5 Year, 1 month anniversary of this blog!

Today marks the 5 year, 1 month anniversary of this blog!

This post about the Dixie Chicks started it off!

Yes, I did miss the 5 year mark, but everyone celebrates 5 years, 5 years and a month, now that is something!

This post contains a snippet, or snippets from every album review I have done over that time. Included also is a link to the original post, and the album artwork (where possible is linked to a decent or much better resolution!). I did the best I could with formatting, took long enough as it is!

Over the course of July I hope to post a new music review every other day! If you have an album you would like to see reviewed, contact me, or send me a tweet!
More information to follow.


Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth

The beats are solid. As is the rapping of Havoc and Prodigy.

The strings in “Extortion” from “Can You Remember” by Jackson 5 completely changes the context, yet adds so much to the Mobb Deep track.

Florrie – Introduction EP

“Give Me Your Love”:

Being a drummer, it is a must to have a percussion heavy track

“Call of the Wild”:

And some howls in there too! It makes for an up-tempo pop song with nicely placed tempo changes.

All Saints – Studio 1

No better time to check out what could be their last album.

Alien Ant Farm – truANT

The hooks are catchy, yet the choruses are just as entertaining.

All in all a solid rock album that stands up just fine today despite being released almost 8 years ago. A great record for summer listening, or anytime for that matter!

Fefe Dobson – Joy

Her vocals are just as great, from the staccato employed on “Stuttering” to the great pop of “Watch me Move” and “I Want You”. The latter could have easily been a pop classic from the fifties!

Misfits – Famous Monsters

Hardcore Misfits fans of the Danzig led Misfits may not approve, but it is a very catchy, melodic, and yes, fun punk rock album.

Flogging Molly – Quadruple LP of the Week! (Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Float)

The album definitely does not shy away from the Celtic instrumentation, which includes tin whistle, fiddle, accordion, mandolin and banjo to name most.

Drunken Lullabies starts with likely a fan favourite, and for good reason, another great boisterous romp, the title track, “Drunken Lullabies”

“If I Ever Leave This World Alive” continues to expand their style repertoire, as an acoustic number, that continues to add layers of sound as it progresses.

The songs on Within a Mile of Home can go from a quality drinking, celebratory song to the emotional, and still work together just fine

I do not know who “Whistles the Wind” in the wind is about, but it is a spine chilling song, that very near brought me to tears.

“Man With No Country” (worth noting) opens with a very nice bass intro, punk meets metal really, or vice versa.

All Saints – All Saints

Where the album shines however is really the singles (“I Know Where It’s At”, “Never Ever”, “Under the Bridge”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Bootie Call”, and “War of Nerves”).

Until I just looked at the liner notes, as I Tweeted earlier today, I did not know “I Know Where It’s At” sampled Steely Dan’s “The Fez” (from 1976).

Finally, “Bootie Call” really shines as a very nice urban R&B/pop track, almost anthemic even in certain regards. And the video is very easy on the eyes!

All in all, a solid effort, and no doubt influenced artists and groups to come, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch

Honeymoon Punch is a delight of an album.

Lissie – Catching a Tiger

Lissie has a voice that is smooth, yet has a certain rawness to it that is teeming with Americana.

I’d have this in a one way tie for best album of 2010.

Probot – Probot

Dave pretty much nailed the music on the tracks (all his own music) as if it were the respective singers original bands

Cassius – Au Rêve

“Nothing” is almost Portishead like, perhaps house Portishead. “On” sounds like it uses a slightly modified backing from “The Sound of Violence” during the same time it also employs some souped up eight bit style gaming sounds for a short while.

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Good Ass Job!

Norah Jones – …Featuring Norah Jones

Right off the bat, I’d love to see this compilation done for Esthero.

I’d mostly recommend this for fans of Norah Jones. Non fans would probably be better off choosing from one of her four solo albums.

Teedra Moses – Complex Simplicity

Apparently Complex Simplicity is an underground classic, which is not a surprise, as it is just that good.

Rah Digga – Classic

10 long years later, we have a second Rah Digga LP.

A straight up excellent hip hop/rap record.

KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit

I could go on, going track by track, but I feel that would be futile, as it is an album that has to be heard. Less time reading the review, more time listening to the music!

Uffie – Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans

“Give it Away”, and “Ricky” could be mistaken for some good electropop tracks.

M.I.A. – Arular

Without a doubt, a must listen. Or a must listen to again (and again, etc.!).

