Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Few Updates

I have a few updates for my readers.

First thing is, I would disregard my Dead Weather review. I have a much better quality version of the album now, and I enjoy it much better than the review stated. It is definitely a grower. I recommend buying it when it releases on Tuesday.

Also, I am going to Lollapalooza! Very excited. Expect a review in late August.

I am also going to tell you about my Coachella experience soon.

More reviews coming soon.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Review - Ratatat "LP4"

Ratatat has finally returned with the ironically named "LP4."

I was wondering how Ratatat was going to top their beautiful 2008 album "LP3." To my surprise, they do so in every way.

This could arguably be the best album that Ratatat has released to date. But how can that be possible? With the self-titled debut? "Classics?" "LP3?" Everything that Ratatat puts out is gold. "LP4" is no exception.

The album begins with the crazy tender "Billar." It is a fresh take on Ratatat's sound, but they still manage to keep their signature sound in there.

The next track is the killer "Drugs." This track features one of the best Ratatat beats I have heard from them. I cannot wait to hear this one live.

The album goes on to provide those classic Ratatat guitar shrills and amazing beats.

More key tracks include "Bare Feast," "Mandy," and my favorite "Grape Juice City."

Another really fun track is "Neckbrace." They use a voice as a synth. It sounds so clean. I also love the often use of short voice tracks on this album. The end of "Bob Gandhi" is genius.

There is not one disappointing track on this album.

Ratatat has come back with their classic sounds with a few twists. It is the perfect album to dance to.

This will without a doubt be among the top 10 of the year, maybe in the top 5.

"LP4" is to be released June 8th. Be sure to buy this glorious gem when it comes out.

Ratatat's 4th receives a perfect 10/10.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Review - The Dead Weather "Sea of Cowards"

Jack White is back yet again with The Dead Weather, with their second LP in less than a year.

This time around, the blues are more evident, but the sparks did not start many fires for me.

The album starts off pretty rough with "Blue Blood Blues." Jack leads this one, with some harsh lyrics. This song, like many on the album, do not show the talent of Dean Fertita (guitars/organ) as well as the first album did.

Some other disappointments were "I'm Mad" and "I Can't Hear You." They lacked what I wanted, which were those obscure drum beats that Jack usually provides. They just seemed very thrown together.

There are some gems, however. "Jawbreaker" and "Looking at the Invisible Man" are two key tracks that I instantly fell for. I also love "Old Mary." It is a very dark track that makes me think of a church painted black.

"Gasoline" is another very interesting track. It is classic Jack.

The single off the album, "Die by the Drop," is another classic. It captures what I expected from the album. It is a very gothic yet accessible track.

It could just be that Sea of Cowards is more of a Horehound B-Sides album. I am not sure if these are the other half of the 25 songs Jack said were already written prior to Horehound's release. Half of the songs of the album run under 3 minutes, with none making it past the 4 minute mark.

I'm not sure if the album will grow more on me or not. It is a fine piece of work for any average band, but this is Jack White. This is Alison Mosshart. I wanted more.

This album receives a 7/10.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So Many Good Albums Out in 2010

I may have most of my 2010 Best List already.

Here it is so far:

1. Yeasayer - Odd Blood
2. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
3. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
4. MGMT - Congratulations
5. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
6. Vampire Weekend - Contra
7. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
8. Jonsi - Go

Some poor albums have released, like Crystal Castles bound-to-suck self-titled sophomore.

Coachella review coming soon. Sorry that it has been so long!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

That is all.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Review - Yeasayer "Odd Blood"

This album may have proved me wrong in naming my album of the year earlier.

Yeasayer's sophomore album "Odd Blood" is a gem in the slew of indie albums released in these short months of 2010.

They have a more poppy sound this time around, which I believe suits them much better.

Their single, "Ambling Alp", is an addicting, drum powered rush of a song. One of the best tracks this year.

It is hard to release that daring second album, being such a low key band as it is.

Each track is a mystic creeper. You crave more after the keyboard drone ending of "Grizelda."

Yeasayer is a band that is really incomparable to another group. It is a situation like this that lets you know when a band is really incredible.

I recommend an immediate download or purchase of this album.

It is at the top of the 2010 list, if not the best of the year thus far.

Key tracks: "Mondegreen", "Madder Red", "O.N.E."

This gets a perfect 10/10.

That is all.

Thursday, January 28, 2010