Author Archives: Coprinus

Felice Brothers – Undress

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Genre: Americana
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 3.5/10
Commentary: Almost unlistenably smug and tedious, another ineffectual contribution to the culture wars from the Felice Brothers.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Devin Townsend – Empath

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Genre: Broadway
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 7.5/10
Commentary: Devin Townsend is sort of a thrash metal granddad. All the reviews describe this album as uncharacterizable and groundbreakingly creative. It is only uncharacterizable because the reviewers didn’t grow up listening to Broadway musical scores. It is a musical. A heavy metal musical. 8.5/10 for being a cool concept, docked 1 point because musicals are deeply uncool.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Beth Gibbons/Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary:So I really like pop culture takes on this symphony. For example Colin Stetson’s 2016 version is one of my favorite albums in recent years. This version with rock singer Beth Gibbons (Portishead) is interesting but, I think, ultimately unsuccessful. Beth’s voice is to flat and doesn’t carry its own against the orchestra, which plays it straight. The eery, free-floating tonal quality that makes this symphony so powerful is missing.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

The Comet is Coming – Trust in The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

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Genre: Quantum Jazz
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 8.5/10
Commentary:An album of pure space music. Not like, “music of the spheres”. More like – you know that robot guy who runs around the space ship sweeping floors and checking the air conditioning while the crew is in cryosleep for 4 light years? This is the music that robot listens to.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Metal Round-up May 2019

Metal round-up for May!

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Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light
Genre: Cheeky black metal
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Wonderfully diverse, campy, tons of fun.
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Lucifera – La Cacería de Brujas
Genre: Columbian Thrash Metal
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Great female vocalist. New band to me.
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Mastiff – Plague
Genre: Kinda sludgy hardcore
Rating: 6/10
Commentary: It get’s a little tedious in the back half. But such a great start.
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Aephanemer – Prokopton
Genre: Symphonic gloomy twiddling
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: Works best as background music.
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Amon Amarth – Berserker
Genre: Songs about ravens and longships
Rating: 7/10
Commentary: For those of you who haven’t found a good Viking album yet this year.
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Belzebubs – Pantheon of the Nightside Gods
Genre: Real songs/fake band
Rating: 8/10
Commentary: Queue up the usual philosophizing about simulacra and life in our giddy post-post-modern times.
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Karen O, Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

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Genre: Experimental
Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps
Rating: 6.5/10
Commentary: It’s … OK. It won’t knock your socks off, and you sort of expect more from these two. But it is a perfectly fine album, and two songs (“Ministry” and “Reveries”) are magnificent.
More info: here.
Listen: here.

Disappointing Albums Round-Up

I don’t usually post up the albums I don’t enjoy, but there’s been a whole run of bad albums by great artists, and it got me annoyed.

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Steve Earle – Guy
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 4.5/10
Commentary: A collection of really great songs by Guy Clarke, covered really badly in the deadly-earnest old-tired-guy style which has characterized Steve Earle’s last several albums.
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Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
Genre: Country/Folk
Rating: 5/10
Commentary: Perfectly forgettable.
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Townes van Zandt – Sky Blue
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 5.5/10
Commentary: Recorded just shortly before the magisterial Live at the Old Quarter, this album serves as another reminder that Townes was great live and mostly not great in the studio.
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Son Volt – Union
Genre: Alternative Country
Rating: 2.5/10
Commentary: Some of the worst material Son Volt has recorded, ever. An embarrassingly trite and completely ineffective album of bad protest and slogan songs.
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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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