Blondie – Blondie

“In The Sun” is a new wave/punk track that would make the Beach Boys proud. The lyrics in “The Attack of the Giant Ants” illustrate the vivacious lyrics, “Giant ants from space, Snuff the human race, Then they eat your face, Never leave a trace”!

Very much worth listening to almost 34 years later!

The Presidents of the United States of America – Freaked Out and Small

“Meanwhile Back in the City” follows a standard song structure, yet tells a story, and is definitely a fun one to sing along to!

All in all, a great record without a doubt!

Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? is a solid release from start to finish.

KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope and Drastic Fantastic

…she found herself in New England, and busking on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont.

For the most part, Eye to the Telescope, is a very mellow, mature release. The mellow, slower tracks, have a considerable folk feel to them.

All in all, Drastic Fantastic carries over well from Eye to the Telescope. It being perhaps a little more stripped, and leaning again, to the more mid to up-tempo tracks. Of course along with being singer-songwriter, she plays guitar and other instruments as well. Also, a pretty sweet album cover!

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

What makes Speech Debelle’s music unique is her personal lyrics, and scaled down, minimal instrument backing, and beats.

TLC – 3D

“Turntable” commences with a guitar intro, continues as a very catchy groovy song that words cannot describe, produced by Rodney Jerkins.

As a whole, an excellent urban album.

Kelis – Flesh Tone

With Flesh Tone, Kelis really relies on electro/house for the entire album. And with that numerous producers and writers in the genres. I counted no less than 10 different producers and 21 different writers. The album is 9 tracks, plus 6 segues.

Apparently Kelis wanted to get people to dance again, hence this record. I dare say, mission accomplished!

Two quality folk EPs (Martha Wainwright and Lissie)

First up, Martha Wainwright’s I Will Internalize. Released in 2005. This is a fairly straightforward folk album. Martha Wainwright’s voice suited very well for folk.

A completely different folk EP, Lissie’s Why You Runnin’. Lissie being more Americana styled folk, with a touch of country and southern inspiration.

All in all, two folk EPs, that are different in style, but share the fact they are both excellent releases.

Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite

Considerably less stripped down when compared to X. Aphrodite has less reliance on electropop and synthpop. Focusing more on the dance and pop, and doing it well.

M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ (MAYA)

Much credit goes to M.I.A. and her producers for doing a great job with sampling.

M.I.A. continues to wreak havoc on the music business, in the best possible way.

V.V. Brown – Travelling Like the Light

If the Motown sound still existed today, it would be a safe bet to say V.V. Brown would be doing Motown proud!

“Crying Blood” was written (as was the whole album apparently!) on a one string guitar! The Presidents of the United States of America would be proud (listen to “Back Porch”)!

Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)

An aural feast.

Sia – We Are Born

Also despite the fact she makes music, she does not actually listen to music herself. And worth noting, she is vegetarian and encourages people to have their pets spayed and neutered to control animal overpopulation. Bob Barker would be proud.

Sia has now solidified herself as an artist that will be around for years to come. We Are Born is a definite must have if you like pop music.

Paloma Faith – Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

“Upside Down”, is a groovy, bass heavy track, again with soul. I think using the term throwback has been used over and over again, desite that, this track fits that well, similar to some of Christina Aguilera’s work on Back to Basics, however not as showy and elaborate.

Nelly Furtado – Whoa, Nelly!

I have been listening to the 2008 special edition release, that includes five bonus tracks. Including the excellent “I Feel You” featuring Esthero, which was previously not widely available. There’s even a Dan the Automator remix of “…On the Radio”. Dan the Automator being behind numerous great releases including Dr. Octagon’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, and Deltron 3030. I do not normally listen to remixes, however this one is well worth it.

Double LP of the Week Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels and Ladyhawke

“I Am Not a Robot” is a very good track, it has been stuck in my head numerous times. One that I do not mind going around in my head at all!

The latter third of the album settles down a fair amount. I like how she can manage songs that do a good job storytelling, and do not necessarily stick with the standard songwriting structure, “Rootless”, for example

I am partially surprised that “Manipulating Woman”, the second track, was not a single, as it is definitely catchy, and has been one that has been stuck in my head

The album does have a throwback to the 80s a tad.

Jully Black – The Black Book

Quite unique too really. Oh, and genre wise, “it’s Dance, it’s Urban, It’s Rock, it’s DURBAN ROCK!”

