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)
Club - A Single Drop Of Red
George: Thick, guitar rock with vocals trying to cookie
monster. Nothing new - guitar tones are nice. Rosey: Rob Zombie, cars and Satan stuff . Some Soundgarden/STP
. Great production. Rock the cliché. Elroy: Rammstein, Right Said Fred, White Zombie, Trapt,
Staind, Limp Bizkit, et al. Jane: Please select a rock name. Keith and Jeff don't
Armed Forces - Modern Gospel For Modern Men & Women
George: Sweet indie rock with sparkling analog synths and
nice low-key guitars. New York rock. Rosey: Cheap Trick with Smiths. Great energy, singer
is off-key, good fun. Elroy: Hipster rock, very Jet-like-expensive-haircuts. Jane: The indie-er Strokes, nice hooks and riffs
vocals are crappy. Drums are great.
English - The Marriage Of The Sun And The Moon
George: Nice singer-songwriter with a touch of worldbeat
thrown in. Like Peter Gabriel or Live. Rosey: Sounds like Fish, not the hippy band but he singer
for Marillion. Wants to be Peter Gabriel. Elroy: Midnight Oil, Bruce Cockburn, Sting. Awful. Jane: Mostly dark songs with a myriad ethnic flair
Nice production, great songs, nice voice.
Guns And Glory - Inverted Valentine
George: Really great country music with a touch of alt.
Excellent guitar work and nice vocals. Rosey: Dwight Yoakam-y. Predictable lyrics, nice plump
sound. Real decent for being about asses. Elroy: Honky-tonkin', Dave's-a-lyin', sounds like Slim
Cessna's Auto Club. Jane: Sincere. Pure. Great. Dwight Yoakam. Chris Isaak.
Swings. Shuffles. Rocks. Heart. America. Awesome.
Jet Age - What Did You Do During The War, Daddy?
George: Like The Kinks singing lo-fi indie songs by Vampire
Weekend only grittier. Nice drumming.
Rosey: Nice jangly guitar. Great bass. Incredible drummer.
Lousy singer. A bit humorless.
Elroy: New Zealand scene? Good mid-fi production, weak voice.
Jane: Lots of scrubby guitars, like mid 90's New Zealand/Paisley
rock. The Clean without hooks.
+2 - Ya Ya Ya
George: The Brazilian Esquivel some sweet acid bossa
nova jazz thing going on. Missing Astrid, though. Rosey: They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.
This is for martinis. And motah. Elroy: Lounge. Will appeal to recently divorced urban
women. Jane: I like music without English better than music
with English. Loungey and sweet. Martini, please!
- Ride With Me
George: Awesome & classic Cajun influenced blues rock
Little Feat, only Swedish. True rock'n'roll with chops. Spectacular! Rosey: Cover portrait is actual size. More Leon Russell?
Too much boogie for my woogie. Elroy: The Scandinavian Harry Connick, Jr. Jane: Like Doctor Teeth and the Medicine Show, mixed
with Winehouse Motown and Kravitz grit.
Bull - A Million Yesterdays
George: Alt. confusion like folk-grass at one point,
then Skynyrd, then Cowboy Junkies. Good, not great. Rosey: Lone Justice meets Lone Star. The girl singing
Austin City Limits folk is better. Elroy: Dave said he didn't think there was going to be
any alt.country tonight because Dave lies. He can't hep hisself.
Jane: The lullaby qualities are lilting. The organ is
invigorating. Avalon sounds like Poe.
Puppets - A Living Experiment
George: Super-charged pop like Glen Phillips on mathy
steroids. Awesome production, great songs, excellent interactive
Rosey: Sort of like Chris Penn.Nicely done by 1 guy and
drummer. But why banjo?
Elroy: Sunny Day Real Estate, Spoon.
Jane: Jangling guitar rock. Nice safe music, but sincere
and heartfelt lyrical delivery. Jellyfish without fuzz.
Overtones - Light At The End
George: Great soulful horns, aggressive Big Wreck guitar
with dub stylee. Occasional Sublime-style groove. Rosey: Nu-reggae Motown. Baroque pop, all over the map,
but what a great trip. Elroy: Bad Brains, Sublime. Jane: Funky and sexy rock lots of sounds, all done
very well. Nice reunion album!
Teenage Prayers - Everyone Thinks You're The Best
George: Covering a whole lot of musical ground. Excellent
Motown, lounge, glam, mod-rock rolled into one. Sweet. Rosey: Multi-genre-ational rock road show like Mad Dogs
& Englishmen, Joe Cocker & Leon Russell stuff. Elroy: Good, but dangerously close to hippy horseshit. Jane: Such amazing production on wide spectrum of sounds.
I want them to be my baby.
Thomas - Western Front
George: Gritty, Americana-indie-rock Sometimes touches
of great slide guitar and nice writing, but no consistency
Rosey: Nu-folk, 80's anthems, dumb skits and Van Halen.
Elroy: Good alt.country. Dave's a liar.
Jane: What just happened between these songs? I'm very confused
by the changes.
Trend - Meet The Trend
George: Nice indie pop, chunky guitars and fabulous melodies.
The Rentals, w/ no keyboard - which makes Weezer. Rosey: Oohee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. Elroy: Weezer is, in fact, a trend. Jane: Weezer. I swear they even do the sweater song.
Lumar - Waiting Room
George: Almost Britty. South, but dirtier solid guitar
rock/pop. Adorable without groove and Pete. Cool. Rosey: Now that's what I call 80's chick rock! Blue October.
The Fixx. 3 Doors Down. Elroy: Duran Duran, Marcy Playground. Jane: Pop too good and too interesting to be on the O.C.
but kids would still love it.
Of Circumstance - Do It Yourself
George: A poor substitute for the Bosstones enough
ska to be ska, but not enough punk to be punk. Rosey: '82 punk, deep & fast. Bosstones ska. Silly
covers like Goldfinger does. B. Elroy: Sure. Jane: I miss punk, too but I still don't put hot
crazy chicks on my album covers.