Diana Krall continues to reinvent herself. This time around her opening songs sound like the old French clubs of the 1930s, while the influence of Bossa Nova is still felt throughout the album. Her voice sounds older and is somewhat at odds with her picture on the cover art.
REVISED: OK, I had to listen to this again. Something in the back of my mind kept bugging me about my first review. This is actually a very good record–it grows on you! The songs flow well and at points they sound like Gwen’s solo albums. I really enjoyed it!
No Doubt have updated their sound while retaining their signature “reggae” beat in most songs. An interesting album but not their best effort. I would even dare to say that Gwen Stefani’s solo work is better than this album… not a bad thing at all because I happen to like her records, especially the first one. Maybe this one warrants a second round of careful listening.
I was very curious after hearing all this talk about Deadmau5… it turns out that this is great electronic dance/house music. It reminds me a bit of ’90s club music but it also has a very ’10s bite to it. If you’re looking for this genre but want good quality and not just noise, this album is for you.
Is it possible to have one album that sounds at once like Simon & Garfunkel, Eagles, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan? Band of Horses apparently believe so… it’s almost as if the band decided that they would emulate a different artist on each track. I was not impressed by this one… their previous two albums were better IMHO.
What we are witnessing here is a band changing their sound. I’m not sure if we can call this an “evolution”, but Bloc Party certainly are no longer 100% about happiness and coolness–there seems to be an edge to their songs now that was not present in previous works. Take the song “Kettling”, for instance: the first few seconds sound more like Deftones than an Indie Rock band. There is a palpable negativity ( or “darkness”?) to their songs. Maybe this is how the band is maturing.