Reviews by Genre ‘Rock’

SuperHeavy, SuperHeavy

Posted on September 30, 2011

SuperHeavy tried to make a record that would incorporate so much, reach so many, but it collapses on itself like Wall Street and the Greek economy.

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The Ettes, Wicked Will

Posted on August 9, 2011

It’s a step in a different direction from the previous Greg Cartwright produced album, but not into a different territory. Wicked Will sounds more like the early Ettes, but a bit more refined.

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The Hombres, Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

Posted on August 6, 2011

Q: Would I sell it?
A: Maybe for $50.00 but only after I burned a copy of their version of “So Sad.”

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Various Artists, Rave On Buddy Holly

Posted on July 21, 2011

I downloaded this collection for $8.99. It was worth the nine bucks to aurally experience the various interpretations Charles Hardin Holley, but I find myself coming back for repeated listenings to only five songs, Smith’s “Words of Love,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,”, My Morning Jackets’ “True Love Ways”, Lou Reed’s “Peggy Sue” and Jenny O’s “I’m Gonna Love You Too.” I like the Cobra’s cut as well as Cee-Lo’s and Florence & The Machines’ version of “Not Fade Away” is worth a listen too.

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Scandalous, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Posted on April 21, 2011

“Black Snake” is reminiscent of “Resurrection Shuffle” by Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, but it would be a disservice to the Joe & the band to compare them to those brass rockers of the early 70s – like Chase or early Chicago – because the Honeybears can swing.

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The Baseball Project, Vol. 2, High & Inside

Posted on April 20, 2011

Again the band displays their love for the game with pop hooks and history lessons. It’s like the Schoolhouse Rock of Baseball.

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Songs I Turned Up: Rock & Roll, The Velvet Underground

Posted on April 6, 2011

“And baby it was all right,
And it was all right,
Hey it was all right,
It was all right.”

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The Babies, Self-Titled

Posted on March 23, 2011

The opening track, “Run Me Over” sounds like something Nancy and Lee would do if they were 23 years old and recording in the new millennium.

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Cake, Showroom of Compassion

Posted on January 17, 2011

Is it a marvel in song construction, mimicking the sheep that we are in our willingness to follow our leaders?

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Redondo Beat, Meet Redondo Beat

Posted on January 11, 2011

“The Spell I’m Under” is a catchy piece of pop rock, sounding like Shadow Morton got a hold of a Marshall Crenshaw rarity.

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