Monday, September 26, 2005

Ten second stream-of-conciousness album reviews and first impressions:

The Joggers - Solid Guild: These guys have the buzz, but I missed them at CMJ. Too bad, because they sound like they would have an energetic live show. This one is going to have to grow on me a little bit, but even at first listen it's compelling. Good, solid sound. Not the next Arcade Fire, but expect these guys to stick around for awhile. Final Score: 3.0/5.0. Get and spend a few days with it. It'll be worth it.

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now: What the hell? This guy won the British equivilent of a Grammy? "Critically acclaimed?" Jesus, the critics who "acclaimed" this album must be getting tons of cash in kickbacks. Somebody owes me a half-hour of my life back. Final Score: 0.0/5.0. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this album.

Little Brother - The Minstral Show: Good knight this album is fantastic. Seriously, get it. Better than Kanye, young enough to have a lot of great stuff in front of them. Plus, we gotta give it up for Rally/Durham. Final Score: 4.5/5.0, but only because the beats could be a little better.

Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo: Concept albums are usually tough to get through. Mars Volta got me listening to them for a few months two summers ago, but it gets boring when you have to shove lots of extra material into an album just to force it to fall in line with some preconcieved notion of what the album should be. Good Apollo has some highlights, but it also has some stuff that shouldn't be there. Final Score: 2.5/5.0. They could have cut out the crap and have a great EP, if it weren't for trying to come off as intelligent.

Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask: Never got into that whole "Fuck the man" Dangermouse craze, so I haven't listened to the Grey Album or anything else he's done. But MF Doom always brings the gas face, and this album is a tribute to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, so you have to give it a try. DM's beats lack once in awhile, if you ask me, but Doom saves the parts that are less than dancable. Something about that voice, man. He sounds like a chainsmoking Biggie. Plus, that sample from Sealab where Stormy is talking about Black Debbie is classic. Final Score: 4.0/5.0. Pick it up for real.

Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This to Memory/I Am the Movie: I'd never heard of these guys until last week, and it makes me sad. And then it makes me mad and I'm all "HULK SMMMAAAASSSHHH." It's cool, though, because I've found them now. These guys are doing what New Found Glory has been trying to do for the past seven years. And they do it tremendously well. If you don't dance to these songs, you got no soulll, baby. Call it emo if you want, but it's still damn good. Final Score: 4.0/5.0 and 4.5/5.0.

Sigur Ros - Takk: Well, it's Sigur Ros. If you want a nice quiet night sitting around talking to friends, this album will fill the awkward silences perfectly. If you want anything else, skip it. Final Score: 2.5/5.0, because, while very good and accessible (and in fictional languages, no less!), it doesn't do you much good unless you are trying to go to sleep.

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