Regulars to this blog and any of my previous writing will know I have a thing for David Guetta. Not in the way you might think but more in a ‘his hair will spawn the anti-christ’ kinda way and his music will ‘bring about the demise of human civilisation’ kinda way so I’m sure you would expect this review to only go one of one ways. Yet being the moderate writer that I am (jokes) I feel it’s only fitting to give me a crack at Guetta’s latest offering for the music world, ‘Listen’. And what off this glistening offering to the gods of music reviewing? Allow me to disdain…
Enter Shikari are not known for putting together very cohesive records, often drifting from theme to theme without any real direction and part of the charm of their albums is this chaos. So what happens when they do find some sort of order in their albums? Will it add or subtract from their disorderly musical conduct?
The Mindsweep is that very album.
Taylor Swift has done it again. She may enrage or inspire you, but either way the girl knows how to make money, well at least her manager and producers do. The release of her 2014 album “1989” has taken the tweenie world by storm with its catchy beats and as Swift herself ages; her songs are coming of age anthems for young twenty-something’s. Her album is cohesive and full of her signature catchy tunes and comically misheard lyrics – “…long list of ex-lovers” has been quoted as being “…Starbucks lovers”, much to the franchises glee I’m sure.
Do you remember Curtis Jackson? Back before Waka Flocka Flame and Young Jeezy took incomprehensible rapping to mean dollar signs and before getting shot at was a sport there was a dude with a story more inflated fiction than solid fact. Shot nine times and left to die and a protégé of a protégé of one the pioneers of West coast rap, 50 Cent was big enough to spawn himself a quite playable videogame alongside his highly popular ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ debut and infamous club shootings persona. But nearly ten years later, what does he do now? Surely he has made enough coin to get him into some mediocre mansion or have him perpetually sitting in the producer’s chair stealing lesser rapper’s income. Enter ‘Animal Ambition’, the fifth and most likely not the last attempt Jackson makes to remind us that the gangsta never leaves the man despite the Gucci manbags doused in Cristal.
From Russia, by way of Germany then to your ears by way of Audiocracy.
The album is extremely impressive and holds up to repeated dips. After the initial apprehensive and exciting wade into their waters the urge to revisit them is immediate and strong. Read more…
I thought I would do an EP round up as there seems to be quite a lot coming out lately and instead of putting them in their own reviews, I would do small ones of each. Here goes!
Infected mushroom have been releasing EPs in the interim between their last stellar album ‘Army of Mushrooms’ and their soon to be released album which will return to the chiller, down tempo styles of ‘Converting Vegetarians’, and this volume 3 collections follows on from the previous two volumes under the same name. With the release of EP number 3, people had high hopes for it with many an internet fiend bandying about terms like ‘best ever’ and ‘Infected at their greatest’. But is it really?
Thomas Gabriel Fischer is a living, walking legend: a highly decorated veteran of heavy metal music with a career spanning over three decades. Known to most by his now defunct pseudonym of Tom G. Warrior, he was a founding member and driving force between two of extreme metal’s most influential acts: the short-lived but influential Hellhammer and the genre-bending Celtic Frost. But what of Triptykon? After 30 years in the game, having shed his alter ego (but kept the eye makeup), is he still able to deliver a challenging and relevant album? Read more…
Sometimes as reviewers we can forget about a little thing called fun. In between all the jaded songwriting nitpickery, po-faced production analysis, the endless & futile search for musical perfection and general verbose pontification… fun takes a back seat. So when the opportunity to review Fearless Records’ ‘Punk Goes ‘90s Vol 2’, a compilation of contemporary hardcore acts covering ‘90s tunes came up, I thought this could be fun! Read more…
Make no mistake this is album is heavy, at times crushingly so, but there is abundant doses of texture, depth and a surprising amount of melody to be found amongst the blows of the metaphorical musical hammer. Read more…