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TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #19: KIMBRA – THE GOLDEN ECHO…

One of this year’s most exciting and adventurous pop albums this year came from Kimbra, with her second album The Golden Echo. There are catchy songs, dense songs, songs that are way out of the normal pop realm that push the musical envelope, but all of them are full of an exciting forward-thinking mentality. In […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #21: YOUNG THE GIANT – MIND OVER MATTER…

An album that stayed with me consistently throughout this year was the sophomore release by Young The Giant, Mind Over Matter. With this album, the band showed they had many more tricks up their sleeves beyond their hit “Cough Syrup” from their self-titled debut. Songs like “Crystallized” and “Mind Over Matter” with their lush harmonies […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #22: PRIMUS & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY FEATURING THE FUNGAI ENSEMBLE…

I didn’t really expect an album of songs from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by Primus to be much more than a side project by the band that I’d listen to once in amusement and then put on a shelf with my other Primus CDs. How wrong I was. The weirdness and twisted imagination […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #23: THE BLACK KEYS – TURN BLUE…

I have a feeling that Turn Blue will top several peoples’ lists this year. The Black Keys is one of those critics’ darlings bands that always seems to make the lists. So why is it on mine? Is it warranted? I’m more of a newcomer to the band. I started listening at El Camino, long […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #24: GERARD WAY – HESITANT ALIEN…

About a year after My Chemical Romance called it a day, former frontman Gerard Way decided to start the next phase of his career by redefining himself. Or maybe not redefining as much as giving a range of possibilities for which road he could travel next. While most of these songs are drenched in reverb […]

REVIEW: PINK FLOYD – THE ENDLESS RIVER…

Earlier this year, The Division Bell, Pink Floyd’s last proper studio album, turned 20 years old. To celebrate, there was a deluxe box set released, with a beautiful repackaging of the vinyl, the related singles, and Blu-Ray audio. Noticeably missing though were any outtakes or bonus material of any kind. This angered some of us […]

REVIEW: PRIMUS & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY WITH THE FUNGAI ENSEMBLE…

Yes… yes they did. Primus has recorded a “cover” album of the soundtrack to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Why? Because they are Primus. If you love Primus, and you love Willy Wonka, then you might really love this. If you didn’t like Primus before, you will probably be screaming “blasphemy!”. If you are […]

REVIEW: LENNY KRAVITZ – STRUT…

I will have to come clean here. I haven’t really listened to Lenny Kravitz since the Greatest Hits album. I’ve heard a track here or there and thought “that’s pretty good”. I think it started with “Dig In”. For some reason it felt bland to me at the time. I had owned Are You Gonna […]

REVIEW: MACY GRAY – THE WAY…

Pop music needs more Macy Grays. For someone who has inexplicably only had one large pop hit, “I Try”, from her stellar debut album On How Life Is, she consistently puts outs out quality albums that are true albums and not just filler for one or two hits. She has a truly unique voice and […]

REVIEW: GERARD WAY – HESITANT ALIEN…

The Black Parade is Dead! My Chemical Romance’s live album of the same name in 2008 was quick to point this out. Yet the number one complaint I’ve read so far about Gerard Way’s first solo album Hesitant Alien is that is sounds nothing like My Chemical Romance. Well, the band split up and parted […]