Saturday, 20 March 2010

REVIEW: Goldheart Assembly - 'Wolves And Thieves' (Fierce Panda Records)

A strong debut from a fine new band. At the moment every hyped new act usually fall into the electro-alternative or the indie-folk category, and when Goldheart Assembly find theirselves in the latter, they always find a way of taking the song somewhere more exciting, unlike many of their counterparts. Opener 'King Of Rome' (already one of the highlights of 2010) is a hauntingly addictive, opening track full of wonderful harmonies and a fine way to open an impressive album. Elsewhere we get fragile yet uplifting melodies on the powerful lullaby 'Anvil', and the melancholic sigh of 'Last Decade'. Hypnotic traces of folk appear in the darkly infectious 'Hope Hung High' where Beatles-esque harmonies are spread across thunderous 60's pop on the album's most biting moment, and elsewhere other highlights include the excellent 'A Reminder' and the sparkle of the sweet melancholic 'Under The Water', a blissful moment. Meanwhile, the single 'So Long St. Christopher' is a definite grower and a song Pete Doherty would kill to have written. The final two tracks arrive in the form of the epic 'Carnival 4 (The Carrying Song)' and the beautiful haze of 'Boulevards'. Heartfelt, melodic and accomplished, 'Wolves And Thieves' is without a doubt one of 2010's best debuts. 8.2/10

Friday, 19 March 2010

REVIEW: Streetlight Manifesto - '99 Songs of a Revolution Vol 1'

An album of sometimes eclectic covers from ska-punk outfit Streetlight Manifesto. The band's previous albums always featured a couple of amazing tracks but tended to drift off into monotony, and this covers album is no different. Their main problem is a reckless overuse of the brass section, which would be great as an occasional accompaniment to their sound, but is it really necessary when trying to recreate the guitar solo from Radiohead's 'Just' (this track alone lets this album down), or when plastered all over every single track without much imagination applied? However the record has its good points: opener 'Birds Flying Away' is impressive, 'Hell' and 'They Provide The Paint' is where the band's sound truly has an impact, and NOFX's 'Linoleum' is transformed into the sort of lazy day ska that Sublime would've been proud of. 5 or 6 great tracks out of 11... probably would've been better and far more effective as an EP..... 5.9/10

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Track Of The Day: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Conscience Killer'

The latest BRMC album 'Beat The Devil's Tattoo' is the sound of dirty, fierce and hypnotic rock 'n roll music in 2010... If you're looking for a record with BALLS then this is it! Heavy distortion, folk melodies, sleazy blues, shoegazing, and a bag full of awesome tunes ... it's all here.

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