Deerhunter have really done it this time: I don’t know how they could have recorded an album that sounds worse than this… it’s noisy and annoying to the point where I really did not want to listen to it anymore. But I stuck with it and got to the end… never again. This Indie Rock band has got to be among the worst in 2013.
If you like Sade, you will likely enjoy Rhye. This Alternative Rock artist has the same vibe as the older star, but I don’t think that she is quite as good. Maybe I’m not being fair comparing the two, but when you try to sound like someone else you are bound to be compared. Rhye does not sound as foreign as Sade does, though, which for some can be a good thing.
Here’s a band that is flerting with a change in sound to “fit in” with the modern music scene, but can still give you glimpses of real talent here and there. OneRepublic’s new album contains flashes of the truly outstanding band that they could be… let’s hope they don’t abandon their unique style and instead focus on being a sorely needed original contemporary contributor.
What a long way Fall Out Boy have come from their earlier, Green Day-like sound, to a now semi Pop/Alternative Rock that sounds almost entirely like a different band. I’m not sure I like it, though… it’s like they devolved and are trying to be like other contemporary groups. And why would Elton John be on this album?
Christian Alternative Rock artist Plumb is back with another entertaining album that has an eighties flavor to it. What I like about Plumb is that she does not sound like “gospel” artists usually do. Her music is just as good as any other artist’s, and her lyrics are powerful and moving, whereas Christian artists tend to be missing something either in terms of lyrics or musical ability.
Iron & Wine’s latest album is much more energetic than their previous works–at times they even sound like late-sixties San Francisco Pop, but with a modern twist. I must say that it’s not bad, and it may be their best album to date. This one probably warrants a second round just to enjoy the fun rhythm coupled with an attitude that is missing in most bands these days. The cover contains an image that is a clear reference to Placebo’s 2003 album Sleeping With Ghosts.