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The Head and the Heart- (Self-Titled)

The Head and the Heart- (Self-Titled)

  Album: The Head and the Heart Label: Sub Pop Rating: 3.5/5   It was bound to happen. What with all of the recent mainstream success of folk-rock acts like Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons, it was only a matter of time before other similar sounding groups began to emerge from musical obscurity. Enter [...]

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Arctic Monkeys- Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys- Suck It and See

Album: Suck It and See Label: Domino Rating: 4/5   It’s never an easy undertaking to predict the sonic structure of an Arctic Monkey’s album. Their first two LP’s, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare, were hyper-frenetic garage rock anthems while their third album, Humbug, was largely inspired by [...]

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Moby- Destroyed

Moby- Destroyed

Album: Destroyed Label: Little Idiot Rating: 3.5/5   Populated by desolate and dour soundscapes, Moby’s Destroyed eerily captures the essence of emptiness. Basking in haunting structural tones and textures, his tenth LP obsessively consumes itself with the re-creation of the fantastical elements of sleep deprivation. In fact, the electronica mastermind defines his latest release as [...]

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Ben Harper- Give Till It’s Gone

Ben Harper- Give Till It’s Gone

Album: Give Till It’s Gone Label:  Virgin Rating: 4/5   Ben Harper’s Give Till It’s Gone is quite simply a quest for understanding. A self-reflective journey navigating throughout many musical genres, Harper’s tenth LP (largely a solo effort) is a melancholic exploration ripe with rhythmic bliss. Throughout its duration, a clearly emotionally ravaged Harper passionately [...]

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Seether- Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray

Seether- Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray

Album: Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray Label: Wind-up Rating: 4/5   Pain is a trait rarely desired. But when it helps to creatively fuel one’s own art, it can then be understood as an acceptable and worthwhile attribute to have. Seether’s Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray is a painful expression of [...]

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The Trews- Hope and Ruin

The Trews- Hope and Ruin

Album: Hope and Ruin Label: Bumstead Rating: 3.5/5   Is it fair to criticize a band simply because they refuse to deviate from routine? That’s the question I was asking myself as I listened to The Trews’ fourth album Hope and Ruin. In a way, it’s somewhat egotistical to want a band to alter their [...]

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Moon Duo- Mazes

Moon Duo- Mazes

Album: Mazes Label: Sacred Bones Rating: 4.5/5   There comes a time when an album’s expressive creativity transcends simplistic critical analysis. Moon Duo’s Mazes is that album. A hauntingly unnerving rhythmic exploration of space and structure, Mazes’ eight tracks are sonic escapism at its finest. Fusing 60’s psychedelic with minimalist rock n’ roll swagger, the [...]

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Unwritten Law- Swan

Unwritten Law- Swan

Album: Swan Label: Suburban Noize Rating: 3.5/5   Battered and bruised, Unwritten Law’s Swan was originally slated to be theSan Diego rockers grand finale as a musical quartet. Having undergone numerous lineup changes and personal struggles (confronted on this album) over their 20+ year history, the band seemingly grew weary of the whole rock n’ [...]

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Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep

Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep

Album: Losing Sleep Label: Heavenly Records Rating:  3.5/5   It’s amazing that singer Collins can speak, let alone release a new LP. In 2005, Collins suffered two cerebral hemorrhages that forced him to undergo neurological rehabilitation. Astonishingly through sheer perseverance and dedication, Edwyn wrote and recorded Losing Sleep while still recovering. The result is his [...]

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Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions

Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions

Album: Only Revolutions Label:  14th Floor Rating: 3.5/5   Biffy Clyro’s Only Revolutions is probably their most radio friendly album to date. Filled with massive choruses and bold, soaring guitars, the album proudly embraces a multitude of sound. Though the lyrics are enigmatically bizarre at times, Only Revolutions becomes an intense personal memoir from the [...]

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