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)
- Man Overboard
Andrew: Nice, slow pop like Spoon is kind of depressed.
Understated, lovely and full of character. Augustine: If you're aderbat, you picked the wrong
girl. Oasis, Beatles, Al Stewart. James: Weepy, emotional meek stuff that probably doesn't
eat meat or go out in sunlight. Pauli Girl: Anagram is Bad Tear. State band for a nation
Atomica Project - Grayscale
Andrew: Massive Attack style trip-hop vibes. Nice laid-back
grooves and brilliant production. Nice voice. Augustine: Atmospheric, operatic boogie music with
vocals dry as my taint. James: Evannescence, but who gives a shit? I'm learning
about drama club right now. Pauli Girl: Music to take slow drugs to after being
in a club all night really?
Atomic Atoms - Electrophile
Andrew: Some dudes trying to be punkish, but winding up
alt.country/blues style a bit droll.
Augustine: Started out all Libertines if they loved Elvis,
but took an odd school talent show turn.
James: Rockabilly w/ The Go twist.
Pauli Girl: Wilco wants their riffs back, please.
Avery - Help Wanted
Andrew: Sounds vaguely Filter-ish, slow, atmospheric and
beautiful. Stunning production and brilliant writing. Incredible.
Augustine: Black Tape For A Blue Girl. No, really. Better
than Perry Farrell, but kinda Rat Pack.
James: Meandering, wonderfully produced, goes nowhere.
Pauli Girl: Sounds nothing like Janes Addiction
Barnard - Ivory Serpents & The Starving Tree
Andrew: Like Bob Dylan at times other times, suck.
Excellent lyricist, horrible singer. Sound familiar? Augustine: Just like Dylan, he's better acoustic. Odd
vocal phrasing. I like it real decent. James: Fucking blue. Pauli Girl: Listening to this makes you lose muscle
control and slump over lifeless.
Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
Andrew: Adolescent Joan Jett pop gutsy guitars,
mathy drumming, angsty garbage. Nice legs. Augustine: Neurotic punk, which is how No Doubt SHOULD
sound. Roller derby beat down. James: Fun, upbeat girl pop stitched to a punk backbone. Pauli Girl: Re-imagined Concrete Blonde with less talent
but still listen worthy.
- Cheat The Gallows
Andrew: Pink Floyd's orchestration with Ozzy's voice.
Some serious musicality wasted on stoners and hessions. Augustine: Linda Perry worked on this she gave
dude her top hat. Still Turbonegro. James: Top hats, beards, mega-riffs and pillows made
from pelts. Pauli Girl: This band has grown musically throwing
in more organ and groove and lightening up a bit.
Red Sun - A Nation Of Saviors
Andrew: Dark and heavy rock/pop like Soundgarden
and Fury, only younger which means not as good. Augustine: Simple Joy Division sounds. Singer scrambling
for a melody. Decent formerly alternative. Pretty dramatic. James: A little Afghan Whigs, a little Panic! At The
Disco. Pauli Girl: Fall Out Boy, Atom bomb Kids, Get Up Kids,
My Chemical Romance, New York City.
Ellison - Ice Storm
Andrew: Textbook blues record - great tones, excellent
musicianship. Less soul than I want in the blues.
Augustine: Very standard electric blues. Thought he was
taking us to funky town.
James: Slick blues, punchy percussion and bass.
Pauli Girl: Everything sounds great except the marbles
in dude's mouth. What's he talking about?
Hogg - Origins Unknown
Andrew: Jellyfish style pop, only darker & more introspective.
Brian Wilson-style vocals, nice guitars. Maybe Squeeze. Augustine: 70's prog-folk. Even Rennies want to give
him a turkey leg suppository. James: Styx & Genesis from Trick Of The Tail era
weirdness. Pauli Girl: Beatles & Focus inspired folk prog. Could
grow on you, sorta like Spanish moss.
Foreigner - Waited Up Til It Was Light
Andrew: Indie Strokes only much harder and faster,
kind of mathy, horrible girl singer, great drummer. Augustine: Insane high-energy punk wave. Los Campesinos!
Carther The Unstoppable Hell Yeah! Great drumming. James: Pretty good rock-pop. Totally frantic. Pauli Girl: Somewhere, there is a support group for all
the electrons that were abused to make this.
Lavie - The Opposite Side Of The Sea
Andrew: Super mellow orchestral pop, similar to Nick Drake
or Duncan Sheik. Lush and beautiful.
Augustine: The Jazz singer/songwriter. Seductive whispering,
lively rhythms, soothing atmosphere, fantastic tones.
James: Not the renowned Satanist I originally mistook him
Pauli Girl: Imagine the bastard love-child of Suzanne Vega
and Tom Waits.
Route - Are We All Forgotten
Andrew: Gritty, indie Postal Service same cadence
& lyrical obscurity but sings like Coldplay guy. Nice. Augustine: Sounds like Death Cab unless you like Death
Cab. Shmaltzy pop with allman Brothers tendencies. James: Radioplay, Coldhead. Pauli Girl: This is like Barry Manilow for the current
Andrew: Semi-industrial noise rock with Broadway flair.
Then they turn into Elton John, only mathy. Augustine: Turbonegro meets Alien Sex Fiend. Bombastic
high-speed song collages. Quite right. James: Mr. Bungle w/ melodies. Heavily influenced by
Faith No More. B+. Pauli Girl: Residents rule, ok?
Sage - Chandelier
Andrew: Introspective piano pop with a definite Tori Amos
feel But less obtuse, more listenable. Augustine: It's nice and all, in a Michelle Branch way.
Sweetened artificially with Aspartame. James: Tori Amos-ish, with a violin - makes me feel like
a batterer. Pauli Girl: Musical equivalent of a chick flick. Overprocessed
Tori Amos-ish vocals & violins.
F7 - Crimson Diablo
Andrew: Dead Artists Syndrome/Gutter Twins with a weird
artsy poetry and uber-goth feel. Down-key, trancey. Augustine: Does for Sisters Of Mercy what the Mansions
did for Bauhaus. Very fucking hot. James: Lots of very cool elements, Type-O Negative &
GVSB & Iggy Pop. Spooky & beautiful, really cool. Pauli Girl: Not only a keystroke that will change what
you type to phonetic Japanese, it's cool stream of consciousness
spoken & sung originality.
Speaker - Call It Off
Andrew: If I were in high school, I would love this. Predictable
pop-punk. Sounds good, nice art. Augustine: High-speed geek rock. Gets the annoying done
in half the time. James: Probably pretty good but I have introduced a theological
discussion centered around Krom, the god of the earth. Pauli Girl: Low budget Rapid Eye Movement. ie. Music
for the cranially asleep.