AC/DC -Back In Black

AC/DC -Back In Black
Artist:AC/DCReview:While the Accidental death of singer Bon Scott last February wasundoubtedly a big blow to AC/DC’, Scott’s untimely demise seems tohave lit a roaring fire under this Australian band. Back inBlack is not only the best of AC/DC’s six American albums,it’s the apex of heavy-metal art: the first LP since LedZeppelin II that captures all the blood, sweat and arroganceof the genre. In other words, Back in Black kicks like amutha.Much of the credit must go to Scott’s successor, Brian…Rating:Not Rated[Lees verder]

The Black Crowes -Warpaint
Artist:The Black CrowesReview:Warpaint is the first studio album from the Black Crowesin seven years — not that you can really tell. The Crowesstill bang out that old-school boogie that might be three or fourdecades old if it wasn’t brand-new. All the obvious ingredientsthat fueled their 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, arestill in place, from singer Chris Robinson’s Jagger swagger to theband’s Faces-style barroom juking. Even Robinson’s battles with hisbrother/guitar player Rich, apparently dormant…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Earth, Roots & Water -Innocent Youths
Artist:Earth, Roots & WaterReview:Toronto, like London is home to a sizable West Indian community, soit’s not surprising to find a reggae band based there. What issurprising is finding one this good. Earth, Roots and Water wereessentially the house band for Summer Records, a local operationwith a studio wired by Jamaican dub pioneer King Jammy that hostedreggae heavyweights like Jackie Mittoo. One could easily mistakeInnocent Youths, released in 1977, for a lost Kingstonclassic: Floating on a cloud of dub reverb,…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Pat Metheny -Day Trip
Artist:Pat MethenyReview:Guitarist Pat Metheny doesn’t make enough records in a triosetting. And the few so far have been short-term stands: theperfectly titled Bright Size Life (1976), with bassistJaco Pastorius and drummer Bob Moses; later dates with major elderslike bassists Charlie Haden and Dave Holland and drummer RoyHaynes; Metheny’s 2000 band with Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier.Day Trip is Metheny’s first record with bassist ChristianMcBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, and it should not be the…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Goldfrapp -Seventh Tree
Artist:GoldfrappReview:This English duo’s last album, 2006’s Supernature, waslong on big, swaggering synth pop that featured Alison Goldfrapp’selastic voice and sultry come-ons. This follow-up is distinctlymellower, with tunes built around guitar, piano, strings and cushyatmospherics. Vocally, Goldfrapp’s also warmer and more ruminative,cooing sweetly on “Monster Love” and mixing Björk-lite swoopsand swoons with Zen-isms like “We’re all on a journey to/Findingthe real inner you.” The slow pace can be a…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Beach House -Devotion
Artist:Beach HouseReview:”Your wish is my command,” purrs singer-keyboardist VictoriaLegrand on “Wedding Bell,” conjuring an image of I Dream ofJeannie’s Barbara Eden bottled up in a bong. The lead track tothe group’s second full-length is true to the spirit of its name:This is music as secret hideaway, all come-hither vocals, fuzzyorgan riffs, liquid slide guitar and muffled drum beats ridingswells of reverb onto soft white sands. Fans of Nico-era VelvetUnderground and Eighties mood merchants Mazzy Star…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

AC/DC -Back In Black
Artist:AC/DCReview:While the Accidental death of singer Bon Scott last February wasundoubtedly a big blow to AC/DC’, Scott’s untimely demise seems tohave lit a roaring fire under this Australian band. Back inBlack is not only the best of AC/DC’s six American albums,it’s the apex of heavy-metal art: the first LP since LedZeppelin II that captures all the blood, sweat and arroganceof the genre. In other words, Back in Black kicks like amutha.Much of the credit must go to Scott’s successor, Brian…Rating:Not Rated[Lees verder]

The Black Crowes -Warpaint
Artist:The Black CrowesReview:Warpaint is the first studio album from the Black Crowesin seven years — not that you can really tell. The Crowesstill bang out that old-school boogie that might be three or fourdecades old if it wasn’t brand-new. All the obvious ingredientsthat fueled their 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, arestill in place, from singer Chris Robinson’s Jagger swagger to theband’s Faces-style barroom juking. Even Robinson’s battles with hisbrother/guitar player Rich, apparently dormant…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Earth, Roots & Water -Innocent Youths
Artist:Earth, Roots & WaterReview:Toronto, like London is home to a sizable West Indian community, soit’s not surprising to find a reggae band based there. What issurprising is finding one this good. Earth, Roots and Water wereessentially the house band for Summer Records, a local operationwith a studio wired by Jamaican dub pioneer King Jammy that hostedreggae heavyweights like Jackie Mittoo. One could easily mistakeInnocent Youths, released in 1977, for a lost Kingstonclassic: Floating on a cloud of dub reverb,…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Pat Metheny -Day Trip
Artist:Pat MethenyReview:Guitarist Pat Metheny doesn’t make enough records in a triosetting. And the few so far have been short-term stands: theperfectly titled Bright Size Life (1976), with bassistJaco Pastorius and drummer Bob Moses; later dates with major elderslike bassists Charlie Haden and Dave Holland and drummer RoyHaynes; Metheny’s 2000 band with Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier.Day Trip is Metheny’s first record with bassist ChristianMcBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, and it should not be the…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Goldfrapp -Seventh Tree
Artist:GoldfrappReview:This English duo’s last album, 2006’s Supernature, waslong on big, swaggering synth pop that featured Alison Goldfrapp’selastic voice and sultry come-ons. This follow-up is distinctlymellower, with tunes built around guitar, piano, strings and cushyatmospherics. Vocally, Goldfrapp’s also warmer and more ruminative,cooing sweetly on “Monster Love” and mixing Björk-lite swoopsand swoons with Zen-isms like “We’re all on a journey to/Findingthe real inner you.” The slow pace can be a…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Beach House -Devotion
Artist:Beach HouseReview:”Your wish is my command,” purrs singer-keyboardist VictoriaLegrand on “Wedding Bell,” conjuring an image of I Dream ofJeannie’s Barbara Eden bottled up in a bong. The lead track tothe group’s second full-length is true to the spirit of its name:This is music as secret hideaway, all come-hither vocals, fuzzyorgan riffs, liquid slide guitar and muffled drum beats ridingswells of reverb onto soft white sands. Fans of Nico-era VelvetUnderground and Eighties mood merchants Mazzy Star…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]