Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Rapid fire reviews

Playing catch-up...mini-reviewing a few select albums from the past few months...

1. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

More hooks than my golf game... Catchy, fun, twas a nice summer album. Nothing to deep, but good for some hipster-approved head bopping.

My rating: 4 outta 5
Top Tune: Finer Feelings

2. Jason Isbell - Sirens of the Ditch

See concert review. Album is a good start of what will hopefully prove to be an immensely successful solo career. Came off really well live.
Top Tune: Razor Town

My rating: 3.5 outta 5

3. Johnny Irion - Ex Tempore

Native Columbian's newest solo effort is a bit corny at times, but overall it's a warm, honey-sweet effort that smacks of Harvest-era Neil... made for a nice drive through the east Tennessee mountains.

My Rating: 3.5 outta 5
Top Tune: Short Leash

4. Iron & Wine - Shepherd's Dog (WTF, 3 "I" names in 3 bands?)

An echo-laden step forward for yet another native Columbian (native Chapinite anyway) that's as pleasing to the ear as any of his past efforts, only with more vocal effects and harmonious interweavings.

My Rating: 4.5 outta 5
Top Tune: Flightless Bird, American Mouth

5. The Everybodyfields - Nothing Is OK

Essentially Damien Rice from East Tennessee. Pretty mountain-country album, affecting harmonies and vocal swells, over lotsa fiddle and 3 quarter timing.

My Rating: 3.5 outta 5
Top Tune: The hidden track...whatever its called

6. The Clientele - God Save the Clientele

Zzzzzzz...not in the worst way possible. But I've listened to the album probably 6 or 7 times and I hardly remember a song from it. Whispered Brit-pop, maybe a used-bin buy.

My Rating: 2.5 outta 5
Top Tune: No Dreams Last Night

7. Mary Gauthier - Between Daylight and Dark

Kind of a stamp-em-out folk album that's better not paid attention to. Not horrible, not great, best as background music. By the way, its pronounced Go-Shay.

My Rating: 3 outta 5
Top Tune: Eh...there really isn't much difference.

There you go. I'm supposed to be working. Adios...

1 comment:

Katherine said...

Out of all of those, I only have Spoon. I feel lame now.