The continuing saga of a wholy 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)
Line - Eloquence
Barbie: Epic new punk from the heartland. Catchy tunes,
nice harmonies, excellent rhythm section. Skipper: The 90's equivalent of hair metal. Yet, it's
2005. Power-pop boy band vocals. Teresa: Sugary fluff disguised as meaty entrée.
Sonic overload for the over stimulated Ritalin crowd.
Burdens - Uh Oh
Barbie: Jangly guitar country college rock from Tucson.
Some blues infused Warren Zevon moments. Skipper: Simple and likeable dark folk. A little repetitive,
but nice. Teresa: Country folk with weird guitar effects. A little
Leigh Cobble - Things You Can't Stop With Your Hands
Barbie: Nashville style Ameri-pop with great lyrics and
soul. Musically diverse and interesting. Amazing vocalist. Skipper: Big, full sound. Better than Sheryl Crow, not
as good as Natalie Merchant. Beautiful. Teresa: Chick rock, but better than most. Nice voice
and decent songs. Midge: bullets, armor-plated bulldozer, an ill wind,
viral infection, The Rock, soup splatter, tsunamis, machetes,
Sol - 11:11
Barbie: Hard rock ska hip-hop. Groovy tunes and great background
vocals. Musical diversity produced very well. Skipper: Fantastic arrangements, nice rhymes and good
flow. Some heavy Onyx moments. Damn good. Teresa: Everything from P.M. Dawn trip-hop to sambas
and Manhattan Transfer jazz to straight up rap-rock. Midge: Candy keeps saying she wants to get with me. I
will have to agree.
Lives Underwater - Up Off The Floor
Barbie: Techno-metal from former raver gods. Gritty sounds
and cool grooves, but almost too aggro. Skipper: If Filter got into White Zombie. Great sleazy
rhythms, but no screaming! Very cool. Teresa: KMFDM feel with the guitars over standard industrial
beats. Midge: Still got the stuff that made people love "No
- Discord For The Dead Kid
Barbie: Some excellent, edgey rock'n'roll. Great lyrics
and musicianship then the screaming begins. Skipper: Schizophrenic metal and other - the rapping
is real good, the Slayer shit can go. Teresa: Some melodic heavy rock, some screaming, a little
reggae Sublime feel. Midge: Part AC/DC, part Gordon Lightfoot, part Tiny Tim.
Gentle - Valende
Barbie: Syd Barrett Pink Floyd-style psychedelia mixed with
Ween-esque madness. Surreal landscapes of sounds. Awesome! Skipper: Like Oliver, Donovan and Herman's Hermits rolled
into one. Weird lisp, dad. Teresa: Crazy 60's inspired goof rock with kazoos and
balloons. Ya dogg. Midge: Who's playing the balloon? Androgynous art-garage
Nico era Velvet Underground.
McKay - Shimmer
Barbie: East coast stories like Springsteen when he was
good. Almost Americana, but rocks harder. Skipper: Tom Petty theft. Decent whiny roots rock, bar
blues. Teresa: A country version of John Mayer and the others
like him. Midge: Too bad you already wasted Warren Zevon
Esther - Talkin' Fishbowl Blues
Barbie: Rockin' blues with tons of soul, excellent guitar
work, just off vocals, great rhythm section. Skipper: Hell Yeah! That King Xerxes is one lucky feller.
Real nice electric blues (or country). Teresa: Bluesy, country rock in the Bonnie Raitt style
sort of. Midge: I like it a lots. Stand By Your Man, indeed.
- Blackasia Volume 1
Barbie: Tranced out electronic Asian music. Think Enigma
moved farther south and east. Skipper: Techno-raga. Background music for people who
can't be distracted by real music. Teresa: Tibetan house music made for accompanying sexual
exploits. Kama Sutra trance tunes. Midge: Asian-lounge, beep beep music. Could be played
at the Buddha Bar, yo.
- Brace Yourself For The Mediocre
Barbie: Former Five Iron Frenzy frontman makes killer pop-punk,
working in cool synthesizers and mucho emotion. Skipper: Funny pop-punk presented as serious. Better
than Sum Blink, but it's no Lonely Now. Teresa: Great pop punk. Nice job on the Shania Twain
Cover. Midge: Greatest ROBOT album artwork of all time. Period!
Greatest Shania Twain cover ever. Period!
Salett - After A While
Barbie: Songs reminiscent of 60's Paul Simon - Downbeat,
full of emotion and brilliant storytelling. Skipper: Borrows from Dylan, Cohen, and Lou Reed. Pretty
and gentle and relaxing. Teresa: Mellow, folky pleasant voice, with some blues
guitar thrown in. Midge: An even mellower Spain. Sleepy stories and excellent
production - cool guitars. Better than Mark Kozelek.
Before - Further Destinations
Barbie: Fantastically produced new style pop-rock. Hints
of Van Halen, Yellowcard, Finger Eleven, Foo Fighters, Fixx. Skipper: Class: Whine music. Genre: WB rock. Sub-genre:
OC boy-pop. Teresa: Hoobastank, Incubus, Yellowcard, Rooney type
stuff. Midge: Parental warning: will make your daughter read
- Moonshower And Razorblades
Barbie: Brilliant heavy guitar-synth rock - taking Euro-garage
to new levels. Captivating music, excellent production. Skipper: Goth-punk, like a Bauhaus video game. Something
missing, like a soul. Teresa: Aggressive rock music blending elements from
everywhere. Devo, Strokes, Kasabian - high energy, cool sounds. Midge: They rocked, they rolled, they peed their pants
That's what I heard.
Thomas - Shoot The Sky
Barbie: Down-tempo new folk. Excellent lyrical poetry, nice
instrumentation. Excellent music for introspection. Skipper: A down-to-earth Sarah McLachlan or a female
Gordon Lightfoot. Acceptably off-key. Teresa: Standard Lilith Fair stuff. Not a great voice,
a little off-key. Midge: You can't rhyme cents & sense! Didn't that
girl marry Phil Donahue?
- Time Travellin' Couch
Barbie: Michael Frante style rap over deep soul jams. Excellent
musicality, great lyric makes good grooves. Skipper: The hip-hop vulture spinning pop culture. G.
Love mellow folk. That suit's a yellow joke. Teresa: Folky, earthy rap in the Everlast vein. Midge: Smashmouth unplugged with a rapper out front.
McGee - Anchor Drops
Barbie: Jazzy math-rock for the jam band set. Clever instrumentation,
better songs than other jam acts. Skipper: If patients in the doctor's office sang along
to the crap-jazz. Spin Doctors. Teresa: Don't like the rhythm? Wait a measure. Don't
like melody? Welcome home. Jake sings best. Midge: Jazz lovin' jam banding Steely Dan lovin' wannabes.
- The Name We Sell Now
Barbie: 3-piece instrumental combo running the gamit from
Texas blues to jazz to math rock. Skipper: More smart-ass jazz anal emissions. Scatological
metallic explorations of Uranus. Teresa: Funky and jazzy, sometimes rock, instrumental
hoo-haa. Midge: What do you call math rock that doesn't rock?
- Every Last Windmill Shall Fall
Barbie: Enthralling mid-tempo indie rock filled with clever
lyrics, cool lo-fi production, and great musicality. Skipper: Indie Dinosaur Jr. stuff. Sounds Canadian, great
lyrics. Teresa: New band steps into the void left by Josh Rouse.
Slow lo-fi Americana. Midge: A little Shins, a little British Sea Power, and
somebody else I'm missing.