Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Friendly Fires have announced they will release a new single, Kiss Of Life, in August.
Arcade Fire are halfway through writing their third album.
Arctic Monkeys may announce the first single from their upcoming third album, Humbug. It is rumoured to be Secret Door or Cornerstone.
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Artist: Bloc Party
You never know where Bloc Party's sound is going. One minute it's raw guitar-heavy anthemic masterpieces, and before you know it they've gone extremely electronic. But one thing that has remained the same is their capacity for creating fantastic songs. On this one-off single, One More Chance, they have changed their sound once again, as can be heard from the piano that runs through the song. The chorus is huge, bringing back memories of their fantastic third album Intimacy, and will sound great live. However, the band seem to have forgotten that their drummer, Matt Tong, is an absolute god when it comes to drumming. (See drumming on One Month Off and Flux - insane!) It seems quite one-dimensional here. But all in all, a great song.
Friday, 19 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Album: Common Dreads
Artist: Enter Shikari
Singles: Antwerpen (free download), Juggernauts
Enter Shikari's new album is not as good as their first, but still has its defining moments. It has plenty of references to the first album as well - which I'll point out below. Anyway, the album sounds great in general. Just not as good as Take To The Skies.
We open with a typical Enter Shikari skit, just like on their first album. A dark and spooky voice reads out a poem, with children's voices joining in, before people saying "we must unite" in several languages. Then back with the spooky voice: "And we must let the floodgates open." OK. The oddities are over. Now comes the line, "Here tonight, I clock a thousand heads, here to unite, through common dreads!"
The last line of the previous track leads into a powerful and fast electric song, that really gets you going. After a powerful opening, it goes into some weird electronic sounds with drumming intervals. Quite odd. Then comes the third part of the song, which sounds like a hands-in-the-air moment for live shows. Here comes our first Take To The Skies reference, as a choir sing "and still we will be here, standing like statues" (which was sung in three songs on the bands' debut) It is amazing how they can fit three different parts of a song into just over three minutes, but it is a fantastic start to the album.
Straight after this, electronic sounds come in to segue into this equally as fast song. It is a much more head-banging song from the band (not without precedent) but still good. The chorus sounds great too. A sure crowd-pleaser.
The brilliant opening single with Mike Skinner-esque vocals as "Now, don't get me wrong, I love what you've done with the place" is sung. It's a minute longer than the single as well. They have extended the middle bit and we get another round of "I'm not saying that we could do better..." and the "Imagine... imagine..." bit fades out leaving the background playing. The other change is the ending. We get a few more lines there as well. It hasn't changed the wonders of this song.
We start to calm down now with a calm verse where it sounds like they're singing about calling people walls... wait, what? I'm sure there's some symbolism in there somewhere. Never mind that, this sounds really good, and has a superb buildup to the chorus, which in turn, changes the song as "It's glorious outside" is shouted over the catchy background.
Hmm... sounds really like Hadouken!, only a lot heavier. The song doesn't change that much until some electronic sounds round it off. I'm not too keen on this song, but it does grow after a few listens.
"The lions are at the door," opens this electronically based song. Heard on the teaser for Common Dreads. Then before it sounds like it's going to get going, we realise it's only a skit. Damn. Oh well, there's a Havoc B! Oh, and there's a reference to the first album (well, a B-side from it - an awesome B-side though), as we get "Just another day in the acid nation"
No Sleep Tonight
Another reference to the first album: "You and me, we're going to take to the skies." That aside, this is a fantastic song, the chorus being a highlight, as Rou screams "You're not... getting any sleep tonight," one of the best from this album.
Gap In The Fence
A slow ballad, we start with a buildup to a great mixture of voices and some light drums, before the song welcomes in a chant of "Whoa...oh, oh, oh!" with some fantastic electronic background noises. More brilliance.
As you can guess, the sequel to Havoc A. But the sequel never tends to be as good as the first. As is the case here. Oh and "the lions are at the door" again. This ends with what sounds like a protest or a demonstration: "Shut down the war machines! All this killing is obscene!"
The free download. It's heavy and powerful, particularly at about a minute in, when the song gives way to a mix of electronics and guitar. Good stuff.
Once you get past the boring, light-hearted music at the front, you get some screaming in Enter Shikari fashion, before the song wanders off and goes very electronic, which will have keep the crowds happy live. Then we get the light-hearted music again at the end. Odd combination.
Just a little jingly skit to prelude Hectic.
Fantastic. After the powerful intro, we get some piano, then the song goes into its chorus, before launching in some fantastic sounds that Enter Shikari seem to be producing on this album.
Fanfare For The Conscious Man
Not a great way to end the album. I'm not very keen on this one either. It's just a load of political arguments with some music in the background. But when it gets going, it gets going really well. It makes you want to sing along when the lyrics "We'll be together against this..." come in.
