For hisfirstalbumin 10 years, the legendary
the art of recycling a
cover, repeating the one from the
Heroesalbumreleased36 years ago.
Musically,wefind nothingfar fromhis last recordings, especially since he
works withthe same team
Reality, withhis faithful collaboratorTonyViscontias producer.In fact,
spansnearly 50 yearswith90-degree turns,
it is quite naturalthat
more calmandheputs on comfortable
our attentionon several occasions,first with thedynamictitle track,then with"The Stars (AreOut Tonight)" and "How
Does the GrassGrow".
Sometracksarea little toodense,to ensure thatwe donot fallin love for too long, butthe fact remains that
againa very good album, worthy of
whathe did since thesecondhalf of the
RobertDeLongis an electronicmusician fromLosAngeleswho brings histalent as a singer-songwriter
intheelectronicdancemusic genre.He presentsa greatfirst album,
compositions, while still ratherunderground.The mixture
ofelectronic soundsand organicinstrumentsis outstanding andeach
capture ourattention.Above all,he managed tomake us dancewhiletelling us about
environment.Regardless,it isa realtour de forceandRobertDeLongrepresentsmore than justentertainment.
The Italian singer andpianistartfully blendsjazz, soulandpopin an eversocheerful andpleasant music to listen.
Call My Name" are
accompany youfor a long time.
You can hear thevoice of thePuppiniSisterson "Welcome To My Hell",
as well as Camille
on "L’ami d’un Italien (Rainbows)". Gualazzialso singsItalian songsin a fewoccasions,
including "Un Mare in
Luce". HappyMistakecontains verygood
compositionswhich will certainlycaptureyourattention.RaphaelGualazzi is likely to becomeknown asone of the bestcontemporarycrooners.
After afirst partin 2012,
Stone Souris back withthesecond part of itsconcept albumHouseof Goldand Bones.
Despite itsaggressive side,
Stone Sourcontinues to docatchy melodiesthat giveit the chance toreachalarge audience.Thesecond part presentssomenotabledifferences from thefirst CD.
The compositions areagain
of good quality, the lyrics
have goodideas and
perfect transition betweenenergetic andintrospectivetracks.
So, the recordwill pleaseas much asthe first one,
allowing fansto have
a little moreto listen to.It was awise decisionto present all thesesongs intwo separateCDsasonedouble albummightbea little toothick.
JamesBlakeisa London-basedmusician andproducer whooffershisdubstep soundincorporating manysamplesofR&B.Overgrownis his
really seemsto put thehook onhis own style.Thewhole isa little morepopthanits predecessor,but hestill does not
botherto deconstructsome songs,always with greatsubtlety.For example,
on "Take aFallFor Me" Blakecan count onthe
Clanto chainrhymeson looping samplingandreworked voices,abit likeTricky was doing at
his debut.He can also
count onanother important
collaboration, BrianEnoon "Digital
Lion", one of the most
not hesitate tojoin
pianoand his R&B voiceto a mix of dubandtrip hopfull ofsampling. This way, he allowshis musictotake more amplitude. Itstill remainsveryintimateon some occasions,
as in theratherboring"DLM".
In short,JamesBlakepresents avery goodsecond albumwhich will allowhim to getmany new fans.
Folly& TheHunteris a Montrealbandreleasing itssecondalbum,TragicCare.It wasproduced by DaveSmithandJaceLasekof theBesnardLakesand mastered byRyanMorey(ArcadeFire, Half MoonRun, The BarrBrothers).
The trioof artistsfrom diverse backgrounds
Someorchestral partsgreatlyremind us of
Arcade Fire,but the wholeremainsratherintimate. The bandmanaged tocaptivateus from the beginningof a
songtothendrag us to the end.We mustadmit,we are in front ofmusicians
with an unlimited talentwithFolly& TheHunter!
TheMontrealpsychobillytrioisnotcalmeron itssixthalbum.Instead,the band is
more energetic and aggressive
than ever.Theenergyflowingrhythm sectionmanages tomake youtap your feetfrom the startand does notlet you gobefore the endof the
35 minutes.And you willask for more!Obviously,
The Brainsdo not reinventthe genre, butthey give ita newbreath that is
extremely pleasant. If you
like B Series horror movies, here is
theperfectmusical accompanimentto this
Bonobois the project ofBritish
producerSimonGreen,a fan ofelectronic music andFrench moviesof the 1960s.He produces aratherambient music, despite some danceable moments.While hehas produced several
warm albumsin the past,
withThe NorthBordersBonoboremainsin cold atmospheres
perfect for afall rainy day.Where heremains particularlystrong, it is in the wayhe creates aperfect
transitionfrom one track tothe other, for an album that
is slowlysavouredto the end.Many artistscollaborate onthe album:GreyReverend,
Cornelia, Szjerdene(for 2tracks),
and most importantly,
(for the excellent "Heaven for the Sinner").
Here's agreat recordfor fans ofambientelectronic music.
Magillahis aproject by HenriOppenheimthatstartedin Montreal in2008.AfterleadinginstrumentalgroupKleztoryfor many years, Oppenheimwanted to exploreJewishsongs in Yiddish from EasternEurope. Accompanied byjazz, classical and world
music musicians, he pays tribute to theYiddishandklezmer standards. Many of
faithful to thetradition.Otherwise, some original
arrangementsincorporatedifferentmusical genres such
evendisco. Oppenheimitself ensurestheproduction of the albumwith
(Jean-Pierre Ferland,GillesVigneault,UZEB). Avery good recordfor us to
The Damned – Tiki
Nightmare: Live Live Live in London 2002 (2012)
In 2002,one of the firstbandsof the Britishpunkinvasionof the
1970s, The Damned,
showed that they still had
stage.On July31, thegroupofferedindeeda remarkable
performanceat ShepherdsBush Empire, a performance
that wascapturedand is now presentedon
The 86-minuteconcertfeaturesoriginal membersDaveVanian(vocals) and Captain
Sensible(guitar), along with
Club andSisters of Mercy), the dynamic
MontyOxyMoronon keyboards andPinchon drums.Thegroup performsmanyrecentsongs, but alsoits classics"Neat Neat Neat",
"New Rose", "Smash It
Up" and "Eloise". Captain
rendition of hishit "Happy Talk".
Greatpicture and soundqualitymakesgoodjustice tothis band that remainsverysolidin concert.The DVD also featuresmanyextrasincluding interviews,
behind-the-scenes footage, home movies and
is already the ninth album for Algerian singer Rachid Taha. It was
recorded between Paris and England with producer and guitarist Justin
Adams (Robert Plant) and relies on numerous collaborations
like Mick Jones (The Clash), Brian Eno and
Rodolphe Burger. We can also hear Rai singer Cheba Fadela and
Jeanne Added for a duet retaking in English and Arabic the
classic by Elvis Presley,
"Now or Never", adapted from the famous Italian song "O Sole Mio". In
addition to the excellent "Zoom sur Oum" and "Jamila", Taha gives us in
conclusion of the CD a new version of his famous "Voilà Voilà",
first recorded 20 years ago. With Zoom, Rachid Taha proves once
again that he is one of the best artists to merge occidental and Arabic
music, traditional and contemporary music.
The Australian indie rock band was first discovered
through the web where "Trojans" was an instant hit. It did not take much
more for the Jeffery brothers and their friend Darren Sell
to get a record deal allowing them to present their first album. Here is
When It Was Now, a quite accessible rock album with excellent
melodies and rhythms. They can be compared in part to Kings of Leon
and The Killers with a little something of the British band
Franz Ferdinand. "Trojans" is definitely the best song of the CD,
while other songs like "If So", "Through the Glass", "Back Seat"
"Centred On You" and the title track will not leave anyone indifferent.
Otherwise, some compositions are a little less effective, which creates
inequality on the album. It is still a very good first record for this
group to be discovered.
Kvelertak is a Norwegian band that merges perfectly
black metal and rock 'n' roll. This therefore results in a pleasant
listening and an accessible sound, despite the guttural voice of singer
Erlend Hjelvik (which by the way sings in his native language).
There are obvious influences of Turbonegro and other such groups
that provide a rock 'n' roll alternative to punk rock sound. Meir
is their second album and it presents a challenge considering the
expectations created by their excellent self-titled debut released in
2010. The album has very good songs that reinvigorate black metal and
1970s rock (AC/DC, Thin Lizzy).
Motörhead also come to mind on several occasions, a band known
for their perfect blend of metal and rock 'n' roll. Although, Meir
reinvents nothing compared to what has been recorded for the last 40
years, but it contains great moments that will certainly appeal to fans
Omara "Bombino" Moctar
is a Tuareg musician from Niger born on January 1, 1980. For his second
album, he went to Nashville to record with producer Dan Auerbach
(The Black Keys). He offers a sound merging the traditions of his
country and blues for a very good mix of cultures. Excellent guitarist,
Bombino takes inspiration from African guitarists as well as occidental
geniuses as Jimi Hendrix
and Mark Knopfler. Obviously, the style of blues garage of The
Black Keys is reflected in Nomad as well as some funk influences.
The whole remains very pleasant until the end and after a few listens,
you realize you may have one of the best albums of the year on hand. To
Project created in 2005 by Montrealer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of
Lebanese origin), Jerusalem In My Heart presents contemporary Arab music
and electronics coupled with projections and lighting. The trio had
previously refused to record its music, leaving the ephemeral art of its
rare performances. It finally comes up with a destabilizing first album
in its experiments. The songs are calls to prayer, while the
instrumental pieces are trimmed with bird songs accompanied by guitars.
Even if you do not understand Arabic, the heavy atmosphere makes you
easily assume that there are no happy lyrics. The unit is not easily
accessible and will leave you with a huge feeling of heaviness not
necessarily pleasant. In addition, it lacks the visual portion that
would certainly help us in our appreciation. Otherwise, it is terribly
Icelandic Olafur Arnalds is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who
first worked as a drummer for several metal bands in his native country.
