The expectations for this album were high, but Pop band Marina & The Diamonds did not deliver. This album sounded good at first but then it seemed to drag on forever. It lacks the glimpses of creativity and energy of their debut record. The songs were somewhat lifeless and boring to me. I hope their next one is better… or their career is pretty much done.
Julieta Venegas continues to get better with each album… not that her music is that good, but she keeps improving and sounds more akin to Spanish Pop/Pop Rock than to what makes the airwaves here in the U.S. as far as what is labelled “Latin Music” is concerned. This album has the feel of early La Oreja De Van Gogh–and that is a good thing: Pop Rock ballads about broken hearts, break-ups, and the like.
Superhuman Happiness, an Indie Rock band, has now released their second album and this one is very “dancey” yet maybe not as “happy” as the band’s name would suggest. I like their beats and use of keyboards but their vocals get tiresome after a while. They are very creative and maybe they’ll fine-tune their sound to be more palatable as far as the vocals are concerned.
Cuban-American rapper Pitfall continues his top-ranked career with a new album filled with guest artists from the Latin world, making this a very “Latin-flavored” record. This may be smart on his part to avoid saturation in the Anglo-music side of his market. There is a lot of energy in this album, and all songs can get you moving fairly quickly. While this is not my favorite kind of music, I must say it was a good album with the exception of a few tracks that were a little weak in terms of beat of musical execution.
American Idol rocker David Cook is back with a more mature but lower energy album. Some songs are very good, while most of them are just average and feel like album fillers. This guy is just starting his career and should be rocking the world away instead of seemingly taking it easy with this record. I’ll give it 3 stars because of the good songs (e.g. “Kiss & Tell”) that make this an enjoyable album.
Australian Indie Rock artist Courtney Barnett reminds me a bit of Joan Jett and her overall attitude when singing. Some chords Courtney uses are the same as Joan, and that also makes their sound similar to each other’s. This kind of Indie Rock is very close to Punk Rock, and it is fun to listen to. But Courtney has more dimensions to her music, and is able to slow down and be much more melodic. Good album!
Torche’s style of Stoner Metal is interesting because it almost sounds like ’90s Punk Rock. The dissonant chords and the melodic, slow riffing place it in the Stoner Rock/Metal realm, though. While I enjoy this genre, I thought this album had high points and low points too. Overall this was an average record that was OK to listen to in its entirety. I may not go for this band again, though.