Peter Hill

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,269
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (228 of 274)
Location: Waterville Ireland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,269 - Total Helpful Votes: 228 of 274
American Weekend ~ Waxahatchee
American Weekend ~ Waxahatchee
I first came across Waxahatchee on their second album 'Cerulaen Salt' which i really loved, so i was looking forward to hearing this, their debut.
It was a bit surprising on first play as this is Katie purely on her own with just a strummed acoustic guitar (and piano on the final track). Hearing her sing in a mostly hushed tone without her backing band felt like a very intimate/personal intrusion.
Initially the songs sounded quite "samey" but they bloom (albeit in a somewhat downbeat way) with repeated plays. The lyrics are definitely angst ridden e.g "take my word for it, i'm not worth it", "i will swallow up all my guilt with little pills and forge my chin up", "you will hurt… Read more
Careers ~ Beverly
Careers ~ Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Career high, 13 Aug 2014
Having most of Frankie Rose's previous albums this purchase was a "no brainer" but at the same time I was wondering what effect the new duet with Drew Citron would sound like?
Well if you're familiar with Frankie's earlier work you have nothing to worry about as she still sings in her gorgeous dreamy voice and the songs are all very catchy.
The difference though (and it's a good one) is that Drew adds a great scuzzy/deep guitar sound to the music and it's a perfect combination.
On the opener there are some lovely bursts of that guitar and it reminded me of The Breeders and the opening riff on the second track 'honey do' is equally wonderful. Frankie pounds her drums… Read more
The Water Road ~ Thieves' Kitchen
The Water Road ~ Thieves' Kitchen
4.0 out of 5 stars Fish out of water, 8 Aug 2014
Being a prog rock fan of the 70s and trying to find some more recent examples of the genre, this one was recommended to me by a friend.
I'm not sure about it yet.
For pure value for money at 70+ minutes it can't be beaten. It's also definitely prog rock with tracks lasting 21 mins, plenty of time changes and the usual instrumentation. The guitar work is excellent and it has a nice keyboard sound (reminding me of Focus) but it's the vocals I'm having issues with.
Don't get me wrong Amy has a lovely voice. However, it's unusual to have a female vocalist in a prog rock band, except for maybe Curved Air & Renaissance who immediately spring to mind, although the latter I suppose… Read more

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