Overall, I can’t say Black a horrible album. Like I said before, Rivers has some good performances, and throughout the album you can tell he puts some effort into his singing, but meanwhile the music overall just isn’t that groundbreaking or interesting. I would say to try giving it one listen and see how you feel about it after. Pretty much just a mediocre album in the end. But hey, I’m just being honest.
With being one of the greatest soul rock bands (being biased here, but seriously!), Alabama-natives St.Paul & The Broken Bones have been on the rise since 2014. Their latest album, “Young Sick Camellia”, has definitely tested the band with bringing blues, soul, and a little southern rock to their sound. St.Paul will also be playing at Hinterland Music Festival in St.Charles, IA next week! I had the chance to chat with Paul Janeway, the lead vocalist and frontman of the band.
DeMarco continues moving away from the dreamy sound that has come to define him. The influences of “This Old Dog” are heard clearly on his new release, with many of the songs featured much more honest instrumentation and stripped back songs compared to much of his earlier work. In fact, you could say that the approach of this album is almost too simple at times.
Girl with Basket of Fruit, released February 8th, 2019, is a fairly contemporary release by Xiu Xiu’s standards. By normal standards, it is 36 minutes of aural whiplash, violently jerking the listener around with periodic interludes of spoken word ballads before tearing off once more into a pounding, glitchy beat.