So I’m always going to be a week behind on reviews because, well, I have to have time to listen to them.
Artic Monkeys- Humbug
I’m a huge fan of this British band’s loud grungy sound. This album takes a small departure from their previous 2 releases and focuses on a much darker sound that can be felt throughout. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) produced this album and while he doesn’t’ imprint the QOTSA sound on the group, his presence can be felt on every song. Singer Alex Turner’s voice and witty writing is about the only similarity between this album and their previous works. In truth, this album feels like a transitional album; like they are testing possible directions for future albums. Different, but good.
Song suggestion: Crying Lightening
Blitzen Trapper- Black River Killer
Blitzen Trapper did something unique with this 7 song album. It’s a little too big to be an EP and not quite as large as their previous albums. It also reuses the song “Black River Killer” which was featured on their last album, Furr. The six members of this band are known for creating whimsical storylines with their songs, and this album is no exception. The title track is the story of the ups and downs of a ruthless killer; and even if the subject matter is dark, the music remains upbeat and whistle-worthy. This band makes folk rock fun.
Song suggestion: Black River Killer
Imogen Heap- Ellipse
Ellipse and Imogen Heap, for that matter, are pretty much the definition of “Starbuck’s music.” Every cool hipster type has the IH musical catalogue in heavy rotation on their iPods and several of her songs can be found on numerous indie-love-story-esc films. Now, while I do not quite consider myself cool or hip, I find myself liking this album too. And I can reassure her devoted fans that the album doesn’t disappoint. My only beef with IH is that all of her albums sound exactly the same. Don’t get me wrong, her music is almost painfully beautiful, but I couldn’t tell you the name of one of her songs even though I own several of her albums. Oh, and one more thing, I have no idea what she is saying…ever. While there is nothing earth-shattering about this album, I like the overall feel of it. It’s really good, calm background music.
Song suggestion: First Train Home
Next week: Stars of Track and Field, The Black Crowes, The Pretenders