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Ladytron – Witching Hour

October 10th, 2005


From Light To Dark

Ladytron has, thankfully, moved on from the morose monotony of their last album, Light & Magic, and entered the realm of contemporary electronic music. Whereas L&M was boring yet addictive, and slightly too retro, Witching Hour makes for an engaging listen that still works as background music for a party or dance remix fodder. It is slightly darker, with more room for emotional lyrics and bittersweet melodies. The tracks are more satisfying than those on L&M, with increased aural depth and variation within the songs. And perhaps most exciting; contemporary electronic effects are the majority, rather than stolid retro synth sounds of the 80s monopolizing the music. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Cranes – Particles & Waves

September 15th, 2005


The Big Bang

Cranes have not been around for the last two decades for nothing. Beginning in 1986 with a cassette tape release, they have trekked through multiple EPs, LPs, and record labels to arrive on their own independent label, Dadaphonic. With their newest album, Particles & Waves, Cranes continue their unique vision of music, art, and the world we live in. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

James Blunt – Back To Bedlam

August 29th, 2005


Let Me Be Blunt

James Blunt is no stranger to suffering, having served as a military peacekeeper. Nor is he a stranger to singing about it, having a single off of his debut Back To Bedlam at number one on the UK charts. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Dave Matthews Band – Stand Up

July 29th, 2005


The Stand Up Sessions

Stand Up is a little different than anything the Dave Matthews Band has done in the past, most likely do to Mark Batson’s (G-Unit, Seal, India.Arie) production. Batson claims to try and “bring out the best” in the artists he works with, and for DMB that process involved a lot of improvisation and spontaneity. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Kate Earl – Fate Is The Hunter

July 8th, 2005


Hunting Fate

Kate Earl’s debut album, Fate Is The Hunter, ranges from deep and powerful to happy and finger-snappy. First impressions are of a disciple of Fiona Apple and/or Aimie Mann, with minor piano chords evocative of the former in one track, and bittersweet guitar inspired by the latter in another. In contrast, her soft rolling vocals are slightly reminiscent of Jill Sobule. Whether Earl lives up to the reputation of any of these great singer-songwriters remains to be seen, but she’s off to a good start with Hunter. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Lizz Wright – Dreaming Wide Awake

June 28th, 2005


A Wright To Dream

Dreaming Wide Awake is less soul and R&B than Salt, but Lizz Wright’s sophomore album manages something that its predecessor fails at: to expand on a range of styles to create a mosaic of superb music. Craig Street (k.d. lang, Me’Shell NdegéOcello) lends his producing expertise to this montage of jazzy blues and rock-inspired covers, classics, and originals. Among others, Bill Frisell, Mark Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius), and Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle) help contribute. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Gorillaz – Demon Days

June 7th, 2005


Gorilla Dayz Are Here Again

The Gorillaz’ two-dimensional members – 2D, Noodle, Murdoc and Russel – are back for a second helping of funkadelic hip-hop with their sophomore album, Demon Days. While the quartet is as unique a blend of characters as the album is of styles, the man behind the curtain, Blur’s Damon Albarn, is the real brains of the operation. Read more…

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Missy Higgins – The Sound Of White

May 3rd, 2005


Not Just White Noise

Missy Higgins has been on quite a wild ride since writing a song in the half hour before it was due for her senior music class. “All For Believing” was encouraged into a demo by her teacher, submitted to a national contest by her sister, and heard on radio stations in LA, finally landing her a record deal. Appropriately, it opens Higgins’ debut album, The Sound of White, with a touch of passion and intrigue. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Reviews

Anyone else think this is going too far?

April 19th, 2005

So I decided to buy Silvertide’s Show And Tell tonight because I like their rockin’ Philly style. I pop it into my computer to put it into iTunes, and what comes up but an unfriendly little license agreement by BMG? Ok fine, whatever, I can understand if you feel the need to make someone “sign” something, even though they technically come into an agreement when they buy the CD, and making them read another one is redundant. Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Editorials

”Something you should hear…”

April 19th, 2005

It’s amazing what you can find when you’re not even looking. I’m listening to an EP by the band Snoozebox, their record release party is this Saturday at the Grape St. Pub in Philly. Damn, they’re fun! Read more…

By Thea Cooke Posted in Editorials