Archive for the ‘Album Review’ Category

Album Review:
My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go
By FM Static

By Paul Gibson | April 9th, 2011

{April 5, 2011}

Tooth And Nail

Trevor McNevan is one of those guys that you just have to admire. He has so much going on with various artists performing on plenty of projects and writing and co-writing song after song. In the midst of all that he has 2 bands that are not only signed but chart almost with out fail.

The latest offering from his “side project” band FM Static is a big change from previous efforts, in more ways than one. My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go has more variety in theme and sound than any of their previous 3 efforts and yet every track still has that signature FM Static feel.

The title track opens with some great alterna-rock guitars, ala Hole, or Smashing Pumpkins, and the vocals have a mix of rhythmic delivery and harmonies that could be on a Beach Boys album. It is a less than normal mix of the three,…

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Album Review: The Quota EP
By Eleventyseven

By Paul Gibson | April 3rd, 2011

{April 1, 2011}

Independent

I am convinced that Eleventyseven has to be a love it or hate it band for most people. Pop punk really doesn’t get any more sugary sweet than this, the punk element has been so downplayed, on this album especially, it almost merits just being called pop. Which isn’t altogether bad.

If you have been a fan for the band’s albums since Galactic Conquest, then you should enjoy this ep. It is full of the pop punk guitars, electronic accents, and high pitched harmonies that should make any jr. high, high school, or college girl swoon.

Eleventyseven has an interesting style, if you aren’t familiar with them, think back to popular songs by…

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Album Review: The Mission Field
By Blessid Union Of Souls

By Mike Gibson | March 8th, 2011


{March 1, 2011}
Salvation Road

As some of you may have discovered by now, I measure music by how well it keeps me company. My latest
traveling companion was Blessid Union of Souls. The album, The Mission Field, provided the text of our rural
conversations.

As the flat fields of west Texas rolled by, “Miracles” met the standard for good driving music. The second track
caused me to pause due the change in vocal style. I thought that someone new had jumped in the car! It was
good, but a little…

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Album Review: Ad Astra Per Aspera
By Abandon Kansas

By Paul Gibson | March 3rd, 2011


{March 7, 2011}

Gotee

Abandon Kansas have crafted another piece of indie rock gold with their newest album. Ad Astra Per Aspera, Latin for “through hardships to the stars,” is a fitting title for their debut full-length. The album deals with themes of getting through tough times whether in relationships or with God.

The We’re All Going Somewhere EP was a great introduction to the guys in the band, but this album gives you a more in-depth look into what Abandon Kansas is capable of, moody indie goodness.

The opening track and lead single, “Heaven Come My Way” picks up right where you might expect with a danceable drum beat, great bass line, and of course their signature…

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Album Review: The Light Sides
By Hawk Nelson

By Paul Gibson | February 25th, 2011

[February 8, 2011]

Tooth And Nail

Hawk Nelson‘s latest release, Crazy Love also comes packaged with The Light Sides, an all acoustic album that re-imagines songs from all four of their previous albums. I think the true fun comes out of the fact that Crazy Love explores new territory for the band in heavier and more aggressive songs, while the Light Sides explores, well, the other end of the spectrum.

For the die-hard Hawk Nelson fan this should be an awesome bonus. For all the rest of you, this will still be pretty cool.

It opens up with a rather daring take on “California.” Stripped down to only vocals and delivered in an acapella glee club style it couldn’t be more different from the original, but yet it still has all the charm and more.

Some songs, in my opinion are even an improvement on the originals, like “Friend Like That,” no much is changed in the song except the obvious acoustic guitars, but I like this version better.

“Zero” has an almost classic…

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Album Review: The House Always Wins
By Heath McNease

By Paul Gibson | February 23rd, 2011


{February 22, 2011}

7 Spin Records

I have had the hardest time getting a solid opinion on this album. I love Heath McNease, the hip-hop artist, because of his wit, sarcasm and satire. I even love McNease with his more singer song-writer side that he displayed on Welcome To The Gun Show. The House Always Wins is not a total departure from his previous signer-song writer stint on Shine or even from some of the songs on Gun Show, but yet it feels different.

I think the main change is that most of the songs take themselves more seriously. Kind of like having Will Ferrell playing a completely serious role in a movie, it’s just hard to get used to.

Now that I have qualified my opinion. I like the album; it has a Jason Mraz/Jack Johnson feel that is easy…

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Album Review: This Is Me By Trini

By Paul Gibson | February 16th, 2011

{February 1, 2011}

Fadacy Music

Trini has her strengths; she has a great ability to flow and belt out a tune with a powerful voice. The production on this album has a cool edge to it with plenty of beats and synths giving it a fun feel with a hip-hop/pop/dance feel.

Overall this album feels like it is going after the same style that is currently being made popular by Ke$ha on pop radio everywhere with a splash of R&B. But replace the cheesy lyrics about drinking and partying with and replace them with…

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Album Review: Times Have Changed EP#1
By After Edmund

By Paul Gibson | February 11th, 2011

{January 31, 2011}

Independent

After Edmund is one of those bands that seems to get great recognition from the industry people but not necessarily the success that bands hope will accompany it. This album, while short in length, 20 minutes, it is big on sound. With more of an electronic/futuristic flavor than their debut Hello and less of a disco flavor than Spaceships And Submarines, this album finds a great balance.

The first track and lead single off of The Times Have Changed, “Dance Like You’re From The Future,” has a futuristic vibe to it. I know, duh right? Think a missing track off of Dance Or Die by Family Force 5, with more rock and less urban undertones. Also, if you’re a fan, then you’ll notice this song also appeared on the Spaceships And Submarines album. This version has a fuller sound with an improved mix.

“Human Nature” has a heavier vibe than…

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Album Review: Crazy Love
By Hawk Nelson

By Paul Gibson | February 9th, 2011

{February 08, 2011}

Tooth And Nail

Hawk Nelson has a track record for success that many bands fall short of these days. Despite the fact that I thought they would turn out to be just another pop-punk band they have proved to be so much more.

With the help of rock/pop aficionado Ian Eskelin these guys shine like never before on Crazy Love. Despite a cover that might make you think they are going for the ultimate sell-out/commercial/mom-pleasing rock ever this album truly rocks.

Songs like “Skeleton” and “LAX” show a more aggressive and even heavy side of Hawk Nelson that I never thought I would see. Yes there is screaming. Think “Fist Full Of Sand” by Five Iron Frenzy.

Eskelin’s influence also seems to have brought out a…

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Album Review: Until We Have Faces
By Red

By Paul Anthony | January 31st, 2011

{February 1, 2011}

Essential

An artist in any field walks a fine line between stagnation and experimentation.

Experiment too much, and your fans berate you for selling out or betraying your roots. Stay the same for too long and you get stale.

It seems the hard rock band Red is at a similar crossroads now that their third album, Until We Have Faces, largely continues the successful formula of its first two releases.

Grungy in places and melodic in others, there is little on this new album that distinguishes it from End of Silence or Innocence and Instinct, the debut album and its successor that catapulted Red to preeminence in the Christian rock scene. And that’s both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand, the formula obviously works for the band; the album is very good, and fans of Red’s work thus far will not be disappointed. On the other hand, …

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