Roxy Music – The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982 (Virgin) A few years ago, I named Bryan Ferry’s Olympia release as worthy enough to receive the Roxy Music moniker. The argument went that the Roxy personnel all took part in its creation (including Brian Eno) so why not just used the brand name? I had a … Continue reading Roxy Music – The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982
Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum) Within the first measures of Spiritualized’s eighth album, head Spaceman Jason Pierce continues his journey away from the minimalist leanings that he’s examined for the last pair of records, and back to the orchestrated grandeur of his revered back catalog. While all of that may sound like … Continue reading Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) The most frustrating thing about Japandroids is that there is barely a hint of complexity, and within the first minute or so of any random song of theirs–be it from Post Nothing or their new sophomore effort Celebration Rock–you’ll have these guys completely figured out. Distorted guitars, driving drums, anthemic … Continue reading Japandroids – Celebration Rock
It’s impossible for me to separate The Smiths’ music from my strong personal connection to it. The Smiths were the first band that truly connected me with a world outside of where I had been before. From art, to humor, to the morose, to loneliness and isolation, the music touched me. I came to find … Continue reading The Smiths – Complete
This expatriate Texan earns our first five-star review.