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)
- Red Ink
Brian - Nothing says "status quo" like an indie
band on a major label. Cardinal Biggles - Has some potential, but a little
bland and predictable. Tim? - I can't listen to this. (Ed. Note: Tim? experienced
technical difficulties with this album) Sir Robin - Try a compatible media before you try and
- Bat Man
Brian - Disturbing in a special way; the stream of conscious,
violent narratives are disquieting. Cardinal Biggles - If I say anything bad about this
album, I'm going to hell. Tim? - Fascinating, in a Wesley Willis-esque sense.
More inspired than anything you'll hear on Top 40. Sir Robin - O.K. - I liked this stuff. Nothing "alternatively
challenged" about this guy.
- We Also Create False Promises
Brian - Jangly and complex instrumental album with an
eastern sound. Cardinal Biggles - Dynamic instrumental mood music,
nice variations, good vibes. Tim? - Did you need to hear an album of synthesizer-heavy
instrumentals? Me neither. Sir Robin - Much more palatable if you close your eyes
while listening - to avoid the disturbing cover art.
of Infamy - Red Autumn
Brian - I got 2 copies of this, and only one of the songs
would play in my CD player. Cardinal Biggles - Maybe its because they are really
young, but they remind me of Silverchair. Tim? - Not a bad demo, pretty straightforward rock. Sir Robin - Potential is there if they stick to their
"young metal" form.
- 8 Miles to Empty
Brian - Sounds like Bush gone bland. And that should be
telling you something. Cardinal Biggles - Sounds like early Stone Temple Pilots,
but lacks that extra oompf. Tim? - Rock to be bored by. Sir Robin - Truly decent metal.
- The Essential Sounds From the Far East
Brian - Totally Zeppellin. Channeling Robert Plant
with some serious bass and thrashing drums. Far out, man. Cardinal Biggles - Not bad, but too sporadic. I like
the guitar effects, but the guy's voice drove me crazy. Tim? - Japanese psychedlia, heavily influenced by 70s
metal. Feels more like one long jam than actual songs. Sir Robin - Don't be afraid. Riffs influenced by Zep
and Hendrix work for me.
Firebird Band - The City at Night
Brian - Seriously somnorific. Has its moments, but drags
way too much. Cardinal Biggles - I like some of it, but it varies
too much between edgy and wussy, well just wussy. Tim? - Lots of electronics, interesting songs - too
bad every song drags on til you're sick of it. Sir Robin - A lot of music, some worth it. Note to
the Firebirds: save some for later.
of This - Adoration
Brian - Half Cookie Monster, half Kermit the wuss. Instrumentals
are standard hard-rock fare. Cardinal Biggles - Good Stuff, but starts to blend
together in the end. Tim? - This rocks pretty hard and the guy can really
yell when he wants to. Sir Robin - Excellent blend of hard driving rock and
to Feel - Bending Halos, Dimming Lights
Brian - Jesus Christ, how many guttural-screaming-emo-metal
albums can I be subjected to in one sitting? Cardinal Biggles - Abrasive, well-orchestrated, but
forgettable in the long run. Tim? - Expecting emo, got metal. I like this guy when
he's screaming; when he doesn't, I don't. Sir Robin - Repetitious rubbish yet disjointed all
in one. Don't ask. Don't tell. Don't pursue.
Skies - I Have Been to Beautiful Places
Brian - Interesting complement of title and cover art
of porno mag drifting in muddy water. Cardinal Biggles - Can something be interesting and
boring at the same time? I think I may have found it then. Tim? - Similar to, but even more annoying than, The
Cure. Sir Robin - Listening to this was like being at a funeral
on a slowly rocking, sea-sick inducing boat - blech!
de Noche - Balls Deep
Brian - Like a peyote-mescal trip gone bad. Weird and
a little vile. Take me, Mexican caravan Cardinal Biggles - You've been dirty, and oh so bad.
Naughty boy. Tim? - Thrash/Grunge/Sludge mix with a little classical
guitar thrown in. Me gusta. Sir Robin - Oooh-Weee. Move over COC. And with flying
butt monkey art to boot. Sweet!
- ??? (seems to translate from Korean to "It kills")
Brian - Kind of a cheap thrill joke; unfortunately, the
excessive profanity dilutes the satire. Cardinal Biggles - Yeah, I don't know whether to laugh
or throw it in the trash, I'm thinking trash. Tim? - Bad synthesizers, funny lyrics. Random and bizarre.
Good for an occasional listen. Sir Robin - Stupid crap and that's being kind.
Reason - Ravenna
Brian - Judged within its own game, it's pretty decent
pop-punk; but seriously, this genre's so dead. Cardinal Biggles - More of the same, what do they have
some machine that mass produces this genre or what? Tim? - Funky emo with some screaming thrown in for
good measure. It's alright. Sir Robin - Heard this somewhere before but I like
it just the same. Well produced.
Brian - Stripped down and understated with a small lounge
intimacy barely whispered in your ear. Cardinal Biggles - One word crap. Tim? - Starts slow and then decelerates. Just never
goes anywhere. They're probably very sensitive guys, though Sir Robin - Youch! Straight to Goodwill with this one.
Valley - The Valley
Brian - Guitar-crazy garage rock marred only by bad mix-mastering;
I'll bet they kick ass, live. Cardinal Biggles - Cool shit, but a little low on the
production end. Tim? - This album rocks. It's very clear that they're
from Seattle - in a good way. Sir Robin - Keeping it simple makes this work.