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Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Album Releases, April 29th, 2014




The Amazing Spiderman 2 – V/A – But mostly Hans Zimmer and a movie soundtrack is a soundtrack is a soundtrack but voice clips and yet another atrocity by Alicia Keys this time aided and abetted by Kendrick Lamar on the disgraceful “It’s On Again” and Pharrell’s worst song to date – C

Hendra – Ben Watt – The former Everything But and DJ in pop folk mode and the better for it, not a clunker in the lot and if Ben had a better voice, this would be major – B+

Phosphorescent Harvest – Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris problem is he’ll have a sharp melody, or a good rhythm, or a pleasant lick and he won’t stop till he has beaten it into the ground. Halfway through a song, he will go off on a tangent and would have been a pleasant folk rocker is a six minute drag. – C

The Beauty Of Destruction – Devil You Know – Metalcore is easily my fave metal idiom and this debut album has quite a lot going for it, great singer, spanking bad ass drummer, and melodies that seem to be lurking inside the songs. I love things that do what they are built for – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+

D Constructed – V-A – EDM does Disney and way too much Tron -cmon guys, are you kidding me? Still the Armin Van Buuren remix of “Let It Go” is just terrific as it a “Circle Of Life” for the ages – B

Nights Like This – Eli Paperboy Reed – This is a case where a terrible nickname makes it difficult to take the talented but not overly talented r&b kid seriously – B-

Oblation – Floor – Wow, this is a surprise and a thriller. Metal-crone-pop brutalizing your ears. Not crazy about the singing but not uncrazy enough to stop this from being an adventure into a pop metal grinder – B+

La Carotte Bleue – The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – At what point does being John Lennon’s son stop giving you a free pass? A dreamy surreally bore – C

Shatter Me – Lindsey Stirling – She puts together her classical background together with a taste for electronic beats and bass, in other words EDM plus strings. The surprise is how addictive it is – B+

Beg, Steal, Borrow – Ohio Express – Only aware of “Yummy Yummy”, I was completely surprised by this extended version of the bubblegum giants of the 1960s first album. With five bonus tracks, this is where garage meets pop and everybody wins. A great album – A

Indie Cindy – Pixies – The coolest band I’ve never liked much put together their EPs in one place – C-

Supernova – Ray Montagne – His bossa novas are so slow that if you tried to dance to em you’d break your neck and the slower the worst, but here and there he comes up with a goodie – B-

Song In My Head – The String Cheese Incident – Jam band who add jazzy stuff to the mix release their first album in years and it goes on for decades…. there isn’t enough weed in the world – C-

Phantom And The Ghost – Styles P – The gangsta and gentleman back once more and by now you know how you feel about the rapper. I love his voice, like his flow, good rhymer, bad sampler – B

After Hours – Timeflies – EDM goes pop – B-

Shriek – Wye Oak – Indie popsters re-arrange themselves by taking advantage of modern pro-tools and when they get the right song they are pretty good. Try “Despicable Animal” for a start.

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