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Autumn Fallin' ~ Jaymay
Autumn Fallin' ~ Jaymay
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Break-Up Album, 20 Feb 2008
Folk singer Jaymay (Jamie Seerman) has been gradually building a name for herself thanks to the New York open-mic scene. Her voice is soft, warm, and relies on subtle changes of inflection and pitch around a simple base harmony to give her songs colour.

Thematically, Autumn Fallin' concerns itself with the aftermath of a promising relationship that only lasted seven months in the end. Helping to strengthen this sense of one unified theme are recurring references to autumn, New York, song-writing, sketching, and the former lover's blue eyes.

The album's undoubted centrepiece is "You'd Rather Run", which is an epic ten minutes in length. It is a slow-tempo song, which… Read more
Krankenhaus Ep ~ British Sea Power
Krankenhaus Ep ~ British Sea Power
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powering Up, 8 Jan 2008
As a band, British Sea Power has walked down a well-trodden path to date. They began with an ear-catching debut album that built on the sound of celebrated 1980s British guitar bands. This was followed, in 2005, by that great rock n' roll cliché of a "difficult" sophomore album. Now, later on this year, the band will be back with its third full-length offering, Do You Like Rock Music? While that will be the main course, it does come with Krankenhaus?, a five-track entrée that was served up at the end of last year for popular consumption. Indeed, the first two songs on this EP - "Atom" and "Down On The Ground" are also track listed on Do You Like Rock Music?

The… Read more
A Place To Bury Strangers ~ Merle Haggard
A Place To Bury Strangers ~ Merle Haggard
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Eighties, 8 Jan 2008
The first sixteen bars of opening track "Missing You" play the same sequence of notes over and over again and last for no more than 24 seconds. Yet this is long enough for you to already get lost in the dense fog of sonic fuzz that is the motif of this debut album from New York three-piece A Place To Bury Strangers. Moreover, the song also introduces you to Oliver Ackermann's typically bleak, monotone, and indistinct style of singing, as well as his own handmade pedals that are used to alter his guitar's sounds so much.

Indeed, if this first song is the modern day equivalent of Ian Curtis fronting for Jesus & Mary Chain, then the next one, "Don't Think Lover", sees his namesake,… Read more