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February 6, 2011

Reviews of recent music releases

Filed under: Music — chriscroft @ 6:27 pm

Who cares what I think! But anyway, in case you do, here we go

· Alan Pownall – Depressing but good folky acoustic guitar songs, a bit like a miserable Jack Johnson
· Aqualung – remind me of Keane (e.g. Easier To Lie). I like them.
· Beans on toast – low budget fun songs with clever words, Billie Bragg when we has a student
· Bombay Bicycle Club – quirky, funky, Haircut 100, Orange Juice, Ivy and Gold is nice, so is Many Ways.
· Bon Iver – classy, atmospheric, moody, beautiful
· Camera Obscura – a bit happy and twee for me, like Everything But The Girl blissed out. Good tunes though.
· Fleet Foxes – recommended by yet another person – I still find them twee and annoying
· Frank Turner – like Billy Bragg, I like him, vocal a bit like other shouty folk people like the men they couldn’t hang, Tansads etc
· Ellie Goulding – Like Bjork’s funky moments, though much more accessible. I’m loving the track Guns and Horses.
· Guillemots – more funky than I expected, I like their album Red
· Imogen Heap – classy songs from fragile female singer – Hide and Seek reminds me of Laurie Anderson’s O Superman
· James Blake – nice melodies annoyingly cut up and edited. You might like it if you’re trendy. At some point he’s going to do something great….
· Joel Plaskett – John Mellenncamp meets Fairport Convention – rousing country, I like him
· Laura Marling – folky singer songwriter – OK, sounds like Joni on Rambling Man, with hints of Bob Dylan, Nick Drak19 etc too. Track I liked :– Blackberry Stone.
· Leddra Chapman – voice and style reminded me of the Corrs or maybe the Cranberries, good songs too, e.g Wine Glass
· Lemon Jelly – quirky warm instrumentals, funky but can be annoying
· The new Linkin Park album, ‘A Thousand Suns’ – mellowing with age, very nice.
· Little Man Tate – shouty northern guitar band, too many glottal stops for me, but some good riffs I guess. Though I do like “Man I hate your band”
· Metric – female singer, rock band, nothing unusual but OK, reminded me of late period Suzanne Vega but not as quirky or sexy as her. Though there’s a track called Gimme Sympathy which I just love!
· The National – like a grungy Bruce Springsteen. But not as rousing as the Boss himself. Fake Empire is like Nick Cave’s Into My Arms, with a hint of Brian Eno (The Big Ship?). It’s good.
· Noah and the Whale – Quirky student folk.. Should make quite a good album when they grow up and clam down. Already some good tunes, and theatrical drummer. Give A Little Love is a great tune.
· Owl City – these people are great! Nice songs, emotion, hard to describe. Check out either of their albums.
· Passion Pit – shrill and funky, like recent Keane meets MGMT but not as good
· Patrick Watson – weird jazzy atmospheres, quite bleak, voice sounds like Anthony and the Johnsons, e.g. on Great Escape. Tends to be clever but a bit boring.
· Slow Club – folky harmony skiffle, nice love songs
· Sin City (did you mean Sin City Chainsaw, fun heavy stuff in a Motorhead vein, or Sin City Six – fun heavy stuff in a Ramones vein?)
· The XX – low key and a bit dreary. Though ‘Intro’ has a nice feel of the Cure about it… I could see it getting hypnotically addictive. Bass led like joy division, but vocals more like, er, yazoo? The Marine Girls? Young Marble Giants? There’s certainly a trend towards the 80s again… Heart skipped a beat also has Cure-like guitar on it.
· We Were Promised Jetpacks – strummy guitar, uplifting, like the proclaimers sing James, with added XTC. good album!

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