Tove Lo – Queen of the Clouds – Review

Released, 24th of September, 2014

Released, 24th of September, 2014

To be a modern pop songstress, achieve commercial popularity, and maintain personal integrity (let alone critical respect), is a mighty balancing act in this day and age. It seems as though a woman can not have a hit pop song anymore without some sort of intense social and media scrutiny hounding them, and the song. Indeed, this can be seen as just another chapter in popular music’s long history of unfair attitudes towards women, and this is as always, horribly pathetic. Having said that, the most controversial pop songs of this year; Anaconda, All About That Bass, and possibly Continue reading

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End – Review

Released, 7th of October, 2014

Released, 7th of October, 2014

Few ‘back-to-their-roots’ records are as painstakingly self-crafted as Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End, which finds Weezer not only sonically channeling the sound of their early years, but also dropping lyrical phrases about those early days, seeking out production from Ric Ocasek (who produced their debut album), and even emulating the slow-motion techniques of the infamous music video for Undone – The Sweater Song for the lead single Back To The Shack. Suffice to say, Weezer, and in particular frontman Rivers Cuomo, seem to want to recapture that glory period that produced such immortal classics as Buddy Holly, Say It Ain’t So, and El Scorcho, and do not seem at all bothered by the fact that that kind of pandering to past could make them seem like ‘sell outs’. While the self-referential Continue reading

Hozier – Hozier – Review

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It’s tough to be an up-and-coming musician these days. The key reason? The Internet. It can be the Midas Touch or the Kiss of Death; and sometimes both. Nowadays, countless online music publications and blogs (*insert self-referential joke here*) seem to have the power to find a new talent, hype their first single or E.P, absorb them, and then discard them with little thought in less than a month. This is by no means fair, but that is the way of the consumer culture we live in. There is however…one thing that the musical artist can do to counter this vulture-like behavior: Make a killer debut album. One that can show that you have substance, and we might actually stay around and be relevant. This act is not impossible to pull off, so the question remains: Does hyped newcomer Hozier have what it takes? Can he survive the assault of the Internet? Is his debut album Good? Continue reading

Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach

Released, 8th of October, 2014

Released, 8th of October, 2014

At this point in Jackson Browne’s career, he doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. He is already seen as the quintessential figure of 1970s West Coast music, with his tender and emotionally wrenching lyricism and laid back folk rock offering the perfect encapsulation of a cultural mindset. But still, here in 2014, 65 year old Browne (he turned 65 today) proves once again with Standing In The Breach, that he is a master of his craft. Continue reading