Reviews of albums old and new from iconic artists and up and coming musicians alike.
Five Albums At A Time
Introduction - The Rhino Five Album Sets I have shared these before, and there are a lot of variations, bigger and smaller, but Rhino Records have a huge catalogue of five album sets by various acts. The format is on CD in a replica card cover of the original twelve inch vinyl albums. The think is that generally these cost around ten to fifteen British pounds so each album costs you today what it would originally have cost when it was originally released.
Rap Albums from Underground artists in March
As we march forward and out of the month "March" we are going to take a look at different rap albums that were released this month. Some were released in early March and we all got to listen to them for the whole month, while others got late excitement and got the album in the final week of March. I am telling you this, so you would have the same opportunity to listen to these albums. The details and rating given to the album is within my own personal decision and my personal opinion (I want to make that clear to people who get offended by it)
Rap Albums from Underground artists in April
Well, April was very different and a little bit better than March. More albums got released but these four are the ones that won the battle and got picked for the selection of "Rap Albums from Underground artists in April". Make sure to read last month's selections "Rap Albums from Underground artists in March". The details and rating given to the album are within my own decision and my personal opinion (I want to make that clear to people who get offended by it).
Why 'Harry's House' feels underwhelming
'Harry's House' is the much anticipated 3rd solo album from Harry Styles. With song names like 'Little Freak' and lyrics like 'choke her with a sea view' being leaked in the week building up to the album's release, fans were expecting Medicine and Kiwi-esque sexually-charged rock songs. Theories of him returning to the sound of his debut solo album were circulating, which contained a mix of rock and ballads with the occasional softer sound to solidify his comeback.
The Music of The Glacier
Falling Into Sigur Rós I once heard the music of Sigur Rós described as glacial, but in a very positive way. The band hail from Reykjavík, Iceland so that is probably not an unexpected description. All their songs are sung entirely in the constructed language Hopelandic (or Vonlenska in Icelandic)., but sound absolutely beautiful.
Harry's House by Harry Styles | Album Review
The former One Direction member has made quite the solo career for themself thus far. With the with a debut and sophomore albums under the belt (the latter of which a review can be found here), Harry Styles looks to impress with the more intimate and exploratory Harry's House. Fine Line was filled with summer bops and the exploration of sex and gender, seemingly a focal point of introspection for Styles. Harry's House seems to capture a nostalgic summer rock pop, especially in the leading single, "As It Was".
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar | Album Review
It's been years now since the drop of award winning album, DAMN. We've gotten a taste here and there with teasing singles and features with Baby Keem, but a new album is finally here - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, a double album filled with x and y, topping off what has been one of the most incredible discographies of the modern era. The intimacy of family is front and center, with glimpses of religion, gun violence, and struggle hiding within plain sight - a Compton paramount. Kendrick, a modern rap king, has solidified his place atop the throne with this release.
Moondance by Van Morrison
The Aftermath of Astral Weeks I recently wrote a piece on “Astral Week”s by Van Morrison. The New Musical Express said that it was one of the top ten rock albums but Moondance was even better, so did that mean that two of his albums were in the top ten.
The Golden Palominos and A Dead Horse
A Dead Horse I remember buying this album on some recommendation from a music magazine in the days when I used to buy music magazines.
Astral Weeks By Van Morrison
The Genesis of Van Morrison In the early sixties, Van Morrison played and wrote Rhythm and Blues with the band Them and wrote the proto-punk classic “Gloria”. This song was perfect for anyone picking up a guitar and using the simplest chord sequence E D A repeated and sung over.
A Better Mousetrap
Here's a little something I penned for reviewermag.com back in June 2014. Oh musical gods, why hast ye forsaken me? Once, long ago, in a place where only vinyl and 8-track tapes existed, a band’s first album was titled using the band’s name, i.e., eponymously. That’s how we got Bread, Boston, [The] Chicago [Transit Authority], [Fresh] Cream, Supertramp, Buckingham Nicks . . . well, you get the idea.
'Diamonds and Rust': An Underappreciated Classic from Joan Baez
There is no question that 1975 was a year of amazing music. Besides the release of Springsteen’s Born to Run (the greatest album of all time) in August, the year before America’s bicentennial saw classics like Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, and many others. On a website called besteveralbums.com, where they list how albums ranked for each year, I was stunned to find that for 1975 one of the truly great albums of that year languished at #175 on their list: the stellar Diamonds & Rust by folk/rock icon Joan Baez.