Entries from January 2005

Clinic, Winchester Cathedral (Domino)

January 30th, 2005 · Comments Off on Clinic, Winchester Cathedral (Domino)

Clinic Winchester Cathedral Domino By: Eric Greenwood Much like The Fall, Clinic suffers from a one-dimensional palette. That's not a death-knell by any means. The Fall has made a multi-decade career out of it. And much like that band's enduring antics, the experimental nature of Clinic's deliberately off-kilter tunes is becoming increasingly like a one-trick […]

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Snoop Dogg, R (Star Track/Geffen)

January 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Snoop Dogg, R (Star Track/Geffen)

Snoop Dogg R Star Track/Geffen By: Eric Greenwood It's amazing how much of a joke Snoop Dogg has become since his explosion to greatness on Dr. Dre's The Chronic twelve years ago. His slithering vocal cadence was tough yet smooth, and, despite the fact that he looked like he weighed maybe 90 pounds, he still […]

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Eminem, Encore (Interscope)

January 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Eminem, Encore (Interscope)

Eminem Encore Interscope By: Eric Greenwood I hate Eminem. I think he's a complete jackass, but I can't deny his rapping skills. Yeah, all of his singles sound like lame carnival music with goofy voice-overs, but his rhymes are insanely clever. His subjects have always been easy targets just as his insults were cheap shots, […]

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The Verve, This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 (Virgin)

January 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Verve, This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 (Virgin)

The Verve This Is Music: The Singles 92-98 Virgin By: Eric Greenwood The Verve's noisy interpretation of England's Northern Soul movement evolved from a mountainous shoegazer wall of sound into a folksy, retrofitted stab at '60's psychedelia. And somewhere along the way, the band grew into its grandly melodramatic ideas. Richard Ashcroft became a natural […]

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Worlds Apart (Interscope)

January 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Worlds Apart (Interscope)

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Worlds Apart Interscope By: Eric Greenwood Maturity sucks. Why do rock bands feel the need to mature? It's a disease that almost every musician that maintains any semblance of longevity suffers. That need to show the world how multifaceted your talents are is irresistible. The […]

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Death From Above 1979, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (Vice)

January 22nd, 2005 · Comments Off on Death From Above 1979, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (Vice)

Death From Above 1979 You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine Vice By: Eric Greenwood Can something even be classified as metal without any guitars? Sure can. And if you don't believe me, listen to You're A Woman, I'm A Machine. This Canadian bass and drums duo pounds and plunders its way through a frantic string […]

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Nirvana, With The Lights Out (DGC)

January 22nd, 2005 · Comments Off on Nirvana, With The Lights Out (DGC)

Nirvana With The Lights Out DGC By: Eric Greenwood I'm always puzzled and annoyed when reviewers say that a box set might not be for casual fans. No shit. It's a box set. It's clearly not designed for casual fans. So, casual Nirvana fans can stop reading. Geffen is either plundering the Cobain estate for […]

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Gwen Stefani, Love Angel Music Baby (Interscope)

January 19th, 2005 · Comments Off on Gwen Stefani, Love Angel Music Baby (Interscope)

Gwen Stefani Love Angel Music Baby Interscope By: Eric Greenwood Solo albums are somewhat gratuitous when your band is still fully functioning. Unless you're planning to redefine some obscure genre, what's the point, other than saturating the market with your ego? Gwen Stefani's venture into solo-land is not without suspicious motive. Her status in the […]

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Jens Lekman, When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian)

January 19th, 2005 · Comments Off on Jens Lekman, When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian)

Jens Lekman When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog Secretly Canadian By: Kerry M Oh Jens Lekman, how I love thee, let me count the ways. Your Merritt-like vocals, your Knox worthy lyrical musings, your tinny Glaswegianesque symphonies, your Butterfly Child-like orchestrations and last but not least your lovable Richman inflections. You slyly […]

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Earlimart, Treble (Palm Pictures)

January 19th, 2005 · Comments Off on Earlimart, Treble (Palm Pictures)

Earlimart Treble Palm Pictures By: Eric Greenwood With lush instrumentation (acoustic guitars, piano, hazy atmospherics) reminiscent of a less quirky Jon Brion soundtrack, Earlimart follows up 2003's Everyone Down Here album with more of the same Elliott Smith-inspired, maudlin pop. Gone are the days when Earlimart would even remotely be compared to the likes of […]

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Dirty On Purpose, Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow EP (Dirty On Purpose)

January 19th, 2005 · Comments Off on Dirty On Purpose, Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow EP (Dirty On Purpose)

Dirty On Purpose Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow EP Dirty On Purpose By: Kerry M. This Brookyln quintet's catchy lyrics and borderline ethereal vocals poured like honey over shoegazed riffs and shimmering hooks evoke memories of that early '90s sound that propelled so many indie bands into that brief Kendall-approved “120 minutes” limelight. These […]

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Top 20 Albums Of The Year, 2004 (Various)

January 5th, 2005 · Comments Off on Top 20 Albums Of The Year, 2004 (Various)

Top 20 Albums Of The Year 2004 Various By: Eric Greenwood 01. The WalkmenBow + Arrows[Record Collection] Their roots may be in line with traditional post-punk architecture, but The Walkmen rarely stray from a distant, graying out of noise. Hamilton Leithauser's scruffy voice cracks and crackles even when he's singing delicately, while the music sounds […]

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