Saturday, 7 March 2020

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, March 2020



BODY COUNT – Carnivore
My love for Ice-T is well documented and you have to admire the guy for being a socially conscious progressive badass who can also be funny as hell when he wants to but even though “Carnivore” has its moments, compared to the band’s previous couple of releases it sounds a bit tired. (7)

CARIBOU – Suddenly

Call me old-fashioned or a boomer or whatever but I just don’t get this glitchy modern electronica/pop: Why is de-tuning keyboards in the middle of a riff and having tape-warping effects considered genius production and adding texture to the songs? I find these gimmicks really distracting, which is a shame as the songwriting on “Suddenly” is actually pretty great. (7)

CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA – To Believe Remixes

Just what the title says – remixes of last year’s album. Doesn’t really add anything essential to the original version. (7)

GODTHRYMM – Reflections

Hamish Glencross has been a member of Solstice and My Dying Bride, so it’s no surprise that his new band sounds like a cross between Solstice and My Dying Bride. (7)

JOHN DOLMAYAN – These Grey Men

Goddammit guys, will you stop fooling around and put the band back together already? (7)

MASTERSONS – No Time For Love Songs

Husband & wife duo better known as members of Steve Earle’s backing band release fourth album of gentle Americana with a 60’s sunny Southern California vibe. (7)

MONDO GENERATOR – Shooter’s Bible

Nick Oliveri’s “lost album” recorded in 2010 and out now is actually slightly better than the proper new album he released only days prior to this one. (6)

MY DYING BRIDE – The Ghost Of Orion

It’s a My Dying Bride album, what did you expect, party music? (7)

NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Aeromantic

It’ll remind you of JLT-era Rainbow and it’ll remind you of ABBA but really, it’s just more yacht rock than Michael McDonald’s facial hair. (8)

WASTED SHIRT – Fungus II

Modern-day fuzz king Ty Segall and the drummer from Lightning Bolt go full-on Neanderthal on this messy, noisy album that’s guaranteed to annoy your neighbors if you play it loud, and loud’s the only way to play it. (7)

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