Category Music Reviews

DAVID BOWIE – ★ (BLACKSTAR): The RWOM Review

I am filled with a lot of mixed emotions writing this review. First of all, a sense of grief and mourning for the world’s loss of one of the most prolific, creative and boundary-pushing entertainers of our time. The stars will never align again in such a way that brought us David Bowie. Second, a […]

PRINCE – HITnRUN PHASE TWO: THE RWOM REVIEW…

Phase Two, much to the relief of many, is a return to more of a classic funk-soul-pop-r&b Prince sound. Most importantly in my opinion, this includes the return of Prince’s stellar horn section. The track selection for this one has been culled from several different recordings from the last few years. I am beyond impressed with this album. While yes, it plays like a collection, especially when I have singles of about half of the album, it also works beautifully as an album. These songs all fit nicely next to each other. While parts of Phase One had to grow on me, Phase Two feels like home.

ROB’S WALL OF MUSIC TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2015

ROB’S WALL OF MUSIC TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2015! My decision to start things back up here was a bit late to write full reviews for every single album on my list. 2015 had some really great albums, especially in a time when some naysayers think the album as an art form is dying. Some […]

PRINCE – HITnRUN PHASE ONE: THE RWOM REVIEW…

Less than a year after Prince’s successful double dose of Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, he announced that he had a new album ready. However, as typical of Prince, this wasn’t without some controversy. This summer Prince yanked all of his music, with the exception of a few stray compilation tracks, off of Spotify, which […]

REVIEW: TWENTY ONE PILOTS – BLURRYFACE…

I want to start my first review in quite some time by thanking those who have written me with kind words of encouragement. Sometimes just realizing there are others out there in the world who actually read what I have to say… it can really mean a lot. The internet can be a great place […]

REVIEW: DEAD SARA – PLEASURE TO MEET YOU…

With their self-titled debut album, Dead Sara made a believer out of me. A believer that the the true fire of rock and roll is very much alive. From the sounds of their newest album Pleasure To Meet You., they were just getting warmed up. This album may have as well been named Dead Sara […]

REVIEW: BIG DATA – 2.0 (and a bit of a review of their 3/28/15 Columbus concert set)…

Big Data isn’t so much a band as a concept. A concept built around the technology we’ve developed closing in on us. There’s the good that instant access to information can give us, but of course there’s the downside – the isolation, the lack of physical interaction, and so on. The “band”, at least on […]