Every few months the pile of un-reviewed CDs in the Type 3 Media office reaches critical mass (for one reason or another). Rather than just file the discs away, I thought I’d give them another listen. Out of the pile, I uncovered a few very good albums that, despite being out for a while, I [...]
Hot Chip with Robert Wyatt and Geese Release Date: December 23, 2008 Record Label: EMI Records Review: This is one of the more interesting EPs I’ve listened to in quite a while. The electropop outfit Hot Chip already has quite a few re-mix recordings under their belt, so their fans are accustomed to a continuing [...]
In This Moment The Dream Released: September 30, 2008 Record Label: Century Media Review: In This Moment’s The Dream marks a departure from their metal-core roots. The new musical direction presents a rewarding experience for the band and its fans. The most notable change in the band’s sound is how they’ve crafted the songs to [...]
Thriving Ivory Thriving Ivory Released: August 26, 2008 Record Label: Wind-up Records Review: Thriving Ivory’s music is really good. They have an excellent sense of song-writing backed by some great musicianship. Their self-titled debut is a well-produced body of work that is sure to bring this five-member act tons of new fans and accolades. However, [...]
Dir En Grey Uroboros Released: November 11, 2008 Record Label: The End Records Review: Dir En Grey’s band members opted to write songs independently before beginning the recording process for Uroboros. The result is an ambitious and creatively diverse collection of songs which sounds unlike their previous releases.
Bohren & der Club of Gore Dolores Released: October 21, 2008 Record Label: Ipecac Recordings Review: At its core Dolores is a dark and brooding jazz alum infused with elements of ambient and electronic music. Moving at a slow and purposeful pace, the music has a simple yet elegant beauty. The songs are well-crafted and [...]
Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy Released: November 23, 2008 Record Label: Geffen Review: After hearing the title track from Chinese Democracy, I was hopeful that this album might live up to the hype. The song builds nicely into a good riff and seems like a natural evolution to Guns N’ Roses’ sound. My excitiment waned [...]
Tunnels To Holland Tunnels To Holland EP Released: October 21, 2008 Record Label: (self-released) Review: Listening to the self-titled EP from the New Jersey band Tunnels to Holland is like going on a journey. The band’s style is like a roadmap of everything that is great about American rock & roll music, so fuel up [...]
Underoath Lost in the Sound of Separation Released: September 2, 2008 Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records Review: I’m hard pressed to write anything significantly positive or negative about the latest album, Lost in the Sound of Separation, from metalcore act Underoath. This album is what it is. It’s a polished and solidly written album, [...]
Serena Ryder Sweeping The Ashes EP Released: October 14, 2008 Record Label: Atlantic Records Review: I can’t stop listening to the latest release from Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder. Her voice is unique in today’s landscape of female vocalists. Wrought with emotion and power she seamlessly flips the switch between vulnerability and dominance. There’s an intangible [...]
Lindsey Buckingham Gift of Screws Released: September 16, 2008 Record Label: Warner Bros. Records Review: I love to hear Lindsey Buckingham play guitar, which he does quite well on this release. I can almost visualize the fret-board mastery of his fingers as he precisely whips through complex riffs and chord progressions. The basis of what [...]
Supagroup Fire For Hire Released: August 18, 2008 Record Label: Foodchain Records Review: When you think of great music coming out of New Orleans, rock and roll may not be the first thing that comes to ones mind. If Supagroup has their way, that may soon change.