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Archive for January, 2011

New Issue: Sleigh Bells

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Sleigh Bells, Treats –  Now, I’m all up for noise. And pop. And occasionally Noise Pop. But I just don’t buy this formula. Sure, it’s fun for a while. But does it really add anything new? You can slap on many famous fans as a badge of viability, but at the end of the day do you stand on your own? IMHO, I don’t think so.

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January 30th, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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New Issue: Girl Talk

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Girl Talk, All DayFor an artist that I’ve extold numerous virtues, including a top spot for 2008, I was beginning to get worried after hearing the latest release. I thought I was witnessing the beginning of a demise in quality. In reality, it’s just a different beast than previous work.

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January 30th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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New Issue: Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid“Take me back to Wondaland/I gotta get back to Wondaland”. Aptly stated by Miss Monae. Any output she creates seems to be some interpretation of fantasy. Although she states her desire to create concept album worthy pieces based on sci fi high mindedness, it usually turns out to be arthouse shenanigans that are daring and fun.  While her earlier efforts hinted at this vision for a futuristic funky world, The ArchAndroid fully realizes this cyborg/humanoid integrated reality. Now, this doesn’t necessarily make this a good album – just because you can complete a thought doesn’t make it a good one. What makes this album so successful is that the music supersedes the audaciousness of her lyrical content. Even if you don’t care for cyber love, you can’t help but feel connected to “Cold War”. “Tightrope” became a catalyst for the common man to take notice (and really anyone with an eardrum and a booty ready for shaking). The consistency and flow of the album kept everyone’s interest level.  From the frenetic spoken word opening to the trippy, dreamlike interludes to the film noir torch song ending. It surprisingly all makes sense in spite of its internal diversity. It helps that Janelle’s spritelike yet aggressive voice soars in any format. R&B divas take note – just because you can oversing every song doesn’t mean you should. Sometime restraint makes you want to hear more. And Janelle provides so many opportunities to let the listener want more. I hope this becomes inspiration for more futuristic black divas to come.

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January 30th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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New Issue: Menomena

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Menomena, MinesAh yes, my biases have come to fruition! In all fairness, this is a well thought out (and performed) bias. I’ve set it forth here and here and you know what? I still stick by it.

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January 17th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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New Issue: Arcade Fire

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Arcade Fire, The Suburbs – First, I would like to thank Amazon for 1) creating a terribly useful, intuitive and (most often) cheaper alternative to iTunes for promoting artists’ album releases 2) finding the perfect artist to work with. Well done all around! I guess part of this glory also goes to Wynn and co. for putting out a pretty awesome cut. It probably made the Amazon new release intern’s job a whole hell of a lot better (and hey, maybe they got a full time job out of it to. You can always count on a few Canadians to help save the American job market, eh?).

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January 17th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

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Dropkick: New Year, Same Old Grind

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2011. Looks like it’s about to have some more of the same. Which can be a good thing. Especially if it’s Ciara getting back into the habit of making tastefully grind-worthy club bangers. From the looks of “Gimme Dat”, it’s on. Not a bad way to begin the year I say.

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January 5th, 2011 at 6:37 am

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