In general, different and not as good as Take To The Skies, but still shows that Enter Shikari are still great.
For the record, their previous albums: Take To The Skies (9/10)
The track list is as follows:
01. We Were Aborted
02. Cheat On Me
03. We Share The Same Skies
04. The City Of Bugs
05. Hari Kari
06. Last Year's Snow
07. Emasculate Me
08. Ignore The Ignorant
09. Save Your Secrets
11. Victim Of Mass Production
12. Stick To Yr Guns
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
The Twang say the artwork for their second album, Jewellery Quarter, has been finalised.
Hadouken! have announced a new song will be released in July, and their album has been finished.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
The Big Exit
Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
As disturbing as it sounds, I love the title "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool."
Anyway, these were debuted at the Caribana festival in Switzerland.
It is likely they will all end up on the album.
Friday, 12 June 2009
Anyway, some song names: Bird Of Prey, In This Light And On This Evening, No Sound But The Wind, This House Is Full Of Noise.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Slightly disappointing to me, considering they had two fantastic album titles previously (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not & Favourite Worst Nightmare)
Oh well, the album itself should be good.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Singles: Vlad The Impaler (free download), Fire
It's finally here! After what seems like forever, the new album by Kasabian has finally seen the light of day. And it doesn't disappoint. So, we begin with...
A brilliant opener to the album, with a great riff throughout. Electric and powerful, this sums up the brilliance of this album. In my opinion, the best of the album. And possibly, the best of Kasabian.
Where Did All The Love Go?
A quick segue from the end of Underdog leads into another great song. It's immediately catchy, with a sing-along chorus that will sound fantastic live. Then it breaks down into some psychedelic solo, which makes the song damn near perfect for me.
Oh dear. I cannot see the point of this song, and it doesn't sound great either. Two minutes of pointless spooky sounding nonsense. Oh well, at least it's the only bad song on the album. Back to the good ones, starting with...
A reworked version, by the sounds of it. I never particularly liked the heavy guitar intro, but once we're past that, we're into Kasabian at their most fantastic. Very good.
A slow intro gives way to a dark guitar sound with some deep vocals, before that gives in to a Spanish-sounding song with a powerful, catchy drumbeat, with an awesome chorus.
Thick As Thieves
A bouncy track, reworked from the 2007 EP. It is one of the catchiest on the album, with another great chorus: "Hey ho, where did it go?" Fantastic. This and the last two tracks almost make up for the horrors of Swarfiga. Almost.
West Ryder Silver Bullet
A duet with Rosario Dawson is what this was labelled as. However, she's more a backing singer here than anything else. A good backing singer, mind you. Anyway, a really weird spoken word intro gives way to a slow, deep song, with some fantastic guitar, leading into a powerful and beautiful singing part, followed by a psychedelic yet awesome breakdown, before starting again and repeating the fantastic formula. Then comes some really powerful drums that show this song off in style.
Vlad The Impaler
I admit this song has grown on me a lot. I gave it 6/10 in the first review. It's much more 8 or 9 now. Nevertheless, it sounds completely out of place on the album. Oh well, it's not as bad as Swarfiga. (You may have noticed, I really don't like that song.) Anyway, great song, but out of place on this album.
Ladies And Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)
A slow yet brilliant song, although there are no defining qualities of it I can really talk about. I'll leave that to professional reviewers.
A psychedelic intro leads us into an electric-sounding piece with a catchy little guitar riff heard in certain parts. But again, nothing absolutely jaw-dropping. Just good.
Odd, seeing the first proper single at second-to-last on the album. Like Vlad The Impaler, it has grown on me since I reviewed it last (7/10) but I still think it sounds so much better live. Oh well, it bounces along as a nice slow track before bursting into its chorus where the "I'm on fire" bits prevent us from hearing what Tom Meighan is singing in the background. Oh well, it's good.
A beautiful, slow closer to the album. After hearing this song, the album seems as though it has been made complete perfectly. Just ignore Swarfiga (Had to get one more "don't like Swarfiga" reference in) and you have a perfect Kasabian album.
In general, a fantastic Kasabian album. Definitely their best. Blame Swarfiga for the loss of one point here.
For the record, their previous albums: Kasabian (8/10), Empire (8/10)
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
01. My Propeller
02. Crying Lightning
03. Dangerous Animals
04. Secret Door
05. Potion Approaching
06. Fire And The Thud
08. Dance Little Liar
09. Pretty Visitors
10. The Jeweller's Hands
The album will be out August 24th, just four days before they headline Leeds and Reading festivals.
The first single will most likely be either Secret Door or Cornerstone, but that could be changed as it has not been finalised.