mewithoutyou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright!

mewithoutyou It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright:

Mewithoutyou are back with another honest album. What it’s honest about is a little hard to tell. Aaron Weiss’s lyrics have become more obscure, but also remain meaningful. While they all seem to have a religious overtone, one can read more than in each song. Aaron’s voice is powerful and his singing has improved greatly. The band has never sounded tighter nor have they been so musically experimental; dabbling in straight-up indie rock, zydeco music, and other unexpected genres of music. Tubas, xylophones, and even baptist revivalist choirs are heard sprinkled through the album. While on paper this sounds like a mess, but Michael Weiss and the rest of the band are more than capable of pulling this off and making it catchy. This is the best that mewithoutyou has released so far and that’s saying something considering their string of good releases.

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King Crimson-Red

King Crimson Red:

If not for John Wetton this might have been the best album ever. Fripp’s guitar playing and composing is at its heaviest, most lyrical, and most direct.  He flirts with metal, Stravinsky and jazz, but still manages to add something that is definitely him to the mix. Bill Bruford’s drumming is tasteful, but  powerful. Its  just Wetton. His lyrics and vocals are terrible, and his bass playing isn’t anything to write home about either. Worth it for the incredibly powerful instrumentals.

Rating: 11/15 Fallen Angels

Alela Diane-To Be Still

Alela Diane To Be Still:

American folk sung with a powerful voice and featuring beautiful accompaniment. Diane’s lyrics are powerful and emotive. She covers a variety of topics all guaranteed to hit home. Her voice and guitar playing are also exceptional, practically demanding attention. Guest musicians playing mandolin, cello, and fiddle never overplay, and the layered back up vocals do wonders to accentuate important lines. This is a career that will be worth following.

Rating: 14/15 dumbfounded album reviewers