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Neil Leyton / The Betrayal Of The Self

15-Nov-2006 08:09 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
13 Track CD
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike or
Listen Listen to The System Is The System Is The Problem
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There are a few really interesting things about Neil Leyton and his latest album The Betrayal Of The Self, so I have no idea how anyone who writes about music could pass up the opportunity to write about Neil. The first interesting thing is that the music is really quite good. More details on that later, but it's an important point because without that attribute, I wouldn't have discovered these other bits of information. read more (484 words)

Sparklehorse / Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain

01-Nov-2006 12:53 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
12 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Capitol Records Inc. or on MySpace
Listen Listen to Don't Take My Sunshine Away
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Sparklehorse is effectively Mark Linkous, whose last full-length album, It's A Wonderful Life, was released in 2001. Now, just over 5 years later, Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain has been added to the Sparklehorse catalogue, an even longer title than his debut album Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot. Is the title of the new album a reflection of how Linkous felt during the past five years? Since 2001, Linkous admits to getting into a bad state of depression due to a number of factors, including 9/11, that caused him to spend approximately 3 years in a paralysing vortex of nothingness. read more (335 words)

Phoenix / It's Never Been Like That

17-Oct-2006 11:56 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
10 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Virgin Music or on MySpace
Listen Listen to Long Distance Call
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Phoenix is a four-piece band that calls home Versailles, France and It's Never Been Like That is their 3rd full-length studio album. I'll admit now that I haven't had really any exposure to English rock originating in France. In fact, the only other French band I can think of that I listen to is Air, and although I love some of their music, it's not a stretch for me to figure out where they're from. But after grooving my way through It's Never Been Like That for the first time, I was definitely surprised. Not because it is entirely in English, but mostly because I just wasn't expecting it to be my new favourite pop-rock album of 2006. read more (309 words)

TV On The Radio / Return To Cookie Mountain

26-Sep-2006 08:36 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD + 3 Extra Tracks
Label: Interscope Records or MySpace
Listen Listen to Dirtywhirl
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It's amazing how long you can go without hearing music that is causing such a buzz in the music industry. Critics have been heaping on the praise for TV On The Radio's latest effort Return To Cookie Mountain. And with so many positive reviews, the question needs to be asked: Why haven't I heard this yet? For me, it's been on my list, and I only just got to it. For others, there may be a good reason why you haven't heard TV On The Radio just yet. The music on this 11 track CD is a very unique piece of work, crafted out of experimental beats and sounds, that makes it a challenging listen. And mainstream radio stations don't regularly seek out challenging material. This music challenges current trends in independent and alternative music, and in turn challenges your synapses to the ultimate battle: interesting versus likeable. It can't possibly be both, can it? read more (381 words)

Stefy / The Orange Album

08-Sep-2006 12:35 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Wind-up Records, LLC
Listen Listen to Chelsea
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Out of the blackness, I slowly became conscious to the sounds of a Gary Newman style synthesizer. What am I doing lying on the floor? Why am I drooling? What happened to me? My desk chair is lying on its side next to me. Somehow, yes somehow, I managed to fall out of my chair even though I hadn't been drinking (yet). And... and... what is this music that's playing?!? read more (274 words)

Dearly Beloved / You Are The Jaguar

28-Aug-2006 01:41 am Contributed by: Anonymous Music Reviews
10 Track CD
Label: Kindling Music
© 2006 Kindling Music / Rocket Science or MySpace
Listen Listen to The Butler Routine
Review by: Chris Marley
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Simply put, You Are the Jaguar, the debut album from Toronto’s Dearly Beloved, showcases ten tight, melodic pop songs that are almost all under three and a half minutes. Revelling in familiarity, the opening riff of the first song The Ride sounds like it might have been taken from a Nirvana song like, say, Lounge Act, and then morphs, with background female vocals, into something not dissimilar to what you might find from a recently popular Detroit band like, say, The Von Bondies. read more (195 words)

South / Adventures In The Underground Journey To The Stars

22-Aug-2006 11:03 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
11 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 Young American Recordings, LLC or South on MySpace
Listen Listen to Up Close And Personal
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South is a trio from London, England that have been playing together since 1998. Adventures In The Underground Journey To The Stars is their third full album, and is without doubt their most straight-forward pop effort, in a good and accessible way. The opening track is neither brilliant nor irritating and is filled with easy to take echoing vocals, a fast-tempo beat, and soothing "aaahoooo" background vocals. This track shows some affinity with bands such as Doves, Better Than Ezra, and Snow Patrol. read more (271 words)

The Golden Dogs / Big Eye Little Eye

15-Aug-2006 08:00 am Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
12 Track CD
Label: True North Records
Copyright © 2006 High Romance Music Ltd.
Listen Listen to Strong
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The Golden Dogs second full-length album, Big Eye Little Eye, was released by True North Records today. After seeing them live for the first time when they opened for Cracker last month, I was looking forward to listening to this CD. On stage, I liked almost all of their songs instantly and they are just amazing to watch, but there seems to be a little something lost between the stage performance and this recording. The result is that a few of the tracks end up not being as ear-catching as I expected. But don't stop reading yet because there are a few exceptionally sweet spots spread throughout this album that make it worth returning to for many more listens. read more (537 words)

Tacoma Redd - A Momentary Misfortune

08-Aug-2006 07:14 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
6 Track CD
© 2006 Tacoma Redd or MySpace
Listen Listen to Keep The Light On
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Tacoma Redd is a hard working Toronto-based band that is getting good exposure by playing live shows in support of their recently released 6-track EP entitled A Momentary Misfortune. It's a title that stands out, and for whatever reason, agrees with me. Perhaps it's because the title reminds me of Pink Floyd's album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. And the EP has some good pedigree having been produced by Moe Berg from The Pursuit of Happiness. But despite the interesting title, the strong producer, and even a few of moments of musical finesse, the music on this EP rarely surpasses average. The last track on the EP, Keep The Light On, is the only track that seems to stand out and go beyond the ordinary. read more (273 words)

The Last True Gentlemen / EP

28-Jul-2006 03:30 pm Contributed by: pete Music Reviews
5 Track CD
Copyright © 2006 The Last True Gentlemen
Listen Listen to Haven't You Heard
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The Last True Gentlemen (TLTG) is a three piece Toronto-based band that has been playing together for over two years now. In June they released a self-titled, 5 track EP consisting of studio recorded rock music to pull some attention toward their band, and mostly likely to use as a tool to shop around for a record contract. Taken as a whole, this EP shows influences of 90's Alternative Rock, a hint of late 60's rock, a dose of jam-band, and contains at least four catchy, almost familiar melodies. read more (389 words)