Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quick Spins

The Bouncing SoulsComet
New Jersey’s DIY punks return and as expect, arrive with a record of punk anthems that packs more of a punch than most bands half their age. Comet hears the Souls continue on with the heartfelt lyrics, passionate delivery and of course, having the most fun allowed on disc. Comet shows why the Souls career has lasted as long as it has.

 Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
Womack fires back with a new album for a new generation. Thanks to Damon Albarn and Gorillaz, Bobby Womack’s soulful voice has managed to reinvent itself in the 21st century. On The Bravest Man in the Universe, Albarn produces the legendary Womack on a record that could do for his career what the American Recordings did for Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. Finding a modern niche, but not compromising his sound with guest vocals by Lana Del Rey and Albarn, Womack is back!

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.
After seven years, Apple returns and brings a new batch of heavy songs along with her. The Idler Wheel hears Apple dabbling into similar territory but with her brilliant lyrical abilities, signature voice and range, Apple makes us remember why when we waited so long for a new record we never forgot about her.

Hot ChipIn Our Heads
The English electro-band return with their new album and it is a much needed return to form. In Our Heads hears the London band bring back a sense of fun to their sound, along with energy and clever lyrics about going out and dancing up a storm. After the release of their disappointing 2010 record, One Life Stand, Hot Chip fire back and released a record that will have you moving and shaking for hours.

Zulu WinterLanguage 
The debut album from the latest British buzz band does not disappoint. ZuluWinter are a band that manages to hone in on all the right things about Britpop while still make their own blend of rather atmospheric, infections pop and rock. Language is one of the most impressive debuts of the year and with many of their colleagues like The Heartbreaks, Tribes delivering impressive debuts from across the pond this year – Zulu Winter can be added to that list.

DiploExpress Yourself 
The internationally renowned DJ found some time in his ultra busy schedule to craft a banging EP of jams for the summer.

On their sixth record, California’s Liars still prove they can do whatever they want and get away with it. Liars pull no punches on WIXIW (pronounced “Wish You”) and take their ambient, cold-wave, electronic rock to a whole new level.

CrocodilesEndless Flowers 
The San Diego band return with album number three and third time proves to be a charm as they take their ambient, shoe-gaze rock to a mature level that finds them to be one of the best bands for the summer. While Crocodiles have always brought a texture of the California sun to their sound, they harness the beauty of it without getting redundant from what they have done before.

The Temper Trap 
The Australian band return with their much anticipated sophomore record and though while it misses the big single like “Sweet Disposition,” they show off a different side that fans may not have expected. The Temper Trap’s latest is a display as to how talented the members of the band are as musicians rather than a band that can write catchy radio-friendly songs.

Patti Smith - Banga
New York's favorite punk and poet returns after a few year silence and bangs on. Banga is a new collection of poems and songs from Smith and if their is anyone that is going to comment on our State of the Union, it shall be Smith and we shall listen. 

Jon SandlerLate Night Champ 
The New York singer – songwriter returns with a record that was years in the making and while most of his contemporaries are afraid to venture out of the “sensitive, nice guy” folk, Sandler explores other genres and shows why he will break the mold before anyone crafting that style will.

Bright Light Bright Light Make Me Believe in Hope 
British electro artist makes sonic filled statement on latest record. Bright Light Bright Light aka Rod Thomas serves up heartbreak on dance heavy disc with Make Me Believe in Hope. The record, which has rightfully gained comparisons to Robyn’s brilliant Body Talk series plays off the idea that what if the shoe was on the other foot and if a male, dance, electronic artist can answer back? Well, the answer is spelled out on the disco floor with Make Me Believe in Hope.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosHere
The neo-jam band return with their third album and as much fun as their previous efforts are, Here is rather serious and at some points – rather dull. While this band have made their mark with their grassroots, earthy and beach sound, Here, still has all of that just toned down, but does it make them less appealing?

Emeli Sande Our Version of Events
The Scottish R&B singer comes through on her debut as someone with a promising career, if she can be her own person. Parts of Our Version of Events are simply brilliant for pop and radio, songs like “Heaven,” “Daddy,” and “Clown,” make Sande more than just Britain’s version of Alicia Keys but then songs like “My Kind of Love” and “Where I Sleep,” sound rather generic.

The HivesLex Hives
The Hives are back! However, before you get too excited, if you were thinking of the Veni, Vidi, Vicious-era Hives, guess again. The Swedish band return with album number five and while it brings roaring guitars, pounding drums and Howlin’ Pelle’s signature screaming, from start to finish it is rinse, wash and repeat. All these years of waiting and nothing creative.

Public Image Ltd. – This is PiL
While This is PiL is the first Public Image release in 20 years, the return to the stage maybe welcome but the return to disc – not so much. Johnny Rotten, sorry, John Lydon as he is known in this band sounds as tired as someone working a graveyard shift at a physically demanding job and as for the band, their reggae, dub sound has about as much unique tone as a white sheet of paper. This is NOT PiL, this is some tired, cheap imitation.