In recent years, he devoted himself to neo-classical and film music. On
For Now I Am Winter, he skillfully blends neo-classical and
electronics, including some pop passages with singer Arnor Dan.
The result is a relaxing atmosphere that brings us to daydream. This is
an album to be savored slowly and it can become the soundtrack of your
own life. A very good album!
the approach of the Olympics, all eyes of the world were on China and
some denounced constantly the human rights abuses and totalitarian
police measures. Otherwise, beneath the surface there was a growing punk
movement. This excellent documentary presents this new burgeoning scene
in China while young people discovered 30 years later the music they
prefer. It analyzes several promising young bands with varied influences
like Motörhead, the Ramones and Operation Ivy. With
more than 70 minutes, Beijing Punk has won several awards in film
festivals around the world.
For their 13th album, Dave Gahan, Martin
Gore and company offer a slow and dark album. The group remains in
fairly deep electronica and is likely to disappoint fans of their most
danceable hits. Yet, they still manage to innovate in a style that was
proliferating for many years. Gore is still in great shape when he
signed some very good compositions like "Angel" and "Heaven". The whole
record creates a unique atmosphere that compels us to listen to the end,
even if few songs truly stand out. Delta Machine may not go down
in history, but it is still another good record for Depeche Mode.
On his new album, the crooner dives even further into
pop music, without leaving completely aside his characteristic swing
style. To Be Loved was produced by Bob Rock who manages to
create a sound a little more accessible to the singer. Bublé skillfully
covers the classics of American pop music, including Bee Gees’
"To Love Somebody" and Smokey Robinson’s "Who's Lovin' You". But,
as it was the case on his last recordings, he is co-writing also some
songs including the very effective "It's a Beautiful Day" and "After
All". Bublé is accompanied by guest artists including actress Reese
Witherspoon, Bryan Adams and The Puppini Sisters.
Ultimately, To Be Loved has a nice diversity in addition to songs
which fit perfectly with the singer.
After sales of more than 10 million albums, the
French electro pop group returns with a global major release, Black
City Parade. All the lyrics were written by Nicola Sirkis
which allows himself some passages in English for the international
audience. There is also participation by Lescop for the writing
of "Traffic Girl". Sirkis produces the album with Oli de Sat. The
result is huge, worthy of the world's best releases. Note the excellent
first single, "Memoria", which has all the potential to become a hit.
Their newest video for "College Boy" directed by Xavier Dolan,
caused an uproar because of the shocking images we can see. Black
City Parade is a great record for these legends of French pop.
On this new album, Chris de Burgh revisits 14 pieces
from his vast repertoire in acoustic versions. There are several lesser
known compositions from the artist, as his hits "Lady in Red", "Don’t
Pay the Ferryman" and "Missing You" are missing. So, it is rather far
from a collection of greatest hits, but the record is trying to give a
second life to pieces that have gone somewhat under the radar in their
original version. The most interesting moment of the CD can be heard
right at the beginning with the excellent "Waiting for the Hurricane".
Josh Groban is basically a classical singer who
serves an accessible pop sound, with rich orchestrations. The singer
from Los Angeles began his career when he was just 20 years old, so
he already has his sixth studio album by the turn of his 32 years of
age. Producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls,
Paramore) managed to get Groban a little further into pop
rock with guitar arrangements that are in competition with
orchestrations. The result is his most accessible album to date. In
addition, he participated in the writing more than before, allowing
him to be deeper on a few more songs for a personal and intimate
album. Among the covers that you can hear, there are Glen Hansard’s
"Falling Slowly" and Stevie Wonder’s "I Believe (When I Fall
in Love It Will Be Forever)". He also performs well in a personal
reworking of "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" by Jimmy Webb, as
well as traditional Celtic piece "She Moved Through the Fair." Note
the presence of Italian singer Laura Pausini on "E Promettero
Ti" and Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on "A Alma Mas." With
All That Echoes, Josh Groban seems to have found the desired
balance, for certainly one of his best albums to date. (March 2013
On this new album, the romantic Spanish crooner revisits 15 of his most
cherished songs from his enduring 40-year career, with tracks spanning
from 1973's Un Canto a Galicia (the title track) right up to
2006's Romantic Classics (a Spanish-language version of
Elvis' "Always on My Mind").
Two years afterAngles,theStrokesare back withtheirfifthalbum,ComedownMachine.Thegroup is continuingits
exploration of thesounds of the1980s withquantities ofsynthesizers.This time,
the surprise isless present,
but more importantly,the
groupwas able to
offer usa little more
cohesive album, with fewer trialsin oppositedirections.Through the80's,among everydocument on whichJulianCasablancasreleased
Out"), there are some good
more rock'n' rolltoour delight(likethe title track).
Althoughitmay be somewhatuncertain in
the beginning, in the endwe realize thatthe album isveryenjoyable to listen to.
Casually, with a career of nearly 30 years, the New
Kids On The Block are certainly the most durable boy band (despite a
long break between 1995 and 2008). They are again a group to see on
stage, helped by the nostalgia of the girls which now became mothers.
Otherwise, their music remains rather insignificant with all the pop and
R&B clichés. There are a few interesting melodies and the pseudo-rock
"Remix (I Like The)" will make you to tap your feet, but overall it
remains futile. For the guys who knew them at the top of their careers,
the New Kids On The Block remain a band simply useful to turn on the
pretty girls around. But, not sure that it is still the case in 2013,
The London electro-pop singer presents her fourth
album, the first in five years. Less intimate than her previous record,
Girl Who Got Away could well serve as an ambient album in a new
trendy lounge bar. It is particularly rich musically, in addition to
have a hip hop direction on some occasions. This is the case among
others for "Let Us Move On" with the participation of Kendrick Lamar.
Nevertheless, it is the opening pieces, "No Freedom" and the title
track, which act as engines to the album making it pleasant to listen
until the end.
The Band Perry is a group of contemporary country
that incorporates elements of pop and rock to its music. The trio, made
up of brothers Reid and Neil Perry and led by their older
sister Kimberly comes from Alabama and has a dynamic sound that
has all it takes to please the masses. In fact, there is only an
occasional violin to to remind us of traditional country music. The band
regularly puts different genres together which may seem odd on some
occasions, probably due to its desire to appeal to the largest possible
pool of the population. In this sense, Pioneer is a successful
album, but it will be raging for country music lovers, in addition to go
in several directions not always desirable.
The Scottish alternative rock band comes to us with a
sixth album, four years after
Only Revolutions. Again, the guys
prove their ability to write really good pop melodies in a rather tight
alternative sound. In addition, we can guess an interesting conceptual
trend on Opposites, which is definitely the kind of album to
listen to the end, without shortcuts. Even if the record has several
interesting moments, all is not impressive and many tracks may leave you
indifferent. Biffy Clyro offers us a good album with Opposites,
but it may fall quickly into oblivion. Note that the album is available
in two versions, one or two CDs.
A Rocket To The Moon was first started as a solo
project for multi-instrumentalist Nick Santino, before becoming a
full band. Their first album,
On Your Side, had several interesting
features, but with Wild & Free we finally discover their true
nature. Santino and his band play corporate rock with memorable
melodies, and a tinge of country in some instances thanks to the slide
guitar and acoustic guitars. Solid compositions are sure to keep our
interest, and unlike the previous record, it’s with ease and lots of fun
that people listen to Wild & Free until the end. A very good
album by a band to check out closely!
hardcore metal band comes to us with a fourth album rather surprising.
Their evolution was already evident in 2010, but when you hear their
skillful blend of subtle sounds and aggressive, you can only be
delighted. "Can You Feel My Heart" has a metal smooth sound in opening
of the CD, a beautiful contrast. The band then presents its share of
aggressive songs, but still manages to put a more atmospheric touch.
"Empire (Let Them Sing)" is definitely a song Korn would have
liked to write in recent years. As for "Shadow Moses", it was an instant
hit when it appeared on YouTube. In addition to these excellent
compositions, the album was produced masterfully by Terry Date (Deftones,
Linkin Park, Soundgarden), the same one that produced
White Pony by Deftones in the category
of classic contemporary metal 13 years ago. The result is arguably the
best album of Bring Me The Horizon to date.
Old Yellow Moon, country female singer Emmylou Harris joins
Rodney Crowell to produce an album of duets. Although it was recorded in
Nashville, the album has a little more folk sound, a special atmosphere
that makes it immediately interesting. The duo plays "Bluebird Wine", a
composition of Crowell Emmylou had recorded to start her
Pieces of the Sky album in 1975. There
are several standards on the album by artists such as Roger Miller,
Allan Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. We can also hear
three pieces of Hank DeVito (the title track), who was part of
the group of musicians playing with Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band in
the 1970s, as Crowell by the way. It is a very beautiful album that
offers us the duet, hoping they come back with a follower later.
Thepop rockbandfromColoradois back witha thirdalbum,almostfouryears after
Waking Up.Musically, the quartet will
its fans.RyanTedderis stillas effectivefor writingcatchymelodies, but
he managed this timetocomposea few thattrulystand out for theirquality. Noteespecially thethree opening
Stars", "If I Lose
Myself" and "Feel
bar really highfor what’s coming.Whiletheir first two albumscontained onlysome
Nativehas a nice
overall quality,in addition to someforeground compositions.So
this isthe best album
to date for OneRepublic.
French composerJean-Philippe Rameau(1683-1764)spent mostof his lifeto opera.
Buthe firstpresentedprofanecantatasincluding sixthat have survived to us.
the most famous one being
"Les amants trahis".
Rameau's words are broughthereby bass-baritonePhilippeSlyand sopranoHélèneGuilmette. The duois accompaniedby Clavecin
led byworld-renownedharpsichordistLucBeauséjour.In presenting thesefourcantatason abeautiful63-minuteCD, classical labelAnalektapays a beautiful
tributeto thisgiantofFrenchBaroque music.Anice wayto discoverRameau.
For the original
soundtrack of Spring
Breakers, they put their trust in
Skrillexand CliffMartinezfor the
compositionof most of the tracks.
