Category Music Reviews

REVIEW: MARILYN MANSON – THE PALE EMPEROR…

Mr. Manson has returned with a ferociousness on his new album The Pale Emperor, following a hot streak and return to glory started with his last album, Born Villain. This time around he has new company. In fact, the band now only consists of Manson and two other people – both newcomers. First is multi-instrumentalist […]

REVIEW: JEFF WORKMAN – DIRTY WATER REVIVAL…

It’s a treat to be able to present reviews of musicians that I actually know once in a while. Cincinnati’s own Jeff Workman is quite a hard artist to pin to one specific genre. In the past he has played with both rock and country bands, his most recent being Ridge Runner, also from Cincinnati. […]

BOOTLEG REVIEW: PINK FLOYD – FOREVER AND EVER…

Almost as quickly as the “new” Pink Floyd album, The Endless River came out, chatter started amongst the die-hard Floydians. As I noted in my review of the album, I noted that some of these outtakes were almost like a part two of some of the tracks on The Division Bell. Rather quickly, but not […]

REVIEW: D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD – BLACK MESSIAH…

D’Angelo’s latest, and first new album since 2000’s Voodoo is not an easy album to review. A few listens in, I’m still trying to absorb it. The music is so varied and has so many dense layers. It recalls everything from Prince (well, at all times there’s some Prince influence – at times I think […]

REVIEW: MARY J. BLIGE – THE LONDON SESSIONS…

Last summer, Mary J. Blige put out a brand new album with very little fanfare. It was the soundtrack to the comedy Think Like A Man Too. The album was pretty decent for a Mary album, containing a few deep slow songs about relationships that seemed tailored to the film, and a couple upbeat tracks […]

REVIEW: BASTILLE – VS. (OTHER PEOPLE’S HEARTACHE PT. III)…

My first review of the year is for a band I was playing constantly throughout last year, Bastille. There’s something just a little bit different about their sound that distinguishes them from any other modern British rock groups. They aren’t afraid to use electronics to broaden their sonic palate, but at their core they are […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #6: WEEZER – EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END…

2014 brought the triumphant return of Weezer! Their new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End is a return to all the things I love about Weezer. The most important of these is their tightness as a rock & roll band. Sure when you are this far into your career, you are allowed to […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #8: SAM SMITH – IN THE LONELY HOUR…

Last year, while most of us in the U.S. were oblivious, an up and coming singer named Sam Smith was breaking through in a big way in the UK, as a guest vocalist on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”, and also on Disclosure’s “Latch”. It wasn’t until I watched the last BRITs awards that I […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #13: JACK WHITE – LAZARETTO…

Lazaretto. Italian for “I’ll put any style of music I want to on my album, dammit, and who’s gonna stop me?”. Actually, no. Lazarettos were quarantine stations used to house severely ill sea travelers, mainly in the 1800s. This was in attempt to keep diseases like the plague from spreading. But I’m going to go […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #17: you+me – rose ave….

This fall, P!nk released a new album sort of under the radar. This project is rose ave. For this album, P!nk formed a duo called you+me with Dallas Green, a Canadian singer-songwriter also known under the moniker City and the Colour. She met Dallas through her husband, and planned a collaboration track that turned into […]