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New Album Reviews: Fall 2016

Naked and Famous: Simple Forms TNAF’s third release builds upon their previous efforts.  It may not be groundbreaking and definitely has some of the same, but there are without a doubt some killer dance tracks here that continue to show what these guys are capable of.  I’ve always viewed them as a more subdued Passion… Continue reading New Album Reviews: Fall 2016

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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

Jimmy Eat World’s ninth album is arguably its best since 2007’s Chase This Light.  The band has been able to maintain consistency over its 20-plus year history, never removing themselves too much from fan favorite Clarity and breakout hit Bleed American.  However, while their two most recent albums, 2013’s Damage and 2010’s Invented each have a… Continue reading Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

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Album Review: Conor Oberst – Ruminations

The technical 7th solo album by Conor Oberst is just that, solo.  This is Conor singing over mostly acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.  Definitely not as depressing as early Bright Eyes work (see Lifted or Fevers and Mirrors), and not as “folky” as some of his Mystic Valley band stuff and Cassadaga-era Bright Eyes, this is Conor… Continue reading Album Review: Conor Oberst – Ruminations

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Album Review: Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

The Descendents have been dubbed one of the pioneers, if not the pioneers of pop punk, influencing everyone from Green Day and Blink 182, to Lagwagon and the entire Fat Wreck Chords catalog.  While most of the punk scene in the late 70s and early 80s was about screaming, moshing, and flipping off the government,… Continue reading Album Review: Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

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Album Review: Green Day – Revolution Radio

Dookie was probably the first and last album of my generation that was universally “cool.”  Everyone I knew either had it or at least knew about it.  And maybe since I was only in 5th grade at the time, music wasn’t as divisive as if I had been in high school or college during that period (this… Continue reading Album Review: Green Day – Revolution Radio

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Album Review: Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave

Welcome to Taking Back Sunday’s 7th proper release in their 17 years as a band, 3rd since the return of the original lineup, and 2nd on indie/punk label Hopeless Records (known for their Hopelessly Devoted to You and Take Action! compilations).  Technically this album has the most tracks of any TBS album, totaling 12, where… Continue reading Album Review: Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave

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Album Review: Blink 182 – California

We’re falling faster than we can fly Forgotten seconds out on Sunset Drive And I hold on tight But not enough to hold you back – “Home is Such a Lonely Place” So here it is.  7th studio album from Blink 182.  First in 5 years and technically only the third in 15 years.  Tom… Continue reading Album Review: Blink 182 – California