MUSIC REVIEWS

Monsieur JOB Releases Fully Loaded Album

Wasting not one second getting into the lusty beats that will soon shape the narrative for not one but twenty-five of the best songs in their discography, Monsieur Job start up Música Para Mi Madre ready to crush the competition in “Capri.” The rhythm is big and smothering in certain spots, but …

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James Raftery “Tornado” (LP)

James Raftery is loath to let a good song go to waste. He refined and recorded the nine song collection Tornado during the pandemic-prompted lockdown, but the songs first came to life during the writing for 2017’s Everything. These piano-inspired ballads strip away any self-indulgent gloss in favor of functional stylistic flourishes and a thorough …

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Badgertrap “Hope Springs Eternal” (LP)

Badgertrap’s latest album release Hope Springs Eternal is the latest collection from Hal Camplin. The Bristol, UK native plays unique yet oddly familiar punk-inspired material but there’s a surprising idiosyncratic edge distinguishing his songs as well. It’s the project’s sixth album since Camplin first debuted in 2009. The rapid and continuing evolution …

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Chesca “Feel the Breeze” (LP) 

Chesca made some pretty big waves with her single “Crocodile Tears” earlier this year, and in her new album Feel the Breeze, she brings the aesthetical concept behind the aforementioned track to a feature-length unlike any other I’ve heard in 2021. Rather than skewing simple pop with an unreal knack for …

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Gigi Vega “Down Crazy” (SINGLE)

For the first couple of bars in Gigi Vega’s “Down Crazy,” west coast trap and retro g-funk conceptualism seems to hang in the air like a stubborn fog over the cosmopolitan city lights of early morning, but the fierce beat from the percussion is soon to break through the clouds. …

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Annie Minogue Band “Sandbox”

Rousting us awake from a musical mundanity-induced slumber, the Annie Minogue Band’s “Sandbox” slowly but surely starts to fill the air around us with a countrified blues-rock sound that has no equal on the mainstream level this summer. Certainly, it’s been said by quite a few critics before me that …

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Robert Eberle “Where’s My Mind” (EP)

Adulthood has taught me many lessons. Not all of them are pleasant. Looking back on the younger version of me, circa my teenage years, I remember being smarter than the average sixteen year old, definitely more mature, but understand much more now. As smart as I might have been, as …

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Wave 21 “Brace Yourself” (LP)

Although it would at first seem driven more by the acoustic strumming we encounter in its opening bars than palm-muted electric guitar parts, the quiet pulsations of the latter wind up lending a lot of soul to Wave 21’s “Why Does It Happen” that wouldn’t be present in the music here otherwise. …

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