Monthly Archive:: October 2009

Coming Attractions

The first week in November will be a busy one here. Look for these reviews: Deep Sea Blues, the new Robert Mugge documentary about the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Cosmic Egg, the brand-new album from Wolfmother The latest album from Reigning Sound, Love and Curses My Lady Don’t Love My Lady, the new album

Album Review: The Truth – Playground

Here’s something really special. In 1985 I.R.S. records signed British quintet The Truth to a record deal. Their initial full-length is a rare example of disparate elements (in this case, soul and 80s rock) coming together to form a seamless, effective mix. With a sound that combines the best of Northern Soul, elements of Paul

Album Review: Isaac Hayes – Shaft Soundtrack

It’s no small feat to successfully convey story and emotion through music. It’s tougher still to do it in an instrumental piece. More difficult than that, even, is to get those messages across within the tight format of soundtrack music; the music has to complement the onscreen visuals and propel the story forward in a

Album Review: Knight Area – Realm of Shadows

How come the most interesting sounds in modern progressive rock are coming from the continent? While the USA has Dream Theater, far more fascinating acts from the UK and Europe are turning out compelling music that flies in the face of “prog is long past its sell-by date” conventional wisdom arguments. The latest case in

Blast From the Past: Julian Lennon – Photograph Smile

Here’s the final of five reviews covering the recorded work of Julian Lennon to date. In 1999 — eight years after his last album Help Yourself — Julian Lennon quietly staged something of a comeback, albeit one than hardly anyone heard. Similar in that sense to Badfinger‘s ill-fated Wish You Were Here, Julian’s Photograph Smile

Album Review: Julian Lennon – Help Yourself

NOTE: In 2009 Noble Rot reissued three of Julian Lennon‘s albums. They didn’t reissue the Valotte debut, nor did the put out a new release of Photograph Smile, Julian’s 1999 album (and arguably the finest work he’s produced). Instead, this new label — in keeping with its reputation for unearthing underappreciated albums from the 80s

Album Review: Julian Lennon – Mr. Jordan

NOTE: In 2009 Noble Rot reissued three of Julian Lennon‘s albums. They didn’t reissue the Valotte debut, nor did the put out a new release of Photograph Smile, Julian’s 1999 album (and arguably the finest work he’s produced). Instead, this new label — in keeping with its reputation for unearthing underappreciated albums from the 80s

Album Review: Julian Lennon – The Secret Value of Daydreaming

NOTE: In 2009 Noble Rot reissued three of Julian Lennon‘s albums. They didn’t reissue the Valotte debut, nor did the put out a new release of Photograph Smile, Julian’s 1999 album (and arguably the finest work he’s produced). Instead, this new label — in keeping with its reputation for unearthing underappreciated albums from the 80s

Blast from the Past: Julian Lennon – Valotte

Note: In October 2009 Noble Rot reissued the second, third and fourth albums by Julian Lennon. While the first and fifth did not see re-release, it made sense to this writer to provide context by reviewing all five in chronological order. When Julian Lennon released Valotte in 1984, a lot of people were surprised. This

Inbox: Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg

Just got an advance of the new Wolfmother album Cosmic Egg, set for release next Tuesday October 27. I’ll check it out and post my thoughts soon. As you might recall, leader Andrew Stockdale parted ways with everyone else in the band (Quit or sacked? Was Humpty pushed or did he fall? Cosmic Egg indeed).