“Say Something,” a stuttering machine-driven opener with Tom Vickers’ mumbling delivery opens Jane in Space’s new 10-song CD. It falls into a nice commercial slicing-keys chorus sounding like Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails.
Nels Cline Lovers (Blue Note Records) Nels Cline is neither a musician who sets genre-related boundaries for himself, nor is he an […]
Mark J. Morgan (MJM) is a self-taught piano/guitarist, ‘transitioning’ his hip hop rap songwriting into a more traditional R&B sound for his new album MJM Parables Part 1.
Dinosaur Jr. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar) With the release of Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, the […]
“Time To Heal” ends. With its mid-tempo snare snapping, rather cleaner guitar sounds and heartfelt lyric about someone “gone away,” Fitelson’s vocal over the top is the softest it gets on this collection. Probably my favorite tune, we get some simple yet effective Raether bass and a nice sway over all, showing that Max Fite can tackle something slower and softer when they want to…which I would have wished they had done maybe another time here in the midst of all the heaviness.
As Mr. Bozzio also assured me, he has composing and his artwork to fall back on when old age hinders his drumming ability (Bozzio is 65). But Terry Bozzio’s drumming and composing, as heard on Terry Bozzio- Composer Series are still pretty much in top notch shape….and will be quite evident of you catch the man on tour in America presently.
Theo Croker Escape Velocity (DDB Productions) Theo Croker’s third album begins with a track entitled “Raise Your Vibrations,” a manifesto indicative of […]
You have to be pretty freakin’ brave to even listen through one time to these tunes. It’s not that Steinman isn’t in good form, he is, mostly, it’s just that Meatloaf’s voice is shot. He barely shakes/sings through his real low timbre here and is mostly bolstered by the women duets across the tunes. Historic Meatloaf female vocalists Karla De Vito and Ellen Foley are on the overlong “Going All the Way is Just the Start (A Song in 6 Movements)” and Stacy Michelle helps out on ballads like “Speaking in Tongues” or one of the better tunes here, “Loving You’s a Dirty Job (But Somebody’s Gotta Do It.)”
King Creosote & Michael Johnston The Bound of the Red Deer (Independent Release) The collaboration between Scotland’s King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) and […]
“Lifestyle Science” delivers some straight ahead kinetic playing again, with welcomed sung more then shouting in the verses (I like it better when Histrionic sings more than when he shouts actually) and the tom work on “Self slows” slolws things down for sure, with a swing to its snare and again Histrionic actually singing. The guitar picking is hypnotic in the verses and the choruses are almost sing-able. The most commercial track on Blank Canvas by far and one that showcases Histrionic’s compositing abilities with the three or so different movements her