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Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (24 of 28)
 

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Come Around Sundown ~ Kings of Leon
Come Around Sundown ~ Kings of Leon
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Explain, 19 Mar 2011
I was expecting this album to bring The KOL's music even closer to the easy listening, appealing to the masses, stadium rock anthem groove and it does but:

It's hard to explain but here is where I stand. My favourite album is Because of the Times because it hits the right balance between their raw roots and quality song writing and musicianship. Some songs are off the wall, stripped back, almost experimental and others hit the spot and make you want to hear them over and over. Only By the Night lost some of the spontaneity but gained almost as much by hitting a consistent quality with great tunes so:

This one shouldn't be that good and it isn't, in my opinion it's not… Read more
Live Rust ~ Neil Young
Live Rust ~ Neil Young
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal, 22 Jan 2011
I'll keep it brief:

Acoustic songs connect well with the audience and convey true passion; electric tracks move everything in to a whole new dimension.

Neil Young is seriously underrated as a guitarist. Great slabs of massively overloaded sound and distortion yet somehow he manages to hold it together and keep the songs melodic and lyrical, despite the rush from the power chords. It's hard to explain how those speakers can survive when the raw power of his guitar is unleashed. It's almost out of control, on the edge but still contained, like a caged animal straining to break free. Cortez the Killer is the highlight for me with Neil's electric guitar set on full stun… Read more
The Suburbs [VINYL] ~ Arcade Fire
The Suburbs [VINYL] ~ Arcade Fire
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, 4 Dec 2010
I cannot praise Arcade Fire highly enough. I have been listening to music since the 60s and have a huge record collection but this album is the jewel in the crown. The band's song writing ability and musicianship is astonishingly competent. Somehow the music echoes familiar styles and as a result is very accessible yet the final product is totally unique. There is nothing else out there like it, these guys can pack more ideas in to a single song than most bands manage in a lifetime of recording. One minute you have the jagged cut of a punk guitar and then you're listening to a soaring multilayered chorus all being driven forward by a relentless toe tapping rhythm. The lyrics are very… Read more