This therefore results ina
predominantlyelectronic /dubstep album. Otherwise,
some namesjustintegratethe mix to offer an
alternativein another genre.
This is the caseforDangerussandJamesFrancowiththerapsong"Hangin' WithDaDopeboys"
forMeekMill,Pill, Torch and RickRosswith"Big Bank", as
well as Ellie
Gouldingto concludewith herhit "Lights".Nevertheless, thisisthe opening track by Skrillex,"Scary Monsters andNiceSprites",
whichnot only gives
the tone tothe album, butis better thaneverythingthat follows.Despite somegood moments,the soundtrack
ofSpring Breakershas too manybad patchesto keepour interestuntil the end, which is often
the case witha movie
Thealternative rock bandfrom
Minnesotahas acquireda good deal offansduringits 12years of existencebetween 1979and 1991.Thesebad boys ofrock ‘n’ rollcouldgo from the worstmediocrity to pure genius,and it is whatis depicted inthis
comprehensive 2-hour documentary.TheReplacementsdidnot care about
fashions and they did whatthey liked. They recordedsome ofthemost belovedAmerican rockalbums, reaching the pinnaclewith
Timin 1985.The Replacementsinfluencedmanygroupsthat followedincludingtheGooGooDolls,The DecemberistsandThe Hold Steady. One
there is a large amount of
written information on the screenduring the various
learna lotabout the
band andits career.AsecondDVDincludesdeleted scenes,
complete interviews withsome
of the stakeholders, and additional
interviews withthe producer
anddirector of the
MountMoriahis analternative rock bandwith afolk soundthat comes fromNorth Carolina.MiracleTempleis their secondalbumandthey seem toreally takeoff with this
one.Thetriohas in fact quality
compositions,beautifully arrangedand with a flawless
production. MountMoriahmusichasbeautifulsubtletiesthat maketheir songsrich andfully satisfactory.Here is avery good albumofsoft rockthat is both accessibleandcreative.
TheMilk CartonKidsare acontemporaryfolk duofromLosAngeles,
influenced bySimon& Garfunkel, Kenneth
acoustic sounddominated by vocal harmonies.On this secondalbum,theybringinventiveand refreshingguitar lineson some
occasions, which is helping keeping theinterestin a style thatwas largelyoverexploitedfor the last 50 years.
ForValentine's Day, the pop punklabelHopelessissued acompilationof love songsby 10 of
its artists.It includesoriginal songs, but also
covers ofwell known songslike Cyndi Lauper’s
byAll Time Low,Bruno Mars’ "Grenade"
byWe Are TheIn Crowd, BritneySpears’
Bruno Mars’ "Locked Out of
ByFridayand Death Cabfor Cutie’s "I
Will Follow YouInto the Dark"
byFor TheFoxes.Otherartists whohavetheirlove songs areThe Used,Yellowcard,Anarbor,
The Dangerous Summer
covers byAll Time Low,We Are TheIn Crowd
and Divided ByFridayare quite successful, but the album also has
several ballads that are less
stillan albumof love
songs that is quite different fromwhat is usuallyoffered.
Houston,Devendra Banhartgrewup inCaracasand LosAngeles,before discovering
Arts in SanFrancisco.
Very activesince its debutinthe early 2000s,
this is his first album infouryears.Without returning tohislo-fi debut,
Banhartoffersintimatemusicincorporating bothfolkand minimalist electro.He
also picks inits
Latin originsto producesomeof the bestsongs on the album
including "Mi Negrita".
The compositions are
generally veryefficient andBanhartmanages to createinteresting links between
these piecesyet so different.
Hisuniverse remains special,
but he has manyelementsof interest foranyone whowishestodo an effort.
La Mort Pop Clubis thefourthalbumbyindiepunktrio from
Montreal We Are Wolves. Evenif the distortion is
prominent, the band still likes to
explore an electronicterritory. The beatsare effective anddanceable,
and they are very well
accompanied bylayers ofsynthesizers,withoutgoing back to the past. The
excellent albumof post-rock
withmemorable pop melodies,
on which they can evensingoccasionallyin Spanish.As for"Voices",
it isa balladthatreminds us of
TheSwedishindie rock bandpresents itsfourthalbumsince its debut in2005.The group members,
childhood friends,take over
which has excellent
compositionsand incomparable melodies.For example, "Illusions" with its disco
influenced beat can hardly
leave you indifferent.Despite thesomewhathappysideof several songs,the melancholy occupies a
prominently spot on the album,especially inballads like"Blue Ice". Many songs,including the excellent
"Sugar", recall the
sound ofThe Cure.WithOptica,Shout Out Louds is backto the quality ofits first
tworecords after a
wrong movein 2010 with
Pissed Jeansis anindiepunkquartetfrom Pennsylvaniaoffering arather loudmusicwithsound experiments. For itsfourthalbum, the banddroppedthe guttural voice ofitsprevious recordto presenta little more
accessible one, although it still needsalot of patienceto enjoy it.Theirfrustration with everyday details is still themain topicthroughoutthe CD.Themost interestingtracksare certainly"Romanticize
Me" and "Cafeteria Food",
while the opening track, "Bathroom
Laughter", could be muchmore attractivewithout
If you like yourmusicnoisy,Pissed Jeansisdefinitely a good choice,
especially as the group offershereits best albumto date.
Crushin 2000,the best albumof thelast 20 yearsforBon Jovi,we hadvery littlegood materialto listen to.They had a
itscountry sound, but it was
the only momentof
interestin the last decade. With
What About Now, thebandrecyclesits rock recipeby
integrating country influences.The problem is thatthis
recipeismoreindigestible with time.
The balladsare unbearable andit is notthe stringsthat willmake them moretolerable.Whenthe group tries toshakeit alittle more, itdoesnotapproachtheenergetichard rock soundthatmade them famousin the mid1980s.The onlytracktobe of interestisthe hit "Because
We Can". For the rest,
Idared to declare
Bon Jovi clinically dead
Keep the Faith
in 1992,and I must saythat I mightbe rightafter all...Good luck in
listening to the album, you will need
it to go tothe end,
hoping thatyou havenotbought thedeluxe versionwith threeadditional tracks. (April 2013 Featured
MoKenneyis a youngsinger-songwriter fromNova Scotiathat grabbed attentionin
the Maritimesfor the past fewyears.She hasan incredible senseofcatchy melodies, whether
folk sound, very
oldies rock. The album
produced byJoel Plaskettwho succeeds ingiving it
Despite her young age, Mo has already
receivedpraise frommany renowned Canadian
songwriters like Ron Sexsmith.This isa very gooddebut albumthatoffers us thistalented
artistthat should be checked outclosely in thecoming
years. (April 2013 Featured New Artist)
Forhis 21ststudio album
in career, theveteranpresents 10favourite songsof his youth andtwo newcompositions("Gotta
Get Over", "Every
Little Thing"). He gives asunnytouchto these essential songs intransformingseveralpieces in reggae.On thisindependent album,
the guitarist seems happy to
bereleased from all business obligations,
which allows him tofirst
have fun.And by the way, he managed
to make usashappywith this beautifulalbum.
The young 24-year old country singer had already
released three independent albums before coming to the Nashville Star
competition in 2007 on which she finished 7th. With Same Trailer
Different Park and the first single, "Merry Go 'Round", Kacey enters
the big leagues. She offers a country folk sound usually soft which has
beautiful creative qualities. The melodies are efficient and her voice
is able to charm from the first moment.
NickCavewasactive with the
Bad Seedsfor 30 years, but
he presentshis first album
infiveyearswith them,after the
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!. On
Pushthe SkyAway,Cavepresents a moody
musicwhile the tracksare linkedbeautifullyin softnesswith beautifulorchestrations.The opening
single "We No WhoU R"
gives the perfecttone tothis albumto be savouredslowly until the end. It isat this point thatformerbassistBarryAdamsonmakes a comebacktothe title trackwhichgivesithis personalitywith hisbass line.Please notethat this isthe firstalbum by
the Bad SeedswithoutMick Harveyand this
his qualities as arranger.Nick CaveandWarrenEllisstill manage tooffer usmanygood songsfor an albumveryenjoyable to listen to.
Theprogressive metal band from Quebecis back witha 13thalbum in career, eightyears after the deathofDenis"Piggy"D'Amour.Otherwise, it is their firstalbumwithout anycontributionfromPiggy which left guitar
tracksfor their previous album,
Infini. Itis thereforean ultimate testfor the band thatis now
back the bassistJean-Yves
after 20 years.Despite the absence oftheirmain songwriter,
Voivod succeededonce againto innovate on Target
experimentsat the height ofthe group's reputation. This
isagainadifficult to accesssound
which is dense and very
O'Kom" presents the thrash metalwe knew of them inthe 1980s.But it’s with"Mechanical Mind"
that the band hastheintentionto impress.
In morethan 7 minutesand 30 seconds, Voivod has so
manychanges of riffs andtime,as well as many
weird harmoniesandexperiments, that we find
destabilizedthroughoutthis song ofpureprogressive metal. Theopeningtitle trackand "Kaleidos" with its punk
introductionare otherhighlights ofthe album,
Voivodcan still be
Also, it isinteresting to note thatthe quartetrecorded its
firstsong in French,
The Minneapolispunk band releases its third album
andthiscouldwell beits bestto date.We arequickly snapped upbythe incredible energyof the group thatpitches its
right to our face without warning.There are
alsoa number of
mid-tempopiecesthatarevery goodto create abalanceto the album.The production
is impeccable andmakes usenjoy every momentof the
morerawness. Hometurns out to bea very good
albumofpunkrock,nice to listento the end.To discover!
