Album Reviews

Album review: Stars – The North

September 21, 2012
Stars - The North album artwork

Title: The North Artist: Stars Record Label: Universal Music Release Date: 28 August 2012 In One Word: Solid Stars are one of my favourite contemporary Canadian bands. I own three of their previous releases, because I really like their ability to write and perform songs with a decidedly retro eighties sound....
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Album review: Thought Beneath Film – Detours EP

September 5, 2012
Thought Beneath Film - Detours

Title: Detours Artist: Thought Beneath Film Record Label: Independent Release Date: 31 July 2012 In One Word: Exuberant Life is full of ups and downs, love rocks until it’s lost and then it burns. Some people can dance above the grey and find a way to express themselves through art: Hamilton, Ontario...
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Album review: General Fiasco – Unfaithfully Yours

August 13, 2012
General Fiasco - Unfaithfully Yours

Title: Unfaithfully Yours Artist: General Fiasco Record Label: Dirty Hit Release Date: 30 July 2012 In One Word: Maturing Having already matured from their 2010 debut album Buildings, General Fiasco are back this year with Unfaithfully Yours. Unfaithfully Yours is more mature both musically and lyrically as Buildings conveys a sense of youthfulness where as Unfaithfully Yours is darker in...
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Album review: Evil Ebenezer – The Penguin EP

July 10, 2012
Evil Ebenezer - The Penguin EP

Title: The Penguin Artist: Evil Ebenezer Label: Camobear Records Released: May 2012 In One Word: Inspired Later this July the world will be gripped with Batman-fever again when The Dark Knight Rises opens in cinemas on Friday the 20th. In the latest movie, Batman pits his wits – and ever-expanding utility-belt...
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Album review: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

July 2, 2012
Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Title: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Artist: Regina Spektor Label: Warner Released: June 2012 In One Word: Uplifting The last couple of weeks I’ve been immersed in my quest for a job. Not just any job – a decent job. Such a search will inevitably produce a plethora of...
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Album Review: Azealia Banks – 1991 EP

June 26, 2012
Azealia Banks - 1991 EP

Title: 1991 EP Artist: Azealia Banks Label: Interscope/Polydor/Universal Music Canada Released: 12 June 2012 In One Word: Underwhelming “I’mma ruin you, cunt.” When you first hear “212”, that’s the line that jumps out. In the song’s whole three-and-a-half minutes, it’s almost the only thing that your brain can wholly process while...
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Album review: Kimbra – Vows

May 30, 2012
Kimbra - Vows album artwork

Title: Vows Artist: Kimbra Label: Warner Bros./Warner Music Canada Released: 22 May 2012 In One Word: Sophisticated Kimbra, the New Zealand artist most recognized for her supporting singing role in Gotye’s  “Somebody That I Used To Know”, has released her debut album to North American audiences. The quickest way I can...
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Album Review: Stone Iris – Illuminations EP

May 29, 2012
Stone Iris - Illuminations

Title: Illuminations Artist: Stone Iris Label: Self-released Released: 15 May 2012 In One Word: Transcendent It might not be clear upon first listen, but Stone Iris’ new EP, Illumination, is actually an incredibly important record. In fact, it may prove to be the single most influential hallmark of cruise ship-rock since...
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Album review: Brocade – Like You Were Here

May 27, 2012
Brocade - Like You Were Here

Title: Like You Were Here Artist: Brocade Label: Self-released Released: November 2011 In One Word: Grower Music is like breakfast cereal. Some varieties can give you instant gratification with the snap, crackle, exploding-sugar-on-the-tongue pop sensation – mass produced and ready for quick consumption; but after two minutes its already old and...
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Album review: Japandroids – Celebration Rock

May 22, 2012
Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Title: Celebration Rock Artist: Japandroids Label: Polyvinyl Record Co. Released: 5 June 2012 In One Word: Exhilarating Japandroids have little use for subtlety; simple straight-forwardness is their ideological foundation. Hence, their uniform black-and-white single and album cover art, their one guitar/drums/vocals/nothing else instrumentation, the unabashed attempts at crafting earnest, nostalgic rock...
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