The continuing saga of a wholly irreverent new way of reviewing
albums! It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music
critics and getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album.
Honesty and first impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement. (opinions expressed may not hold true after
repeated listenings to albums)
Anderson - The Reckoning
Stalin: Nice singer-songwriter pop music, low-key & melancholy
- Dan Bern or Bob Schneider in reflective mood. Lenin: Southern Gothic and generic classic rock mixed with
Dave making travel plans. Chris Rea. Breshnev: Professional recording, great range between
Shawn Mullins and other soulful alt.country. Andropov: Moderate multiple personality disorder. Luckily
most of the personalities are fairly agreeable.
Beirne - Freezerburn
Stalin: Passable guitar player, horrible vocalist DO NOT
EVER do bad covers of Flying Burritos songs. Lenin: I've had sidewalk Sallys tighter than this. I'm sure
they're lovely people. Breshnev: I just want it over. Know what you do with freezerburn?
You throw it out. Andropov: Seriously? Really? You thought making a CD
was ok? Seriously?
Boy On Poison - Sweet Mess
Stalin: Heavily Bowie-influenced rock, great production and
that Ukpop feel. Excellent guitars that span genres. Rock! Lenin: I liked it up until it stole my girlfriend and drank
all my beer. Breshnev: Everything seems to be blending together tonight.
This has more shredding guitar. Andropov: Playboy indie rock disco beat music.
Blatt - Fibonacci's Dream
Stalin: Beautiful acoustic guitar music with worldbeat textures
- bright and splendid music filled with life.
Lenin: Gorgeous even without the Fibonacci his next album
is "The Mendelbot Set". True math rock.
Breshnev: Sparked a weird conversation about Fibonacci and I
feel like I've learned something I could hardly give a shit about
and, much like the Fibonacci sequence, the conversation spirals
out of control.
7 - Detroit 7
Stalin: So much fuzz! Japanese rock band that rocks solid and
low. Beautiful, heavy, THICK.
Lenin: Coming soon to X-Box: A mess of thrilling tinny noise.
Like Shirley Bassey rocking it.
Breshnev: Big, crappy production, totally cool songs. Fun, sloppy
rock'n'roll. Buy this.
Andropov: Beautiful, muddy, sexy, hard.
- Brave New World
Stalin: Mostly instrumental stoner rock some nice bits
& pieces, but a bit misled. What's a flurbatron? Lenin: Prog-goth like Fallen From Grace replacing the Eastern
stuff with surf. Double plus good. Breshnev: Post-rock. Bleak guitar noodling. You really have
to commit to listening to this. Hawkwind. Andropov: Metal head guitar wanker Goths go surfing, watch
out for syringes. Nikolas: A 37 member gangbang; containing at minimum 3 midgets,
4 orangutans, & lots of cheddar cheese.
Vain & The Dark Matter - Love Is Where The Smoke Is
Stalin: Slowing indie pop built around dragging strings and
the occasional guitar riff Folky Canadian beep-beep. Lenin: Why's the guitar out front? Focus please. That is
better. Nice vocal phrasing. Arty. Breshnev: Lost In Translation, Season 2: Ontario. Andropov: It's kind of breathy sweet, but breathy.
- Kerli EP
Stalin: Aggressive Estonian sample-heavy rock. Really amazing
sounds, awesome grooves, pristine production. Dark perfection. Lenin: Huge production, darkish dance music ala Danielle
Dax. Funny Bauhaus cover. Ok, I guess. Breshnev: She's hot and super produced. Talented. Will be
on the radio soon. Andropov: She's too perfect; sexy, talented, hot, and wonderful.
There's only one explanation - robot invader.
Melo - Rue Melo
Stalin: Soulful light hip-hop with worldbeat flavors and nice
raps. Grooves are tight and slower. Nice. Lenin: Nice big beats. American Idol singing, or YouTube.
Do Not Want. Breshnev: Nelly Furtado-ish. MIA-ish. Will shake ass. Andropov: Poppy, smooth beats with a little latin love.
Station - Metro Station
Stalin: 80's beep-beep meets 90's indie some very cool
synthesizers mated to emo harmonies. Lenin: Power pop new wave emo with fake British accents.
Gay in the happy homosexual way. Breshnev: Jimmy Eat World-ish with early 80's synth treatment. Andropov: If indie rock went gay anthem.
- With Me
Stalin: Mathy indie rock with moments of brilliance and 80's
style delay guitar robust sounds, cool. Lenin: Coldplay with tiny hints of U2. Great when it soars,
dull when it plods. Breshnev: Radiohead warble, atmospheric, slave work. Andropov: I guess Siberia is now in Denton, Texas, because
these guys sound like Midlake.
400 - 3 And The Beast
Stalin: These guys stole the good from Big Wreck that they stole
from Soundgarden. HOT bassplayer! Lenin: Three Dog Night/Soundgarden. What do I do with this? Breshnev: Solid heavy rock with quicker beats. Shades of
Jesus Lizard. Andropov: Don't like where the guy sings. Kind of soulless
Diablo - Deluge Songs
Stalin: Possibly the heaviest band out of Scotland since Therapy?
Singer = Placebo guy. Music = Big Wreck. Lenin: 90's alt-rock. Collective Soul Seether. Singer has
a 77's Mike Roe vibe. Breshnev: Emo nu-metal, meaning this will never get her to
take her top off. Andropov: It's totally Puddle Of Mudd, I don't give a fuck
what everyone else says.