Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Essex Chanel – Love Is Proximity Album Review

Travis Lee Wiggins has been described as prolific, and although it’s accurate, I’m not sure it does him justice. The newest release from his Chicago band Essex Chanel, Love is Proximity, is studio album number eight — not including the many EPs, side projects, unofficial releases, and extracurricular musical endeavors Wiggins is a part of....Read...
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Owl City – Ocean Eyes Album Review

Over six years after the Postal Service’s debut, the music produced by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello is still influencing new jacks like Adam Young, who takes the stage name Owl City. Owl City’s been there, done that album, Ocean Eyes, rips several pages off from Gibbard’s illustrious career as one of indie rock’s most...Read...
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Dean Woods – Ahhhmend Album Review

In a feat that must be applauded, Dean Woods’ new release, Ahhhmend, manages to create a sound that might simultaneously have come from a simpler, naive past and a distant and sophisticated future. These are beautiful songs that, in an elemental move that is reminiscent in some part of the Beach Boys and Phil Spector,...Read...
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The Color Turning – Good Hands Bad Blood Album Review

Rarely has one adjective so adequately described a piece of music more than the word “moody” describes The Color Turning’s debut LP, Good Hands Bad Blood. If you are able to move pass the beginning track, “Slow as Passing Cars,” with appropriately slow meandering guitars lines and minimal, borderline whiney vocals, building into grandiose orchestrations,...Read...
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Robin – Thunder & Speedumb Album Review

Robin has gained popularity in their natural habitat among the punks of Japan, and in their first album marketed and sold overseas, Thunder and Speedumb, the psychobilly boys have produced something thrashing and loud and pretty much awesome. On the surface, it’s all much of the same old thing: galloping guitar work and fast drums...Read...
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Aluminum Babe – 17 Album Review

Superficially, Aluminum Babe seems to be a DIY-driven, fierce frontwoman-powered electro outfit making music suitable for garages and house parties. In theory, they seem to be the type of band that has a well-honed demographic and probably fills a solid niche. In reality, they’re all over the electro map, and their extremely long sixteen-track album,...Read...
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Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem Album Review

Phil Elverum of ex-Microphone’s fame is one of those artists who has garnered enough legitimate respect throughout his music-making career that when he says something rather off the wall — such as how the decidedly not-black metal whatsoever project of Mount Eerie is going to make a black metal album — well, you just have...Read...
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Megafaun – Gather, Form & Fly Album Review

Listening to Megafaun for the first time is like seeing a Disney movie on acid… for the first time. There is so much genre jumping, and so much background noise, it would throw the casual listener for a very large loop. Gather, Form, & Fly is Megafaun’s sophomore release, and their first for Portland’s fledgling...Read...
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