The Gunshy - No Man's Blues
Bush: Rough voiced dark music that defies easy categorization.
Lots of words to digest.
Kerry: Simple and straightforward, good vocals. Almost
old school punk, not quite.
Nader: Like the songs individually, not an album to listen
to all the way through.
Other Guy: Tom Waits isn't just this guy's hero. This
guy is Tom Waits.
Kid Dakota - The West Is The Future
Bush: Epic and noisy, beautiful songs, intelligent lyrics,
perfect moody music. Great artwork, too!
Kerry: Indie art-rock with alt-country flavor. Would
be great on a David Lynch soundtrack..
Nader: Shouldn't they have been on the Curiosa tour?
Other Guy: The two good things about Tool, with music
you can actually listen to.
Richard Shindell - Vuelta
Bush: Beautiful, gentle record of the year. Soulful folk
at its best.
Kerry: Ten songs that are better than any James Taylor...
Nader: Wow. This is really nice. Good songs, mixed well...
sweet sweet smooth as honey folk.
Other Guy: Heartbreaking folk-Celtic. Good storytelling,
like Gordon Lightfoot..
County Road X - From Seed To Stone
Bush: So, this is what light jazz and alt-country sound
like mixed. Good background music.
Kerry: Mix of country riffs with jazz jamming. A bit
of Fiddler On The Roof.
Nader: Sounds like it should be the soundtrack to a weird
little French cartoon... or something.
Other Guy: I really wanted so much more to accompany
Mana Erg - The Blind Watchmaker
Bush: Interesting experimental EBM. Amazing soundscapes
and Rhythms. Cool vocal effects. Covers lots of electronic ground.
Kerry: Distorted KMFDM-like industrial electronica. Great
for goth nights.
Nader: Rehashed early 90's industrial sounds and concepts.
Ok if you're still there, not progressive.
Alu - Infomercial Gasmask
Bush: Emiliana Torrini trying to fit in giant words.
Great ambience musically, lacks a bit vocally.
Kerry: Haunting, ambient background with quirky accents.
Going for Bjork-type thing, but voice isn't distinct enough.
Nader: Well, it's a little better than the new Bjork
Assembly Of Dust - The Honest Hour
Bush: Great 70's style prog-pop, intelligent lyrics,
but a bit campy musically. Smooth, lacks dynamics.
Kerry: Grateful Dead style country blues. Typical no
soul white guy music.
Nader: It's like Jackson Browne playing a practical joke.
Other Guy: Oh God! Steely Dan actually influenced somebody?
Cledus T Judd - Bipolar And Proud
Bush: The best laugh I've had all year. Best redneck
comedy, with some great country music.
Kerry: Funny lyrics. Not clever, just funny. Very funny.
the next Ray Stevens.
Nader: hhh... Why is flatulence so funny, anyway? Everyone
Other Guy: Weird Al on whiskey. Funnier than Foxworthy,
Engvall or the other guy.
The Pillcrushers - Welcome To The World
Bush: Matthew Sweet style pop with fewer hooks, but grittier
guitars. Just good pop music.
Kerry: Sweet and anaesthetic, but it makes me forget
I'm alive as it dulls the pain.
Nader: Mediocre college rock.
Other Guy: Guess who's back in the atmosphere? Predictable
roots pop Crowded House-martins blown to Smithereens.
Alter Bridge - One Day Remains
Bush: Singer went to Cornell University. Corporate Nu
Metal. Better than Velvet Revolver.
Kerry: Sounds like Creed with new lead singer... It IS
Creed with a new lead singer.
Nader: Creed does Soundgarden. Yeah! No, wait... Fuck
Other Guy: Listening to this band is like being in a
garden... A garden of sound.
Weapon Of Choice - Color Me Funky
Bush: Those is some funky trombones. Overall tinny rather
rubbery. Doesn't grab. Bring back Fishbone!.
Kerry: Slow down funk that's missingfunk. Groovy beats
and cool sounds, less preachy than before.
Nader: Formless and uninvolving funk. Weak, banal and
Other Guy: Standard Fishbone album, only it's not Fishbone.
Color me bored.
Sarah Glynn - To Sweeten Up
Bush: Musically expansive, choked-back smoky vocals,
clever phrasing and syncopation. Unique mature lounge jazz-rock.
Kerry: Smooth fusion of jazz and indie-pop. Interesting
melodies and introspective lyrics. Very cool music.
Nader: I keep hoping for something good and I keep being
Other Guy: Interesting timing changes and false stops,
but the whole is a bit lacking.
Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Of Time
Bush: Dream Theater keyboardist assembles killer guest
list for solo record. Some cool grooves and sounds.
Kerry: It is perhaps time to shut the doors of the GTI
Nader: I can't believe Kip Winger is on this album.
Other Guy: The pretentiousness of prog-rock and the wanking
of hair metal... plus smarmy jazz.
Rich Serafin - Naked Monsters
Bush: Like Luna and Spiritualized rolled into a tight
shoegaze burrito. Definite Spacemen3 vibe..
