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… Read More »
Genre: Folk/drone Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 9/10 Commentary: This is is new artist for me, and my first real exposure to Northumbrian smallpipes. So far, one of the best albums of the year. More info: here. Listen: here.
Genre: Classical 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… Read More »
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… Read More »
Metal round-up for May! Devil Master – Satan Spits on Children of Light Genre: Cheeky black metal Rating: 7/10 Commentary: Wonderfully diverse, campy, tons of fun. Listen here Lucifera – La Cacería de Brujas Genre: Columbian Thrash Metal Rating: 5/10 Commentary: Great female vocalist. New band to me. Listen here… Read More »
Genre: Pure Cheese Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6/10 Commentary: This is an unbelievably delightful piece of guilty confection. I will not tell you how may times I listened to it on repeat. More info: here. Listen: here.
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.
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. 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… Read More »
Here are three great rock albums I’ve been listening to an repeat. Drenge – Strange Creatures Genre: Garage Rock Rating: 7.5/10 Listen here Pond – Tasmania Genre: Psychedelic Rock Rating: 7/10 Listen here Stats – Other People’s Lives Genre: Disco Rock Rating: 8/10 Listen here
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.