The Grateful Dead -Three From the Vault

The Grateful Dead -Three From the Vault
Artist: The Grateful DeadReview: The Grateful Dead Three From the Vault Rhino Longtime bootlegfavorite from 1971 finally gets an official release this show, thesecond of six at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, in1971, has been a trader’s favorite since ancient times, when liveDead music circulated on cassettes. The week began with a drag ?drummer Mickey Hart quit after the first night, not to return until1976. But the Dead had recently made Workingman’s Dead andAmerican Beauty and were on an inspired… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Junior Senior -Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
Artist: Junior SeniorReview: Where can we buy the happy pills Junior Senior are taking? HeyHey is the Danish duo’s second straight album full ofmegabright electro disco, something on the order of KC and theSunshine band partying with Abba, only with better keyboards and aknowing wink. The album’s enthusiasm sounds almost cartoonish attimes, and its title tells you all you need to know about theirlyrical approach. But Junior Senior’s track-building smarts and waywith a hook add up to non-annoying bliss on a handful of… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Talib Kweli -Eardrum
Artist: Talib KweliReview: Talib kweli earns the respect he gets. He’s got plenty of brainsand enough flow, and though his attempts to make conscious rapcommercial inspire purist sniping, he’s balanced the two withintegrity and grace. But four solo albums in, it can’t be anaccident that he’s done his signature work with collaborators ? MosDef (Black Star), Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) and many, many cameos(try the z “My Favorite Mutiny”). The man simply lacks spark.Kweli’s Warner debut features yet more cameos — … Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Architecture in Helsinki -Places Like This
Artist: Architecture in HelsinkiReview: What happens when indie-prog miniaturists decide to go for the longbomb? “Heart It Races,” if they’re lucky — the Australiantwee-dweeb aesthetes devise a real pop song even trippier than thefake ones they keep snapping into fragments, a spaced-out bit ofcalypso crossed with dance hall that keeps getting bigger until itfinally floats away. With its sexed-up beats, cowbell, nonsensechants and wigged-out Casio-keyboard psychedelia, Places LikeThis turns its sound-effect juxtaposition… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Rilo Kiley -Under The Blacklight
Artist: Rilo KileyReview: Because Rilo Kiley’s More Adventurous was a triumph of thewell-made narrative song, its markedly terser and beatierfollow-up, which is also the band’s true major-label debut, will beaccused of sellout. Instead, it’s yet more adventurous, aprosperous band’s challenge to its comfortable cult. Always toocute for serious indie cred, Jenny Lewis slips four songs aboutdangerous sex in which she herself might be indulging — right now,in her pretty prosperity — into music that’s defined… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

M.I.A. -Kala
Artist: M.I.A.Review: Careerwise, the recent album M.I.A.’s Kala recalls isKanye West’s Late Registration — an unexpectedlysure-footed follow-up to a brainy beat-adept’s can-you-top-thisdebut. And though West is the more universal musician, especiallyas Americans conceive the universe, there are also musicalsimilarities: Both albums challenge sophomore slump by riskingpretension. But where West hired classically trained Jon Brion, theSri Lankan-British rapper spread out and bent down low.Originally… Rating: 4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Grateful Dead -Three From the Vault
Artist: The Grateful DeadReview: The Grateful Dead Three From the Vault Rhino Longtime bootlegfavorite from 1971 finally gets an official release this show, thesecond of six at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, in1971, has been a trader’s favorite since ancient times, when liveDead music circulated on cassettes. The week began with a drag ?drummer Mickey Hart quit after the first night, not to return until1976. But the Dead had recently made Workingman’s Dead andAmerican Beauty and were on an inspired… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

Junior Senior -Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
Artist: Junior SeniorReview: Where can we buy the happy pills Junior Senior are taking? HeyHey is the Danish duo’s second straight album full ofmegabright electro disco, something on the order of KC and theSunshine band partying with Abba, only with better keyboards and aknowing wink. The album’s enthusiasm sounds almost cartoonish attimes, and its title tells you all you need to know about theirlyrical approach. But Junior Senior’s track-building smarts and waywith a hook add up to non-annoying bliss on a handful of… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Talib Kweli -Eardrum
Artist: Talib KweliReview: Talib kweli earns the respect he gets. He’s got plenty of brainsand enough flow, and though his attempts to make conscious rapcommercial inspire purist sniping, he’s balanced the two withintegrity and grace. But four solo albums in, it can’t be anaccident that he’s done his signature work with collaborators ? MosDef (Black Star), Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal) and many, many cameos(try the z “My Favorite Mutiny”). The man simply lacks spark.Kweli’s Warner debut features yet more cameos — … Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Architecture in Helsinki -Places Like This
Artist: Architecture in HelsinkiReview: What happens when indie-prog miniaturists decide to go for the longbomb? “Heart It Races,” if they’re lucky — the Australiantwee-dweeb aesthetes devise a real pop song even trippier than thefake ones they keep snapping into fragments, a spaced-out bit ofcalypso crossed with dance hall that keeps getting bigger until itfinally floats away. With its sexed-up beats, cowbell, nonsensechants and wigged-out Casio-keyboard psychedelia, Places LikeThis turns its sound-effect juxtaposition… Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Rilo Kiley -Under The Blacklight
Artist: Rilo KileyReview: Because Rilo Kiley’s More Adventurous was a triumph of thewell-made narrative song, its markedly terser and beatierfollow-up, which is also the band’s true major-label debut, will beaccused of sellout. Instead, it’s yet more adventurous, aprosperous band’s challenge to its comfortable cult. Always toocute for serious indie cred, Jenny Lewis slips four songs aboutdangerous sex in which she herself might be indulging — right now,in her pretty prosperity — into music that’s defined… Rating: 4 Stars[Lees verder]

M.I.A. -Kala
Artist: M.I.A.Review: Careerwise, the recent album M.I.A.’s Kala recalls isKanye West’s Late Registration — an unexpectedlysure-footed follow-up to a brainy beat-adept’s can-you-top-thisdebut. And though West is the more universal musician, especiallyas Americans conceive the universe, there are also musicalsimilarities: Both albums challenge sophomore slump by riskingpretension. But where West hired classically trained Jon Brion, theSri Lankan-British rapper spread out and bent down low.Originally… Rating: 4.5 Stars[Lees verder]

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