Friday, 29 May 2009

Muse's Fifth Album To Be Called...

...The Resistance!

No songs are known at this point, save for one; United States of Eurasia.

The Cribs - Release Dates

The Cribs have announced their fourth album will be released in mid-September.
The first single from the album will be released on 7th September.

Single Review: The Twang - Barney Rubble

Single: Barney Rubble
Artist: The Twang
Album: Jewellery Quarter

Despite sounding slightly like a ripoff of Doves' "There Goes The Fear", the new Twang tune is catchy enough. However, it doesn't sound quite as good as some of the singles from their debut, Love It When I Feel Like This. Hopefully it's a grower.


Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Barney Rubble's First Play

Finally, a bit of music news I care about!

Anyway, Barney Rubble, the first single from The Twang's upcoming album Jewellery Quarter, will be played for the first time on Zane Lowe's show tomorrow (Wednesday 27th), from 19:00 GMT.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Sunshine Underground - Good And Bad News

Good news: we know the tenth and final track on the new album: The Messiah.

Bad news: the album won't be out until September.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Arctic Monkeys Album

Go to Arctic Monkeys' website and go to "The View From The Birthday Boy" to listen to an update on the album, with previews of two songs. So far, these are the names of the songs we know:

Dangerous Animals
Pretty Visitors
Crying Lightning
The Fire And The Thud
Put Me In A Terror Pocket
Jeweller's Hands
Secret Door

The expected release date is 24th August. However, this is unconfirmed.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Snow Patrol Rework Song

The Planets Bend Between Us has been reworked for their fourth single off A Hundred Million Suns. It sounds awesome:

Monday, 11 May 2009

iTunes Previews

Enter Shikari - Common Dreads

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Thursday, 7 May 2009

The Twang - New Album

The Twang's second album will be called Jewellery Quarter, and will have twelve tracks.
You can download a free download of Another Bus, the first release, here.
It will be the last track (the twelfth) on the album.

The first proper single, Barney Rubble, will be released on July 6th.
The album will follow on either the 13th or 20th July.

Other tracks rumoured to be included are:
  • Put It On The Dancefloor
  • Got No Interest
  • Encouraging Sign
  • Back Where We Started
  • Live The Life You Love
  • Took The Fun

Preview West Ryder...

iTunes has previews of all twelve songs on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum up, along with thirteenth track Cunny Grope Lane.
First impressions: some great, some OK, some I'll need to fully listen to to reach a verdict.
Sounds like they've reworked Fast Fuse and Thick As Thieves a bit.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Album Review: The Maccabees - Wall Of Arms

Album: Wall Of Arms
Artist: The Maccabees
Singles: No Kind Words, Love You Better

The Maccabees' first album was good, but it wasn't something that I played over and over again - I thought it wasn't brilliant. This one, however, is.

Love You Better
The first proper single (No Kind Words was a free download) has a guitar riff that leads into Orlando Weeks' deep vocals, and the chorus, consisting solely of the words "I will love you better" just makes me want to sing along.

One Hand Holding
The guitar riff is one of their best, with the chanting of "Ohhh...." during it working perfectly, and again, another chorus that makes you want to sing along: "Why would you kill it, kill it, before it dies?"

Can You Give It?
The bass-driven opening to this song is catchy, as is the song when the drum appears with the guitar. One thing that annoys me with this song is that a handclap mixing in with the drumbeat makes it sound much more powerful, but why let it appear a mere ten seconds before the end? I was expecting the song to go for another round after that, but no. It just ends. Oh well, rant over.

Young Lions
A heartfelt song, but one of the weaker of the album, in my opinion (particularly after three fantastic songs).

Wall Of Arms
The opening bassline reminded me of Doves' song Compulsion, (which is a fantastic song by the way) but this song is the weakest of this album.

No Kind Words
Back onto the awesome songs, then. A very deep and dark sounding song with a powerful opening drumbeat. And then it tags on 30 seconds of a preview of Bag of Bones (last track) - of course I didn't realise that at the time and thought it was a new song, and got a bit annoyed when it closed after just over half a minute.

Another great riff and another great song. That's all I have to say on that one.

Kiss And Resolve
I love Orlando's vocals on this song, specifically, "Let's kiss, kiss and resolve, oh.......". Keeping up the awesomeness of this album.

William Powers
"And I'll see you when you're older," sings Orlando on this slower song (but no less brilliant than the past three songs). Then it changes completely into a "Now, now, now, now, that's enough..." which took me by surprise, which is what I like about this song.

Seventeen Hands
Another slow song before the end, despite me thinking it was a good song, it is not distinctly memorable. Still good though.

Bag Of Bones
A beautiful ending, previewed by the end of No Kind Words, where Orlando sings about a "beautiful bag of bones" (Quite how bones can be beautiful, I don't know.) A wonderful five minutes.

Overall, great album. Some songs aren't as good as the rest, but generally better than the first album in every way.

For the record, their previous albums: Colour It In (5/10)


That was a mouthful. Anyway, Coldplay's live album Leftrightleftrightleft, will be released on May 15th. Artwork:

And tracklist:
01. Glass of Water
02. 42
03. Clocks
04. Strawberry Swing
05. The Hardest Part / Postcards From Far Away
06. Viva La Vida
07. Death Will Never Conquer
08. Fix You
09. Death And All His Friends
The album will be available (FREE) from their website from the 15th, and be given away at their summer shows.