Entries Tagged as 'review'

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: 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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The Hold Steady, Boys And Girls In America (Vagrant)

November 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Hold Steady, Boys And Girls In America (Vagrant)

The Hold Steady Boys And Girls In America Vagrant By: Eric Greenwood Lyrics can often make or break a band. Even an otherwise rocking song can be destroyed by a few clumsy clichés. And since most bands have jumped right into emo's pandering, self-pitying cesspool of over-used lamentations, it's refreshing to listen to a band […]

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Lily Allen, Alright, Still (Regal)

November 29th, 2006 · Comments Off on Lily Allen, Alright, Still (Regal)

Lily Allen Alright, Still Regal By: Eric Greenwood I was a fan of Lily Allen's long before I even heard a note of her music. Her reputation for trashing her peers and calling bullshit on the hypocrisy of the rock star lifestyle preceded her. On Pete Doherty: "I do think he needs to be exterminated." […]

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The Slits, Return Of The Giant Slits!: History And Conversation (Saf)

November 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Slits, Return Of The Giant Slits!: History And Conversation (Saf)

The Slits Return Of The Giant Slits!: History And Conversation Saf By: Eric Greenwood As much as I hate the idea of reunions, I must admit I can't resist certain regroupings. It's just as easily a case of morbid curiosity as it is genuine excitement that forces me to go see bands decades past their […]

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The Mars Volta, Amputechture (GSL/Universal)

November 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Mars Volta, Amputechture (GSL/Universal)

The Mars Volta Amputechture GSL/Universal By: Eric Greenwood Despite its post-punk pedigree, it's hard to imagine The Mars Volta sharing many fans with today's typical indie kid. You know the type cuddled up with his Sufjan Stevens records, wearing a nondescript striped sweater, faux frames, and spotty facial hair. That kid hates The Mars Volta […]

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The Lemonheads, The Lemonheads (Vagrant)

November 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Lemonheads, The Lemonheads (Vagrant)

The Lemonheads The Lemonheads Vagrant By: Eric Greenwood Mastering slacker ennui just before Pavement made it trendy, Evan Dando forged a career out of backhanded compliments and unabashed, dopey sincerity. While the name The Lemonheads denotes a band, it's been Dando's show from the beginning. With a revolving cast of part-time members, Dando swindled his […]

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Appomattox, Appomattox (Self-released)

October 10th, 2006 · Comments Off on Appomattox, Appomattox (Self-released)

Appomattox Appomattox Self-released By: Eric Greenwood Boston's Appomattox has been slowly cultivating its unique brand of noisy indie rock since splintering away from guitarist Cliff Rawson and its lavish and dynamic former incarnation, Araby, just over two years ago. With a pummeling schedule of Northeastern shows, the band has taken its time producing its first […]

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The Rapture, Pieces Of The People We Love (Universal Motown)

October 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Rapture, Pieces Of The People We Love (Universal Motown)

The Rapture Pieces Of The People We Love Universal Motown By: Eric Greenwood I liked The Rapture a whole lot better back when it blatantly ripped off The Cure and Bauhaus and Gang of Four as opposed to cheesy, cheesy dance music. The Rapture fell off my radar the moment Echoes finally came out. What […]

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Cursive, Happy Hollow (Saddle Creek)

October 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on Cursive, Happy Hollow (Saddle Creek)

Cursive Happy Hollow Saddle Creek By: Eric Greenwood The Ugly Organ is my favorite Cursive album, hands down, and it was Kasher's post-post break-up album. It was the culmination of all the promiscuity, drunken nights, and wrong words said turned into a corrosive morass of regret, jealousy, anger, and frustration. It played into the very […]

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Journey, Greatest Hits (Columbia)

October 4th, 2006 · Comments Off on Journey, Greatest Hits (Columbia)

