Tag: 2008

Peter Broderick – Home

Peter Broderick – Home       Home is a collection of folk songs recorded at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. In late 2007, Peter Broderick toured all around Europe with the Danish ensemble Efterklang, playing violin and opening the shows as a solo act. His recorded work up to this […]

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Black Stone Cherry – Folklore And Superstition

Black Stone Cherry – Folklore And Superstition       Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘For all its spirited, hard-hitting performances and wide-eyed country boy attitude, Black Stone Cherry’s eponymous debut still gave off a faintly fishy smell of new millennium corporate rock, with certain icy guitar tones and aluminum-plated vocal textures sounding more like Nickelback or Shinedown […]

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Madrugada – Madrugada

Madrugada – Madrugada       Madrugada is the sixth and final studio album by the Norwegian band Madrugada. It was released by the band’s own label, Malabar Recording Company (distributed by EMI records), on 21 January 2008. The album was produced by Madrugada and John Agnello who also produced the band’s 2001 release The […]

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Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul

Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul       Amazon: ‘Great artists are rarely content to keep repeating themselves, and rarely are they content to exist and create within one genre. So it really wasn’t a surprise that Riverside’s Mariusz Duda eventually pursued a solo career. The sheer multitude of thoughts and ideas flowing out of […]

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Sia – Some People Have Real Problems

Sia – Some People Have Real Problems     Stewart Mason: ‘Some People Have Real Problems is Sia’s first release on the Starbucks-affiliated Hear Music label, following acts like Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. Given the burst of attention Sia got when her song “Breathe Me” was used to excellent effect in the final scenes […]

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The Black Keys – Attack & Release

The Black Keys – Attack & Release Attack & Release is the fifth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys. It was produced by Danger Mouse and was released on April 1, 2008. The sessions saw the band transitioning away from their “homemade” ethos to record-making; not only was it the first time […]

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Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles AMG Review: No matter how much Crystal Castles insist they’re named after She-Ra’s fortress and not the 1983 arcade favorite, thanks to the Atari sound chips in their keyboards, their music evokes vintage video game soundtracks — albeit ones that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated almost past recognition. On their […]

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Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-Iv

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-Iv AMG Review: Roughly a year after Year Zero — a year marked by lots of sniping with his record company first about their clueless promotion then devolving into a tirade about their general uselessness — Trent Reznor broke free of Interscope/Universal and became a free agent, releasing music where and […]

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Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs AMG Review: After spending the better part of a decade in the musical minor leagues, Death Cab for Cutie went pro with 2005’s Plans, a record whose optimism and bright, Technicolor sound gave the band enough leverage to enter the mainstream. “Soul Meets Body” became their biggest rock […]

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Seal – Soul

      John Bush: ‘ Although he worked in funk and blues bands early in his career, Seal is by no means a classic soul singer. He’s been virtually everything else, starting with house music in his native London, and later turning to various flavors of adult contemporary and pop music. But the power and […]

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Hotel Costes vol 11

Hotel Costes vol 11 Amazon 2008 installment in this trend-setting compilation series. Ten years ago , French DJ Stephane Pompougnac decided to bring together the tracks he played as the resident DJ at the famed Hotel Costes. A decade later, he brings the 11th installment in this excellent series. While continuing the tradition of the […]

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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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Adele – 19

            Matthew Chisling: ‘With just a couple of cursory listens to the few tracks that popped up all over the Internet through 2007, comparisons were made between Adele, the much-hyped brassy British songstress, and Amy Winehouse, the…much-hyped brassy British songstress. However, after a solid listen to Adele – 19, the […]

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Unitopia – The Garden

Unitopia – The Garden Amazon.com: Australian prog rockers Unitopia are another well-respected new band signed by the leading Progressive Rock/Metal label InsideOut Music. Their 2-CD album, The Garden follows a general concept about life, doubts in oneself and death as one possible solution to escape. Unitopia s lyrics are full of engagement of their band […]

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