Lights – The Listening

“Ice” is a track that brings back the day when the synthesizer was the primary weapon of choice in music.

Some slower tracks take a little getting used to, yet still for the most part satisfy.

Second Canadian LP of the week in a row, and second quality debut in a row!

Shakira – She Wolf

After several listens, many tracks have been stuck in my head on numerous occasions. The very catchy “Did it Again”. “Men in This Town” with dance beats, unique delivery of the chorus, and the bridges with slight vocal modification ending with almost video game like sounds, does not disappoint. The Wyclef collaborated effort, “Spy” is another good example.

Annie – Don’t Stop

Overall, a very poppy, catchy, well produced album. I can’t really see why the major label would not have been interested in releasing it, hard to tell with them, I suppose it must be there is more than one good song! I’m kidding, as I do like a lot of major label releases. Seems the person who was representing her left to work at EMI UK, and the new person did not understand Annie. At least it was not an album that ended up in limbo.

Shiloh – Picture Imperfect

With a quality debut under her belt, I’m looking forward to seeing what her future holds.

Bad Religion – The Process of Belief

To conclude, if you are looking for a fast paced punk rock album, this would definitely be a good choice. If you want to follow along with the lyrics, and think while you are at it, this fits that bill too!

Fefe Dobson – Fefe Dobson

As a whole, a very solid debut, that set the table for the never released Sunday Love (thanks major labels! You did not hear it from me, but it is out there.), and the soon to be released Joy.

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

This kid Cudi has a future.

Kylie Minogue – X

I would say this one is her album that is the most electropop. I’d say since Impossible Princess, but I suppose that would be more classified as trip hop. It has been a while since I listened to it.

Audioslave – Out of Exile

“Man or Animal” is probably my favourite track, if just for the intro.

No doubt, this is a modern rock staple.

Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?

How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? is surely the return of Public Enemy of old.

Jem – Finally Woken

Speaking of orchestral arrangements, “24″ has a good one. It starts with acoustic guitar, and soon adds the orchestra element, along with a beat, and soon electric guitar once again.

Solange – Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams

To get a feel for the vintage style, one just has to listen to, or watch the video for “I Decided”. The video contains elements from the 60′s onwards, and the song contains hand claps sampled from The Supremes.

It is one that should be listened to. And listened to again, and again, etc!

Jazmine Sullivan – Fearless

“Dream Big” is fairly obvious by the title. It uses a sample from Daft Punk’s album Discovery. Sampled is the song Veridis Quo, which by itself isn’t too exciting, but sampled in Jazmine’s track makes it better. As opposed to Kanye West Sampling Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, where I prefer the original. It will be the first UK single, and the fourth overall.

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

The second track, “You Know I’m No Good”, is what starts to give a feel for the album. This track, as with the album, has a vintage quality to it. It is especially true on the following track, “Me & Mr Jones”, this track could easily fit in with soul/R&B from the 60s.

Estelle – Shine

Another positive track ends the album of the week, the title track, “Shine”. It is another track that Estelle raps in, and her rapping definitely has a UK rap influence, in the vein of UK grime.

If you are in a R&B/Hip Hop mood, you cannot go wrong with this album.

Jully Black – Revival

Finally, if you have the chance to see her live, it is a must to see her live! As my sister commented, her voice has absolutely no need for enhancements, as much of popular music of today surely uses.

Juliet – Random Order

Random Order is actually her sole release at this point. It was released in 2005 on Virgin Records. All Music classifies her as electronica, and club/dance and house as sub genres. I suppose those actually fit, as I was thinking of her as an American Goldfrapp as a sort of comparison.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Trip the Light Fantastic

The album starts off with the aformentioned leadoff single “Catch You”. It is a very up tempo, catchy song, that will have your feet getting busy with the main beats that stand out (:14-:20).

“If You Go” is a song I’d put in my insanely good songs list. It is up there as one of my favourite tracks from the album, on an album where every track is of quality.

Coldplay – X&Y

Another good Coldplay album

Radiohead – In Rainbows

I feel it is a cross between their Kid A through to Amnesiac, with a bit of the more of the pre OK Computer Radiohead in there too.

311 – Don’t Tread on Me

I realised it is a pretty good summer album.

Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way

It was nominated for 5 Grammys and deservedly won in all categories it was nominated for. Rick Rubin won producer of the year for his work on the album, among others.

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