Holy Fireis thethird album byEnglishindie rock bandFoals.Aftera gentle introductionwith a
createsexpectations for what's coming,
"Inhaler" does not disappointwith a goodpop melodyand a wall ofguitarsinthe chorus reminding us ofMuse. Before you evenhear the rest, there is
little doubtthat they can notdo better."My
Number" brings us into a
universe, but the band still managestoretain the interestof itsmore introspective
this isone of the
strengths of the group which isable to maintainan
in asimplepopdimension necessitating not muchreflection.Fewrock bandshavethis capability that we can find
on numerous occasions
addition, one can not ignorethe quality of themusicians
which is impeccable. Even ifwe do not findmoresongs ofthe same calibre of"Inhaler" on the rest of
the album, and some people arguing theyturntoopop,Holy Firehaspossibly the bestbalance to date for theband fromOxford.
PedestrianVerseis thefourthalbum by theScottishindie bandthatemerged in themid-2000s.
For the first time, singer
and guitaristScottHutchisonleaves theother group members to
participate in the songwriting.The band offers anice blend
ofpop melodies,folkguitarsand rock'n'roll excitements.Listening to"Holy"
reminds us ofThe Arcade
Fire.TheFramescan alsocome to your mindon several
occasions.Frightened Rabbithad presented an EPin 2012
and only oneof thetracksfrom that CDcan be found onPedestrianVerse, the title song,
the excellent "State Hospital".
The production by LeoAbrahamsadds breadthto the Hutchisonsongs
which could certainlybe as
effectivein a more
stripped version. PedestrianVerseis an excellentalbum thatis likely toenable the band tofinally
BallakéSissokois aMalian musicianspecialistof the kora, this African
instrumentwith 21 strings.
He was seducing his audiencewherever he wentfor the last
tenyears.In 2009,he grabbed attentionwith his
VincentSegalon cello.Segaltakesup the role ofproducerfor this new albumbythis unique artist.
At Peacehas the right
title with its soothingside that is immediatelyenjoyable.Theintimatealbumgoes wellbeyondhis previous one. In fact, hebrings us into awhole other
kora. Sissokohastheunique strengthtoconvey emotionthrough the simplelinkof his instrument.A really
BuckmanCoeis a songwriter
who previouslyissuedtwo albums in2010 and 2012.He now releases an EP produced
in a limited editionwith
a total of 5 tracksand 25minutes.He plays a soulandreggae soundwitha good dose ofhippieattitude,
gospel andfolk.Melodies stay mainlypopand come witha beautiful
voicefull offeeling.So this isa beautifulCDthat will make useagerformore.
It's now timefor a newcompilationby the famoushouseDJ from Quebec.The leastone can sayis that it startswith power with Pitbull's "Don't Stop
the Party".Subsequently,themost famousmomentsinclude Bingo Players' "Get
Up (Rattle)", CalvinHarris' "Sweet
"Michael Jackson (The Beat
and especially Ke$ha's
"Die Young".The second halfpresentstracksa little lessfamous,but equally
interestingto maintain the
party at its climax.This is the casewith, among
(Jump)" andWe ArePresidents' "Hello
Ass Drop" by DJsFrom Marswhich is used
astraining for how to becomea good producerof the
perfect club song.Then,as usual, D-Noy
gives usa personal
composition, "It Goes On", featuring
JodeeandP.-A.Here isanotheralbumup tothereputation of Desnoyers.
Stryper – Live in Indonesia at the Java
With nearly 30years of existence,theChristianhard rock bandfrom Californiais certainly oneof the most
durablein the genre.
concert captured in 2010 atthe Java
thatis in great shape
popular songsin front of ahuge crowd.Asthe sound qualityis
impeccable as well as the visual, you
canenjoy every momentof the concert asif you were
there. So this isa
great gift thatis offered to
uson the eveof the
The Sheepdogs are a band from Saskatoon formed in
2006 that sounds like a Southern United States band in the 1970s. They
are in fact a mixture of classic rock and boogie, with traces of blues,
all delivered in an alternative rock sound of the 2010s. This fourth
album is the first for a major label. They have strong compositions with
unforgettable melodies and music passages that make them immediately
sympathetic. Some tracks stand out from the lot as "Feeling Good", "The
Way It Is" and "While We're Young." Here is a particularly good album by
a timeless band to discover.
Angelo Finaldi worked with the greatest singers, both in France and
Quebec. He wrote successfully among others with Nanette Workman
("Danser, Danser"), Nicole Martin ("Laisse-moi partir")
and Mario Pelchat ("Reste là"), in
addition to having worked with Ben Charest on
Triplettes de Belleville and on the opera
Dioxine de Carbone with Luc Plamondon (before he sabotaged
it). With Désoriented Voyage, Finaldi proposes an expedition
which is actually disorienting in the heart of Little Italy in Montreal
with various quirky characters. He describes his own project as a pop
music opera in which Italian, Native American and Quebec cultures
collide. The least we can say is that it is a creative project, but how
is a French alternative metal band that falls somewhere between
post-grunge and corporate hard rock. The six guys have powerful guitars,
but still retain very good melodies. They also incorporate more
atmospheric guitars, keyboards and saxophones to make their music richer
than many other bands in the genre. Few compositions really stand out of
the lot, but the whole 54 minutes are listening well to the end.
this third album as a trio, jazz pianist John Roney allows himself an
exploration of new sounds and some intrusions into electronic music. He
adds so much richness to his music that was already well alive.
Accompanied by Rémi-Jean Leblanc on bass and Damien Schmitt
on drums, Roney covers works of Oscar Peterson ("Place St-Henri")
and Chuck Corea ("Spain"). Otherwise, he offers especially strong
original compositions worthy of his huge talent. Already well
established internationally, Roney will leave with a very nice project
under the arm for his upcoming tour.
Analekta : L’excellence se fête / A
Celebration of Excellence (3 CD)
Analekta label celebrates its 25th anniversary, while Radio-Classique
(founded by Jean-Pierre Coallier) reaches 15 years of existence.
That was a good reason for both to work together and present this superb
3-CD box set of classic works that marked Canadian music. Analekta was
originally founded to showcase classical music performers from Canada
and they released more than 500 albums in 25 years. Radio-Classique for
its part contributed to improve the broadcasting of classical music over
the last 15 years. It was therefore natural to give them the mandate to
select the music for this box set among the thousands of works from the
Analekta catalog. Among the artists that can be heard and which are
shining internationally, there are violinists Angèle Dubeau and
James Ehnes, pianist Alain Lefèvre, contralto
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, cellist Stéphane Tétreault and many
others. You can also hear the I Musici ensemble, the Metropolitan
Orchestra and the Montreal and Quebec Symphony Orchestras. Composers
honored include Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart,
Tchaïkovsky, Vivaldi, and Mathieu.
ten years of hiatus, the indie rock band reunited in 2011 for a new
tour. The Archers of Loaf have offered among others two unannounced
concerts at Cat's Cradle in their hometown of Chapel Hill, North
Carolina. The highlights of these concerts are presented on this DVD of
an hour and a half. We can hear 20 songs including the inevitable "Audiowhore",
"Harnessed in Slums" and "Web in Front". Very well shot with multiple
cameras, the concerts benefit in addition of an excellent sound quality.
The DVD also presents excerpts of interviews with the four members of
the group. The main drawback is that these interviews are fit between
songs, breaking the energetic atmosphere of the stage. Otherwise, we
find the band in top shape, much to the delight of their fans. Note that
there are six other bonus songs, as well as four additional interviews
with members of the band.
Egyptian Project is the project of French Jérôme Ettinger who
wanted to combine traditional Egyptian instruments and electronic music
assisted by computers. The result is a contemporary Egyptian sound, even
if it borrows greatly to the musical traditions of the country. In fact,
the album is more organic as you might think and electronic works are
full of subtleties. The ensemble presents in a beautiful way the power
of Egyptian instruments, which could attract a whole new audience.
Waves of Fury is a new British band founded by
Londoner Carter Sharp. The group offers influences of R&B and
funk on an indie rock sound filled with distortion and feedback. Sharp's
voice can be downright rude on occasions when he shouts to stand out
among the rather noisy instruments that accompany him. The set has some
interesting aspects, but the result may make several people uncertain by
its very pronounced rawness.
Triades is a vocal project involving three
singers and a wonderful trio of musicians, who enrich of lyrics jazz
compositions from Quebec. The project initiator and artistic director
Sonia Johnson is surrounded by Charles Biddle Jr. and
Annie Poulain, who are accompanied by Marianne Trudel
(piano), Morgan Moore (bass) and Jim Doxas (drums). It is
Charles Biddle that is the most surprising one on this album with a
gentle soul voice which gives him a discreet role of crooner. Triades
perfectly highlights the talent of Quebec composers and their pieces
take practically a dimension of jazz standards in this new context. A
nice idea by the Effendi team!
Alicia Keys has probably the best contemporary mix
between R&B and soul. Her talent was impressive for over 10 years and
she is back now with her fifth studio album. For the 13 tracks of
Girl on Fire, Alicia can count on the collaboration of twenty
composers and a dozen of directors, as well as singing with Nicki
Minaj on the title-song and Maxwell on "Fire We Make". Few
jazz atmospheres alternating with electro beats are perfectly
accompanying Alicia's voice throughout this record, which has a
production of quality. Otherwise, we can hear overproduction which can
become annoying considering Alicia Keys has all the talent needed to
give us the creeps in a completely stripped atmosphere. After effective
songs in the first half, the CD is becoming somewhat less interesting
and it gives us the feeling of rushing towards the end. But there are
still good moments that will probably succeed in satisfying her most
Victoria Duffield is a singer, dancer and actress
from British Columbia. She presents her debut album which is in fact
limited to an 8-track EP. You can discover energetic pop music, like the
hits "Shut Up and Dance", "Feel" and "Break My Heart". Victoria also
flirts with R&B on "They Don’t Know About Us", a duet with Cody
Simpson. Even if her energy is refreshing in Canadian pop music, it
lacks stronger compositions to hope to differentiate and especially to
For her new album,
the singer from Ontario
past, present andfuture.She hassomanypersonalthemesthat influence her,
which allows usto discovera little more about her.Thealbum was recordedlargely inherhome studio,
The Cottage,withJerrodBettis (Better
Than Ezra)andJonLevine (K'naan,
Nelly Furtado), but also
in LosAngeles,before beingmixed byJoeZook(ModestMouse,
Katy Perry).It hasgood moments,likethe first single,"Stompa", but the whole
remainseasily replaceablein the universe of adultpoprock.
is one of the three daughters of jazz bassist Charlie Haden. She
uses her voice as an instrument and delivers the majority of her
performances a cappella. She has especially captured attention in 2005
by revisiting the album
The Who Sell Out by The Who in
its entirety. For her new album, these are classic pieces from cinema
that are recreated in an atmosphere that is personal. You can hear
selections from the movies Rebel Without a Cause, Taxi Driver,
Cinema Paradiso, Psycho, Goldfinger, Superman,
My Bodyguard and others. Also in the playlist, the excellent
"Calling You" from Bagdad Cafe. Petra immerses us in a unique
atmosphere that may remind many moviegoers’ memories, if of course you
recognize the pieces presented.
