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Be Here Now: Snap Shot Reviews Of New Album Releases 7-22-14

EP Of The Week

EP Of The Week

5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer – It was obvious these guys were gonna be big when they opened for 1D at Izod last summer and disappointed no one;  this is like 1D’s kid brother, sugar rush true though not saccharine and here and there, “She Looks So Perfect” the opening track for one, they nail it for more than the target demo – C+

Nobody’s Smiling – Common – The rapper actor who managed to insult Maya Angelou by using the n word on a song she wrote a poem for, tackles the violent hell that is modern day Chicago and more power to him, but has he learnt nothing from 70s soul? It has to be fun while it is going down and this ain’t close – C+

The Resistance: Rise Of Of The Runaways – Crown The Empire – Metalcore vocals and heavy EDM beats, should work but the songs suck – C-

Free Your Mind – Cut Copy – Never a fan of this Aussie band, which is odd because poppy EDM should do it every time and it might but the songs are lame – C-

Go Down In History – Four Year Strong – This emocore masterpiece is the bands greatest achievement, despite a three year hiatus and band shake up, with only a handful of tracks they maintain a heavy standard throughout the 16 minutes, and the more you listen the more there is to hear, the spirally guitars that close up “What’s In The Box?” is their finest moment on their finest song and the title track is also a contender for first among near equals, with four voices raised in harmonies for a gorgeous beaty song. The other three come close – ALBUM (EP)  OF THE WEEK – A-

I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now – Got A Girl – At its best, this band sounds like Francois Hardy goes indie pop… and it is at its best often enough – B+

In Technicolor – Jesse McCartney – Former boy band member and child actor drops another album of smooth r&b and it could be a lot worse. Certainly in a world of Rixtons traversing the charts, this should sure do the trick – C+

Never Hungover  Again – Joyce Manor – First album introduced this emo punk band, second album broke em, and third album (this one) over extended them . A snooze with an exception “Victoria” is very good -C+

From Scotland with Love – King Creosote – His brogue gives the songs a depth they deserve and his best songs, “Miserable Strangers”, “Something To Believe” in but it needs the documentary movie (archive film of Scotland) to really signify – B-

Patterns And Light – Kodomo – Japanese for Chris Childs, a very good musical composer who has made a mood album but don’t miss the last track the straight up electronic rocker “Losing Your Way” – B

Lead To Light – Nico Vega – Mainstream indie might sound like a contradiction but there you go – C

White Devil Armory – Overkill – 20 years in, this is a thundering piece of hard rock riffarama – B

For Those About To Stay – PS I Love You – at its best it sounds like the pains of being pure at heart fronted by Russell Mael, at its worse it’s just another indie band from Canada – B-

Pe’ahi – The Raveonettes – The bad news? This is just more of the same walls of guitar fronting for highly melodic rock and roll. The good news? This is just more of the same walls of guitar fronting for highly melodic rock and roll – B+

Salvation – Wakey!Wakey!- This needs to be boatloads better to get away with its quirkiness where it should be straight ahead, not to mention the crap song name – C

Heaven & Earth – Yes – who ever thought we’d miss prog rock Yes? This is absolutely atrocious AOR – D


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