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Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

August 21st, 2009

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Band May Have Suffered Breakdown With Fans

Bands with the longevity and popularity of Green Day are going to branch away from the sound that got them signed. Yet 21st Century Breakdown may have more accurately been called Electric Guitar Breakdown, as Green Day seem to favor acoustic intros and balladry for many of the songs here. Overall they do a decent job of connecting their softer sounds to their louder ones, but Dookie this is not. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

The All-American Rejects – When the World Comes Down

June 20th, 2009


Don’t Reject This Album Out of Hand

The All-American Rejects are great at creating catchy rock songs, and When the World Comes Down is no exception. Best known for the song “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects deliver more fun rock on this new album. When the World Comes Down starts off with a burst of energy in the form of the upbeat and sexy “I Wanna” and continues in the same vein for several songs, including hit single “Gives You Hell.” Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

Fairmont – Transcendence

May 19th, 2009


Transcendent Band Defies Cataloging

Fairmont defy genre definition. This act has a comfortable grip on pop-punk, soul often found in singer-songwriters, and a variety of indie-pop styles including the recently popular ability to transplant harmonies from the 1960s. Unlike many modern multi-genre bands, however, Fairmont are good at it. The tunes on Transcendence fit together into a coherent whole despite deliberate stylistic differences. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

New Found Glory – Not Without a Fight

March 10th, 2009


Band Not Going Anywhere Without a Fight

As with most bands that have discographies of any significant length, New Found Glory’s sound has softened over the years. Not Without a Fight, however, feels like the band are trying to get back to their original sound. The stylistic changes they’ve incorporated over the last decade remain intact, but this album is notably harder than the band’s 2006 release, Coming Home. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

Thursday – Common Existence

February 19th, 2009


Band Continues Uncommon Existence

Known for mixing screaming with singing and driving beats with creative melodies, Thursday’s new album Common Existence embraces these strengths, though scattered among solid songs are less successful experiments.
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By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

The Enemy – We’ll Live and Die in These Towns

February 6th, 2009


Facing The Enemy

The Enemy’s We’ll Live and Die in These Towns can be described as a sweet folk-punk cake iced and filled with punk revival frosting. Yet while The Enemy do both genres well, the two styles don’t mesh on this sonically inconsistent album. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

The Warriors – Genuine Sense of Outrage

January 25th, 2009


Genuine Sense of …Something

At first The Warriors’ newest album sounds like what mainstream music listeners expect hardcore to sound like. Driving beat, check; incoherent vocals, check; the sense that poor little suburban kids have something trite to whine about, check. But Genuine Sense of Outrage has something else going for it: musicianship. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews

Panic at the Disco – Pretty. Odd.

November 18th, 2008


Sophmore Album Takes ‘Odd’ Approach

Those expecting Panic at the Disco to deliver another “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” are in for a surprise. The band takes a markedly different approach on their sophomore album, Pretty. Odd. Gone are bitter lines from an angry teenage boy backed by synthesizer, replaced by insightful, often poetic, and frequently gleefully nonsensical lyrics from content adult musicians. Panic at the Disco’s two albums have little in common beyond Brendon Urie’s distinctive voice, and he’s now sharing vocal duties with the rest of his band. Read more…

By Kelsey Adelson Posted in Reviews