Heartland Rock

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Only the Strong Survive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch At the outset, a major artist doing a studio album comprised entirely of songs made popular by other artists may seem like a lazy way to stay in the public eye and/or take care of one contractually-obligated release. However, it’s probably closer to being a rite of passage, as Bob Dylan,… Read more

John Mellencamp – ‘Strictly a One-Eyed Jack’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bryan Lasky One thing that’s impossible to deny, for better or worse, is that John Mellencamp’s voice is not what it once was. On his twenty-fourth studio album, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, the veteran rocker’s singing sound deeper, rougher, and considerably more gravelly (part of this could be just aging, but probably has more… Read more

The War on Drugs – ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs return with I Don’t Live Here Anymore, their first new studio album in four years. With their last offering, they already set the bar pretty high for themselves simply by titling it A Deeper Understanding. The album became their first Top 10 release in the US, meaning that… Read more

The Killers – ‘Pressure Machine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch In late 2019, The Killers announced their follow-up to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful was on its way. That album, Imploding The Mirage was The Killer’s best full-length work to date, a daring leap of sonic ambition that also happened to be hugely enjoyable. Brandon Flowers and company, however, had no way of… Read more

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Letter to You’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch Just last year Bruce Springsteen released Western Stars, a concept album based around Americana themes – particularly cowboys of the old west, the ultimate symbol of American folklore. This was perhaps fitting for an artist who grew up in the ‘50s, the era during which that sort of mythology was the… Read more

The Killers – ‘Imploding The Mirage’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft Beginning with their 2004 debut album Hot Fuss and the classic singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside”, the Killers became among the few actual rock bands who were launched in the twenty-first century to establish a major presence in popular culture and then more-or-less maintain it. The ‘80s influence was… Read more