Monthly Archives: March 2019

Three Great Rock Albums

Here are three great rock albums I’ve been listening to an repeat.

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Drenge – Strange Creatures
Genre: Garage Rock
Rating: 7.5/10
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Pond – Tasmania
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Rating: 7/10
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Stats – Other People’s Lives
Genre: Disco Rock
Rating: 8/10
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Julia Jacklin – Crushing

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Genre: Rock
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Mostly break-up songs, alternately defiant and sad, but not cliched, and sometimes pretty insightful. Simple vocals-forward production. It grows on you.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Rapid Round March 2019

Falling behind – so here’s a rapid round!

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Claire Hastings – Those Who Roam
Genre: Folk/Traditional
Rating: 6.5/10
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Jay Mitta – Tatizo Pesa
Genre: Unbelievable crazily fast world beat/dance
Rating: 7.5/10
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Liszt – Sardanapalo & Mazeppa
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Genre: Opera
Rating: 7.5/10
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Brighde Chaimbeul – The Reeling
Genre: Traditional/Drone
Rating: 7.5/10
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Hayes Carll – What It Is
Genre: Alt Country
Rating: 5.5/10
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Ladytron – Ladytron
Genre: Pure, undistilled nostalgia
Rating: 8/10
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Gary Clark Jr – This Land
Genre: Rock/Blues
Rating: 6.5/10
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Emily Scott Robinson – Traveling Mercies
Genre: Folk/Country
Rating: 6/10
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Kaia Kater – Grenades

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Genre: Folk/Country
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: This album really caught me by surprise. It intersperses folk compositions with remarkably poignant spoken reflections on her family’s experience with violence and revolution in Grenada and subsequent immigration. These things are usually overdone, and this incredibly well constructed with good sense of pacing. In particular the “Canyonland” – “Power! Power! Power!” – “La Misere” sequence is almost perfect.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Siobhan McCrudden – Icarus Girl

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Genre: Folk
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: So far one of my favorite folk albums of the year. You have to listen to it a few times, but it grows on you. “Oh Little Red” is the standout.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

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Genre: Pop
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary: More of the same from Sharon Van Etten. Sad songs about relationships and banal conversations with friends and former friends. Not her best.
More info: here.
Listen: here.