’re samey. Now, after who knows how … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/23/18

alt-J- Relaxer: I had thought at first that this just wasn’t to my tastes: quiet, lo-fi indie rock that’s often too quiet to hear. Then they covered “House of the Rising Sun” and I knew it was them, not me. … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/22/18

The Magnetic Fields- 50 Song Memoir: Holy shit, this album actually has 50 songs. That’s two and a half hours of Magnetic Fields! This is apparently a concept album about the lead singer’s life, with one song for each year … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/21/18

Alestorm- No Grave but the Sea: Talk about a good time: pirate metal! I was not prepared for the 8-bit. Beyond that, there’s nothing really standout about this, though. I mean, if you’ve heard their music, you’ve heard everything, and … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/20/18

The !!!- Shake the Shudder: That’s the Chk Chk Chk, if you’re new. Weirdly, this picks up about halfway in. Of course, ‘weirdly’ is a good way to describe it anyway. These guys are hard to classify, and their music … Continue reading

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Album reviews 11/19/18

Paramore- After Laughter: Nothing quite like Paramore to make you feel better about yourself, one way or another. They get a lot of flak, and yeah, this is just feel-good pop, definitely a little too chipper. But they’re basically a … Continue reading

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