(hed) P.E. Insomnia Released: July 17, 2007 Record Label: Suburban Noize Records Review: When one first opens (hed) P.E.‘s latest album, Insomnia, the booklet opposite of the record says “Sick and tired of the status quo we’re pissed off and we’re ready to go.” This is amusing as listening to them is an instant reminder [...]
George Stanford The EP Released: September 11, 2007 Record Label: Smash / Mercury Review: George Stanford has put together an EP of stripped down, fun, and catchy tunes. On the recording Stanford gets to flex his muscles as a talented singer-songwriter who can also handle a guitar and piano fairly well.
OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud Released: November 20, 2007 Record Label: Mosley Music-Interscope Records Review: Dreaming Out Loud is the debut album from the pop-rock quintet OneRepublic. The album’s Executive Producer is Timbaland, who clearly contributed to its sound, and ultimately its success. The first thing that jumps out at me on this record is the [...]
Jeremy Fisher Goodbye Blue Monday Released: September 18, 2007 Record Label: Wind-up Records Review: It’s easy to hear how Jeremy Fisher’s Goodbye Blue Monday is heavily influenced by the works of Paul Simon. If you listen more closely you can hear echoes of Tom Petty and John Mayer, and then at some point you can [...]
Megan McCauley Better than Blood Released: October 23, 2007 Record Label: Wind-up Records Review: “Pink leopard print? Oh, this can’t be good” was my first thought when I opened up Megan McCauley’s Wind-up debut, Better than Blood. But after listening to this album, I realized that I still haven’t fully learned the lesson that appearances [...]
Demon Hunter Storm the Gates of Hell Released: November 6, 2007 Record Label: Solid State Records Review: When the title-track of Storm the Gates of Hell began playing, I immediately thought to myself “I hope this one doesn’t disappoint me”. I’ve wanted to toss a couple of this year’s metal-core albums out the car window. [...]
Puscifer V is for Vagina Released: October 30, 2007 Record Label: Puscifer Entertainment Review: Maynard James Keenan’s latest project, Puscifer, is nothing like what you may be familiar with in Tool or A Perfect Circle. V is for Vagina is a dark and dirty album is comprised of lush and deep audio layers. It’s very [...]
Creature Feature The Greatest Show Unearthed Released: October 30, 2007 Record Label: Sumerian Records Review: Once in a while, an album comes along which reminds me that many of us take music too seriously. The Greatest Show Unearthed has a macabre and novelty sound that’s reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie soundtrack, or a Crypt-Kickers [...]
Seether Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces Released: October 23, 2007 Record Label: Wind-up Records Review: In the past, Seether has always struck me as a band struggling to find its own identity and sound. But after giving Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces a few spins, I’ve realized that this post-grunge outfit is really using their [...]
Hello Mahalo Dawning Days Released: November 9, 2007 Record Label: Band Stand Live Records Review: Dawning Days is the debut album from Hello Mahalo, released on the fledgling label Band Stand Live Records. This quartet from Massachusetts has put forth an album of compelling compositions with great musicianship.
Shannon Curfman Fast Lane Addiction Released: October 9, 2007 Record Label: Purdy Records Review: We’ve been waiting eight years for Shannon Curfman to release another full-length album since her acclaimed debut… which sounds strange considering that she’s only twenty-two years-old. I’ve nearly worn out my copy of Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions so I was very [...]
Lucy’s Revenge Lucy’s Revenge [EP] Released: September, 2007 Record Label: IN YA FACE RECORDS (Japan) Review: If Lucy’s Revenge‘s self-titled EP doesn’t bring the good-fight out of you by the first track “Giving in is not giving up” then it is sure to comfort ears and set you straight by the last one “Snow Tracks.” [...]