Sophie Hungeris aSwisssingerwhohas a mix ofinfluencesthroughoutheradultpop sound.
There areindeedtraces ofjazz, rock,
folk andbluesfora very rich sound.
In addition, sheskillfullyblendslyrics in GermanwithEnglish(also witha fewwords of French). With thisfourthalbum,Sophie Hungerseems to be
on a new momentum and she
offers verygood compositionswithcatchy melodies.We can also notethat her
timeless. The Dangerof Lightis a very goodalbum.
Ange is a Montreal band with multiple influences combining especially
pop and jazz. First issued in November 2011 independently, their first
album, Second Nature, was re-released by the Justin Time label in
the fall of 2012. Following the image of the female singer, Angela
Gallupo, the record presents colorful and joyful sounds. The CD fits
perfectly into the new trend that mixes jazz with intelligent pop. This
is a very good album that offers us St. Ange.
Kaneis best knownas
the lead singerof the pop groupPacifika. WithLa Jardinera,she
presents herfirst solo album.We can mostlyhearcovers ofsongs from herfavoriteLatin American
Mercedes SosaandVioletaParra.There are alsotwo newcompositions:thefolk"Cruces"
and "Vida Llena" (written
for her grandmother). LaJardineraappearssmoothly, with beautiful and very touching
ballads.It is anintimatealbumthatwill definitely
be a lot of fun for her to
play live in small venues.
Sienna Dahlen spends her time between Toronto and France. Present in
Montreal in January 1998 during the ice storm, she was inspired by it
for this short album of 7 tracks. The singer-songwriter presents an
album with winter moods merging jazz and folk, a sound heavily
influenced by Jane Siberry and Joni Mitchell. Sienna is
dedicating the album to Lhasa de Sela who was also a major
influence for her by her magnificent musical heritage. With Verglas,
Sienna Dahlen offers a unique and moving record.
Produced by Piers Faccini, Ela is the
first album by the Brazilian-born cellist Dom La Nena. There are 13
original compositions sung in Spanish and Portuguese with her sweet
voice. Simple arrangements leave any room for the power of the
compositions. After playing with many French stars as Jeanne Moreau,
Camille, Étienne Daho and Jane Birkin, Dom looked
at her own songs referring to personal experiences inspired much by
Lhasa de Sela. She addressed among others uprooting in several
countries, without a clear nationality, on a title like "No Meu País".
The coherent and intimate whole is rather endearing and gives us the
desire to discover her in a concert experience.
The Canadian singer now
based in Montreal presents her fifth album in career, but her first one
comprised of jazz standards. She managed to completely bring these
classics in a world of her own. Among the essentials that you can hear
on Rewind there are Cole Porter’s "Love For Sale",
Cannonball Adderley’s "Sack of Woe", George Gershwin’s
"Buzzard Song", Mel Tormé’s "Born To Be Blue" and Duke
Ellington’s "Prelude to a Kiss". You can also hear a pair of songs
from the French repertoire, including Georges Brassens’ "Les
amoureux des bancs publics". With this warm album,
Elizabeth Shepherd not only creates expectations for her next album, but
she makes us to want to discover her in concert.
Gratitude, the young Canadian jazz bassist now based in New York
City presents her third album. She once again shows a perfect mastery of
her instrument, which Oscar Peterson compared in the past with
his former bassist, the late Ray Brown, by her rhythmic pulse.
The talented musician quickly captures our attention with "Blues For
Mandela" and the title track. Performed in French and English, "Le
regarder la rencontrer encore (Rendez-vous indésirable)"
is a beautiful love song and one of the greatest moments of the CD. Note
also her interpretation of Gershwin’s "The Man I Love". Dim the
lights and Brandi Disterheft will make you spend a wonderful intimate
its latest show, the Cirque du Soleil team has yet ask Bob & Bill
(Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard) for the composition of the
music. Their mission was to create a unique and raw sound and the result
incorporates influences from heavy rock, certainly the heaviest music
that has been heard so far in a Cirque show. Another interesting aspect
is that these are all women who interpret the original music (with
Jenifer Aubry on the microphone), a first for Cirque du Soleil. The
guitars play a significant role throughout the CD, but they are
supported by beautiful arrangements of strings and percussions among
others that enrich pleasantly the music of Amaluna. Again. Bob &
Bill managed to create a music soundtrack that complements the show,
while bringing a lot of surprises.
Since her debut in 1995, Jewel Kilcher
captured attention with great songs like "Who Will Save Your Soul", "You
Were Meant For Me" and especially "Foolish Games" from the Batman &
Robin movie in 1997. Subsequently, the transition to a more dance
pop style in the early 2000s was not unanimous, but she still managed to
continue her journey as a songwriter and even had a turn in country
music in recent years. Here is finally a first compilation of the work
of Jewel covering a period of nearly 20 years. There are her 13 greatest
hits in a chronological pacing. You can also hear new versions of "You
Were Meant For Me" with the Pistol Annies and "Foolish Games"
with Kelly Clarkson. Finally, you can discover a whole new song,
"Two Hearts Breaking". The booklet offers a very detailed beautiful
addition to the CD and there is only a biography of the artist missing
to make it truly complete.
Girls, Volume 1 – Music From the HBO
The popularAmericanseries Girlspresentsmusic that
often stands out.It was
thereforequite natural thattheyoffera collection ofsongsheard inthe firstseason of the showorcomingin the second season.Thealbum beginsstrongly with"Dancing
On My Own"by Robynand "Sight of the Sun"
by Fun.Otherinteresting moments
include "Girls" by Santigold,"Fool To Cry" by
Tegan andSaraand "I Don’t Love Anyone"
by Belle and
Unfortunately, as it is often the caseonsoundtracks, the
whole is somewhatlackingof consistencywith much
unknown artistswithout much interest.Fans of theserieswillstillrelivetheir good memories.
Born Robert Williams, Meek Mill is a
rapper from Philadelphia who began recording around 2006. After
catching up attention from Rick Ross, he gives us his first
album. Even if he is in hardcore rap, Meek Mill plays rich music
that is pleasant to listen to. In addition, he is accompanied by
numerous collaborators throughout the album like Rick Ross on a few
tracks, Kirko Bangz (the excellent "Young and Gettin' In"),
Mary J. Blige ("Who Your Around"), Trey Songz ("Lay
Down"), as well as John Legend and Nas ("Maybach
Curtains"). Unfortunately, there are several rap clichés on
Dreams and Nightmares, but there are enough interesting moments
and musical wealth to make us pay attention. Meek Mill is an artist
to check out. (March 2013 Featured New Artist)
The Pittsburgh rapper has come up with a new album
after the success of
Rolling Papers in 2011.
Unfortunately, that sudden success has a negative effect on the new
record while the lyrics refer only to his new financial situation, his
love for weed and what he can buy now that he is rich. After 3 tracks,
we hope very much that it will not be a general trend until the end of
the 74 long minutes. But it is coming back at different times throughout
the CD, which is in addition not very interesting musically. There are
17 mid-tempo songs that give us a few moments of excitement.
O.N.I.F.C. is therefore an extremely disappointing album by a rapper
who proved highly promising only a few months ago.
The twins Tegan and Sara Quin were already having a
career for fifteen years. While the Canadians had a folk rock sound at
their debut, they now take a resolutely electro pop direction with a
polished sound and many keyboards. They had tried this on
Sainthood in 2009, but with
Heartthrob, it is obvious that they have a desire to become popular.
We can now compare them to a cross between Robyn and Katy
Perry. The production of the record has been entrusted to Greg
Kurstin who has worked with the most popular female singers in
recent years, including Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, Kylie
Minogue, Lily Allen and Natasha Bedingfield. The
result is a clean album of the 2010s, with no major excesses or
surprises. Heartthrob can be listened carefully until the end and
has everything needed in catchy melodies and dynamism to propel the
twins at the peaks of the charts. With this new album, Tegan and Sara
manage to bring some creative energy to pop. Good work!
Pour son nouvel album,
Garou revient à ses premières amours, le rhythm and blues. C’est dans ce
style qu’il est le plus à l’aise et c’est comme si toute sa carrière de
chanteur pop n’avait été qu’une longue pause. Il s’est rendu aux
légendaires studios Sanctuary de Londres pour enregistrer cet album sur
lequel il reprend des grands classiques du genre, mais aussi des pièces
du répertoire francophone qu’il adapte à sa façon. Des classiques comme
« I Put a Spell on You » et « Hard to Handle » sont des naturels dans un
tel contexte. Par contre, Garou surprend beaucoup plus avec ses
relectures de « Quand tu danses » de Gilbert Bécaud, « Cash
City » de Luc De Larochellière et « Je voudrais voir New York »
de Daniel Lavoie. Aussi au menu, « If I Ain’t Got You » d’Alicia
Keys, un des grands succès de la dernière année, « Lonely Boy » des
Black Keys et« Bad Day » de Daniel Powter. Avec
Rhythm and Blues, Garou s’approprie des chansons bien variées pour
en faire un ensemble qui comporte par contre une certaine dichotomie.
