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The Throes ~ Two Gallants
The Throes ~ Two Gallants
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 15 Aug 2005
The Violent Femmes are a fondly remembered band for many. With spiky, short and mostly acoustic rock, played primarily by a three piece band, their biggest problem was listenability - a whole album grew to be tough work. Two Gallants, two 21 year olds, who provide all the drums, guitar, vocals and harmonica, fix that in one sweep on their remarkable debut. For anyone who prefers Johnny Cash to punk, this is how the White Stripes should sound, like a less bluesy Black Keys. The sound is raw and exciting, made by two men who've known each other since they were 5 - every move is anticipated, every venture supported by the other. If early Dylan had found himself sitting in the studio with Ryan… Read more
Soft Dangerous Shores ~ Chris Whitley
Soft Dangerous Shores ~ Chris Whitley
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soft, dangerous..., 15 Aug 2005
An artist who debuted with a breathtaking blues soul slant on a slide guitar, and an anguished voice, Whitley has spent the intervening 15 years or so perfecting and modernising his technique. With turns through electronica, rock and stripped down blues on albums since the debut, Living With The Law, the maturity found on Soft Dangerous Shores is compelling and entrancing. Moods are set up and maintained deliciously, with a sweetly dangerous edge of menace from the Dobro guitar. The resonant metallic tone of that guitar underpins each song, but these songs are as far from traditional blues structures as it is possible to imagine. This is serious music - no humour or good times are on… Read more
Ta Det Lugnt ~ Dungen
Ta Det Lugnt ~ Dungen
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 15 Aug 2005
Where to even start with this album, sung entirely in Swedish, and melding The Who, The Beatles, The Mars Volta, Pink Floyd, and maybe, just maybe a bit of Deep Purple too? With trowelled-on synth organ, screaming guitars, and a host of melodies that would make The Byrds happy, you won't care in the slightest that you don't know what on earth they're singing about. This album argues for classification as prog rock, or as psych-pop, or some other made-up term, but just when you think you've got it pinned down, the album twists away like a slippery fish - herring perhaps? Instead, it is a journey full of adrenaline rush and endorphin joy, like a Fruit and Nut bar consumed on an Alton Towers… Read more