Album reviews

Album reviews

BRIAN ELLIS: DEEP CLUES

January 25th, 2019

In a parallel universe, Brian Ellis is a top-selling artist, crafting radio hits in high-end studios and schmoozing with record execs and celebrities. In our world, he’s an independent with roots in the modern funk scene and an unabashed love for the look and sound of West Coast soft rock.

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FIDLAR: ALMOST FREE

January 20th, 2019

This might be the band’s strongest stab at mainstream acceptance and success, but it still feels more like FIDLAR is trying to make the pop world come to them, instead of the other way around.

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THE FLESH EATERS: I USED TO BE PRETTY

January 20th, 2019

I Used To Be Pretty is almost a meditative experience—it’s a reconciliation of the spheres, a balancing of the scales, and a release that’s been building up for years.

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THE LINDAS: 8X9

January 16th, 2019

8x9 is less than nine-and-a-half minutes long and in that time you get to know the band as well as anybody you might have known for twenty years. There’s no self-deception, no posturing—just a real “fuck you, know me or get the fuck out of here” attitude. Which, really, is the point: you can’t satisfy everybody so what’s the use even trying?

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DANNY DODGE: “BLUE AIN’T WHAT I FEEL FOR YOU”

January 16th, 2019

Keith Richards once called rock 'n' roll "music for the neck down" and baby, that includes the heart. Yes, even (punk rock) cowboys get the blues, but it doesn't always sound this sweet.

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THE C.I.A.: SELF-TITLED

December 27th, 2018

Denée steals the show. Her vocals sizzle with a defiant energy reminiscent of Poly Styrene, and she conjure the powerful spirit of Lydia Lunch (interviewed here) with viciously pointed lyrics.