Chris Cornell-Scream

Chris Cornell Scream:

A pleasant enough radio friendly album. The whole album, was produced by Timbaland, who largely sticks to the pop beats that have become his signature. Cornell’s voice is in good shape, and he sounds more enthusiastic here than on much of his work with Audioslave. He plays the role of pop singer surprisingly well, spitting generic pop lyrics with gusto. Anyone looking for any hint of the vitality in Cornell’s albums with Soundgarden, or even Audioslave’s stronger singles will be disappointed. Anyone looking for a radio friendly dance album, whose vocalist happens to be Chris Cornell, will probably be pretty satisfied.

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Handsome-Furs Face Control

Handsome Furs Face Control:

1980’s worshiping indie-rock. Drum machines and fuzzy guitars provide a backdrop to poetic lyrics, delivered like Bernard Sumner. Not the best thing out there, but it is a fun and danceable record.

Condo Fucks-Fuckbook

Condo Fucks Fuckbook:

Loud, obnoxious, and fuzzed out. The Condo Fucks have produced an album of garage rock covers, so intentionally sloppy it sounds like each member of the band is trying to play a different Kinks song at the same time. Undeniably a blast live, I can’t get through the album in one sitting. Theres no weak tracks, theres just not a whole lot variation going on here. Overall, it a pretty solid release, from a band which must kick ass live.

Extra Golden-Thank You Very Quickly

Extra Golden Thank You Very Quickly:

The funky grooves found on this album, could wake someone from a coma, and get their ass grooving, right there in the hospital. The group consists of an ethno-musicologist some Chicago based musicians and some Kenyan musicians who specialize in a musical style known as benga. The resulting sound reminds me of latter day Talking Heads, but more fluid and jammy. The vocals are enthusiastically chanted, and whether or not the lyrics are good (I don’t have the slightest idea what they’re saying) they are sung amazingly well and with conviction. This album is fun and funky in the best ways possible.

The Graham Bond Organization-Solid Bond

The Graham Bond Organization Solid Bond:

A collection of unreleased tracks from an oft forgotten British rocker. The rock and R&B tunes are strong, often reminiscent of The Band. The instrumental, jazzier tunes aren’t so hot, but they’re not terrible. A solid listen I just wish there were less instrumentals.

Rating: 11/15 rock guys trying to play jazz.

Tom Rush-What I Know

Tom Rush What I Know:

A healthy balance between up-tempo fun folk songs, and mournful country ballads.  Theres an abundance of covers here, but Rush writes songs as well as he interprets them. His guitar playing is reserved but tasteful as is his clear voice and his simple guitar playing. A pleasant record without any dud tracks, but theres nothing here that will blow your mind.

Rating: 11/15 creepy album covers

Mystery Girls-Incontinopia

Mystery Girls Incontinopia:

Garage-rock with a strong blues influence. The singer likes to holler about sex and drugs. Its obvious these guys love what they’re doing, I’m sure live all of these songs hold up. On the album, the non-stop Blues barrage gets a bit tedious, but there aren’t too many weak tracks.

Rating:11/15 Drunkin’ yellins

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