Young the Giant had quite a bit of commercial success with the song “Cough Syrup” off their debut album, and while their sophomore disc, Mind Over Matter, may be lacking in the radio hit department, it is a solid album that shows growth for the band.
Starting off with the space age sounding instrumental piece “Slow Drive,” the album quickly launches into “Anagram.” While lyrically strong, the song loses its edge due to lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s mumbled vocals. After about the three-minute mark of the five-minute song, I was ready to head on to the next one.
Any lack of faith is restored as the album heads into “Crystallized.” Both lyrically and musically strong, the catchy tune is definitely a head bobber and one of the clear standouts from the album.
Broken Bells were an alternative radio hit with their self-titled debut album, but could their sophomore disc live up to the hype?
The duo made up of Danger Mouse (Brian Burton,) and James Mercer, the lead singer of the The Shins, looked to do just that when they released their second full length album this month, the interestingly titled After the Disco, released on January 14.
The title of Broken Bells latest record may be After the Disco, but the album ironically evokes almost Bee Gees-esque vocals throughout.
Kicking off with the track “Perfect World,” the duo jumps right in with thought provoking lyrics “I’ve got nothing left. It’s kind of wonderful, ‘cause there’s nothing they can take away,” all while keeping your head bobbing and leg thumping.
When word got out that Jake Bugg would be releasing his second album in as many years, critics were quick to jump on the now 19-year-old musician, calling Bugg a victim of sophomore slump without having heard a single track. Bugg, often branded as the next Bob Dylan, had tremendous success with his first album, topping charts all over Europe and racking up awards every way he turned. Would he be able to keep it up?
Coming off their Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011, Arcade Fire was on top. There is no outdoing the band’s near perfect, third studio album, The Suburbs.
The band members were aware of this, so for their latest album they looked for new inspiration. They went soul searching in Haiti, and the result from the journey came the vast and ambitious Reflektor.
Arcade Fire’s fourth album expands on their already opaque sound and brings a new life to Arcade Fire.
The Neighbourhood’s debut album “I Love You” begins boldly. “How could you question God's existence when you question God himself?” That’s the first lyric in the opening track “How.” From there, the Californian quintet starts a record filled with heavy existentialist themes about love and hate told in a light indie pop fashion.
The Neighbourhood may spell their band name with a ‘u’, but they are an American group from California. Their Los Angeles origins seem fitting for them. L.A. is the city of angels and seems to gleams with gold, but that is merely the surface. Underneath the shine is a gritty underbelly. Los Angeles is filled with movie stars and pollution; glamour and corruption. The Neighbourhood’s message may seem to ooze with disgust and melodrama; however, there is an incredibly polished surface.