Tag: 2013

The Fratellis – We Need Medicine

      Heather Phares: ‘We Need Medicine marked the Fratellis’ return from a four-year hiatus, during which time Jon played with Codeine Velvet Club and pursued a solo career, Barry toured with the Twang, and Mince played with Throne o’ Diablo and Jon’s backing band. Wisely, the trio doesn’t try to pick up where […]

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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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Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing

Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing       Thom Jurek ‘Over the past decade, Steven Wilson’s relationship with prog rock over has grown increasingly intimate. He previewed a killer new band on the live album Get All You Deserve — woodwind/multi-instrumentalist Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, session bass and stick player […]

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Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal

Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal Sempiternal is the fourth studio album by British metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon. It was released on 1 April 2013 worldwide through RCA, a subsidiary label of Sony Music Entertainment, and 2 April 2013 in the United States and Canada through Epitaph. It is the first album to […]

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Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You

Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You AMG Review: On his 2013 album From Here to Now to You, the surfing soft rock superstar Jack Johnson continues the subtle shift in his sound that began on his previous album, To the Sea. Like he did there, Johnson again spices up the sweet and […]

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Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures       Tim Sendra: ‘Still Corners’ debut album, 2011’s Creatures of an Hour, was a murky, reverb-covered neo-psych gem that drew from the hypnotic drone of Broadcast and the mystery of This Mortal Coil, and had a haunting air brought to life by Tessa Murray’s bewitching vocals. The band’s […]

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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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Gregory Alan Isakov – The Weatherman

      Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he immigrated to the United States as a child,and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, he began touring with a band at the age of 16,and later moved to Colorado. His music combines indie and folk, featuring instruments such as […]

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John Newman – Tribute

John Newman – Tribute AMG Review: Singer, songwriter, and producer John Newman broke through with lead vocals on two 2012 U.K. hits by Rudimental. He presented himself as a soul-inspired shouter wise beyond his years. The following May, he released his debut solo single, “Love Me Again” — cathartic, bulky, modern soul outfitted with the […]

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Devendra Banhart – Mala

Devendra Banhart – Mala AMG Review: At a certain point, the path got stranger for Devendra Banhart. Appearing out of nowhere in the early 2000s with a string of almost accidentally perfect albums, Banhart’s haunted voice and familiar impressions of the ghosts of folksingers past pushed him to the forefront of what would be dubbed freak […]

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Rhye – Woman

Rhye – Woman AMG Review: In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye, which released two singles on Innovative Leisure in 2012. Milosh and Hannibal weren’t forthcoming about being behind the achingly romantic soul-pop elegance of “Open” […]

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Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Drake – Nothing Was The Same      Tim Sendra: ‘After an EP and two albums that firmly established his moody, introspective style and made him a huge star, Drake’s third album, Nothing Was the Same, isn’t a huge departure but it does take some steps in new directions. Built around sped-up samples and Wu-Tang-inspired, […]

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Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone AMG Review: For modern rock fans the very name Elephant Stone connotes something specific: a beloved 1988 single from the Stone Roses. The new millennial, Canadian psych rock band Elephant Stone does indeed take elements from the Stone Roses, specifically how the Manchester group layered acoustic guitars and ringing Rickenbackers […]

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Haken – The Mountain

Haken – The Mountain Progarchives: Haken has found a way to add new arrangements and sounds to their prog metal symphonic style. They still give us their share of times signatures, but this time there’s some tone variation, especially with the vocals harmonies. The songs offers some of the most enjoyable melodic development you can […]

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Birdy – Fire Within

Birdy – Fire Within AMG Review: Birdy, the stage name of British youngster Jasmine van der Bogaerde, had the difficult task of not only releasing her second album, but of releasing her first full album of original material. Two years after her 2011 self-titled debut — which featured covers from the likes of Postal Service […]

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OneRepublic – Native

OneRepublic – Native       Matt Collar: ‘ As a songwriter for other contemporary pop stars, Ryan Tedder has proven his talent for writing intensely catchy songs that stick in people’s heads whether they like it or not. But of course, plenty of people do like it, as evidenced not only by Tedder’s success producing […]

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Foals – Holy Fire

Foals – Holy Fire AMG Review :  While there are lots of bands dealing in either danceable rock or navel-gazing pop, few bands combine the two quite like Foals. On Holy Fire, the third album from the English band, the post-punk revival is given a newfound sense of depth, creating songs that are rhythmic enough […]

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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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Lorde – Pure Heroine

Lorde – Pure Heroine AMG Review: Signed to a major label at an early age, she was groomed in the darkness of studios, the label knowing the potential they had in their singer/songwriter. She wrote on her own, then she was paired with a sympathetic producer/songwriter, live performances taking a back seat to woodshedding. If this […]

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Woodkid – The Golden Age

Woodkid – The Golden Age AMG Review: It’s beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music “filmic,” but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine’s debut album as Woodkid – The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he’s worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, Lemoine’s own music is more in line […]

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