Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

And the album certainly wastes no time when it comes to the “go”, immediately bursting from the gates with Gardenia, which opens with a massive intro riff – if that’s even the correct way to think of it, as the song skips any foreplay and goes straight to the rocking out – courtesy of Josh Homme’s guitar, before Bjork enters Continue reading “Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley”

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Record Rewind: Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Record Rewind: Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Tracks like Smiley Faces and The Boogie Monster feel light-hearted despite featuring a healthy dose melancholy, which is testament to the duo’s skill at crafting music that is both enjoyable and meaningful. Just a Thought and Who Cares? deal with depression and mental health directly without being heavy-handed or preachy, Continue reading “Record Rewind: Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere”

Album Review: Shannon Noll – Unbroken

Album Review: Shannon Noll – Unbroken

Released back in 2016, lead single Who I Am is unabashedly country-pop-rock, with a strong electronic dance-beat feeling too overpowering in the mix leaving the whole track feeling cumbersome. This awkwardness is probably a result of the song being worked into two versions for the single release – the Living in the City and Continue reading “Album Review: Shannon Noll – Unbroken”

Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.

Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.

As an album boom. represents an interesting intersection between pop and country music, offering up a sonic amalgam that feels simultaneously spontaneous and authentic, and cold and calculated. Throw into the mix a minor hip-hop influence, courtesy of vocal syncopations and lyrics that are occasionally not-quite-rapped Continue reading “Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.”

Album Review: Eminem – Revival

Album Review: Eminem – Revival

Opening track, and lead single, Walk in Water holds up to repeated listens, aided by Beyoncé’s vocal contribution although Mathers vocals are engagingly earnest and direct, as does Untouchable which offers an insightful and considered discussion on blue-on-black violence in American and the black lives matter protests. In Your Head  Continue reading “Album Review: Eminem – Revival”