Posts Tagged ‘album’

The Derailers

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My philosophy on tribute albums: When covering popular songs, a band should make its own artistic statement rather than mimicking the original.


Portugal. The Man

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“Sell me / I’m a skeptical boy.” So opens Church Mouth, the second album by Alaska’s Portugal. The Man.



Bad Religion

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Here’s the truest thing we can say about New Maps of Hell, Bad Religion’s latest: “Well, it’s definitely a Bad Religion album.”


lo-fi chorus

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“Record Player,” the opening track on Something in the Air, the new album from Dallas’ lo-fi chorus, has a jubilant, pop-rock sparkle and a powerful sense of immediacy — the song essentially rockets from your speakers. ...



Various Artists

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Taking its name from revolutionary rebels in Nicaragua, Sandinista!, The Clash’s groundbreaking album from 1980, is “an exciting, sprawling mess,” according to writer Jimmy Guterman, who put together The Sandinista! Proje...


Arcade Fire

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With Neon Bible, Arcade Fire’s second effort and the follow-up to 2004’s hugely successful Funeral, the Canadian septet doesn’t just avoid the proverbial sophomore slump but completely obliterates it.



Norah Jones

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Norah Jones has done a lot to quash the expectations established by her first album, 2002’s Come Away With Me.


Ben Kweller

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Had Ben Kweller been alive and making music during the ‘70s, he would have made a killing writing theme songs for classic television shows.



Sunny Sweeney

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It was last fall when Sunny Sweeney’s self-produced debut c.d. first arrived in the mail. Not that it was particularly momentous.


Pilgrim and a Preacher and a Problem when He’s Stoned

His country-music raising got him started, but Waylon Payne’s talent — and his demons — drive him on.
Jeff Prince
The stereo in Waylon Payne’s 1989 Mercedes Benz is blasting “Mama, Drive On” as he barrels down a farm road west of Fort Worth. A breeze whips through the sunroof and knocks ashes off his Marlboro, but he doesn’t notice...