Turin Brakes – Jackinabox – Review

November 18, 2005

Jackinabox is more California dreaming/Gram Parsons than Manchester fog a la Elbow, further proving that not all mellow British music constitutes as “suicidal.”

The Lost Patrol Band – Review

November 18, 2005

Lost Patrol was Dennis Lyzxén, vocalist of The (International) Noise Conspiracy, ex-Refused. Now The Lost Patrol Band, acoustic ditties have become power pop,

Opeth – Ghost Reveries – Review

November 18, 2005

Ghost Reveries might be the most complicated of a formidable lot, the album marking the best integration of the Damnation and Deliverance polarities.

Obituary – Frozen In Time – Review

November 18, 2005

Frozen ranks up there, far surpassing Back From the Dead. Stomp, stomp Floridian death metal is the order of the day. Breakdowns and groove plenty.

The Autumns – Review

November 18, 2005

Thoughtful songwriting, masterful tone, and perfect pacing. Perfect for fans of Brundlefly, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Elliot Smith, and Drop the Fear.

Frank Black – Honeycomb – Review

November 11, 2005

His most un-Pixies record yet, Black’s paean to all things retro – Southern R&B, roots and country – will likely be the most hit-or-miss album in his cannon.

Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree – Review

November 11, 2005

With their major label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy has given their sound a new twist, yet held onto their adorable pop roots. The first single, “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” is a dynamic blend of surging guitars, slamming drums, and longing vocals, and “Dance, Dance” starts with a buoyant bass line reminiscent of The Cure and mutates into a stomping rock tune.

Mando Diao – Hurricane Bar – Review

November 11, 2005

Super-catchy songs with all of the little touches you’ve come to expect with a nice, high-energy presentation that stops short of pop-punk territory.

Darkane – Layers of Lies – Review

November 11, 2005

Technical metal is making a return to writing songs, rather than merely stringing together complex riffs, and Darkane understand this better than any.

Hypocrisy – Virus – Review

November 11, 2005

Peter’s back churning his mechanized doom at a verbosity of velocities, but the main different in the terrible tale is that Immortal’s Horgh is on as drummer.

Chixdiggit! – Pink Razors – Review

November 11, 2005

That same pop punk sound with the same three chords. It’s mindless to listen to, fun to dance around to, and although it’s super cheesy, I love it.

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