My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Artist:My Morning JacketReview:”Evil urges, baby,” squeals Jim James in the title track of hisband’s fifth studio album. “They be part of the human way!” Aslinky funk strut delivered in Prince-like falsetto that blows upinto a proggy Southern-rock guitar duel, “Evil Urges” rallies youto “Dedicate your love to any woman or man/No racial boundarylines, no social subdivisions” and notes that “evil” is often inthe ear of the beholder.But coming from a young band whose first three albums earnedthem a reputation as…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds
Artist:N.E.R.D.Review:While writing their third album, N.E.R.D. watched a DiscoveryChannel show about synesthesia, a neurological disorder that causespeople to experience sounds as colors or as objects in their minds.Superproducers the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) andtheir rapping buddy Shay Haley were inspired to create music youcould envision as a live show. Does that creative concept work?Hard to say, but the results are experimental and expansive:Specked with ostentatiously weird groov…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

The Fratellis – Here We Stand
Artist:The FratellisReview:In 2006, this scottish trio burst onto the U.K. charts with theirdebut, Costello Music, where they sounded like popwiselads who’d downed a steady diet of T.Rex, Oasis and beer. HereWe Stand keeps up its predecessor’s swagger, but the album’sdebts to glam and Brit-rock forbears (there’s some Bowie and Clashhere, too) give you a vague sense you’ve heard these songs before.Still, that doesn’t mean tracks like “Shameless” and “MistressMabel” — both of which pack stellar bar-rock…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Alanis Morissette – Flavors of Entanglement
Artist:Alanis MorissetteReview:Nothing gets folks on your team like losing your fiancé to aHollywood bombshell. So just imagine what Alanis Morissette hasbeen doing since her ex, actor Ryan Reynolds, traipsed off withScarlett Johansson. Writing about post-romantic stress disorderisn’t new for Morissette, but her latest album doesn’t rage like”You Oughta Know” — it sounds more like grief. Producer andco-writer Guy Sigsworth (Björk) frames Morissette’s candidlyrics with a vaguely New Age grandeur — ele…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Artist:My Morning JacketReview:”Evil urges, baby,” squeals Jim James in the title track of hisband’s fifth studio album. “They be part of the human way!” Aslinky funk strut delivered in Prince-like falsetto that blows upinto a proggy Southern-rock guitar duel, “Evil Urges” rallies youto “Dedicate your love to any woman or man/No racial boundarylines, no social subdivisions” and notes that “evil” is often inthe ear of the beholder.But coming from a young band whose first three albums earnedthem a reputation as…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds
Artist:N.E.R.D.Review:While writing their third album, N.E.R.D. watched a DiscoveryChannel show about synesthesia, a neurological disorder that causespeople to experience sounds as colors or as objects in their minds.Superproducers the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) andtheir rapping buddy Shay Haley were inspired to create music youcould envision as a live show. Does that creative concept work?Hard to say, but the results are experimental and expansive:Specked with ostentatiously weird groov…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

The Fratellis – Here We Stand
Artist:The FratellisReview:In 2006, this scottish trio burst onto the U.K. charts with theirdebut, Costello Music, where they sounded like popwiselads who’d downed a steady diet of T.Rex, Oasis and beer. HereWe Stand keeps up its predecessor’s swagger, but the album’sdebts to glam and Brit-rock forbears (there’s some Bowie and Clashhere, too) give you a vague sense you’ve heard these songs before.Still, that doesn’t mean tracks like “Shameless” and “MistressMabel” — both of which pack stellar bar-rock…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Alanis Morissette – Flavors of Entanglement
Artist:Alanis MorissetteReview:Nothing gets folks on your team like losing your fiancé to aHollywood bombshell. So just imagine what Alanis Morissette hasbeen doing since her ex, actor Ryan Reynolds, traipsed off withScarlett Johansson. Writing about post-romantic stress disorderisn’t new for Morissette, but her latest album doesn’t rage like”You Oughta Know” — it sounds more like grief. Producer andco-writer Guy Sigsworth (Björk) frames Morissette’s candidlyrics with a vaguely New Age grandeur — ele…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]