Saturday, 9 December 2017

Short Attention Span Record Reviews December 2017

ANGELICA ROCKNE – Queen Of San Antonio
If she keeps on releasing albums as strong as her debut, psychedelic-country singer/songwriter Rockne will be a serious contender for the throne she claims. (8)

BJORK – Utopia

What the fuck is this? No seriously, what is this? Is it “pop” if you can’t hum a single melody? This sounds like it belongs in a fucking art gallery. You can appreciate stuff you see in art galleries but you can’t have any fun with them, can you? (5)

CHRIS STAPLETON – From A Room: Volume 2

Just as good as Volume 1 from Chris, the guy with the best voice in the Universe and one of country music’s contemporary Holy Trinity along with Jason and Sturgill (none of which is really country but that’s another discussion). (8)


Not all his albums have the consistent quality of “Tape Deck Heart”, his 2013 tour de force, but punk-gone-folkie Turner is a master of The Perfect Single and the modern King of Sing-Alongs so this collection (one “greatest hits” disc including a new track plus a bonus disc of re-worked, re-recorded older songs) is both a perfect introduction for the newbie and a very welcome package for the fanbase. (8)

GHOST – Ceremony And Devotion

I’m not a big fan of live albums, but coming from a gimmicky band like Ghost this does serve as testimony to the impressive strength of the actual music. (8)


Missed out on this one when it came out earlier in the year but saw it on a couple of end-year lists so decided to check it out and just like his more famous father, Steve Earle’s kid doesn’t disappoint: A competent mix of roots rock and country, definitely more polished than dad’s but just as entertaining. (7)

HARVESTMAN – Music For Megaliths

Mind-expanding solo ambient project by Steve Von Till (Neurosis). (8)

LILLY HIATT – Trinity Lane

Another one with a famous father (John Hiatt) I missed out on earlier this year. Hiatt is one angry, heartbroken lady who knows how to turn her feelings into great country rock songs, or at least that’s the persona she assumes here. Love this! (8)

MONOLITH CULT – Gospel Of Despair

UK band playing epic doom metal modeled after Candlemass/Solitude Aeternus, and they play it well. (8)

MORBID ANGEL – Kingdoms Disdained

After the piece of shit that was “Illum Divinum Insanus” our expectations from a new Morbid Angel album were extremely low, but Azagthoth & Co. manage to pull a return to form of sorts with one of the most brutal and technical death metal albums of the year. (7)

ROBERT FINLEY – Goin’ Platinum!

Dan Auerbach turns blind black bluesman into Tom Jones. (8)

WARRIOR SOUL – Back On The Lash

As much as I love the guy this is just a bunch of riffs randomly thrown together with cliché lyrics on top and a piss-poor production job. (5)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Bloodshot Records’ 13 Days Of Xmas

The only Christmas record you’ll need this year, featuring Murder By Death, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, Jon Langford etc. playing originals and surprising covers. (8)

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