Big Business – Mind The Drift

Big Business Mind The Drift:

Big Business are back and rocking as ever. It seems that they learned a bit while being in the Melvins. Previous Big Business albums had been good, but became repetitive as they went on. Here the tracks all vary enough to keep the listener engaged. The drumming and riffing are top-notch as always. The vocal have improved, with them being able to create great vocal melodies. One of the best rock albums to be put out this year and also the strongest Big Business release yet.

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TV on The Radio-Dear Science

TV on The Radio Dear Science

A well balanced album. TV on The Radio take funk, rock, hip-hop, punk, and even a little shoe-gaze, and make it all their own. Lyrically solid, but the vocal delivery and their seemingly endless supply of cool instrument sounds and production make this disk as kick-ass as it is.

Rating: 14/15 Golden Ages

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead-The Century of Self

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self:

Not my favorite album ever, but you can’t knock these guys for lack of passion or ambition. Every track has epic riffing impassioned vocals and lyrics which take no prisoner. A strong disk overall but the singularity of their musical attack, which probably makes them amazing live, makes it hard to get through the whole album in one go.

Rating: 13/15 tone it down once in awhile points

Cobra Verde-Haven’t Slept All Year

Cobra Verde Haven’t Slept All Year:

Jumping from Garage rock to acoustic balladry to art rock tunes, this album presents a pretty cool listen. The lyrics never stray far from sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but have an appropriate swagger that keeps them enjoyable. Theres nothing unique here, just a quality rock album.

Rating: 12/15 Degrees in popular music studies

High on Fire-Blessed Black Wings

High on Fire Blessed Black Wings:

Metal which takes equal parts from The Melvins and Slayer. Theres a decent amount of filler on this album, but the strong tracks make up for it. The intro track and the title track rank as the two strongest.

Rating: 10/15 demon oriented  lyrics