Kerry: The Jesus And Pixie Chain. Pretty cool downer
rock. I like it straight. No chaser.
Nader: Bad mixing. Vocals so muted they're ephemeral;
nearly transparent. To boot, it's duller than Nebraska.
Replicant (featuring Marc Almond) - Face Control e.p.
Bush: Marc Almond lends vocals to cool electro-dance
tracks... including an old Marc Almond song.
Kerry: Mechanical and soulless rework of Laura Branigan's
"Self Control". Inconsequential DJ music.
Nader: Glowsticks are tools of the devil.
Other Guy: Now more than ever, disco sucks. Marc Almond
minus the cabaret is useless.
Steve Forbert - Just Like There's Nothin' To It
Bush: The rockin' country-folk singer slows it down for
a beautiful, intimate and introspective album.
Kerry: His voice has gotten rougher, like Dylan gargling
glass. Slow, but damn good album.
Nader: Well written songs, very mellow record..
Other Guy: Decent songwriting that could have been a
bit more moving if it had more "oomph".
See-I - Dinner Of Herb
Bush: Overproduced dancehall and soul ska. Sort of music
that ruins good movies.
Kerry: Upbeat dub from thievery Corporation's rhythm
masters. They're like the good evil Milli Vanilli.
Nader: Ravi Shankar reggae? Mellow and ethereal reggae,
it kid of just drifts along. Mostly.
Other Guy: Reggae and dancehall mixed with Indian rhythms.
You might hear this in the Buddha Bar.
Ari Hest - Someone To Tell
Bush: Great rainy day songs, fans of Counting Crows take
notice. Dynamic, introspective, A/C style rock.
Kerry: Is this the soundtrack to Dawson's Creek? I wouldn't
know... I've never seen it.
Nader: If Darius Rucker was white... Oh, wait. He is
white. Overly emotional and insincere.
Other Guy: One John Mayer is more than enough.
Jeremiah and the Red Eyes - Red-Eyed And Restless
Bush: Southern California blues... Not too gritty...
some good chops and nice vibe, though..
Kerry: Decent bar-blues rock. Real nice flourishes. Hints
at authentic without claiming to be.
Nader: Watered down blues. Not terrible by any means,
but wholly unremarkable.
Other Guy: Review of this band cancelled due to lack
Jenny Queen - Girls Who Cry Need Cake
Bush: Nice slower chick folk-rock. A midwestern Jewel
without the annoying screeching and more soul.
Kerry: Nice Jewel-like voice, but very sweet. She keeps
it rpetty low-key and that's best.
Nader: We get dozens of albums exactly like this each
month. They all sound the same.
Other Guy: Jewel, Sarah McLachlin, Lilith Fair goddess
Kava Kava - Maui
Bush: Uptempo party funk from the U.K. - Colol grooves,
phat beats, funky sounds. Awesome feel-good music..
Kerry: Better disco through technology? It ain't Jeff
Beck, but I guess it works.
Nader: Funky, heavy synth, Brit R&B-Hip Hop dance
Enedina - Enedina
Bush: A dreamier, mellower Fiona Apple, with a relaxing,
Kerry: Smoky voiced chanteuse croons smooth indie-rock
along Fiona Apple lines. Serene, pleasant, beautiful.
Nader: Down periscope. Dive Dive! Mellow vocal jazz-pop
like Norah Jones. So why don't I like it more?
Other Guy: See Jenny Queen review.
This Specific Dream - This Specific Dream
Bush: Instrumental tracks filled with organic sounds
and interesting concepts. Not easy enough for background music..
Kerry: Experimental, jam-bandish... no vocals. Doh! Sounds
like I missed my bus.
Nader: Droning, go nowhere music to listen to while stoned
or bleeding to death in the bathtub.
Other Guy: Music that almost goes somewhere, then doesn't.
Dave DeCastro - Plowing The Clouds
Bush: Dark, sonic rock edging towards experimental walls
of noise VS. bright easy pop.
Kerry: Shoegaze pop, like Greg Strange fronting The Zero
People. Why can't he pirate photshop?
Nader: What exactly is being showcased here? Songwriting?
Singing? Playing? Talented, but is there a point?
Other Guy: I knew we were in trouble when I saw the album
Eric Anders - Songs For Wayward Days
Bush: Excellently produced songs with intelligent approach
to current affairs. Leave out politics, and I'm in!
Kerry: Didn't make me feel anything at all.
Nader: Beads, flowers, wind in the hair... yet, too 80's
to be 70's.
This Song Is A Mess But So Am I - Church Point, LA
Bush: Angst-ridden homemade EBM, huge chip on shoulder.
Some nice music, a bit rough though.
Kerry: The soundtrack for trepenning. Go ahead, let the
evil spirits out, I dare you.
Nader: Dark, interesting expression of the grieving process.
Conceptually interesting, but not very musical. Sad.
Other Guy: This noise is making the dog go bonkers.
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