Les variations sont parfois brusques et un peu bizarres, même si on
tente de créer une ligne directrice grâce au rhythm and blues. C’est
dommage, car prise séparément, chaque chanson démontre tout le talent de
Garou dans ce style musical.
In the case of the Californian punk band Bad
Religion, it is difficult after 30 years of career to still expect
albums as great as they were at the turn of the 1990s. The band tries
somehow to renew his style album after album, but we must say that they
are somehow trapped in a specific music genre that is hard to break.
Guys throw us a few solid punk tracks straight to our face like the
title track, "Fuck You" and "Vanity". You can also hear songs a little
slower but effective, with a wall of guitars: "Dharma and the Bomb",
"Hello Cruel World", and so on. Greg Graffin lyrics still
denunciate and it is in this sense that the group remains relevant after
so many years. The overall still unfortunately has many compositions
that are disposable. This is exactly what makes that Bad Religion is no
longer the band it was before.
For their fourth album, the quintet from Vancouver
returns with the energetic pop rock sound that they have developed in
recent years, especially on the previous album,
Eureka. Folk influences of
their debut are now rare and we rather hear an excellent indie pop and
rock sound on which you will have to keep the beat. Many of the 14
tracks on The Sticks not only have the ability to make us stomp,
but they also have beautiful creative qualities. This is the case for
the title song, "Bit by Bit" and many others. If the band finally
discovered themselves with Eureka,
they reached the peak of their career with The Sticks. To
recent years, the legendary Bob Mould issued albums that were
particularly effective, almost worthy of his most creative years, either
in solo or as part of Hüsker Dü or Sugar. He resumes his
momentum with Silver Age, an energetic album which is not
betraying the age of its creator. Songs are well linked and they never
disappoint us. It sounds like the Bob Mould of the heyday of Sugar! We
can still hear several tracks a bit slower, but never boring. Mould may
be nostalgic or not, the fact remains that he brings back what his fans
prefer of him, for their own pleasure. Silver Age is once again
an excellent album by this genius of alternative rock.
"Scratch" Perry is considered as the biggest reggae legend after Bob
Marley. He has contributed greatly to the development of dub and
important albums in the genre, including some of the first recordings by
Marley. On the eve of his 77 years of age, Perry continues to give us
new material. He may not be reinventing the genre, but he still has good
moments of dub / lounge, proving that he remains a towering figure in
the founding bassist of Iron Maiden is touring constantly around
the world with his band, he found time to record his first solo album in
2012. The title of the album, British Lion, comes from the name
of a group that Harris has managed and for whom he wrote in the 1990s.
These are the musicians who accompany Harris in this solo adventure with
the singer Richard Taylor and guitarists Graham Leslie and
David Hawkins. Musically, Harris takes his inspiration from the
1970’s rock, reminding us greatly of UFO, Rainbow and
Deep Purple. Unfortunately, the creativity is far to be here with a
variety of rock clichés from the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, most of
the tracks are downright boring and certainly not worthy of a metal
legend. Here is an album that everyone will forget very quickly...
Big Kenny and
John Rich are a duo from Nashville that debuted in 2004 in country
music. They include rock and pop music in their country sound that is
rather fanciful. After a break of five years, they are trying to
reinvigorate their careers which seemed to be ending up badly with
Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace
in 2007. They requested the services of Jon Bon Jovi and
Richie Sambora for the writing of the opening track, "Born Again"
(on which Jon also participates), and "Can’t Be Satisfied". The album
has some good songs, but the whole falls quickly in the insipidity of
the last record. The duo appeared as a joke in the country music world
but it cannot get out of that image, unfortunately. The joke lasted long
Northern Irish alternative metal band first caught attention in 1994
with its excellent album
Troublegum, in the flow
of the tsunami wave driven by post-grunge. They quickly went back to the
underground, a much more natural place for Therapy?. A Brief Crack of
Light is the 13th album of the band, which has lost none of its
power of 20 years ago. The group seems determined to regain the charts
with "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing". Otherwise, it still
presents experimental moments that are difficult to access, such as the
instrumental "Marlow". The album offers interesting portions, but a few
tracks prove to be truly memorable.
Hellbound Hepcats began as a duo on the Montreal rockabilly scene.
Alexander Brown (vocals and guitar) and Jordan Peddie (bass)
have now added a drummer in Sylvain Lemire, and they are now
ready to conquer the world with their second album. The group takes us
literally back in the 1950s with numerous references to early rock 'n'
roll and country influences. In addition, Alex Brown has an excellent
voice which is not without reminding us of a certain Elvis Presley. The Hellbound
Hepcats are actually a 2010 version of the rock 'n' roll artists of that
time, with a record that benefits of today's technologies. This is an
album that caters to both nostalgic and younger people that have a
curiosity for the music of the past. Even if we cannot really talk about
creativity in their case, The Hellbound Hepcats offer us a very good
record on which the annoying moments are absent during the 25 short
Empress Hotel is an eclectic pop rock band from New Orleans inspired
both by Prince, the pop music from the 1970s, Roxy Music
and the Velvet Underground. Their music is accessible by its good
beat and catchy melodies. But it also presents a great complexity and
creativity. It is only a pity that we remember a very little from it in
Neomythics is a duo formed of Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery,
two multi-instrumentalists that play many different instruments on the
album. Produced by Howe, New Corporate Resistance is their first
album together after they have composed several songs for other artists,
especially in jazz and funk. Neomythics has a post-punk sound like
Television and you could also compare them to early U2 material. Their music is rich and
has beautiful creative qualities, even if they often fail to really
capture our attention. Note the presence of guitarist Harvey Mandel
who played with The Rolling
Stones in the 1970s.
Australian ace of Hammond B3 organ presents on his new album a majority
of original compositions strongly influenced by the 1960s, but also some
blues classics like Willie Dixon’s "Seventh Son" and jazz
classics as Erroll Garner’s "Misty". He also pays tribute to one
of his early idols, legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith, with the
medley "Chicken Shack / How Blue Can You Get". Even though it contains
only 9 tracks, Desperate Times, recorded in Toronto, offers some
his eighth album, the flamenco guitarist is somewhat in a different
direction and leaves room for his musicians to produce a particularly
rich environment. Even if you can hear mostly original instrumental
compositions, there are also two huge covers. The album begins with
Screamin 'Jay Hawkins’ classic "I Put a Spell on You", beautifully
interpreted by Toronto female singer Emma-Lee. Another classic
comes from the French repertoire, Jacques Brel’s "Ne me
quitte pas". The album was recorded with old
microphones to recreate the atmosphere of the Miles Davis era.
The result is an intimate and mature album that is listening beautifully
in the late hours of the night. This is another great album by this
excellent classical guitarist.
pianist and his trio cover here some pieces by rather eclectic artists
such as Alice In Chains ("Got Me Wrong"), Sufjan Stevens
("Holland"), Jimi Hendrix
("Hey Joe") and Chico Buarque ("Samba e Amor"). He still allows
some jazz covers as Clifford Brown’s "Brownie Speaks" and
Sonny Rollins’ "Airegin". Note also the reworked versions of the
touching "Baby Plays Around" from Elvis Costello and Cait
O'Riordan, as well as Nick Drake’s "Time Has Told Me".
Although it is very interesting to hear jazz covers of pieces as varied,
the fact remains that the whole is somewhat bizarre at the end. The trio
is not at its best on Where Do You Start, but it brings an
element of curiosity that is the whole point of the CD.
1974, the greatest rock 'n' roll band was on the decline and seemed on
the verge of extinction. But the arrival of guitarist Ron Wood
(ex-Faces) would cement the group and allow them to return to the
path of success. This documentary is showing the positive effect Wood
had on the band between 1975 and 1983. It includes exclusive interviews,
as well as many archive footage accompanied by the band's music. The
documentary did a great job to highlight these specific years of the
Stones' career, years which have enabled the band to be reborn on
record, you could say for the last time considering the material they
presented for the last 30 years.
LittleBig Townis aNashvillevocal quartetconsisting of 2men and 2 women. They have acountry popsoundbasedprimarily onvocal harmonies.Tornadois theirfifthalbum in 10 yearsand itis certainlytheirmostpoprecordto date.Otherwise, it is notsurethatthe country puristswill be disappointedby
it since they were not
version of Fleetwood Mac, and it
continues withTornado.If one forgetstheircountryinfluences,
one can easily perceive the newalbumas a greatpoprecord, simply.
For his new album,
the harmonica player from
Quebecinvitedseveral colleaguesto add
theirpersonal touch to thealbum.Among others,
(keyboards) and MélissaLavergne (drums).
Bélangerplays a mix oforiginal compositions and
traditionalblues musicof the southernUnited States.WhileDustyTrailsfollows in the
Crossroadsreleased2 yearsearlier, itgoes one stepfurther andshows howGuy Bélangermastershis artbeautifully.Here ishis best albumto date.
For itssecondalbum,the rock'n' roll band
from Montrealpresents onlyoriginal
compositions, some of them dangerously heavy.Thegroup producedthealbum itselfandthe result is ahighly effective garage rock
a bitwestern spaghettilike "Lexie's Fang", and
we can find enough varietyon the album tokeep usoff balance.Butthe fact remains thatthe piecesfranklyrock'n' rollare the most interesting,
as thefirst single,"Gimme Action".
It'sjust a shamethat with onlynine trackswe seem to hearan albumthat would havebenefited
greatly additional momentsofenergetic rock.
Jah WobbleandKeithLevenewere two of theoriginal members ofPublic
ImageLimitedalongside the singerJohnLydon(JohnnyRottenof the SexPistols).
