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Comfort Eagle ~ Cake
Comfort Eagle ~ Cake
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Cake, 2 Jan 2007
Cake have been close to creating their perfect record a few times over. Fashion Nugget and Prolonging The Magic had some superb indie-pop on them. The problem was that alongside great stuff like Friend Is A Four Letter Word or Never There were songs that simply didn't do too much. And with John McCrea's deadpan monotone delivery songs could meld into one another creating a melody that sounded much the same as the last song. So it's a pleasant surprise that Comfort Eagle doesn't have a bum note on it. It's everything McCrea has promised and more. Short Skirt/Long Jacket sounds like vintage Beck. The title track is a superb grooving rocker with perfectly pitched horns and echoed vocals. Long… Read more
Gimme Fiction ~ Spoon
Gimme Fiction ~ Spoon
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spoon have spent the last decade knocking out some of the finest crafted indie-rock albums you could latch your ears on. From A Series Of Sneaks through Girls Can Tell to Kill The Moonlight they've barely put a foot wrong. And it's against these superb records that Gimme Fiction must be (somewhat) unfairly judged. Fiction is a great record, probably their best album as a whole to date. But compared to the sublime quality of their back catalogue, there's just that tiny something missing to qualify this as a modern classic. As unfair as that is, that's the burden of very high expectation. The difference really is that this works better when listened to as a whole. For example, the first four… Read more
Gold ~ Ryan Adams
Gold ~ Ryan Adams
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Like Silver, 2 Jan 2007
Heartbreaker, Adams' first solo effort, was an astounding piece of alt-country helped enormously by the appearance of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. On Gold Adams steps away from stripped-down folk preferring to showcase his ability to write alt-country tinged Americana in a variety of styles. Heartbreaker, as good as it is, tended to sound samey in parts. Adams intentionally avoids that problem here by creating a tapestry of distinctly American songs. It's also here that Adams tendency to frustrate arises. Firstly, Adams spends so much time imitating his influences you wonder whether he's a genuinely enigmatic songwriter or simply a very accomplished impersonator. It's particularly… Read more