Album reviews

Album reviews

NEIL YOUNG: SONGS FOR JUDY

December 13th, 2018

Few of the performances on here provide much greater emotional depth than the original (or in a few cases, subsequent) album recordings, although it’s certainly a kick to hear Young’s frequent stage banter, and the synth backing on “A Man Needs a Maid” does provide an answer to the eternal question: What if Neil Young had fronted Tangerine Dream?

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THE DATES: ASK AGAIN LATER

December 12th, 2018

Like Big Star, Flamin Groovies, Shoes and the Records, Garett Goddard of the Dates' aim is simple and true: he’s here to win you over with unapologetically catchy, strum-y, heart-splattered-on-sleeve-y rock goodness.

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BOYO: DANCE ALONE

November 30th, 2018

BOYO, the solo project of singer-songwriter Robert Tilden, sounds like cool—like the kind of music blasting behind the hip older sibling’s bedroom door in a coming-of-age flick, or the soundtrack for weekends of irresponsible spontaneity in real life. With earworm-y chord progressions and deadpan vocals—the core of BOYO’s oeuvre—Tilden’s third and newest full-length Dance Alone glides from fast to slow with effortless agility.

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GARRETT: PRIVATE LIFE II

November 25th, 2018

Dâm has always explored the idea of duality, especially the concept of the Gemini twin, both an inverse reflection of self and a passenger on the very same life journey. So Private Life II, then, is that second side of Garrett.

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BLAME CANDY: “SWEET TOOTH”

November 18th, 2018

The men of Blame Candy play guitar like they made a deal with the devil or Eddie Van Halen, and their manes appear blessed by the benevolently boogie-ing spirit of Marc Bolan. Are these the heroes who will help save the electric guitar? Well, they DO wear capes—covered in glitter, of course.

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DELROY EDWARDS AND DEAN BLUNT: DESERT SESSIONS

October 15th, 2018

Dean Blunt and Delroy Edwards have never been about making things easy on the audience, and Desert Sessions is no exception. But even at its strangest, the record has a mysterious allure.