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Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of Today's Album Releases 2-18-14

Lives up to her name

Lives up to her name























Terror Amor – AJ Davilla – Loud, fast, melodic power pop, what’s not to like? – B+

Play It All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater 1992 – The Allman Brothers – Dicky Betts on hand for this typical, and typically great set. No reason to release it but no reason not to – B+

Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen – This is gonna be on a lot of best lists come December, the singer songwriter forms a band and writes her best material to date and all that hype you’re hearing, from our Alyson Camus for one, she deserves it –  A-

Cult – Bayside – Queens pop punk boys grow up and release a mainstream rock and roll album, with everything that entails – C+

Boy Cried Wolf – The Feeling – A little overplayed classic rock but deeply felt stuff – B

You Should Be So Lucky – Benmont Tench – The “Corina Corina” cover is made up for by the “Duquesne Whistle” cover and while his weak singing will always stop the Heartbreakers keyboardist from being serious about a solo career, a couple more songs as strong as the opening two and it would be a lot more than a vanity project – B-

Music Speaks – Candice Glover – American Idol winner releases a killer r&b album where the Cure cover ain’t even the highlight, if her voice was just a little sweeter… – B+

Cole Swindell – Cole Swindell – Just because it looks easy, this country boy beer and babes and pick up trucks, doesn’t mean it is easy, but just because it ain’t easy doesn’t mean it is very good – C

Kindly Bent To Free Us – The Cynics – Prog rockers, may take a little getting used to – C+

The Brink – The Jezabels – A little laid back for dance rock, somebody shoulda pumped it up in the production – B

Past Life – Lost In The Trees – Chapel Hill indie ambient pop stuff, pretty in parts – B-

Somewhere Else – Lydia Loveless – You gonna cover St. Kirsty MacColl you better be damn good, Lydia Loveless is and these stories of love gone wrong are entirely astounding singer-songwriter country informed pop rock that gets under your skin on the first listen. My friend Mark Deming of Allmusic called it a contender for the album of the year. Well, definitely the week – A

Voices – Phantogram – Modern production techniques meet haunting pop tracks  for the second time in five years. Pretty but a little dozy – B

All Love’s Equal – Planningtorock – Superb at DFA Records anniversary party two years ago, Jam Rostron is a truly unique and powerful indie rock, orchestrated dance beats, experimental one person sound machine and this is as good as anything that has come before – A-

Tales From The Queen Of The Tentacles – Suzanne Vega – At its best, folkie Vega has a liveliness to equal who writerly skills. The rest of the same it doesn’t – B-

Music Speaks – Candice Glover – American Idol winner releases a killer r&b album

Weird Kids – We Are The In Crowd – Sound like early Paramore – B

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