Album Reviews

Album Review: Howler – World of Joy

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March 24, 2014
Howler - World of Joy

Title: World of Joy Artist: Howler Record Label: Rough Trade Date: 25 March 2014 In One Word: Tributary As stated in the press release for Howler’s upcoming album, World of Joy, “…the record is supposed to be almost like a jukebox at some sloppy bar in Minneapolis playing things like: Thin...
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Album Review: Hands & Teeth – Before The Light

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March 4, 2014
Hands & Teeth - Before The Light

Title: Before The Light Artist: Hands & Teeth Record Label: Underground Operations  Date: 11 March 2014 In One Word: Reinvention  March 11th sees the release of the new EP, Before the Light by Toronto quartet, Hands & Teeth. Progressing from their previous independent releases, 2010’s Enjoy Your Lifestyle and 2012’s Hunting...
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Album Review: Matterhorn – Volume 2: …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him

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February 21, 2014
Album Review: Matterhorn – Volume 2: …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him

Title: Vol. 2 …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him Artist: Matterhorn Record Label: Thinker Thought Records Date: February 2014 In One Word: Apocalyptic Picking up where Vol. 1: The World Began without Man… left off, this Colorado trio of heavy rockers take listeners on a journey through what they’ve conceptualized...
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Holiday Special EP Review: Alanna Matty – Chestnuts Snow and Mistletoe

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December 24, 2013

Title: Chestnuts Snow and Mistletoe Artist: Alanna Matty Record Label: Independent Date: December 2013 In One Word: Festivus I once read something along the lines of “It’s nearly Christmas – time for not a single artist to put out an original album”. To an extent, this is the truth when it comes...
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Album Review: Alysha Brilla – In My Head

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November 4, 2013

Title: In My Head Artist: Alysha Brilla Record Label: Sunny Jam Records/Independent Date: July 2013 In One Word: Soulful One of the best rewards of being a music journalist/reviewer is discovering new talent every single day, especially local musicians. Step aside Torontonians; we got ourselves the next Amy Winehouse. The Tanzanian-Canadian singer/songwriter Alysha...
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Album Review: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

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October 20, 2013

Title: Bangerz Artist: Miley Cyrus Record Label: RCA Records Date: Oct. 8, 2013 In One Word: Adequate You’re right – Miley Cyrus’ on the loose. The well-known ex-Disney star from Hannah Montana has been in and around the media for months now – especially since her 2013 Video Music Awards appearance...
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Album Review: The Weeknd – Kiss Land

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September 8, 2013

  Title: Kiss Land Artist: The Weeknd Record Label: Republic / XO Date: September 2013 In One Word: Horror   Lame. Prick. Genius. Soul. Whichever word you define his sound or personality, Abel Tesfaye (under The Weeknd moniker) has been able to succeed in giving R&B a new and hypnotic sound. To any...
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Album review: Deafhaven – Sunbather

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August 21, 2013
Deafheaven - Sunbather

Title: Sunbather Artist: Deafheaven Record Label: Deathwish Date: June 2013 In One Word: Youth Sunbather is a record that, maybe more than most, captures what it feels like to be young. Not young in the sense of being naïve, hopeful, and innocent, but young in the moments right after that. The youth that Deafheaven capture...
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EP Review: Decade – Deck A

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July 2, 2013

Title: Deck A Artist: Decade Record Label: Independent Date: June 2013 In One Word: Haunting Budding musicians are often discovered by word-of-mouth. News goes around through social media, outlets and of course within a conversation with another individual. I was tagged on Facebook to a post linking me to Decade’s newly...
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Album Review: Deerhunter – Monomania

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May 17, 2013
Deerhunter - Monomania

Title: Monomania Artist: Deerhunter Label: 4AD Release Date: May 7, 2013 In one word™: Flourescent “Punk. It manifests itself in many ways, and for him it was just there like a neon strobe light. And now it’s not there anymore. I need punk rock. It’s the medicine for me, but it’s...
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