The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
Artist:The Last Shadow PuppetsReview:As the leader of Britain’s Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner createsspiky neo-post-punk that avoids any revivalist fuddy-duddyism. ButTurner’s new side project, a collaboration with Miles Kane ofMerseyside indie-poppers the Rascals, is a shameless nostalgia trip— and it’s still compelling. Their debut pays homage to themoody symphonic sound of early David Bowie, Lee Hazlewood and otherstars of the late Sixties and early Seventies. While reverb-swathedacoustic guitars churn in minor…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Phantom Planet – Raise The Dead
Artist:Phantom PlanetReview:Phantom Planet claim their fourth full-length was inspired by themusic of Charles Manson and David Koresh — not quite thealbum you’d expect from the California boys who sang TheO.C.’s theme song. Still, like those cult leaders, Raisethe Dead gives its macabre subjects (and its lighter ones) anoddly upbeat spin. Jumping from Bowie glam to disco punk, the bandtosses in synths, arch backing coos and riffing saxes for songsthat are both expansive and strange. “Leader,” which is…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

T Bone Burnett – Tooth Of Crime
Artist:T Bone BurnettReview:The best song on T Bone’s relentlessly noir new album is “KillZone,” a lyrical, Roy Orbison-style ballad — which Orbisonhimself co-wrote right before his death in 1988. That fact onlyhints at the oddity of this collection: Burnett, best known asproducer to the stars (Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp)and curator of soundtracks (The Big Lebowski, OBrother, Where Art Thou?), started writing these songs yearsago for a revamped production of Sam Shepard’s 1972 play…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Gavin DeGraw – Gavin DeGraw
Artist:Gavin DeGrawReview:Gavin DeGraw first hit it big with 2003’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” ananti-fronting anthem with the long-winded chorus “I don’t want tobe anything other than what I’ve been tryin’ to be lately.” Fiveyears later, dude’s still verbose. He packs bizarre metaphors intothe faux-jazzy “Cop Stop”: “I won’t tell you lies/Or treat you likea rental car like other guys.” (Thankfully, there’s no mention ofhandling his stick shift.) And on “Medicate the Kids” — apower-chord-filled rant agains…Rating:2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Joe Higgs – Life of Contradiction
Artist:Joe HiggsReview:Jamaican singer—songwriter Joe Higgs mentored the giants ofreggae music. He taught harmony singing to Bob Marley and PeterTosh in the yard of his Trenchtown home, toured America with Marleyand Jimmy Cliff, and wrote “Stepping Razor,” which became Tosh’ssignature song. More important, Higgs was one of the first Jamaicansingers to bring the ghetto experience to the forefront of reggae.Yet Higgs never gained much of an international following beforehis death in 1999. That’s a shame, be…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector’s Edition]
Artist:Otis ReddingReview:This two—cd set doubles the pleasure of Otis Redding’s thirdalbum with B sides, outtakes, period live tracks and the entirerecord in mono and stereo versions. But Otis Blue wasalready perfect in its original 11—song edition when releasedin September 1965 — an achievement that is even moreremarkable because all but one of the tracks were recorded inside24 hours, in two lightning sessions at the Stax studio in Memphis,on July 9th and in the early morning of the 10th. The…Rating:5 Stars[Lees verder]

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age Of The Understatement
Artist:The Last Shadow PuppetsReview:As the leader of Britain’s Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner createsspiky neo-post-punk that avoids any revivalist fuddy-duddyism. ButTurner’s new side project, a collaboration with Miles Kane ofMerseyside indie-poppers the Rascals, is a shameless nostalgia trip— and it’s still compelling. Their debut pays homage to themoody symphonic sound of early David Bowie, Lee Hazlewood and otherstars of the late Sixties and early Seventies. While reverb-swathedacoustic guitars churn in minor…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Phantom Planet – Raise The Dead
Artist:Phantom PlanetReview:Phantom Planet claim their fourth full-length was inspired by themusic of Charles Manson and David Koresh — not quite thealbum you’d expect from the California boys who sang TheO.C.’s theme song. Still, like those cult leaders, Raisethe Dead gives its macabre subjects (and its lighter ones) anoddly upbeat spin. Jumping from Bowie glam to disco punk, the bandtosses in synths, arch backing coos and riffing saxes for songsthat are both expansive and strange. “Leader,” which is…Rating:3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

T Bone Burnett – Tooth Of Crime
Artist:T Bone BurnettReview:The best song on T Bone’s relentlessly noir new album is “KillZone,” a lyrical, Roy Orbison-style ballad — which Orbisonhimself co-wrote right before his death in 1988. That fact onlyhints at the oddity of this collection: Burnett, best known asproducer to the stars (Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp)and curator of soundtracks (The Big Lebowski, OBrother, Where Art Thou?), started writing these songs yearsago for a revamped production of Sam Shepard’s 1972 play…Rating:3 Stars[Lees verder]

Gavin DeGraw – Gavin DeGraw
Artist:Gavin DeGrawReview:Gavin DeGraw first hit it big with 2003’s “I Don’t Want to Be,” ananti-fronting anthem with the long-winded chorus “I don’t want tobe anything other than what I’ve been tryin’ to be lately.” Fiveyears later, dude’s still verbose. He packs bizarre metaphors intothe faux-jazzy “Cop Stop”: “I won’t tell you lies/Or treat you likea rental car like other guys.” (Thankfully, there’s no mention ofhandling his stick shift.) And on “Medicate the Kids” — apower-chord-filled rant agains…Rating:2.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Joe Higgs – Life of Contradiction
Artist:Joe HiggsReview:Jamaican singer—songwriter Joe Higgs mentored the giants ofreggae music. He taught harmony singing to Bob Marley and PeterTosh in the yard of his Trenchtown home, toured America with Marleyand Jimmy Cliff, and wrote “Stepping Razor,” which became Tosh’ssignature song. More important, Higgs was one of the first Jamaicansingers to bring the ghetto experience to the forefront of reggae.Yet Higgs never gained much of an international following beforehis death in 1999. That’s a shame, be…Rating:4 Stars[Lees verder]

Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector’s Edition]
Artist:Otis ReddingReview:This two—cd set doubles the pleasure of Otis Redding’s thirdalbum with B sides, outtakes, period live tracks and the entirerecord in mono and stereo versions. But Otis Blue wasalready perfect in its original 11—song edition when releasedin September 1965 — an achievement that is even moreremarkable because all but one of the tracks were recorded inside24 hours, in two lightning sessions at the Stax studio in Memphis,on July 9th and in the early morning of the 10th. The…Rating:5 Stars[Lees verder]

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