Fitz and The Tantrums are back with another happy album that leaves a 1970s aftertaste, yet has several contemporary features as well. The female background vocals, the organ, and the heavy and dragged out beat are like a journey back in time… good band!
I was looking forward to the new album by Phoenix, a French Indie Rock band that has been very successful of late. While the band’s talent is obvious, I must say that I was somewhat disappointed by this one. The whole record seemed “flat,” as in lacking something. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something happened to this band between Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and Bankrupt! that affected their overall sound… and not in a good way.
This is the 200th Lunch To The Sound!!! This special occasion required a special artist with a special album, so I decided to take my time and wait until I was able to listen to Black Sabbath’s newest, 13. This fantastic band is back with Ozzy at the helm and a Doom Metal sound that showcases guitarist Tony Iommi’s riffs. I’ve heard reviewers raving over their early-seventies sound, but I think this album sounds more modern than that. Maybe the band sought inspiration from their early days, but the variety of rhythms from back then is missing. That said, it’s still a great nostalgic record that makes me wonder how many kids will start new bands based on this work.
Straight No Chaser are back with their brand of Acapella Pop, but this time they are joined by several big names of pop, including Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz and Elton John. While this kind of album is not my cup of tea, I must say that I was blown away by their rendition of current generation anthem, “Some Nights/We Are Young”… very nicely and powerfully done!
Iggy Pop and The Stooges are back with their aggressive yet mellowed down Punk Rock. This is probably their first record that did not irritate me… maybe because I chose to ignore the lyrics! Age has made them sound better even though they are still rough around the edges (musically speaking). If you like this genre, you will like this album.