Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Ducktails – Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics Album Review

Ambient bedroom pop pioneer Matt Mondanile, aka Ducktails, manages to break into untapped psych-pop territory on his new album, while appeasing those who long for his forgotten demo cassettes. And while Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics takes an impressive step towards the sound of his other band, Real Estate, the album retains that distinctly Ducktails hypnosis,...Read...
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Say Hi – Um, Uh Oh Album Review

Over the years, and with each new release, Seattle-based Say Hi seemed to lose a touch of its eccentric bedroom-pop quality. The music remained endearing, but was clearly transforming into something more “grown-up.” Luckily, the sole creator behind Say Hi, Eric Elbogen, has managed to bring new life to his project with his latest, entitled...Read...
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INXS – Original Sin Album Review

It is my belief that to comment thoroughly on an album, it takes at least five full, uninterrupted listens within a 10-day period. Appropriately, I am sitting down to write my comments on Original Sin, the 2011 INXS reinvention/ tribute album, after my fifth complete listen. I read the press release, describing the making of...Read...
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Caroline – Verdugo Hills Album Review

Verdugo Hills is somewhat renowned for its high school — in which numerous Hollywood movies have been filmed — and a hospital revered for its ties to the community. Verdugo Hills is also the title of Caroline’s new album, a wonderfully understated electronic journey of lessons learnt in life and love, and wounds remedied by...Read...
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Cheat Sheet – Songs To Yawn To Album Review

While Cheat Sheet hails from Michigan, there is something about the duo’s smoggy, laid-back songs that muster the dazed vibe of sunny Southern California. The noisy chaos and merged vocals on tracks “Customer Disservice” and “Expansive Ghosts” add lots of energy to the debut entitled, Songs To Yawn to, which fans of bands like No...Read...
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