Album Review: The Heist

The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC, 2012. 61 minutes) Macklemore is the moniker for Seattle-based rapper, Ben Haggerty. Macklemore has worked closely with his producer, Ryan Lewis, to release 2 full length albums and 3 EPs. Macklemore’s latest album, The Heist, debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200. Call Me Never Never a big fan of Top 40 radio, you can often hear snarky comments and extensive criticism from me whenever the radio is on. Most often, my critique falls sharply on menial lyrics. The songwriters behind the biggest hits know how to write music. Sadly, they also realize the average listener requires no challenge from the lyrics. Take, for example, the current hit, “Call Me… Read More →

Album Review: Old World Romance

Old World Romance by Sea Wolf (Dangerbird Records, 2012. 32 minutes) Sea Wolf is an indie folk band fronted by Alex Church. It began as a side project for Church but morphed into a full-fledged band. They signed to Dangerbird Records in 2007. Sea Wolf’s first record, Leaves in the River, hit #24 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart. We All Believe in Something Some people have faith in a higher power; they see absurdly complex entities and conclude a higher power is in control. Some people believe in an emotional state. They meet their one true love and they know, without a shadow of doubt, wedding bells will soon follow. Some people have faith in reason. They read the latest… Read More →

Album Review: Synthetica

Synthetica by Metric (MMI, Crystal Math Music Group, and Mom + Pop Music, 2012. 43 minutes) Metric is a Canadian new wave and post-punk revival band consisting of Emily Haines (vocals), Jimmy Shaw (guitar), Joshua Winstead (bass), and Joules Scott Key (drums). Metric’s previous release, Fantasies, won “Album of the Year” and contributed to Metric earning, “Band of the Year” at the 2010 Juno Awards. Metric’s music has been featured in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Job Search Ruminations In the last year, I spent some time unemployed. I must say, it is a position I do not wish on anyone. Countless resumes drifted into the void of hiring manager’s recycling bins. It always seemed… Read More →

Album Review: Babel

Babel by Mumford & Sons (Island Records, 2012. 52 minutes) More Banjo! I’ve been listening to two albums almost non-stop for about a week now, and the two could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. The first, embodied in this review is the new Mumford & Sons album, Babel. I have mixed feelings about the album, and the first is encapsulated by a fake quote a friend of mine posted as his Facebook status. “You know what this song needs? More banjo!” – Mumford & Sons The statement, while tongue-in-cheek, is incredibly true. The stereotypical Mumford sound is formulaic at its best. This bugs me. It probably bugs me because I’m an intellectual hipster at my core, and… Read More →

Album Review: There’s No Leaving Now

There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans, 2012. 39 minutes) The Tallest Man on Earth is the stage name of Swedish singer-songwriter, Kristian Matsson. Matsson has released three full-length albums and two EPs. He is heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie. Matsson is married to fellow singer-songwriter Amanda Matsson of Idiot Wind. In Exploration of Top-Notch Analysis In case you didn’t notice, my previous review explored a book of poetry—the first poetry review on this blog. I’ve avoided poetry because I don’t know what to do with it. It has been said to critically review art one must question whether the artist completed her purpose. If you don’t like the art… Read More →

Album Review: The Idler Wheel…

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple (Clean Slate, Epic, 2012. 43 minutes) Born in New York City, Fiona Apple is a singer-songwriter and pianist. Apple first gained notoriety for her debut album, Tidal, winning a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The Idler Wheel… is Apple’s fourth studio album. Instability  I can’t say I’ve known a truly unstable person and I want to be careful about labeling Fiona Apple as such—I don’t know her and it would be rude to assume. But, I imagine friendship with such a person would be a roller coaster. Words might be volatile;… Read More →