Because I dread the thought of writing yet another album review where I spend hundreds of words trying to frame an album in the proper context, or where I try to find yet another way to write about chord progressions, I’m just going to take it one song at a time and share my first impressions. So here we go with the fourth studio album from Field Music, Plumb. I'm still really digging the new Van Halen album, so this is a pretty significant gear shift. But as loyal readers should know, Field Music is easily my favorite "modern" band out there, so I'm gonna make it happen. This is a good time to be a Field Music fan, as the Brewis brothers have kept a pretty busy schedule since their 2005 debut album was released. Unfortunately it seems as if the group will not be coming to America to
Anthrax, Worship Music (Megaforce Records) -- No disrespect to John Bush, but Anthrax only sounds like Anthrax to me with Joey Belladonna behind the mic. Interestingly enough, his first album with Anthrax in more than 20 years is a much more modern-sounding album than I expected. While parts of Worship Music -- tracks like "Earth on Hell" -- are right out of the Persistence of Time era, others ("Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't" and "I'm Alive") sound more the like modern, radio-friendly hard rock found on more recent discs. Belladonna was in a tough spot here, as he and Scott Ian publicly admitted that Worship Music was largely complete when he was brought in. So he was basically singing over songs that were written with former singer Dan Nelson in mind. To his credit, Belladonna sounds at hom...
It feels like it's been ages since my last entry in the Beyond the Wonder series, which covered Bertie "Key Largo" Higgins' debut LP. In fact, I had a piece for Right Said Fred's 1992 debut album -- Up -- in draft status but kept putting it off forever. Dance pop isn't really my thing so I didn't want to judge the record too prematurely. I'm glad I waited, as it turns out it was better than I thought on first listen. Well, parts of it were anyway. It seems that Up is a strange hybrid of canned, forgettable dance pop (minus the immortal "I'm Too Sexy" of course) and surprisingly decent mainstream pop. But you can read all about that on Popdose now. In the meantime, let's get sexy! Related articles Cross-pollination: My favorite instrumentals (on Popdose) (grayflannelsuit.net) ...
It's just an extravaganza of music reviews on the Suit this week, no? Here's three more we didn't want to go without mentioning. The Go! Team — Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries) Wow, has it really been seven years since Thunder, Lightning, Strike came out? That hardly seems possible. The Go! Team did release an album between then and now, Proof of Youth, but it never even appeared on my radar. Luckily this album did, because I like it a lot. The opening track, "T.O.R.N.A.D.O.", is a 20-megaton blast of what makes the Go! Team so fun — big beats, clever orchestration, and of course those cheerleader vocals. The fun doesn't really let up over the course of a baker's dozen tracks. While a lesser outfit might be tempted to let the layered, dense arrangements do all the heavy lift
There's no shortage of groups right now trying to resurrect the music of the '80s, and most of them suck. Goldfrapp does not suck. I offer as evidence the first single from their upcoming album, Head First. It's called "Rocket", and it's a blast of sunshine compared to the relatively cloudy Seventh Tree.
I swear that each year I have less and less time to spend listening to new music. It seems like a losing battle anymore to keep up with all the new albums coming out, but I have to keep trying. So rather than pontificate on the albums of the past year - as I've been known to do - I'm going for brevity in an attempt to get more done. And I'm adding one new feature to this year's year-end music wrapup (and future releases as well), by introducing a grading system. Here's the rundown: Dig It - You can safely part with your hard-earned money for this and not feel like a sucker. Download It - Still worth a listen, but you'll probably want to just download it and cherry-pick the best tracks. Ditch It - If you can find something of lasting value, you're a better person than I. Got
Yes that's right, that Britney Spears. I scoff at just about every recorded utterance her name's ever been attached to, but damn if this isn't one of the most infectious pop songs of the decade. Of course Britney's vocals are hardly what sells the song - that accolade goes to the crack production job by the Swedish duo of Bloodshy & Avant. Whoever the hell they are. So yeah, here's the first and last really good song from Britney Spears, 2004's "Toxic".