Reviews

Pearl Jam – ‘Gigaton’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch In his final major interview Kurt Cobain described Pearl Jam as a “safe” rock band. “They’re a pleasant rock band that everyone likes,” he claimed. The last part of that assessment at least was probably correct at the time: their 1991 debut album Ten eventually sold thirty million copies worldwide, making… Read more

Eminem – ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ Album Review

 Photo Credit: rag & bone X Eminem Music To Be Murdered By from hip-hop honcho Eminem begins as you immediately hear something being peculiarly shoveled in the background of the Dr. Dre produced “Premonition” introduction track. Em then goes on to lyrically assassinate a two-minute tirade of a welcome. Reminding everyone, he’s back! And it’s… Read more

Childish Gambino – ‘3.15.20’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pavielle Garcia 3.15.20 is a combination of early Kanye West, 80’s Prince and a sample of Zhane’s “Hey Mr. DJ.” It makes us reminisce about the good old days. At the same time, it feels like Donald Glover pushes the restart button with his “We are, we are, we are” intro in “0.00”,… Read more

Thundercat – ‘It Is What It Is’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Zach Finch and Armando Torres Thundercat’s fourth official studio album It Is What It Is is a full on jazz, funk, R&B meditation on love and life. It starts off with synth piano and the words: “Is it time to go? // Go and start the show // Somewhere lost in space.” The… Read more

The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Nabil Elderkin The Weeknd’s latest album After Hours is quite a thrilling ride. The album is intentionally introduced by The Weeknd’s character of the night (A suave, diamond stud rocking, red suit wearing playboy) featured in a storyline of videos that make up the LP. Things begin as you see the Canadian crooner… Read more

HAIM – ‘The Steps’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Nicole Mago The 2013 debut album Days Are Gone from Haim – sisters Este, Alana and Danielle Haim – was musically nothing short of a small miracle, a near-perfect symmetry of production, composition and performance which utilized influences ranging from the classic rock of the Eagles and Pink Floyd to the Eighties pop/R&B of… Read more

Silverstein – ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Clough Ten studio albums in and Alberta, Canada’s Silverstein have yet to achieve any notable commercial success. Their 2015 release I Am Alive in Everything I Touch did go Top 20 in their native land (and Top 40 in the US), but otherwise the world has been slow in taking notice of the band. Part of it could be a degree of name… Read more

Four Year Strong – ‘Brain Pain’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos On the track “Get Out of My Head” from their seventh album Brain pain, Worchester, Massachusetts band Four Year Strong sing: “You want me to burn out but I’d rather fade away.” It takes more than just a bit of chutzpah to paraphrase a lyric (“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”) with so much… Read more

COIN – ‘Dreamland’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David O’Donohue The first side of COIN that we’re exposed to on the band’s third album Dreamland is a solid but overall unspectacular cluster of synth-rock tunes, enjoyable and bouncy but largely interchangeable with pretty much any of the similar music sounds out there. “Into My Arms”, in particular, is also unhelped by… Read more

The Last Four Years – ‘A Rock Noir Romance’ Book Review

Photo Credit:  Anwar Hussein / Getty Images It seems as though the Who have traded in their magic bus for a bookmobile, as each of the four members of the band’s original line-up is currently the subject of a published work: lead singer Roger Daltrey’s memoir and guitarist Pete Townshend’s debut novel were both released… Read more