A straight-ahead slapping snare with swelling guitar distortion flowing into a roiling quick riff opens the opener “Electric Cool Aid,” from Slaves On Dope’s latest HORSE. Formed in 1993 by Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine in Montreal (Québec), Slaves On Dope has been around, through up and down in their day from signing to Ozzy Osbourne’s Divine Recordings, playing Ozzfest and SnoCore, suffering personnel changes, record companies dissolutions. Now 23 years after all the madness began for this band, they are back with their new album, HORSE, featuring some stellar guest stars.
A breathy warble falsetto informs the obviously big commercial single-of-a-title-track of Barry Gibb’s In The Now. This is the sole surviving Bee Gee’s only 2nd solo album (his first was 1984’s Now Voyager) with the last new material he released being on the Bee Gee’s 2001 This Is Where I Came In. With his two brothers, Maurice and Robin having died, the Bee Gee’s over, Barry Gibb simply figured his career was done.
Bon Iver 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) Five years after their last release, Bon Iver has delivered its third full-length album, a daring, […]
Progressive rock stalwarts Van der Graaf Generator have just released their 13th studio album, Do Not Disturb. Opening the with the guitar jangle slow plod of “Aloft” by the time Guy Evans stuttering snare beat comes in with Hugh Banton’s organ following the mostly spoken vocal melody line we are thudding along nicely in full prog rock styling presented through different movements in the 7-min plus song.
The simple acoustic plucking and Julie Hampton’s earthy warble with her overly sustained vocal clutch on “Big Sky” opens new 9-song Electra Day CD Quiet Hours. “Falcon’s Gate” has some nice flicked acoustic phrases from Hampton and drip-like observations in the lyric but a tune like “Ferry Song” works best for me, as we get a real deep feeling of longing casting out with Hampton’s odd vocal delivery. Hampton’s singing is going to be one of those things that a listener either takes to or doesn’t, there is certainly no middle ground in the way she delivers her lyrics of heavy imagery.
This 10-song CD features original Cactus members, drummer Carmine Appice and guitarist Jim McCarty, with lead vocalist Jimmy Kunes, bassist Pete Bremy and harp player Randy Pratt. The heavy stomp of “Mamma Bring It Home” is driving and features choruses you cna sing to, plus a McCarty single note lead that ends the tune even higher then it was already sailing. “Dynamite” explodes with Pratt behind Carmine’s heavy snare and again some wonderfully realised backing vocals. There are even two old Cactus tunes here, recorded long-ago with the original line-up of Tim Bogert, Appice, Randy Day and McCarty. “Another Way Or Another” is both a guitar picked instrumental and “wa-wa” wailing lead tune, and the last song here, “C-70 Blues” is all noisy feedback
Dreezy No Hard Feelings (Interscope Records) South Side, Chicago has a bunch of talent coming out the woodwork, but this particular artist has […]
“Kissing” ends the CD with its cool roiling bass from Creed under one simple riff rhythm. Like “For A Little While” and most of the ethos here, Space Cadets get a good groove on, slip in and out and around one another expertly, Wexelman manages his interesting vocal fine, but these songs are built around riffs and a beat, not always much more.
Frank Ocean Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry) I tried several times to really listen to Blonde, but the ear wants what it wants. […]
There might very well be a reason why the moniker ‘Todd is God” has bene saddled on songwriter/producer/multi-media pioneer/singer/guitarist Todd Rundgren. The man is an American icon and all around genius pretty much nobody can dispute. He also has a wealth of tunes to choose from when he plays live and Rundgren does so on his latest release, DVD, Blue Ray, CD An Evening With Todd Rundgren – Live At Ridgefield