Category: Alternative Pop/Rock

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Since the Stone Roses were the nominal leaders of Britain’s “Madchester” scene — an indie rock phenomenon that fused guitar pop with drug-fueled rave and dance culture — it’s rather ironic that their eponymous debut only hints at dance music. What made […]

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Alex Turner – Submarine

Alex Turner – Submarine AMG Review: Alex Turner’s soundtrack to Submarine, the first film by director Richard Ayoade, finds the Arctic Monkeys frontman exploring yet another avenue that’s quite different from his regular gig. With the Last Shadow Puppets, Turner had the chance to explore Baroque ‘60s pop, and here he gets intimate, often just strumming […]

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Daniel Lanois – Shine

Daniel Lanois – Shine AMG Review: Thirty seconds into “I Love You,” the first track off of Shine, Daniel Lanois’ warm, watery guitar signature is already unmistakable, even before his voice entwines ecstatically with Emmylou Harris’. Shine is the third Lanois album to appear under his own name, and his first in a decade. What […]

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Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Coldplay – Ghost Stories AMG Review: Around the time Coldplay – Ghost Stories , was scheduled for release, lead singer Chris Martin announced he was divorcing his wife, the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In light of this news, it’s hard not to see Ghost Stories as a breakup record, a romantic confessional written in the wake […]

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Deftones – White Pony

      It marked a significant growth in the band’s sound and is considered a turning point for the band in terms of experimentation, incorporating more new wave, dream pop, trip hop, and shoegazing influences into the alternative metal edge for which the group had become known. It is generally regarded by fans and […]

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Arcade Fire – Reflektor Reflektor is the fourth studio album by the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on October 28, 2013 on Merge Records. The album is Influenced by Haitian rara music, the 1959 film Black Orpheus and Søren Kierkegaard’s essay, “The Present Age”. The album was recognized as one of The 100 […]

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Bad Company – Bad Company Album

Bad Company – Bad Company Album AMG Review: Bad Company’s 1974 self-titled release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums from the ’70s. Though hardly visionary, it was one of the most successful steps in the continuing evolution of rock & roll, riding on the coattails of achievement from […]

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The Cranberries – No Need to Argue

      Ned Raggett: ‘With their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn’t apparent in just […]

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Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody

Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody AMG Review:  He experienced what could have been a traumatic blow to his inventiveness and creativity as a musician but ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is fresh. He has moved on from the effervescent prettiness of his former band to make music for himself — something the Verve might have […]

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Birdy – Birdy

Birdy – Birdy       Debut Features 15-Year-Old Prodigy’s Renditions of Songs by Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The National, Phoenix, The Postal Service, and Others British-born singer and songwriter Birdy, who has been thrilling fans across the Atlantic with her richly compelling voice, will release her self-titled debut album in the U.S. March 20th. […]

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Radiohead – The Bends

Radiohead – The Bends        The Bends is the second studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 13 March 1995 by Parlophone. The Bends was produced by John Leckie at EMI’s studios in London, and engineered by Nigel Godrich, who would go on to produce all future albums by […]

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Roxette – Greatest hits

Roxette – Greatest hits Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp!. Their third album Joyride, which was released in 1991, became just as […]

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Daughter – If You Leave

Daughter – If You Leave AMG Review: Given its beginnings as Elena Tonra’s solo project, it would be easy to assume that Daughter is just another singer/songwriter act with a couple of supporting musicians. However, over the course of If You Leave, Tonra, guitarist Igor Haefeli, and drummer Remi Aguilella make it clear that this […]

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U2 – U218 Singles

U2 – U218 Singles AMG Review: U2’s first two greatest-hits albums neatly divided themselves by decade, with the first covering the ’80s and the second summing up the ’90s. Their third hits comp, 2006’s U2 – U218 Singles, is at once more ambitious and more concise, offering an overview of their first 26 years on […]

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James Blake – Overgrown

James Blake – Overgrown Overgrown is the second studio album by English electronic musician James Blake. It was released on 5 April 2013 by Blake’s ATLAS Records, along with A&M Records and Polydor Records. Overgrown débuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and at number one of the US Dance/Electronic chart, becoming Blake’s […]

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Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence

 Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence AMG Review: In the five years since their last record, the duo of Erlend Øye and Erik Glambek Bøe have each been busy, Øye with DJ gigs and his other band the Whitest Boy Alive, and Bøewith his day job and fighting Clear Channel in their hometown of Bergen, […]

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PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, stories from the Sea

PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, stories from the Sea AMG review: During her career, Polly Jean Harvey has had as many incarnations as she has albums. She’s gone from the Yeovil art student of her debut Dry, to Rid of Me’s punk poetess to To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire?’s postmodern […]

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Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance AMG Review: There isn’t a Pere Ubu recording you can imagine living without. The Modern Dance remains the essential Ubu purchase (as does the follow-up, Dub Housing). For sure, Mercury had no idea what they had on their hands when they released this as part of their punk rock […]

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The Black Angels – Directions to see a Ghost

The Black Angels – Directions to see a Ghost AMG Review : Name yourselves after one of the Velvet Underground’s most aggressively amelodic songs and package your second album in an op art burnt orange and chartreuse freakout and you’d better be able to deliver the psych-drone goods. What’s most impressive about The Black Angels – […]

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Dido – No Angel

Dido – No Angel Dido – No Angel is the debut album by British musician Dido. Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. As of 2005, the album has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, and has […]

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