Home / Tag: cd reviews
Monday, July 21, 2008

The Dream (Six Degrees)

The subgenres of acid house and ambient electronica have produced sonic wallpaper by the yard, but few artists as creative or compelling as The Orb. The duo of Alex Paterson and Youth, two Englishmen on the ground floor of late-’70s punk, meld found voices and electronic melodies into a symphony of sampling and gentle . . .
Monday, July 21, 2008

Weezer (“Red Album”) (DGC/Interscope)

Get ready to laugh, cry or do both the moment you hear Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo start rapping on the band’s third self-titled album. That he does so over a song filled with piano and choral-chanting bombast (no lie) suggests that Cuomo may have seriously lost his marbles. His hysterically loyal fan base is no doubt . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Get Off My Lawn

One might hope that a folk album with such a confrontational title would be something of a laugh riot. Instead, it’s more of a minor ruckus from Minnesota-via-Wisconsin folkster David Stoddard. The fun he pokes at NASCAR, Thanksgiving, materialism and reality TV are mostly good-natured. Garrison Keillor . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

She (Metal Mind Productions)

She—a lavish two-CD set written by veteran British progressive rocker Clive Nolan and based on H. Rider Haggard’s 1887 Victorian-adventure novel of the same name—fits practically every definition of “rock opera.” The majestic, large-scale story of a white African queen who made herself immortal by . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Popular Songs (Cooking Vinyl)

It’s time to say it: Camper van Beethoven was one of the great bands of the ’90s. They had a wacky sense of humor that sometimes delivered serious observations. They were a collective, a true band with various songwriters and multi-instrumentalists contributing to a sound that couldn’t be categorized because . . .
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Same Old Man (New West)

Along with the album’s country-leaning roots rockers, listeners of Same Old Man get a bit of the bittersweet, ripened wisdom of John Hiatt, whose voice registers somewhere between Philip Roth's aged sentimentality and Saul Bellow's caustic remembrances as he reflects on a life in love . . .
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Songs For Frank Zeidler (Moo-Town Productions)

The number of worthwhile albums that memorialize politicians can probably be counted on one hand. But you can add one more to that short list with Songs for Frank Zeidler, a CD dedicated to the memory of Milwaukee's last Socialist mayor. Who better to pay tribute than a couple of Milwaukee's finer folkies? Jym Mooney . . .
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fern Knight (VHF)

They may come from present-day Philadelphia, but you could be forgiven for mistaking Fern Knight for a late-’60s British folk revival band. Warbly hints of psychedelia and electronic phasing mingle with gossamer, pastoral melodies played on harp and cello along with guitar and violin. At the heart of the . . .
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Cow Island Hop (Valcour)

Along with all things Louisiana, Cajun identity made a comeback in the 1980s. Descended from French-Indian deportees to the bayou in colonial times, the Cajuns speak a French dialect and make music with its own distinct cadence. The youthful band Feufollet is the latest manifestation of the Cajun revival . . .
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Live From Chicago (Coming Home Media)

Think the Steve Miller Band doesn’t matter anymore? Try telling that to the generations of smiling fans who packed the sold-out Ravinia Amphitheater in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park for two nights last July. Captured with 17 cameras in 5.1 surround sound, those gigs anchor Live From Chicago . . .

0|4