February 1, 2006

Malcolm Middleton - Into the Woods

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:00 pm

Malcolm Middleton - Into the  Woods
Multi instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton is the half brain of the Scottish band Arab Strap and Into the Woods (2005) is his second solo album. For the first time we could hear Malcolm singing solo on his debut “5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine the Pawn Art School Dance Doo-Dah” released in 2003.

Comparing these two albums his new release “Into the Woods” sounds much more confident and less messy than its predecessor. Malcolm’s vocals are much cleaner and just as capable as his Arab Strap’s partners Aidan Moffat.

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Great Lake Swimmers – Bodies and Minds

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 8:55 pm

Great Lake Swimmers - Bodies and Minds
Great Lake Swimmers is a band based around a singer/song writer Tony Dekker. Great Lake Swimmers are coming from cold Toronto, Canada. “Bodies and Minds” 2005 is their second album following their first self tilted debut “Great Lake Swimmers” released in 2003.

“Bodies and Minds” was recorded in St Theresa’s Church in Ontario. What a perfect recording environment with a natural reverb and great acoustics! Apparently when recording and mixing the “Bodies and Minds” album, there was hardly any sound processing applied. No effects or dynamic processing, just a pure sound captured during their church recordings.

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January 28, 2006

Hope of the States – The Lost Riots

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:36 pm

Hope of the States - The Lost RiotsHow painful it must be, to loose a long time friend, musician when you are only weeks from releasing your debut album. This is exactly what happened to Hope of the States when they lost their guitarist founder James Lawrence after he committed suicide. It must be very sad especially after all these years of hard work and only a touch away from success.

The first track of the album “The Black Amnesias” is a pumped up instrumental guitar storm reminding me of rockers Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Track two “Enemies - Friends” sets a slightly different direction of the album. Brit pop at its Best? But there is much more to it a we proceed from track to track.

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dEUS - Pocket Revolution

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 8:13 pm

dEUS - Pocket RevolutiondEUS released a new album!! Yes!! It’s been 6 years since their latest release “The Ideal Crash” 1999. dEUS come from Belgium and you may or may not know them by their previous fantastic albums “Worst Case Scenario” 1995, “In a Bar, Under the Sea” 1999 or “The Ideal Crash” 1999.

I was very excited when listening to their new album “Pocket Revolution” for the first time. The opener “Bad Timing” caught my attention from the very first moment. A very dEUS-like song structure, slow build up with familiar vocals and an expected explosion somewhere halfway through the song.

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Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 4:51 am

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird NowI Am a Bird now is Antony Johnson’s second full length album released in February 2005. Antony is a very versatile artist. He worked with Boy George, Lou Reed and other famous names. Antony participated in couple of underground movies and cabarets. There is a slight uncertainty about his sexual orientation what makes him even more mysterious. Woman trapped in man’s body? What does it matter lets talk about Antony’s beautiful music.

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December 28, 2005

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 2:13 pm

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
I can’t think of a better album to write about in my first Depeche Mode review at AllOddMusic as their latest release “Playing the Angel”.

I used to be a big fan of DM, but unfortunately they lost me for a while, probably after their “Ultra” album released in 1997. Main reason why I loved these boys so much was that there was always something new to explore when listening to their music. Every listening used to be an adventure.
I haven’t felt like that with their later releases though. I was very pleasantly surprised after I first heard their newest album “Playing the Angel”.

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December 14, 2005

Sigur Ros - Takk…

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 12:41 am

Sigur Ros - Takk
Impatiently awaited new album of Icelanders Sigur Ros is finally out. It has been 3 years since their latest () release in 2002. Expectations were very high, so let’s dig in and rip this album apart.

About a 2 minute opening Intro gets us all excited wandering what is going to be next. It dissolves into a second track Glósóli with strangely sounding and played Kick drum. It almost sounds like it’s been wired up through a Rotating Lesley cabinet when recorded. It is accompanied with a warm sounding bass guitar and beautiful vocals. Typical bow played guitar goes off at the last 1.5 minute of the track. Very heavy and distorted sound new for Sigur Ros. Maybe too much of a distortion for my taste, it could be the recording though. I’m sure it would sound amazing live.

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November 26, 2005

The Frames - Burn the Maps

Filed under: Reviews — Svato @ 1:14 pm

The Frames - Burn the Maps
The Frames have been around for more than 15 years, but never made it as big as they would deserve. Thank god! They have always been the great small band, really close to their fans and down to earth. In that sense - I hope they never become big!

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October 26, 2005

Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 12:46 am

Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires
UK’s wonder child singer, songwriter, violinist Patrick Wolf at the age of 21 he already released two critically well acclaimed full length albums Lycanthropy (2003) and Wind in the Wires (2005). Worked with collective Minty (does it ring a bell?) and other interesting line-ups.
This year he returns with a collection of dark British folk songs accompanied with a full ensemble of unusual instruments and strange sounds. Instruments played on Wind in the Wires were: Viola, Violin, Grand Piano, Plucked/Prepared piano, Vocal Chords, Baritone and Soprano Ukuleles, Kantale, Mountain Dulcimer, Farfisa Pianorgan, Farfisa Transivox Electronic Accordion, Piano Accordion, Guitar and Bass guitar, Kawai SX-240 and 100-P Synthesisers, Bodhran, Re-programmed Wild Electricity, Re-sampled found sounds and various percussion. Enough? Are you excited to hear the result yet?

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