The pAper chAse Someday This Could All Be Yours prt 1:
Austin Texas’ the pAper chAse are back with the first in a two part follow up to 2006′s Now You Are One of Us. As expected the black humor flows as freely as the blood and gore the lyrics, sometimes sounding like lines from one of the Zodiac Killer’s letters, hint at. Frontman/producer John Congelton’s production work has never sound better, managing to merge the band’s noisy, avant-guard side with it’s catchy indie rock side into a wonderful union. If you’re a fan of indie rock or interesting music then this should be on “albums to buy” list.
Isis Wavering Radiant:
One could not be faulted for thinking of this disc as In The Absence of Truth part 2. That’s not a bad thing either. Rather it seems like the musical ideas that Isis developed on In The Absence have been better realized and executed on this disc. There are still heavy parts with the expected thundering growls, but these are tempered with atmospheric passages and singing. Aaron Turner may not be the best singer ever, but he uses his voice well and it compliments the music. One of the best aspects of the new album is the expanded presence of the keyboards. In previous releases the keyboards seemed to be regulated far back in the mix, but here they are up front like they are live. They even seem to be used as a third guitar. Also Adam Jones stops by on two tracks, which is pretty cool. Over all, an awesome, interesting album worth the purchase.
Kaylan and Sambodhi Prem Cello Cirlces:
Cellos, guitars, keyboards, and various wind instruments drift through these pieces, an album consisting of two musicians taking on various forms of world music. Its a pleasant listen, and these two guys obviously know their stuff. It leans a bit too close to New Age music for my liking, and its unfortunate that some of keyboard lines couldn’t have been played by different instruments. It isn’t without its flaws, but overall this a solid release. Worth picking up for fans of various world music’s and those who want something mellow to relax to.
Rating: 11/15 cellos
AMM Ambient 4:Isolationism:
A unique mix of free jazz, modern classical, and electronic music. This disk is completely improvised, and is extremely pleasant to listen to considering its atonal nature. Piano drums and cello, are augmented by Keith Rowe’s prepared guitar. Rowe plays the guitar by lay it out in front of him and manipulating it with a series of found objects and effects pedals. Though the other musicians play well, and manipulate their instruments in an interesting fashion, Rowe’s sonic palette is immense and overall simply more interesting than his compatriots. A fascinating listen.
Rating: 14/15 electric guitars are still cooler than acoustic instruments points
Cecil Taylor The Dance Project:
Though his technical prowess has diminished slightly due to his age, Taylor’s feel has only gotten better. He can tickle the keys and he can beat them like a hammer, and he knows exactly when to do each.
Rating: 14/15 continued artistic growth points
Bob Dylan Modern Times:
Dylan’s voice and lyrics ring true, over well-played, but unexceptional rock numbers. The real issue here is that Dylan’s backing band never loosen up or take any sudden turns. Other than that this is a fitting addition to Dylan’s legacy.
Rating: 12/15 Name dropping Alicia Keys