|As Of Late...|
Just a few recent listens. Not necessarily good ones, either.
Aim and Ignite
A lot of good stuff here. It's impressive how they can make a 4-minute song seem so grandiose in scale. Also, I loved The Format back in the day, so it's nice to see (hear) Nate Ruess back in action.
|2||City of Ships|
Look What God Did to Us
Checked these guys out on an obscure Sputnik rec, actually. Glad I did. I've heard them called a post-metal version of Thrice. Seems accurate, but there's a lot more depth to them than that. These kids is goin' places.
A pretty good album. Not quite as cohesive or strong as Dancing Echoes / Dead Sounds, in my opinion, but still worthwhile. Sounds a little too much like Incubus for its own good from time to time, though.
My first album from Ms. Spektor. It's fantastic. Don't know what took me so long, honestly.
|5||The Killer and the Star|
The Killer and the Star
Awful. Jesus. Just...awful. I really don't know what Scooter Ward was thinking. I mean, the man has a great (or at the very least distinctive) voice. Using auto-tune on every song doesn't automatically make you "experimental." It makes you obnoxious. Especially when you're backed by cheesy synth strings the overwhelming majority of the time.
Didn't want to end on such a negative note, so here's Moon. I still don't have a physical copy, since apparently they're not available in the U.S., but that's a different issue. Musically, Mansell has crafted yet another remarkably consistent and beautiful score. Not quite on par with The Fountain, but that's a tough act to follow. Do yourself a favor and listen to "Memories (Someone We'll Never Know)" as soon as you can.