OK, I’ve been told that using album and artist titles to create my intro message is annoying. And I guess that’s right. Well here’s the latest reviews. Heavy on the UK this week, but that’s how it goes. I really have nothing more to say. See what happens when I have no gimmick?!
Coldplay – Viva La Vida – *** – Coldplay gets a bad rap by many music fans, but their music still speaks to me. I think this latest album is their biggest sounding record, and I think they open up their sound quite a bit, which is refreshing. This album seems to lack some of the bigger hooks featured in previous albums, but in time, may catch on to me.
The Fratellis – Here We Stand – *** – The Fratellis are a band that I am not sure about. I liked some songs on their last album, but overall it left me kind of dry. This album is a step up, I think, by stepping away from some of the recklessness of that first album, however, this move also takes some of the power out of their songs, this seems almost too crafted of a record.
The Zutons – You Can Do Anything – ***1/2 – The Zutons always get me pumped up. When I hear their songs, I immediately need to start moving. They catch you from the very start and that’s what makes them great. This album is no exception. The great thing about this album is that it doesn’t stray to far from their original sound, but does take a few chances. With a band like this, major change is going to have to come slow, because I have so embraced their sound.
Laura Cantrell – Trains and Boats and Planes – *** – Laura Cantrell is a great interpreter of songs. This is a covers record, and kicking it off with my favorite Bacharach tune is a great place to start. She has such a clean and dry vocal style that brings something different to each of these songs.
Joan As Police Woman – To Survive – *** – This album is slow moving, but it captures you from the beginning and holds on tight throughout. You want to isolate yourself and just focus on what is happening within each song.