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)
Answer - Never Too Late EP
Madeline - Led friggin Zeppelin, dude! Great guitar riffs
and tone, kind of been done before though. Condoleeza - Hair metal mania! Led Zeppelin by way
of Black Crowes. You knows they gots tight pants! Hillary - We traded the answer for Chauncey Billups.
The answer is somebody else's problem now. Colin - I could probably tell you which Zeppelin song
they were listening to when they wrote every one of these
Duke - Kingdom Underground
Madeline - Amazing pop record, like Glen Phillips mixed
up with Savage Garden. Crisp, perfect production. Condoleeza - Breathy, hippy soul. Good voice, shitty
electronics. Give me Amos Lee or give me death! Hillary - Remember those three delinquents from Super
Troopers? "Snozzberries"? One of them made a good
album. Colin - This guy probably gets all the chicks he likes...
and rightly so. John Mayer.
Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock
Madeline - Modern psych-rock with intense indie flair.
Other words: can't sing, but sounds like fuzzy Wilco.
Condoleeza - Proto-punk power pop. Utopia, Dictators,
Ian Drury. Very fucking cool.
Hillary - This is already two years old and easily the
winner tonight. Ween-ish.
Colin - Psychedelic take on Cake cool, stupid lyrics,
stops-and-starts, awesome production. Timeless.
Milling Gowns - Diving Bell Shallows
Madeline - Goth-light with beautiful production. Dude
has a nice voice, downbeat and pretty. I like Magnetic Fields,
Condoleeza - If you think Black Tape For A Blue Girl is
the shit something's wrong with you.
Hillary - Sweet Jesus Christ.
Colin - This doesn't sound enough like the correct 4AD
bands. I'm disappointed. Great lyricism.
Points - The Points
Madeline - Really decent pop-punk like The Ramones
without fidelity or originality. Angsty if you're young. Condoleeza - Fuzzy, yet crisp. How they do that? Very
palatable. Ramones simplicity. On the money. Hillary - Driving punk rock. Drives nowhere, does nothing. Colin - Borrows from all the punk greats of the late
70s and early 80s. Heavily and solidly.
Against - Appeal To Reason
Madeline - I also like Bad Religion. And this sounds a lot
like mellow Bad Religion. Condoleeza - Listenable, but punk is reverting to hard
rock. Judas Priest minus guitar solos. Hillary - Super hardcore to the rescue. The insert commands
us to read Howard Zinn so we can be enlightened about how sick
our society is, because that's what we need now. Testify. Colin - These guys make a better Bad Religion than The
Sicilia - Hey Sugar
Madeline - Soulful, bluesy chanteuse with excellent vocal
control sings smoky R'n'B with folky influence. Condoleeza - Dixieland dirges done by Pink. Great arrangements
rendered useless by American Idol vocals. Hillary - Blues, Aguilera, torch music, sirens. Colin - Susan Tedeschi singing Louis Armstrong
nice band, a bit overdone on the gritty voice.
Sutras - Those Are Mountains
Madeline - Smooth, 70's reflective prog rock. Hints of greatness,
cool synths, but overall forgettable. Condoleeza - Can't knock people who want to screw to
this. Not my bag of lounge-pop. Hillary - Seriously. Fuck those guys in Rise Against. Colin - This is what happens when you listen to the crappy
Beatles songs and not the good ones.
- Honour Amongst Chaos
Madeline - One look at the art, you know it's going to rock.
And it does. Heartily. Metaaaaaaaaaaaal! Condoleeza - Jethro Tull on amphetamines. Only a matter
of time before they focus on Christmas music. Hillary - "Folk metal". Tap your feet on the
double-bass pedals to summon a Leprechaun. Colin - So, they're the Dropkick Murphys of metal? I'm
sorry, folk-metal. Nice tin whistle, though. Henry - Reign in clover, south of Dublin, seasons in
Klein Blue - Draw Attention To Themselves
Madeline - The Killers strike! Well-produced jangly pop
with hooks galore and NY attitude. Cool keyboards, too.
Condoleeza - Lighter weight Libertines. Peppy feel, above
Hillary - Strokes, Fratellis, happy. Very good production.
Lead singer sounds a bit like Robert Smith.