Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets – “Tomorrow Is Alright” – (Fat Possum)

If Lou Reed had lived in California, worked in a surf shop and smoked weed instead of bopping his crazy ass around NYC shooting heroin, he would have formed Sonny & The Sunsets instead of Velvet Underground. Honestly, we’re glad this did not occur, but you get the idea. Sonny Smith, the frontman of this […]

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

Album Review: Railroad Earth – “Railroad Earth” – (One Haven)

By Brian Lightfoot Railroad Earth’s self-titled release is a comfortable and confident layering of Southern rock, country and bluegrass. It is an undeniably American record with very naturally performed and recorded songs. Mixtures of sparkly acoustic instruments and twangy-to-growling telecaster tones matched with driving drum beats, semi-bluegrass bits, and some surprisingly funk- and rock-driven rhythms […]

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

Album Review: Jandek – “Toronto Sunday” – (Corwood)

By Luke Winkie Ever since Jandek made his ever-so-precarious crawl from utterly unknown, near mythical status to somewhat unknown, somewhat mythical status (on the back of a small handful of previously unheard-of live shows each year since 2005) his presence and insanely-engaging mystery has become somewhat of a commodity. Documentaries have been made, shows have […]

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

Album Review: Cheyenne Marie Mize – “Before Lately” – (sonaBLAST!)

By Melissa Haklitch Cheyenne Marie Mize’s debut solo album is anything but amateur. Channeling vocals similar to that of Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Julie Sokolow, Mize challenges the best women singer/songwriters of the indie/folk scene. While Mize has performed with numerous known musical artists including Arnett Hollow and the Carter Family, Before Lately is […]

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

Album Review: Silje Nes – “Opticks” – (FatCat)

By Brian Lightfoot Silje Nes’ newest release Opticks is a serene and sleepy record that sonically draws images of wintry landscapes and glassy waters. Like other Northern European songwriters, Silje’s pronunciation, lyrical delivery and vocal style come across as innocent, child-like and sometimes even magical. Vocal layering techniques, instruments played at just above whisper level […]

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

Album Review: Josh Ritter – “So Runs The World Away” (Pytheas)

By Brian Lightfoot Josh Ritter’s latest release So Runs the World Away is an emotionally rich reflection on life, death, disillusionment and pain. Though it is largely a record centering on the tragedies of broken love and human loss, it is also one of hopefulness and joy in reflection on the overall human experience. On […]

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

Album Review: Marshall Chapman – “Big Lonesome” (TallGirl Records)

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. — Marcel Proust Dedicated to […]

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

Album Review: The Moaners – “Nocturnal” – (Holidays for Quince Records)

By Melissa Haklitch Embodying their Southern geography, The Moaners’ third release Nocturnal captures the loveliness that is bluegrass, while adding a certain element of garage rock and whimsy. Nocturnal ranges across the spectrum of many genres within its ten tracks. Having been previously compared to The White Stripes, The Moaners maintain their two-person ensemble of […]

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

Album Review: Trevor Alguire – “Now Before Us” – (Trevor Alguire/SOCAN)

The former frontman for Mercury Pickup, Alguire has a vocal style that’s relaxed yet dominant, akin to Greg Keelor and Declan McGarry. Now Before Us, his third solo album, is a stripped-down, squeaky clean production with some very enjoyable moments; unfortunately, those moments are too few and far between. Algure has beginnings down pat (many […]

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

Album Review: “From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin” (Jealous Butcher)

By Melissa Haklitch Having grown up in a house where Led Zeppelin set the standard for what is Music (with a capital M), I was excited to see Jealous Butcher Records is releasing a compilation covers album with some of the band’s greatest hits. Normally, I have some trepidation about modern bands trying to reproduce […]

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

Album Review: Kingsley Flood – “Dust Windows” – (Kingsley Flood)

By Krystal Dawn Muhlbach When I was sixteen my best friend and I got aboard a train that darts from our mundane little city to the bigger, more thrilling city of Los Angeles. Broke, underage, and with a borderline lethal sense of adventure, we got on that train without a penny in our pocket or […]

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Album Review: Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame – (Anti-)

Dr. Dog is as delightful as a real dog. Shame, Shame, released earlier this year, has already gotten a lot of buzz, as it should because it’s great. At first listen, it feels like you’re at a dark bar with wooden floors (do any bars have carpeted floors?) in off-the-beaten-path Arizona that you just went […]

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

Album Review: Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field – (Rough Trade)

What were you doing when you were twenty? I was slogging through what would become a very average college career, partying and drinking copious amounts of beer, and maybe that’s why I’m a lowly hack music writer. But enough about me. Soulful, sparse, haunting, polished and mature are all fitting adjectives to describe twenty-year-old Dylan […]

Album Review: Defiance, Ohio “Midwestern Minutes”

Album Review: Defiance, Ohio “Midwestern Minutes”

This is Defiance, Ohio’s fourth full-length album if I am not mistaken and it pretty much keeps in tradition with the past three. If you’ve heard these Columbus, Ohio folk-punkers before then you know what I’m talking about. These six ladies and gents play a vast arsenal of instruments, such as banjo, piano, cello, as […]