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Topic: cd reviews

Crown Imperial — Crown Imperial


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Not much more than a year-old, Norman’s Crown Imperial already proves it’s a force to be reckoned with, on its self-titled debut. In just 16 minutes, the band flexes a knack for versatility, an eye for cohesiveness and an ear for massively addictive melodies.
 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Roots — undun

Playing Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show hasn’t pulled The Roots up from ... their roots.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
You can — if you concentrate hard — faintly hear a baby bawling at the very beginning of The Roots’ new album, “undun.” That’s because the record follows a fictional life that isn’t so fictional.
 
Monday, December 5, 2011

The Black Keys — El Camino

Good job, whoever convinced Danger Mouse to loosen up a bit.


Rock

Matt Carney
Drummer and hilarious tweeter Patrick Carney recently explained DJ Danger Mouse’s (aka Brian Burton, the production half of Gnarls Barkley) role producing “El Camino,” The Black Keys’ seventh LP in nine years: “For this album, The Black Keys became a three-piece band.”
 
Friday, December 16, 2011

The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence

The best trilogy since ‘Lord of the Rings.’ At least in the field of eerie, Canadian R&B.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
Two leering, damaged R&B mixtapes in and I was nearly certain that provocative Toronto collective The Weeknd (the brainchild of remarkable singer Abel Tesfaye) had exhausted its scuzzy-production-and-luxurious pop-voice-singing-about-banging-groupies shtick.
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day One — Art by Death


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
“Art by Death” is something you probably won’t hear every day.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Philip Zoellner Band — Lean On


Rock

Matt Carney
As far as straightforward, unpretentious, classic-sounding rock goes, Tulsa’s Philip Zoellner Band delivers with “Lean On,” Bad Company-inspired guitars and storytelling lyrics included.
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Seeker Lover Keeper — Seeker Lover Keeper

Classic folk tunes from some young Aussie gals.


Folk

Matt Carney
Just when I was about to write off the debut LP from Australian lady-singer collective Seeker Lover Keeper as a collection of overly subdued, wannabe Feist mishy-mash, a shocking and attention-grabbing drum machine hooked me back in on the sixth track, “Rely on Me,” midway through the album.
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Raekwon — Unexpected Victory

Here’s the best from a new year’s bumper crop of hip-hop mixtapes.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
My favorite hip-hop moment from 2011 was when the speed-rap once-superstar Busta Rhymes, now almost 40, resurfaced from the 1990s on Chris Brown’s excellent “Look at Me Now” single, as confident as if he’d been around all this time.
 
Friday, January 20, 2012

Craig Finn — Clear Heart Full Eyes

The Hold Steady’s songwriter steps out on his own to write some songs about loneliness.


Indie

Matt Carney
I think the best way to compare the songwriting material in 40-year-old Craig Finn’s first-ever solo album with the excellent stuff that constitutes his catalogue with Brooklyn-by-Minneapolis rockers The Hold Steady is to just embrace the truth that you can’t have fun all the time.
 
Monday, January 30, 2012

Steve Aoki — Wonderland

Stick to running your label, Stevie.


Pop

Matt Carney
Were it not for Steve Aoki, we would have no Dim Mak Records (founded in L.A. in 1996), and, therefore, possibly none of some of the most important electro dance music of the mid-2000s, including but not limited to Canadian house duo MSTRKRFT, rockers Bloc Party or possibly even New York avantists Battles, whose 2004 “B EP” was distributed by said record label.
 
Thursday, February 9, 2012
 
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