You think you can write music reviews?
Do you want to test the waters and start writing your own?
Do you feel like checking out new music often?
Well this thread is for YOU.
Simple really - submit your own reviews for any albums of your choosing. They can be highly praising or ultimately scathing. Basically, I'd like this thread to be a resource for people to check out music they might be unfamiliar with.
I know this is eerily similar to i$e's music megapost, but that thread hasn't been updated in a few months, so this could be seen as a continuation of sorts, and this is more of a chance for others to have their say. Get cracking.
Some basic rules...
Reviews shouldn't be too short, or too overly verbose. In other words, no reviews consisting of 'yeah I like dis album its gud' or a volume of text that could struggle to fit in the Wisden Cricketers Almanack. 2-4 paragraphs should be fine.
At the end of each review, give it a rating out of ten.
Over time, this post will be updated with a link to the review and placed in it's own genre. The genres will be split into basic categories of rock / metal / hip hop / pop / RnB / jazz / nu-skiffle (heh) etc.
Try and keep it fresh. In other words, it wouldn't be nice to see seventeen reviews of the same Bruce Springsteen album after a month. If it's been reviewed, try and find something else.
Therapy? are one of those bands who are not quite well known outside of the UK, but they seem to have been around for years. Well, actually they have, over 25 freakin' years to be precise. This album came out way back in 1994 and was seen as the break out album for the Irish mob. Their sound is simple savage metal riffage with a pop sensibility combined with frontman Andy Cairns' caustic dark humour. In other words, a very heavy alternative rock band. The album starts off with the short but sweet riff heavy 'Knives', and continues in the same vein throughout.
The track 'Screamager' is the one that brought Therapy? into the music mainstream for a brief run in the mid 90s, and is a catchy little ditty that will have the chorus lodged in your brain for quite a while. Other highlights are the chug-tastic 'Nowhere', the raging 'Stop It You're Killing Me', and the fist pumping cover of 'Isolation' by Joy Division. From erstwhile metal fans this album may seem too basic, too simple or too generic. Nonsense. This is a gem without a duff track in sight. If you love your music catchier than a fish hook but meaty as fuck with lashings of dark wit, then check this out. 9.5
This is basically gonna be my go-to thread from now on. Very dedicated to reading the reviews on http://sputnikmusic.com, so this suits me well, and also that I would like to base more or less my future career around this.
Haven't written a full-fledged review yet, but the two albums that always stick out in my mind that I'd like to write about are Buckethead - Colma (10/10) or Greg Graffin - American Lesion (7/10).
Really good idea for a thread, it might make the WF music section much less of a bore for me if enough people chime in. I usually do this in the other threads anyway. Admittedly some of my reviews (especially the ones on i$e's website) tend to be a bit long and wordy. I don't put nearly the same amount of time and effort on here that I used to, so length and wording shouldn't be a tough adjustment.
Might as well start with an album I just listened to this morning. I'll try my best to stay within the rules.
Tipper - Forward Escape (2014) Genre: Electronica
Explosive warping glitch-hop beats and wobbling bass galore, this is yet another big production by Tipper. On almost all of his releases, Tipper does a good job of trying new things while perfecting the crispness of the production, and it's no different here. While a bit demanding for first time listeners, it's nice to see him step into his comfort zone by making something different from what most other artists of the genre would consider "safe". Despite all the cleverly positioned bleeps, bloops and glitches, there's carefully crafted song structuring, and melodic chord progression that brings it a step above being mere experimentation. It's strangely relaxing for what it is, and the novelty of the sound is easily adaptable once you familiarise yourself..
Forward Escape might not be as ambitious and groundbreaking as The Seamless Unspeakable Something, or as brilliant as the consistantly engaging Broken Soul Jamboree, but it's a worthy entry to his catalogue, and shows the work of a craftmen evolving by borrowing from these past albums while taking his music in exciting new directions. This album is noticably more downtempo than his last set of EP's that showed off Dave's new equipment. I would only recommended this release if you're an avid listener of electronic music, and if you have decent headphones/soundsystem. If you're not afraid to delve into something a bit unconventional then this might be for you. For my money, it's so much better than the recent influx of Dubstep oversaturating the mainstream market.
The second album from the nu-metal group that has risen to insane levels of popularity (and infamy to some) in the last 14 years, Meteora is important in the development of the story of Linkin Park. A follow up to the Hybrid Theory, one of my favorite albums ever, it was clearly essential to maintaining what they had built in the predecessor. It draws on and expands on Hybrid's "fading into the next song" behavior, nearly happening in every song. While the songs may be good or very good on their own, listening to them together is a great experience with changing of tempos and energy. The record is just as angsty as the last, and Chester and Mike make it sound great. The songs are well written, not too angsty to the point of absurdity, and is relatable and human. Another addition was more of the electronic influence, which along with the hip hop, metal, and alternative elements creates a unique. Bennington's vocals are amazing, especially his screams, which feel authentic. So all in all, this album, after the great debut, lived up to its expectations and exceeded them. A great album that is actually toe to toe with Theory for the band's best album. It is those two albums that made its songs popular for Dragon Ball Z AMVs, which are the way I discovered the band, and to this day, I can still say that they are great. The highlights of this album are "Faint", "Breaking the Habit", "Figure 0.9", and "Numb" (which may be their best song).
**** 3/4 or 9.75
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This is the third album by the Metalcore/pop punk/post-hardcore band A Day To Remember. The album 'Homesick' is the stand out album by far in my opinion at least which has a mixture of some Metalcore, a lot of Pop Rock and even an acoustic song which is a stand out song in the album called "if it means a lot to you". This album is where A Day To Remember started there rise to fame as far as I'm concerned with some amazing hits, I couldn't even single out a song because the album on a whole is just fantastic. The album was released in 2009, five years after the band was formed and you can see by listening to the other albums how far the band has come as a whole. The album itself is a stepping stone for the band because since then they have been on a roller coaster ride of amazing songs/albums and the band have no interest on getting off this ride any time soon. The band recently realised an album called Common Courtesy which takes the band to whole new levels but I'll leave that review for someone else. The lead singer Jeremy has come along way in his vocals when you listen back. Now with with catchy choruses, deep meaning and some amazing drops this is an album all of you should check out.