Category: Alternative Pop/Rock

The Trashcan Sinatras – In the Music

The Trashcan Sinatras – In the Music     Tim Sendra: ‘The Trash Can Sinatras have settled into the “album every five years” plan and judging by both 2004’s Weightlifting and 2009’s In the Music, it’s a plan that works for them. It may even be the secret to keeping their sound fresh. In the […]

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Kodaline – In A Perfect World

Kodaline – In A Perfect World In a Perfect World is the debut studio album by Irish rock band Kodaline. The album was released in Ireland on 14 June 2013 and includes the singles “High Hopes” and “Love Like This”. On 20 June 2013 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 1. The […]

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Avril Lavigne – Let Go

Avril Lavigne – Let Go Christina Saraceno: ‘Talk about pressure — being under 21 and having a record deal no longer qualifies as extraordinary. And as mass-produced teen pop makes its exit and a glut of young singer/songwriters enter, child prodigies no longer have built-in marketing appeal. So if newcomer, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne truly wants […]

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Oasis – Definitely Maybe

Oasis – Definitely Maybe       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Definitely Maybe begins with a statement of aspiration, as Liam Gallagher sneers that “tonight, I’m a rock & roll star” — the words of a bedsit dreamer hoping he’d break out of those four walls and find something greater. Maybe all he could muster is […]

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John Butler Trio – Sunrise Over Sea

John Butler Trio – Sunrise Over Sea John D. Luerssen: ‘The John Butler Trio’s U.S. debut album, Sunrise Over Sea, is phenomenal — from the opening notes of “Treat Yo Mama,” a muscular and soulfully expressive roots rocker, to the final strains of the expansive, ten-minute-long opus “Sometimes.” The John Butler Trio is arguably the […]

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Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine Eduardo Rivadavia ‘Probably the first album to successfully merge the seemingly disparate sounds of rap and heavy metal, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut was groundbreaking enough when released in 1992, but many would argue that it has yet to be surpassed in terms of influence […]

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Steven Wilson – Hand Cannot Erase

Steven Wilson Hand Cannot Erase Thom Jurek: ‘In January of 2006, the remains of Joyce Carol Vincent, aged 38, were discovered in her London flat. She died in her apartment in late 2003, surrounded by undelivered Christmas presents. She was described as outgoing, attractive, and ambitious by neighbors, friends, and family, but somehow wasn’t missed. […]

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Elbow – Leaders of the Free World

Elbow – Leaders of the Free World           MacKenzie Wilson: ‘When Doves headed to the studio for the recording of their third album, 2005’s Some Cities, they returned home to Manchester. With that kind of scenic inspiration and emotional attachment, Some Cities resulted in Doves’ best of their career at that moment. […]

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The Offspring – Americana

      Americana is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band The Offspring, released on November 17, 1998. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Ixnay on the Hombre (1997), The Offspring commenced work on a new album. The music on the album marked a change, expanding their […]

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The House of Love – The House of Love

The House of Love – The House of Love Following the combination of indie success and massive hype leading up to the band’s first album proved to be too much for the original lineup, with Bickers leaving after a series of problems and pressures once the group signed to Fontana. Yet rarely has a fraught […]

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The Script – Science & Faith

The Script – Science & Faith ‘Jon O’Brien’  Despite bursting onto the scene in 2008 with endorsements from Pharrell Williams and a history of working with R&B producers Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, Dublin three-piece the Script have since become one of the biggest bands in the U.K. thanks instead to their MOR brand of […]

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Clutch – Clutch

Clutch – Clutch Clutch is the second full-length album by rock band Clutch. It was released in May 1995 on East West Records and is the band’s best-selling album to date with total sales in the US at over 200,000 copies. The album is considered a staple of the 90’s stoner rock scene. If you […]

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The Script – No Sound Without Silence

The Script – No Sound Without Silence       The Script have really done themselves proud with this album and it’s the closest they’ve come to their epic ‘Science and Faith’. What is special about this one is that it’s obvious how much thought has gone into each song – every lyric, every melody, […]

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The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

      The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the United Kingdom by Rough Trade Records. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead spent twenty-two weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 2. The album […]

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Soko – I thought I was an alien

      In 2009 Stéphanie SoKolinski a.k.a. SoKo declared herself “dead” on My Space, quitting a music industry which scared her and refusing to release a completed double album. I Thought I Was An Alien is a perfect album for a melancholy Sunday afternoon, although Soko just needs to take herself less serious. It’s […]

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The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth AMG Review: Arriving at the dawn of 2006, The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth was one of the year’s first albums, and one of its first disappointments as well. To be fair, First Impressions starts out strong. “You Only Live Once” is everything a fan could want […]

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Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley AMG Review: After creating a classic with their second album, Blues for the Red Sun, desert metal gods Kyuss faced the unenviable task of delivering the goods once again for a new label, Elektra Records. And they almost pulled it off with 1994’s stellar Welcome to Sky Valley. The […]

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Bastille – Bad Blood This is the debut studio album by British band Bastille. It was released on 4 March 2013 in the United Kingdom, and on 3 September 2013 in the United States. The singles are “Overjoyed”, “Bad Blood”, “Flaws”, “Pompeii”, “Laura Palmer” and “Things We Lost in the Fire”. Brice Ezell of PopMatters […]

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City and Colour – Little Hell

 City and Colour – Little Hell       Little Hell is the third album by City and Colour released on June 7, 2011. Besides Dallas Green who recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself, contributing musicians on the record also include Daniel Romano of Attack in Black, Dylan Green and Scott Remila of Raising […]

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Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy AMG Review: Damien Rice doesn’t do anything in a hurry. He lets his songs unfold at a deliberate, almost stately pace and he’s similarly unconcerned about rushing through his career, taking a full eight years to deliver 2014’s Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which amounts to […]

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