This album here is one I'm very familiar with. My father used to have songs from this record in various CD mixes he would create, and therefore exposing me to this kind of adult contemporary/alternative/singer-songwriter music at an early age. Other similar artists I fell in love with were Gavin Degraw and Howie Day to name a few. Though I associate Arthur's music with the artists I just mentioned, this project is significantly darker and religious ... read more
The 59 Sound is the sophomore release of New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem, and right away it divided fans of punk and rock. What do we call this? It's not punk.. but is it? Well I dare to say it's a punk influenced heartland record. It definitely deserves to have both feet in those circles.
The record starts off wonderfully ... read more
This album goes back to basics and gives us guitar-driven ... read more
Compared to their previous album not much has changed in terms of style or sonics. The band still employs heavy distortion and complex rhythms with frantic and demented vocals. This time around though, the band has taken more care to emphasize a sense of ebb and flow to the structure of the album itself.
Kicking off the album we have Sound of Every Promise. A heavy fucking track that is just balls to ... read more
Opening up with the intro track of purely sounds of boots stomping to a march, we smoothly transition into the apocalyptic ... read more
Noise Rock officianados may hear David Yow from The Jesus Lizard in lead singer Joe McTighe's pained wailing and delirious diatribes. The songs themselves are sonically spacious but also incredibly oppressive at the same time. Opting for a more doomy and sludgy approach compared to most ... read more
This record is a perfect blend of melancholic atmosphere, with a diverse sonic palette and plenty of mysterious and spacey feelings. This record is super captivating, and deserves a ton more recognition. I would say it's one of the few albums I've heard that encapsulates the feelings of disassociation perfectly.
I might as well tell you what is good about the record. The clean production and the ballads are all pretty okay. The closing track elicited an "oh that song!" Moment out of me, and the classical guitar playing on top of it was quite nice actually. The aforementioned Let's Make a Night ... read more
Corny jokes aside, this album is amazing. It's so smartly written and excellently performed. Lupe's words stick to you on impact and the instrumentals are so cool and jazzy, definitely a solid contender for best hip hop of 2022.
This album is pretty fire actually, the production is nice and the songs all go hard, there's rarely a dull moment. It's nothing too complex or challenging, but the bright and uplifting electronics and beats go so well together combined with the guest vocals on ... read more
To start, we have the song So Far which note for note sounds like Aerosmith's No Surprize. Intentional or not, it does take away from what could be a decent rocker. Next 2 You was an okay tune, but the best song is Out of Line for sure. It reads like a throwback 70's hard rock song, ... read more
This album's crowning achievement being So Far Away which is to say, is definitely the best song on the record. It's an anthemic power ballad that too many drunk 30-somethings have belted out during that one dive-bar's karoake night. I like it purely out of ... read more
Honestly going into it I had no clue what to expect. The album opens up with this thrashy metal cut that's clearly tongue in cheek as McGrath does a corny death growl about being nice to your sister and treating cops with respect. This track is only 40 seconds long and is titled New Direction so clearly meant to be a ... read more
It's rebellious and fun, an awesome song to piss people off with.
This short review was copied and moved over from my account on RYM: ... read more
John Frusciante, famed guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a creative tour-de-force well enough on his own as well. His turbulent past comes to a head on this record, as he has not only mastered his craft here but he has also improved his own life drastically in addition.
John has always been a super creative presence outside of the RHCP band, constantly writing and recording his ideas, and this record is a culmination of some of his demos and ... read more