The bassistand the guitaristmetyears laterto offer us atotally
Very psychedelic, Yin &
Yangbrings us intoan atmospherefusingrock,jazz, punk,
funk anddub.The albumhas someverygood momentswhileLeveneremainsin great shapebehindhis guitar.Otherwise, other parts maybe shocking with theirweirdsideand a
sometimesraw productionaggressive for the ears.Note
of "Within You Without You"
of The Beatles.This isdefinitelyan albumthat requiresa great effortto adapt, butthenostalgic of
PILwillprobably find what they are
20 years ago, the group maintains aCalifornianmetalhordeof admirerssince that time.To celebratetheir20 years, theyhave a doublelive albumcomprising an assembly of
recordingsat various locationsaround the world.The 15tracks includedon both discspaint agood picture of theband's career.The
installationis smart enoughto make us believethat it isa singleconcert,then the presence ofthe
crowdfeltso much so
to be onthe spot,a
few meters fromthe scene.MachineFuckingHeadwithLive,the group offers agiftto his fanswho followtouringall these years.
For itsfourthstudio album,
the poppunkquartetfromBaltimoregoes one stepfurther in its
There are only afew
elementsof their earlypunk soundand the band iseasiertocompare to commercialhard rockof the 1980s,witha personal touchof modernity. On Don’t
Panic, the group
manages to presentsolidcompositionsand especiallyto balanceeverything to makean album thatis listening
welluntil the end.
Although sometracks mayseem common, there are enough
energetic piecesto make a
greatlyinteresting album.In fact,it ishere perhapstheirstrongestrecordto date.
Sour – House of Gold and Bones, pt. 1 (2012)
CoreyTaylorandJimRoot formed Stone Soura few years beforejoiningSlipknotand
they have always pursued the band in
parallel. More melodic thanSlipknot,Stone Sourhas influencesof Metallicaand AliceIn Chainsfora heavy alternativemetalsound,
but stillaccessible.Houseof Goldand Bones,pt.1 is thefourthalbum of the bandandthe 1stpart of aconcept albumin two parts.The albumhasa lot of depth,
both musically andlyrically.
There areextremely strongcompositions, among the bests
that the bandhas offered so far.The guideline iseffective
and the transitionisbeautifulbetween metalsongs and more introspective
songs, sometimes acoustic("The Travelers, part 1").
Here is avery good
album thatwill make us
eagerlyawait the follower.
The release of thesecondpartis scheduled forApril 9.
The Angry Kids are a duo from Toronto which is
playing danceable house music, often influenced by rock. Jeff Beck
(no, not the one you’re thinking of) and Ryan Wilock were already
active for a few years in the clubs, in addition to be a part of
numerous compilations of electronic music. This first album is therefore
actually a collection of their greatest hits to date and it includes
inevitably "Mr. Brown" in two versions (with the voice of Bob Marley).
You can also hear the song that made them known
at their debut, "I Ran (So Far Away)" (with A Flock of Seagulls).
There are also the excellent "Monkey" (with Kaysh), "Wouldn’t It
Be Good" with Nik Kershaw and their cover of the Ramones’
"Blitzkrieg Bop". Dance music lovers will find something to satisfy
themselves on this energetic album.
French trumpeter quartet (completed by Marcello Giuliani on bass,
Marc Erbetta on percussion and Benoît Corboz on keyboards
and guitar) entirely composed this tenth album in the studio, almost one
song per day. The logical continuation to
In Between, the album navigates between various atmospheres,
often influenced by their different travels ("Istanbul Tango", "African
Mist"). Among the 10 tracks of the CD there are three songs, beautifully
highlighted by the voice of Anna Aaron. Here is a very good
ambient jazz record.
had done in 2010 with
My Worlds Acoustic, the young Canadian
pop singer follows his
Believe album with acoustic
recordings. There are 8 acoustic versions of tracks from the album, plus
3 new songs. Unfortunately, these are session musicians who perform most
of the guitars, even if Bieber is involved on a few songs. He is
therefore clearly not comfortable enough yet on his instrument. The
repertoire a little more festive of Justin Bieber turns a little strange
in an acoustic more serious version, and it is with no surprise that the
already soft songs as "As Long As You Love Me" and "Be Alright" are
easier to fit in this atmosphere. "She Don’t Like the Lights" is
certainly one of the best ones with his hit single "Boyfriend". Among
the new songs, "Yellow Raincoat" is a sure hit and Bieber presents a
very personal ballad in conclusion, "Nothing Like Us". Did we need
Believe Acoustic? Certainly not, but his fans should find something
interesting while awaiting for new material.
her second album, Élisapie Isaac clearly intends to export her music as
she dropped her surname and sings in English only. Only a few traces of
Inuktitut allow us to remember her roots. Musically, she takes a
resolutely pop way with unforgettable melodies, effective beats and
electro sounds from the 1980s. The keyboards are dominant on this album
very well produced by Éloi Painchaud and François Lafontaine.
Several tracks have excellent commercial potential, but her fans of the
beginning will certainly regret the fact Elisapie can now be compared to
many other singers in the genre, especially those who find their
inspiration in the music of 25 or 30 years ago.
Raphael Gualazzi is an Italian songwriter, singer and
pianist who produced two albums to date. His second one, Reality and
Fantasy, issued in early 2011 in Europe, has sold 100,000 copies in
addition to being certified gold in Italy. Blue Note reissued the album
with six bonus tracks. Gualazzi is a contemporary crooner, overflowing
of Latin energy and who mixes jazz and soul. He is an excellent musician
to interpret jazz standards, but it is his talent as a songwriter that
is emerging on this dynamic and effective album. He sings mainly in
English, but you can also hear some Italian songs including "Follia
d'Amore" (also in English: "Madness of Love"). Note from the bonus songs
his personal cover of Fleetwood Mac’s "Don’t Stop". Meanwhile his
new album which is scheduled to be released in the weeks to come, soak
yourself in the unique world of Raphael Gualazzi.
5 years of absence, the singer-songwriter from Montreal is finally back
with a new album. For the occasion, she surrounds herself with the best
musicians of the Montreal scene with guitarist Warren Spicer of
Plants and Animals and the rhythm section of Patrick Watson.
She thus adds depth to her jazz and soul sound with some indie rock
influences. She doesn’t hesitate to deliver personal romanticized lyrics
in which she talks about her new life as a lover and a mom. If The
Year He Drove Me Crazy presents a major shift in the artist's
career, it is certainly a turning point in the right direction with her
most accomplished work to date.
superb voice of Canadian jazz returns with a first studio album in five
years and in addition, she is accompanied by her original trio. For this
record of 11 tracks, she explores various territories, from a James Bond
theme ("You Only Live Twice") to Jacques Brel ("If You Go Away"),
via Tom Waits ("Walk Away", "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard"),
Mort Shuman (the classic "Viva Las Vegas"), Gordon Lightfoot
("If You Could Read My Mind") and even Captain Beefheart ("Love
Lies"). She offers also an original composition, "You've Got a Secret."
With Night, Holly Cole shows us once again the full extent of her
young French tenor is skillfully blending classical singing and pop
music, and it is again the case on this third album. He revisits some
pieces by the greatest composers: Tchaikovsky, Brahms,
Chopin, Fauré, Mozart, Bach, Pachelbel,
Debussy and others. He gives these classics a touch of modernity
thanks to pop beats and he adds his own Italian lyrics written in
collaboration with Davide Esposito. There is only "Siamo
Noi Il Futuro", inspired by Borodine, that we
can also hear in a French version in conclusion of the CD, "Tous
ensemble pour demain (Nous on rêve)".
Only one year after the huge success of
Planet Pit, the Cuban native is
back with a new album of 12 concise tracks totaling only 41 minutes.
Sampling the famous "Macarena" on the title song in introduction and
"Take on Me" on "Feel this moment" with Christina Aguilera
reinforce what is guaranteed to be successful. "Back in Time" was
propelled by the movie Men in Black 3, and with hymns to the
party as "Don’t Stop the Party", "Party Ain’t Over" (with
Afrojack and Usher) and "Have Some Fun" (with Afrojack
and Wanted), we know where Pitbull goes: directly late at
night... Note also the participations of Chris Brown ("Hope
We Meet Again"), Jennifer Lopez ("Drinks for You (Ladies
Anthem)") and Enrique Iglesias ("Tchu Tchu Tcha").
With such a collection of sure hits provided at a non-stop pace, it
would be difficult for his fans to complain. Even if it doesn’t
necessarily include his best compositions in career, Global
Warming is certainly his best album to date considering the way
everything fits well together. (February 2013 Featured Review)
Alt-J is an English quartet that was formed at
Leeds University in 2008. They present their very first album, An
Awesome Wave. Rather difficult to describe, we can say the band
mixes alternative rock and folk with dub beats and pop melodies. The
result is a minimalist fusion that is very interesting and creative.
Some tracks may seem a bit pretentious, but the whole remains very
solid and entertaining, especially when you consider that they are
in their first steps in music. Alt-J is thus a band to check out
closely. (February 2013 Featured New Artist)
For her second official album, the pop singer managed
to assemble with coherence a dozen of pieces for a record which is
listening well as a whole. These are not all the songs that have the
potential to become a hit, but there are still some essential titles as
the title track and the excellent "Die Young". Her lyrics remain of
course at the first degree, always with that little vulgar side which
differentiates her from the mass of singers in the genre. She even raps
on some occasions, but it should be noted that this is rarely when she
is at her best. Please note that she invited punk legend Iggy Pop
to sing with her on "Dirty Love". Overall, Warrior is stronger
than her first album and she manages to have good songs for partying.
After writingseveral hitsfor other
BrandyandFloRida,Bruno Marstook advantage of
his ownsinging career
in 2009.After the success ofhis first album, definitely
rose to the topthanks to thehits"Grenade"
and "Just the WayYou
Are", he returns with
a second record.There isa problem with thepop singeronUnorthodoxJukebox:he seemsrather bitteragainst women,whenhe managed toseduce themonhis first CD.It only remainsto hopetheydon’t listen too much tothe lyricsif he wants tomaintainhisfan basegained only during
the last two years. There are a fewgood momentsofR&B like with"Treasure", but the whole is
darkwith very few
Fortunately, there isthe first single,"Locked Out of Heaven",
the best one among the10
Noteasy the test of
Outasightis the pseudonym of
RichardAndrew, a singer
rapper whodoes a mix ofrap,rock andR&B.Hebecame knownin 2011 with the
dance popmegahit"Tonight is the Night",
the song at the centre of
this first recordthat hasfew otherinteresting
rare momentsworthy of
mentionis"Shine"featuringChiddyBang,and you canalso enjoy"I'llDrinkto That". For everything
else, itis alightpop sound withoutsubstanceand withoutexcitement,even in
more danceable moments("Ready
Set Go", "Now or Never").
