Mag 14 2009, 11:14 di alsz
Feb 27 2009, 18:55 di CvaldaVessalisWhat a difference a month makes, eh? I don't know about you but 2009 has been quite the shit year so far; if it's not personal upheavals at home/work, then it's another natural disaster, civil uprising or celebrity succumbing to cancer flooding the news. This alongside having to contend with intellectually reprehensible Reality TV shows that, in spite of all of their horribleness, remain compulsively watchable. And if I even begin to start on American Idol, I'll never finish, so... It was also, of course, awards season too, one which saw Coldplay, Duffy and A.R. Rahman (with the rather fabulous Slumdog Millionaire score) in particular hoover up the competition and leave the full bag outside for the crows to slowly rip apart. With all this in mind, I'm keen to treat the end of February as the unofficial start to the new year, complete with a brand new iPod Classic and thirty albums to listen to. Those brave enough to read what I have to say can find the critiques below for their sleep-inducing pleasure... you have been warned!
Feb 20 2009, 22:21 di JohnCa55illoThe following appears on my music blog, Animal Noises- feel free to check it out.
Artist: The Whitest Boy Alive
Label: Bubbles Records
Due Out: March 3rd
The Whitest Boy Alive's new album, Rules, may be one of the most black and white albums of the year (in the best sense, of course). The band builds on its sound from 2006's Dreams and seemingly creates a basic structure by which to write each of their songs by. You're never surprised, nor taken aback by anything you hear, but it remains an enjoyable experience. It's a calculated record- one that moves with ease, and alludes to house jazz and electronic aspects more than its supposed indie pop label may indicate, but is still able to maintain a rock vibe. At times, Rules sounds like Ben Folds at his most daring musical moments, but overall, a calm and relaxed sound one can truly appreciate over the course of its 11 tracks.