Three Dog Night - It Ain't Easy8.5/10
Great album, and yes they do have more then that cover song you thought after reading the band name.
Seventh Wonder - Waiting in the Wings (7.5/10)
Kamelot's new vocalist Tommy Karevik has led me to his home band which manufactures a form of power-lined progressive metal. Good use of symphonic elements which spawn a couple of rather unique melodies and time signatures with room to stretch but some other material comes off as progressive randomness because. Still, the vocalist really does sound like Khan.
Eddy Huntington - Bang Bang Baby (4/10)
Third Italo-Disco album featuring some shrimpy dude that isn't far off with the likes of an Aaron Carter-like personality and the music does show that here whilst a bit thumpy in the background. This leads me to be a little more careful where I go with disco albums especially after that nauseating "God Is Love" which sounds like it was used at a recital for an elementary school bible camp.
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_ Pure Reason Revolution
_ VNV Nation
_ More Tribe
"And onward now, and on forever, all great things to come"
The Marble Index, being the last of the classic triptych of Nico albums for me to hear, exists as a work of contrasts with the works that preceded and succeeded it. The obvious step up from Chelsea Girl, at least through the eyes of someone who prefers his pop have some darkness about it (or his prog have some softness on the edges, take your pick), is the first thought, but it doesn't do a good job of explaining what I find here. Desertshore is definitely the closer sibling of this in Nico's discography: both are gothic and massive - there is little to thematically separate these two albums' work with Tim Buckley's more experimental material and, by extension, masses for the peasantry in the great cathedrals of Europe.
The austerity here is more subtle than in Desertshore, which was initially off-putting to me. I had very little onto which to grab in this release in comparison to the follow-up and felt the release was a calm before the storm. I was dead wrong: closer inspection reveals a nuanced album not afraid to sit down once in awhile. The grandiose antics on Desertshore, though hardly juvenile, come off as too bombastic in comparison: this is a crackling hearth and a swirling dusk; the last signs of the absence of day but not quite the presence of night: there is a light at the end of this tunnel and a solemnity, where Desertshore is descended blackness encompassing and annihilating.
Sonically and straightforwardly, this is a 30-minute album (far too short) of magnificent slow-burning avant-folk works the likes of which invigorated the late sixties in the background through artists like John Cale, Nico, Tim Buckley, and other members of a bona fide rock avant garde that sprang up around not silly Satanism but ritualistic staunch gothic themes and a certain ebb and flow that would be lost in the bombast of the next two decades. I recommend it to most anyone who considers him/herself a fan of such experimentations.
7.5/10: Great; stirs the imagination
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Baroness - Yellow & Green
Pretty good. Not as good as Blue Record and nowhere near Red Album, but solid. Lyrics are a little eh but the music is solid throughout.
I haven't much to say about this release but that it definitely takes a certain kind of listener to appreciate this. That's not meant to condescend or pretend that it has some secret club built around it. It is perhaps the definition of a "different strokes" type album. Generally, this is the sound of sound. This is a reflection of the tiniest of strokes that makes the biggest of impacts. Like most contemporary classical, it does a good job of challenging conceptions of volume and duration on the technical level. On the emotional level, however, it is inexplicable. Perhaps the best praise I can give it is that even during passive listens I am inexorably tied to the notes that hang here, something that can't be said for louder pieces very often.
9/10 Changes me; stays with me forever
Coldplay - Parachutes
Incredibly laid back album, with the sole exception of the underrated Shiver. The music isn't incredibly deep, but it's not so twee as to overshadow the other aspects found herein. It's a good listen, but not always that interesting, though they do try. The electrified tracks are arguably better than the acoustic ones, and by the time it hits the closer, the atmosphere more than wears out its welcome. Good, but not great.
Currently shooting for the top 10 total Pro Keys ranks on 360.
Equally listenable, more forward, but samey 6/10
The superior half of the double album 6.5/10
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The Velvet Underground- Squeeze
I got bored and curious, so I decided to check this album out. At first I thought that it had a cool, nostalgic sound. At first. After about 2 or 3 tracks, I got sick of the sound. 33 minutes of this? Yeah, I can see why this one is forgotten in their history.