Rooney -Calling The World

Rooney -Calling The World
Artist: RooneyReview: Four years ago, the debut from these L.A. boys earned loads ofWeezer comparisons and blew up a little, thanks partly toO.C. exposure. Rooney’s second album owes as much toSeventies keyboard-driven radio rock (think ELO and Styx) asWeezer, and it’s even more hook-slathered and fetchingly tunefulthan the first. At worst, this means blandness – a couple of cuts,including the arena-size “Paralyzed” and “Believe in Me,” a peptalk to a bummed-out buddy, are as risk-free as a T.G.I. Friday… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Gogol Bordello -Super Taranta!
Artist: Gogol BordelloReview: “There were never any good old days/They are today, they aretomorrow/It’s a stupid thing we say/Cursing tomorrow with sorrow.”So swears “Ultimate,” the smartest song Gogol Bordello have everrecorded and the smartest song anyone will release this year. Itrocks in its own language – a defiantly oversimplified gypsy stompplayed loud and then double-timed by a Russian violinist, a Russianaccordionist, an Israeli guitarist, an Ethiopian bassist and anAmerican drummer. And its optimism o… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Interpol -Our Love To Admire
Artist: InterpolReview: Interpol seemed to burst from the forehead of David Bowie circa2001, a New Wave nightmare come true: glittery goth guitars, ananimal-nitrate rhythm section, Paul Banks’ brilliantly idioticpoetry and the funniest gay-bullfighter fashion crimes since BryanFerry discovered capri pants. These days, the night-crawling NewYork boys are sounding a lot like R.E.M., and Our Love toAdmire is their version of R.E.M.’s Fables of theReconstruction; after an epochal debut and an aggressively… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Justice -Cross
Artist: JusticeReview: The French electro duo Justice, part of Ed Banger’s Paris crew oftechno punks, started making noise four years ago, movingConverse-clad indie-kid feet with their hit remix of Simian’s”Never Be Alone.” They don’t bother with intricate touches thatwould get lost in compression – they go straight for the jugular,which makes them declasse for dance aesthetes but gives them plentyof bonehead sonic punch. “D.A.N.C.E.” has a children’s choirchanting the title, over Chic bass and harshly his… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Chris And Rich Robinson -Brother Of A Feather
Artist: Chris And Rich RobinsonReview: This souvenir from Chris and Rich Robinson’s 2006 duo tourcertifies once and for all that the Georgia-born brothers are theBlack Crowes – everything else is rhythm section. Except for theoccasional soul-sister harmony vocals, the Robinsons do all of thesinging and picking here. It is a full experience too: On electricguitar, Rich has a forceful rhythmic attack – a dirty-treble cluckdotted with rubbery whines – that drives the Crowes songs”Horsehead” (from 1999’s By Your Side) and the… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Tegan and Sara -The Con
Artist: Tegan and SaraReview: As lesbians who never reference their oppression or even theirsexuality, Tegan and Sara don’t have men to lash out at, put upwith or gripe about. This may be why their uncommonly detailed lovesongs are so short on drama – a riddle worth pondering, becausetheir keyboard-heavy, New Wave-ish music is also uncommonly catchy.When Sara changes up a chorus with a melodically climactic “But Ipromise this/I won’t go my whole life/Telling you I don’t need,” orTegan caps a verse with a hook tha… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Rooney -Calling The World
Artist: RooneyReview: Four years ago, the debut from these L.A. boys earned loads ofWeezer comparisons and blew up a little, thanks partly toO.C. exposure. Rooney’s second album owes as much toSeventies keyboard-driven radio rock (think ELO and Styx) asWeezer, and it’s even more hook-slathered and fetchingly tunefulthan the first. At worst, this means blandness – a couple of cuts,including the arena-size “Paralyzed” and “Believe in Me,” a peptalk to a bummed-out buddy, are as risk-free as a T.G.I. Friday… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Gogol Bordello -Super Taranta!
Artist: Gogol BordelloReview: “There were never any good old days/They are today, they aretomorrow/It’s a stupid thing we say/Cursing tomorrow with sorrow.”So swears “Ultimate,” the smartest song Gogol Bordello have everrecorded and the smartest song anyone will release this year. Itrocks in its own language – a defiantly oversimplified gypsy stompplayed loud and then double-timed by a Russian violinist, a Russianaccordionist, an Israeli guitarist, an Ethiopian bassist and anAmerican drummer. And its optimism o… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Interpol -Our Love To Admire
Artist: InterpolReview: Interpol seemed to burst from the forehead of David Bowie circa2001, a New Wave nightmare come true: glittery goth guitars, ananimal-nitrate rhythm section, Paul Banks’ brilliantly idioticpoetry and the funniest gay-bullfighter fashion crimes since BryanFerry discovered capri pants. These days, the night-crawling NewYork boys are sounding a lot like R.E.M., and Our Love toAdmire is their version of R.E.M.’s Fables of theReconstruction; after an epochal debut and an aggressively… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Justice -Cross
Artist: JusticeReview: The French electro duo Justice, part of Ed Banger’s Paris crew oftechno punks, started making noise four years ago, movingConverse-clad indie-kid feet with their hit remix of Simian’s”Never Be Alone.” They don’t bother with intricate touches thatwould get lost in compression – they go straight for the jugular,which makes them declasse for dance aesthetes but gives them plentyof bonehead sonic punch. “D.A.N.C.E.” has a children’s choirchanting the title, over Chic bass and harshly his… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Chris And Rich Robinson -Brother Of A Feather
Artist: Chris And Rich RobinsonReview: This souvenir from Chris and Rich Robinson’s 2006 duo tourcertifies once and for all that the Georgia-born brothers are theBlack Crowes – everything else is rhythm section. Except for theoccasional soul-sister harmony vocals, the Robinsons do all of thesinging and picking here. It is a full experience too: On electricguitar, Rich has a forceful rhythmic attack – a dirty-treble cluckdotted with rubbery whines – that drives the Crowes songs”Horsehead” (from 1999’s By Your Side) and the… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Tegan and Sara -The Con
Artist: Tegan and SaraReview: As lesbians who never reference their oppression or even theirsexuality, Tegan and Sara don’t have men to lash out at, put upwith or gripe about. This may be why their uncommonly detailed lovesongs are so short on drama – a riddle worth pondering, becausetheir keyboard-heavy, New Wave-ish music is also uncommonly catchy.When Sara changes up a chorus with a melodically climactic “But Ipromise this/I won’t go my whole life/Telling you I don’t need,” orTegan caps a verse with a hook tha… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

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