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Topic: disc

The Postman Always Rings Twice

An argument against stamping out remakes.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Once upon a time — 1981, I believe — Jack Nicholson was considered a sex symbol and Jessica Lange, a joke. My, how times have changed, even if the film noir that put them together, The Postman Always Rings Twice, has not. The second screen telling of James M. Cain's potboiler novel, Postman finally has comes a-knockin' on Blu-ray.
 
Friday, January 31, 2014

Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich


Rock

Zach Hale
There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Smith Westerns — Soft Will


Indie

Zach Hale
Most bands don’t make their “mature” album until they’re, you know, mature. Chicago trio Smith Westerns is like the indie-rock equivalent of Robin Williams in Jack: just a few years removed from high school, yet appearing to age more rapidly than the majority of their contemporaries.
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Indie

Zach Hale
Listening to Horse Thief’s previous release — the haphazardly melodramatic Grow Deep, Grow Wild — felt like a chore. Whatever potential the Oklahoma City folk-pop act demonstrated on the EP was obscured behind a formulaic, contrived and ultimately hollow cloud. But it at least offered a glimmer of promise for a band consisting of, frankly, five pretty talented dudes. Critics saw it; the band’s management saw it; its current label, Bella Union, saw it; and its increasingly fervid fan base saw it.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
 
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