Reviews

The Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Miracle Pill’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bob Mussel When we think of celebrities that people typically like to do impressions of – Humphrey Bogart, Howard Cosell and John Wayne come to mind, just for starters – Dennis DeYoung is generally not one of them. Still, in a 1996 Saturday Night Live sketch, Will Ferrell played the former lead singer and keyboardist of Styx in a commercial parody for a fictitious album called Songs that Ruined Everything,… Read more

G-Eazy – ‘Scary Nights’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Bobby Bruderle G-Eazy started gaining popularity in 2014 but it wasn’t until 2017 when he began to blow up. That’s when the playboy rapper released his fourth album The Beautiful & Damned, featuring the hit track, “No Limit”. G-Eazy immensely grew his fan base using his cocky lyrics and from being known through… Read more

Third Eye Blind – ‘Screamer’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Twitter @ThirdEyeBlind When Third Eye Blind debuted with their self-titled album in 1997, they were in some ways a giant conundrum. While sounding unmistakably like a good-time party band, the Bay Area five piece addressed such as issues as suicide (“Jumper”) and crystal meth addiction (“Semi-Charmed Life”) in their lyrics. They presented this idiosyncrasy right out of the box, not waiting to… Read more

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Facebook @JimmyEatWorld “It’s gonna seem so hard // It’s gonna feel so hard // Until you want the work more than the reward,” Jimmy Eat World sing on “Love Never,” one of the best tracks from their tight and formidable new album Surviving. These lyrics may well be a reflection of the band’s own situation, since a half-dozen full releases later Jimmy Eat World have yet… Read more

Ringo Starr – ‘What’s My Name’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Scott Robert Ritchie Eight years as a member of the Beatles means it’s safe to say you’ll never have to go work in a car wash. Still, probably not a lot of people were betting on Ringo Starr ever having a successful solo career: his songwriting credits could be counted on one hand, and his monotone singing style was usually trotted out for one lead vocal per album. Even his fundamental role as drummer… Read more

Taylor Swift – ‘Lover’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision Taylor Swift’s 7th official studio album release Lover, is the most well-rounded creation of her dominant musical career. If you are a fan of Taylor Swift, you will flat out adore this effort. It is a sweet collection of the progression, beauty, and turmoil that has encompassed Swift’s career personally… Read more

Bayside – ‘Interrobang’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Megan Thompson As rock and roll approaches its seventh decade, one might imagine that there are fewer and fewer “firsts” to be claimed (i.e. first band to play a particular place, first group to record an album in such-and-such way, etc.). However, New York’s Bayside has probably clinched a unique rock first on their new album Interrobang. The opening cut – which… Read more

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Upset Mag Promo Simple Creatures, which is comprised of Mark Hoppus (who continues to front Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (who continues to front All Time Low) is an almost all-synth offering in which the guitars mostly remain zipped up in their gig bags. The duo’s new EP Everything Opposite opens with the track “Special,” which sounds an unmistakable lot like Lorde’s “Royals”. While that song is not exactly… Read more

Blink-182 – ‘NINE’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for KROQ Back in the mid-‘80s, punk luminaries the Clash attempted to carry on after the firing of guitarist/co-front man Mick Jones, replenishing the line-up with several new members. The resulting album, Cut the Crap, was abhorred by fans, critics, and – in short order – remaining founder Joe Strummer, who shortly after tagged it “a total f*ck-up” and excluded it from future collected releases… Read more

Liam Gallagher – ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Rankin Oasis first arrived in the mid ‘90s and transformed the British music scene virtually overnight, giving the U.K. (and beyond), a new, focused musical identity after years of so much studio-only pop and divisive rock sub-genres. While there are probably fewer bands since the ‘60s who’re not influenced in some way by the Beatles than are, Oasis mirrored the Fab Four’s sound and general aura so brazenly (their first single “Supersonic” refers to a “yellow submarine” just for starters) and without… Read more