Album Reviews

Album review: Rita Wilson – AM/FM

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May 16, 2012
Rita Wilson - AM/FM

Title: AM/FM Artist: Rita Wilson Label: Universal Music Released: 8 May 2012 In One Word: Pleasant I so wanted to dismiss this album release as just another Hollywood actress making their dilettante foray into music. Actresses like Minnie, Zooey and Juliette – Oops! I really enjoy their music – bad example....
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Album Review: PS I Love You – Death Dreams

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May 10, 2012
PS I Love You - Death Dreams

Title: Death Dreams Artist: PS I Love You Label: Paper Bag Records Released: 8 May 2012 In One Word: Refined With their 2010 debut, Meet Me At The Muster Station, Kingston, Ontario’s PS I Love You established themselves as the kind of band that you knew wasn’t in the game to...
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Album review: Rikers – Islands

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May 9, 2012
Rikers - Islands

Title: Islands Artist: Rikers Label: Warner Music Canada/Anthem Released: 17 April 2012 In One Word: Self-proclaiming  If I was stuck on a desert, Yellowknife island, I would love this shit. However, I’m not at all. Nor are a lot of people. Funnily enough, one song goes, “I am an island. I...
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Album review: Monks of Mellonwah – Neurogenesis EP

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May 7, 2012
Monks of Mellonwah - Neurogenesis EP artwork

Title: Neurogenesis Artist: Monks of Mellonwah Label: Self-released Released: 24 May 2012 In One Word: Underwhelming I don’t care who the engineer on your album is and I’m sure 99 per cent of the music–listening  population agrees. Sure, you may end up with a professional sounding recording but ultimately, what makes...
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Album review: Death Grips – The Money Store

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May 3, 2012
Death Grips - The Money Store

Title: The Money Store Artist: Death Grips Label: Epic Released: 24 April 2012 In One Word: BAMPOPSKRZZZZCHSSSHAYEAYE Aggressive music kind of reigns supreme right now. I’ve always thought that looking at whatever people are dancing to serves as a pretty failsafe social barometer; if people are feeling something on such a...
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Album review: Mak – Mak

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April 30, 2012
Mak - Mak album artwork

Title: Mak Artist: Mak Label: L-A be Released: 10 January 2012 In One Word: Linear Mak, a five year old band have now come out with their new and first self-titled album, Mak. My first impression? “oooOOoooh.” My second impression? Why the Ooh?” I never seem to trust if bands are...
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Album review: Rooftop Runners – We Are Here EP

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April 26, 2012
Rooftop Runners - We Are Here EP

Title: We Are Here EP Artist: Rooftop Runners Label: Independently released Released: 3 April 2012 In One Word: Almost Rooftop Runners is a Berlin-via-Canada sibling duo that seemingly aims to specialize in a very specific kind of tense, slinky, mournful night-pop that lands somewhere in the neighbourhood of The xx. The...
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Album review: Eight and a Half – Scissors

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April 25, 2012
Eight and a Half - Scissors album artwork

Title: Scissors Artist: Eight and a Half Label: Arts & Crafts Released: 12 April 2012 In one word: Clarifying Eight and a Half equals Justin Peroff (Broken Social Scene’s drummer) plus Dave Hamelin and Liam O’Neil (both of The Stills). Do you know what I hear when I hear this long...
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Album review: The Big Pink – Future This

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April 16, 2012
The Big Pink - Future This

Title: Future This Artist: The Big Pink Label: 4AD Released: January 2012 In one word: Meek In 2009, UK electro rock noise-merchants The Big Pink arrived on the scene with a bold and swaggering debut, A Brief History of Love. It was a very solid debut record, which came with a...
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Album review: Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

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April 14, 2012
Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal

Title: My Head is an Animal Artist: Of Monsters and Men Label: Universal Music Released: 3 April 2012 In one word: Believe I’ve had a long-standing love affair with Icelandic bands and their music; The Sugarcubes in the ’80s, Bjork in the ’90s and Sigur Ros from 1999 through most of...
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