Sigur Ros – Takk – Review

January 27, 2006

Sigur Rós seem to’ve found a happy medium between drifting and delivering. Plenty of winding, swirling, and euphoric moments, but also a sense of purpose.

Sparta – Porcelain – Review

January 24, 2005

Porcelain looked to finally shed Sparta’s existence in contradictions. But alas, the negatives continue to haunt the positives in everything the band touches.

Peter Gabriel – Hit – Review

September 6, 2004

Hit flows as well as any new studio album, from sombre pieces to full-out rockers without compromising Gabriel’s meshing of electronica, world music, and pop.

Peter Gabriel – Growing Up Live – Review

May 23, 2004

Effortless and graceful, filled to the brim with his trademark melancholy. When “Red Rain” or the classic “In Your Eyes” hit your ears, all the hairs on your body stand up. The crashing crescendos, the impeccable playing of his backing band (including his very talented daughter, Melanie, on backup vocals), and the tasteful use of electronic flourishes render sights and sounds that we the fans have known all along.

Rooney – Review

October 22, 2003

While the rest of the record shows the band members’ youth and blind worship of Weezer b-sides, “Blueside” is a classic-in-the-making.

Peter Gabriel – Up – Review

February 14, 2003

Gorgeously rich arrangements, impeccable recording, masterfully-used world music instruments, inventive percussion, and, of course, heartbreaking melodies.

Days Of The New – Review

April 12, 2002

Part of the problem with having such an amazing gift as Travis Meeks’ voice is you can get away with poorly-written material and simply sing your way out.

TheStart – Shakedown! – Review

March 8, 2002

There’s a British thing here, kinda like Siouxsie, The Cure, and The Police. But there’s also something sunny California in the vocals. More dippy than dreary.

Professional Murder Music – Review

February 22, 2002

Nice, dark, electronic-infused heavy brooding music. A debut.These guys have hints of depth. A decent cover of the Cure’s “A Night Like This” dimly sparkles.

Psycho – Review

April 1, 1999

With a score by Danny Elfman, and a lead-off track by Rob Zombie, you might expect this to be a more palatable version of Dee Snider’s Strangeland. It’s not.

Pure Sugar – Review

November 1, 1998

According to the press release, Pure Sugar are “an art thing,” “a love thing,” “a sex thing,” and “a way of life.” Thanks for telling me.

Snot – Get Some – Review

October 1, 1997

Snot rockets out of Santa Barbara and kicks out the jams in the tradition of such nouveau metal acts as Rage Against the Machine and Korn.

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