Post Tagged with: "album"

Kings of Leon Draws On Country Roots

Kings of Leon Draws On Country Roots

With their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon has returned, albeit with a stripped-down sound. This literal band of brothers, led by frontman Caleb Followill, achieved commercial and critical success in 2009 with powerful hits like “Sex on Fire” and the Grammy-winning “Use Somebody.” In the past four years, their mainstream popularity[Read More…]

by September 27, 2013 0 comments The Guide
Energizing Album Dances to the Top

Energizing Album Dances to the Top

If anyone claims that they’ve never danced to “I Love It,” you know that he or she is lying. Regardless of where it’s playing, you’ll see people jumping up and down, screaming “I don’t care!” With the release of their second album This Is … Icona Pop — also known as This Is[Read More…]

by September 27, 2013 0 comments The Guide
Veteran Indie Rockers Don’t Fade Away

Veteran Indie Rockers Don’t Fade Away

When you hear a band name like Yo La Tengo, you may jump to a number of conclusions about its musical style. You might guess it produces contrived Spanish pop music or bombastic mariachi madness. In reality, though, Yo LaTengo does nothing of the sort. The Hoboken-based trio has been a critically acclaimed darling of the indie rock[Read More…]

by January 25, 2013 0 comments The Guide

Follow-up Album Misses Mark

3/5 stars After doling out such hits as “Basket Case” and “American Idiot,” one might think that a rapid-fire trilogy of albums would be a great idea for the punk rock band that had every teenager of the past two decades belting out “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and swaying to[Read More…]

by November 14, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

4/5 Stars Finally, a dance album that the Top 40 DJs can spin to their hearts desires and that will surely be blaring at middle school dances for generations to come.  In Usher’s new album, Looking 4 Myself, he explores multiple different styles, everything from soul to electro to his staple R&B.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Santigold Fails to Shine on Second Album

Santigold Fails to Shine on Second Album

3/5 stars Santigold (formerly Santogold, for those paying attention) has returned from the depths of recording and record label conflict to deliver her sophomore effort, Master of My Make-Believe. Four years after her debut album,Santogold, blew up the indie music scene, she returns with an album that sounds more like Santogold: Part II than it does[Read More…]

by April 27, 2012 0 comments The Guide

A Lioness Cut Down in Her Prime

Posthumous albums are a look back at a musician’s career, their achievements and hits, as well as insight to their works in progress, plans for the future and direction as an artist. Following Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in July, her longtime producer and family decided to release a[Read More…]

by December 1, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Artists Put New Spin on the Holidays

Artists Put New Spin on the Holidays

It’s finally December, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for Christmas music! From now until Dec. 25, these classic tunes will dominate the airwaves, spreading good tidings and cheer to anyone and everyone — whether or not they want it. To meet this incredible demand, musicians from[Read More…]

by December 1, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Folk Star Stays Safe

Before being tasked with the review of Iron & Wine’s new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, I had never heard of the singer and songwriter, whose real name is Samuel Beam. I did not know what to expect of this new album, other than that it has already received critical acclaim.[Read More…]

by January 28, 2011 0 comments The Guide