Gloriana is a Nashville country music band that was
formed in 2007 and is now at its second album. Following the departure
of Cheyenne Kimball in 2011, the group continues its path as a
trio. It reminds us more Lady Antebellum with its vocal harmonies
and a country pop sound. In fact, the country music origins for the band
come mostly with the banjos and harmonica while the set is arranged in a
pop sound. Despite this very accessible soundscape, few songs manage to
take root in our minds and A Thousand Miles Left Behind leaves us
rather indifferent at the end.
Stompin' Tom Connors is the most famous country singer in Canada with a
career that spans over 45 years. Unfortunately, he has always suffered
from the comparison with the giant Johnny Cash. This new album
features 17 songs including originals, instrumentals, as well as covers
of Wilf Carter ("Rattlin' Cannonball"), Hank Snow ("My
Nova Scotia Home") and other legends of country music. The Road of
Life presents an interesting journey into the world of Stompin 'Tom
and he will certainly succeed in capturing the attention of his fans.
Formed in the late 1970s in California, Redd Kross
has become a cult punk and alternative rock band. After a break of 15
years, it returns with its sixth album, Researching the Blues.
The McDonald brothers show us not only their best compositions in
a long time, but also superb unforgettable melodies, sometimes almost
worthy of The Beatles, no less. Moments of rock 'n' roll will not
leave you indifferent and mid-tempo songs will not fail to seduce you.
Without daring to say that Researching the Blues is the best
album of the career of Redd Kross, let’s say it is possibly the most
enjoyable one to listen to. A breath of fresh air by a group of 35 years
that doesn’t seem to have taken age!
Following the release of We Come in Peace, the legendary punk
band from Vancouver announced its retirement and its current tour will
be its last one. This 14th album of Joe Keithley and his band
takes on a whole new meaning. We can find again humor and political
denunciation like what marked the heyday of the group, with still much
power despite a 35-year career. The guest artists include Hugh Dillon
(Headstones), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and
Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent). In the second half of the CD,
Joe Keithley presents strong compositions like "Lost Souls" and "The Man
with No Name". The group even allows a very efficient cover of The Beatles’ "Revolution".
Finally, the record ends with an acoustic version of their classic
"General Strike". With We Come in Peace, the Canadian punk
pioneers certainly offer us their best album since a long time.
Beatdown is a reggae trio from Montreal presenting its second album. In
a style called northern reggae, the band incorporates various guest
artists. Arrangements are raw, but go well with the atmosphere of the
live band. On Walkin' Proud, the trio makes getaways in other
musical genres: sixties pop on "Gone For Good", surf on "The Other
Side". The main negative point of the band is its singer, Alex
Giguère, who is lacking of voice and is not at
the right level on several occasions. Despite some flaws on the CD, you
have no choice but letting go to the rhythms of reggae.
Debbie Tebbs is a Montreal native who toured across Canada over the past
15 years. On this new album, the artist makes a return to basics,
abandoning her turntables for her voice and synthesizers, beautifully
presented in electronic arrangements. She offers us a dance electro pop
sound heavily influenced by the 1980s. Debbie is also fully in the new
wave of disco. For Modern Talking, she can count on the
participation of Eric Speed, DJ Nerve and Marie-Luce
Béland, not to mention Sylvain Taillefer who wrote several
lyrics. So, Debbie Tebbs is particularly well accompanied for the first
album out of her comfort zone and bringing her in a world we didn’t know
about her. Her tour will stop in Montreal on February 13 at the Casa Del
Popolo with a surprise guest.
German acoustic jazz quartet is back with a new album. It carries this
time its tango on a journey through Europe and the rest of the world.
The 18 tracks of Grand Voyage were in fact recorded in various
locations around the world. Their atmospheric music makes us inevitably
travel, and this is doubly the case with this sixth album for the Justin
Time label. Bon voyage!
Furious Swampriders is an international collective of independent
artists who gather occasionally since the 1990s around Tom "The Perc"
Redecker. This is the fourth part of this series, including
Deborah Harry (Blondie), Nick
Cave, The Raymen, Johnny Dowd
(with Brian Wilson), The Walkabouts, Wovenhand and
many others. Among the most famous songs presented, there is "Enjoy the
Silence" by M. Walking on the Water and "Heartbreak Hotel" by
Kirschbaum-Weishoff-Trio. The main problem with this heterogeneous
album is that it goes in all directions with punk, folk, rockabilly,
electro and more ambient music. So, you get lost so quickly, despite
some good moments of creativity.
This is alittle earlier thanexpected
that we were presentedthe
latest albumof the poppunktrilogy by
Green Day.As a whole,the trilogyhas offeredgreat timesofpoppunk, proving that
the bandstill dominatesthe movement.Otherwise,
you get ratherconfusedat the endrealizing that thegrouphas also presentedsomelanguorous balladsandsongsinfluencedbysoul musicof the 1960s,
like the first piece of
Love". While thetwoprevious recordswerestill having asolidguideline, the
third one is a little more likeacollection of leftoverswith the 12 remainingtracksthat wererecorded.You can heargreat songslike "Missing
You", "Sex, Drugs & Violence"
and "99 Revolutions", but the
lack of consistencyof the set canbe somewhatdisturbing."Drama Queen" and "Brutal
Love" are also great songs,
butthey breakthe rhythm in aweird way.
In conclusion,the best albumof the trilogyis probably
iDos!, with an
honorable mention to
let’s bet that we will hearagainabout thistrilogyin 2013,probablywiththe release of abox set
albums,maybe aCDofrejected songs(if therewas some)
and hopefully, a collection
of the best songs ofthe trilogy.
RadioRadio isthe perfect mixbetweenEnglish and Frenchhip hop, thanks in part tothe inclusion ofchiac,
this unique language of
southeasternNew Brunswickmerging the twolanguages.In addition, the band includes in
a great waydifferent musical
influencessuch as electronicsand rock for aresult of greatwealth.On this thirdalbum,thetrioexplores new horizonsfor a
original pop music. Some
inevitable "Galope" are instantanthemsto party, but
the ensemble requiressome
immediatelycatchy,Havre de Grâceremainsa good recordbya group thatcertainly
Threeyears after the excellent
Bomb in a Birdcage, Alison
Sudolis back.The young singer from Seattlewhoperformsunder the nameA FineFrenzypresents a recorda little more intimatethan
the last one,handing thepianowell in frontforseveralsongs.In addition, sheexplores themesa bitmore abstract,telling the
story ofa tree...In
this introspectivefolk universe, the
voice of the singerisvery important andshe
manages tocaptivate uswithamong othersa unique charismathat is reflectingeven on the album(a featin itself).Sidesa littlemore crazyonthe previous albummay lack to some of her fans,butPinesisstilla very good record.
Ruddis anAustralianindie musicianwho does not
hesitateto explore differentavenuesofalternative rock music. Fromthe opening trackof
"Lioness Eye", he
managed to create a heavy and
captivate us, or make usgive upimmediately.Otherwise, he quickly returnsto amorestandard acoustic folk sound on
"Comfortable in My Skin"
with just aguitar and anharmonica.This mix offolkandindieexperimentationissure to keepourinterest, butRudddoes not revolutionizeanythingand we
retain onlyvery littlefrom this newalbum.
With thisthirdalbum,thehardcore bandfrom Los Angelespresentsunquestionablyitsbest recordto date.The Ghost Insidehas found itsown soundand ithas a superbmixture ofrawaggressionandemo.Produced byJeremyMcKinnonofA Day To Remember,
Get What You Give
sounds like aton of bricks,is at times of an incrediblespeed,but managesprimarilyto provideexcellenttransitionswithslower and catchy
passages. The highlightsof the CD arecertainly "Outlive",
Horse". But,the wholealbum is pleasant tolistenandit will
surely pleaseany fan ofcontemporaryhardcore.
Dollsare aBritishpunk bandthat was formed in
1979.They do comedy rock andhave neverreallytaken themselves seriously.
Thetriopresents the12th studio albumof its
career.The record includesa few piecesofenergeticefficiencyand good times of rock'n'roll,but theircaricatural sideoften takesthe spotlightwhich can becomeannoying,
especially since it is not
really funnythoughitwants to be comedy.The albumfeatures 3bonusacoustictracksbysinger and guitaristOlga.
SaxophonistRaviColtrane,son of John and
on the jazz scenesince the mid-1990s.SpiritFictionis hissixthalbum,the first for thefamousBlue Note label.There aretwo groups ofmusicians on the album: a
quartet that was working withColtranefor almost 10 years,
but also the quintetwhich
participated tothe album
From the Round Box, issued in
2000.Co-produced by ColtraneandJoeLovano,the record has ajazzmoodwith some lightness,
very pleasant to hear.WithSpiritFiction,Ravi Coltraneseems ready totake a new directionwith his
Thepop / R&Bsinger presentsalmost an albumeveryyearsince her debut in2005,which is meaning
she is alreadyissuing herseventhrecord.Rihannalovingto provoke, she is not
shytoundressfor the cover of
Unapologetic. Musically,she goes back to
something a littledarker anddeeper, as it was the
Rated Rin 2009.We likewhenRihannadares toexperiment, even if it
then separatesa portion ofher audience thatprefers
her when she plays light popanddance music.Otherwise,
there is still some varietythroughout therecord
and dance songs(includingthe excellent"Right
Now" with David
Guetta). CollaborationsincludeEminem("Numb") and her
varied tracks, the album may seemsomewhatuneven.But, itstillhasvery goodcompositions,
one ofthe most completeartistsof her
generation. (January 2013 Featured Review)