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Archive for November, 2009

CD Review – Music Go Music (Disco fans rejoice)

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Expressions

Secretly Canadian

By taking the best parts of disco (ripping off ABBA) and adding a hint of psychodelic rock, Music Go Music has made an album that should have been repulsive (for all non-Disco lovers) and made it tolerable. “Thousand Crazy Nights” and “Light of Love” sound as if they could have come directly from the ABBA songbook and taken a detour through The Monkees catelogue. If you like disco, you will love this album. If you don’t, then you can at least sit through it without having suicidal thoughts.

http://www.secretlycanadian.com

CD Review – Eva & the Heartmaker

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Let’s Keep This Up Forever

Sony Music

When I first saw the cover of this album, with Eva Weel Skram, the cute blonde lead singer standing next to Thomas Stenersen, the goofy-looking hairy mastermind, the first thing I thought was that they were another version of either The Ting Tings or Mates of State. Thankfully, I was wrong. Eva and the Heartmaker make highly accessible radio pop that most Top 40 stations should be clamoring to get their hands on.

From the danceable “Let’s Hit the Road Jack” and “The Spell” to the slower “Life Still Goes On” to the killer “Possible Escape/Possible Mistake” this duo has made an album with 10 radio-friendly tracks that are all solid. It’s rare that you have a pop album in which every track is single-worthy, but Eva and the Heartmaker have done just that. This is a diamond hidden in the radio-friendly rough.

http://www.sonymusic.com

CD Review – Headlights (Indie-pop fans unite!)

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Wildlife

Polyvinyl Records

Indie-pop trio Headlights is back with more ambient and airy pop that is more contemplative and emotional than their previous work. Tracks like “Teenage Wonder” and “Love Song for Buddy” are more focused and introspective, leaving the listener with either a sense of understanding or confusion. Those who understand, know that the band went through several bandmembers and scrapped virtually an entire album’s worth of material so they could go back as a trio and record this album. Each track was recorded in one take to capture the emotion and intimacy of all 11 songs. While there are no standout singles, the album reels you in and brings you into the world that Headlights has been living. You will come out of this listening experience a much better person.

http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

CD Review – The Sexy Accident

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

mantoloking
Self-Released

This is power-pop that is easy to get stuck in your head. It’s not the Good Charlotte earworm that makes you want to stick pencils in your ears. This is the good kind of power-pop that you listen to the first time and think, “Hmm, this isn’t too bad.” Then you listen to it again and really listen to the words and realize that this has a lot more depth than you thought. That’s how they get you hooked. This is an accident worth having.

http://www.thesexyaccident.com