Saturday, 19 November 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, Nov 2016 Vol.II



ANTAEUS – Condemnation
In-your-face, relentless blastbeaten black/death metal, no trendy shit, no holds barred, only for the sick. (8)

BALKAN BEAT BOX – Shout It Out

Danceable Jewish/Eastern European/dub musical hybrid by Firewater & Gogol Bordello musical collaborators. (7)

CHELLE ROSE – Blue Ridge Blood

You don’t mess around with this tough Tennessee chick, she sounds like she’s actually chewing you right now and is about to spit you out. (7)

LAMBCHOP – FLOTUS

Writes a couple of decent tunes but ruins them with that fucking Auto-Tune shit all over the vocals, adds some filler, makes hipster critics go ecstatic for some reason. (6)

METALLICA – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

For a band that knows it passed the point where its past will always be more important than its future 20+ years ago, this is a fine album. (8)

MIRANDA LAMBERT – The Weight Of These Wings

Ambitious double album by Lambert, arguably country music’s biggest contemporary female star since Taylor Swift went pop. It’s her break-up record and it’s beautiful. (8)

NAIM AMOR & JOHN CONVERTINO – The Western Suite And The Siesta Songs

Not so much actual songs but more like musical vignettes with a distinctly spaghetti western flavor, from Calexico drummer and French-born Calexico friend. (7)

OTROS AIRES – Perfect Tango

I first discovered this band on a trip to Argentina in the 00’s when electrotango was all the rage and I quite liked them back in the day, but their sound hasn’t aged well. (6)

SOLANGE – A Seat At The Table

The younger Knowles releases stunning, brave R&B album addressing issues of race, gender and empowerment with aural nods to classic 70’s soul. This is not “Beyonce’s kid sister”, this is Solange. This is better than Frank Ocean’s album. (8)

SPIRITUS MORTIS – The Year Is One

Doom metal. The best riffs ever. Really annoying vocals. (7)

SUPERJOINT – Caught Up In The Gears Of Application

Competent, aggressive sludgy hardcore from Anselmo’s other other band. (7)

THE HOLD STEADY – Almost Killed Me/Separation Sunday (Remastered Deluxe Editions)

I’ve said it again and again that this is the greatest rock band of their generation. If you missed them the first time around, their first two albums were just re-released with bonus tracks. (8) / (8)

THE PACK A.D. – Positive Thinking

Canadian female garage rock duo blend White Stripes-style enthusiasm with Nirvanaesque melodies. (7)

UMPHREY’S McGEE – Zonkey

Prog band has fun with mashup album blending Radiohead with Beck and Phil Collins, Metallica with Gorillaz, Motorhead with Ween, Ted Nugent with the Beastie Boys etc. And it works! (8) 

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Iron Maiden

It’s funny for about two songs. (5)

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