Journey Greatest Hits Columbia By: Michael Jones While the remaining members of Journey besmirch their legacy touring with, of all things, a former Gap employee filling in for Steve Perry, Columbia Records is re-mastering and re-releasing Journey's entire back catalog, beginning with Greatest Hits, and the timing couldn't be better: a new audience, too young […]

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Alaska The Tiger, Now We're Familiar (Naked Kids Doing Karate)

October 1st, 2006 · 2 Comments

Alaska The Tiger Now We're Familiar Naked Kids Doing Karate By: Eric Greenwood Yes, Alaska the Tiger's name follows the same convention as Pedro the Lion's, but any similarities to the Jade Tree sound end right there. This Columbia, South Carolina trio owes little to nothing to the modern day emo movement, harkening back further […]

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Junior Boys, So This Is Goodbye (Domino)

September 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on Junior Boys, So This Is Goodbye (Domino)

Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye Domino By: Eric Greenwood In today's gimmicky, instant gratification and overly niche music market, bands that present themselves in vagueness and anti-image often seem married to a sense of bittersweet nostalgia that doesn't have much bite in 2006. However, mystery still has an inexplicable allure, especially when it's cloaked […]

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Phoenix, It's Never Been Like That (Astralwerks)

August 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Phoenix, It's Never Been Like That (Astralwerks)

Phoenix It's Never Been Like That Astralwerks By: Eric Greenwood Pop music rarely gets any proper respect, what with all the schlock that permeates commercial radio, but it's pop's melodic accessibility that inherently marks it as music for the masses, which, of course, is typically frowned upon by any discerning arbiter of taste. Thus, calling […]

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Danielson, Ships (Secretly Canadian)

August 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Danielson, Ships (Secretly Canadian)

Danielson Ships Secretly Canadian By: Eric Greenwood With a shrill, pixie-stick blurt to his uneven and deliberately jagged cadence, Daniel Smith resembles the Pixies' Black Francis on crack- two octaves higher and even more erratic. It's an undeniably acquired vocal style, which, coupled with his penchant for wildly eccentric instrumentation and wide-eyed innocence, can make […]

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The Knife, Silent Shout (Mute)

August 15th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Knife, Silent Shout (Mute)

The Knife Silent Shout Mute By: Kerry M On this, the third record from Sweden's sibling duo The Knife, we find Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson delivering another dose of their signature synthladen eurotrash pop cacophony. Karin's processed vocals often channel a sort of strung-out and carbonite encrusted Kate Bush while icy, Spector-like walls […]

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The Jesus And Mary Chain, Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned (Rhino)

July 30th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Jesus And Mary Chain, Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned (Rhino)

The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy; Darklands; Automatic; Honey's Dead; Stoned Rhino By: Eric Greenwood If you only know three chords, play them loudly. The Jesus and Mary Chain took this axiom and turned it on its head. With a cache of predictable influences, Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid turned underground music into a […]

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Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen)

July 14th, 2006 · Comments Off on Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen)

Sonic Youth Rather Ripped Geffen By: Eric Greenwood As strange as it may seem, the first few notes of "Reena", the opening track of Sonic Youth's 14th album, Rather Ripped, sound like Belle & Sebastian. Has Sonic Youth gone twee? Well, no, not really, but it has put out its most concise, stripped down, and […]

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Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope (Sire)

July 14th, 2006 · Comments Off on Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope (Sire)

Regina Spektor Begin To Hope Sire By: Eric Greenwood Regina Spektor isn't just another in an endless line of quirky female singer-songwriters with classical training; she adds Russian Jew from New York City to the formula, which may or may not scare you away. Her penchant for hyperbolic melancholy and fairy tale whimsy easily invites […]

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Thom Yorke, The Eraser (XL)

July 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on Thom Yorke, The Eraser (XL)

Thom Yorke The Eraser XL By: Eric Greenwood It's easy to assume that Thom Yorke pulls most of the strings in Radiohead. He's the singer, ergo, the focal point, and he plays guitar. It's a fair assumption. But one listen to The Eraser, and it's clear that his influence extends only so far. So, that […]

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