Don't we need a good Dance-Pop album? This is what we need. They've done it again. Infectious chorus, infectious beats. Makes you wanna dance and sing. (I just wonder why they put "Baby Come Home" as their first song...not representavite and little boring to introduce this album.) Many great songs here: "Keep Your Shoes", "Inevitable", "Year Of Living Dangerously", "Let's Have A Kiki" (So gay, so Drag Queen; love it!), "Shady Love", "Self Control" (O.K., it sounds like Robin S). This album is way beyond my expectations. Pump up the volume!
Saint-Étienne: I love them since their first album "Foxbase Alpha" in 1991. I'm also a big fan of their 1998 "Good Humor" album. I was very anxious and excited to hear this new one. When the first track started I was like "Oh! This is going to be good". Then when I heard the second track I told myself "Ohhhh, I'm not sure anymore". THEN, this third track: another wow! So you see, this is the kind of album. Outstanding songs and so-so songs. It's really good but not equally good all the way.
Her second album was different than her first and this third is different than her first two albums without loosing her identity. I have a huge respect for curious artists like Gardot that does not fear changes. Here she explores Samba, Bossa and Fado her own way. Don't expect her to sing or sound like Amalia Rodrigues or Astrud Gilberto. The instrumentation is beautiful as well as her unique voice.
Could they be influenced by Human League (Looks like "Travelogue" image cover, "Feel Flows" synthetiser)? Could be and it's a good thing. Is it just another hypnotic-electronic band? Maybe. I hear a lot of these sounds lately but, I'm enjoying this album a lot. That's what counts.
I like IDM when there is a melody in it (yes, it's possible), not just chaos. In "Quarrel", the beat is IDM ans the atmospheric guitar sounds like some Ethereal and/or Shoegaze. Will it make my top 10 of the year? No. Is it good? Yes, definitely.
When the first Breakbeat track "Request Denied" began, I was wondering if I was really listening to EL-P. Yes I was! With this new album, EL-P makes quality Hip Hop, sick beats and combines Breakbeat elements to give an album with his own identity, no copycat...he never did anyway! His flow his intense, sincere and right on the beat. One of my favorite Hip Hop album of the year for sure!
What do I think of this fifth studio Garbage album when my favorite is still the first one? Well, not that bad would be my first thought. Some songs are really good (Big Bright World, Felt) and some sounds very Garbage a.k.a. the guitar in "Blood For Poppies" and "Battle In Me". I'm not awed by this album we're been waiting for seven years, but it's good.
She's got a cool jazzy timber in her voice. The music is good Electropop bonbon with some retro-soul touch (Cameo Lover, Good Talent). I'm liking the 80's Synthpop "Warrior", a little different from the rest of the album. Good for ears, good for the soul.
Listening to "Random Friday" is like hearing a story in 9 chapters. It begins with the hypnotic and ambient "Light Control" and progressively the deep bass will make one with the atmospheric trance sound. It ends beautifully with the ambient "Polarity".
Big musical change for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Forget the Neo Psychedelic Rock sound we're used from them, they're now flirting with Worldmusic and boy, it sounds so good! It's got Middle east, India sounds mixted with some 70s Sunshine Pop vibe...oh, and jungle animal sounds, yeah! I definitely like love it.
I wasn't expecting this album to be better than 2008 "Santogold" first album. I was happy to hear that she raised the bar higher to give an album with more adventurous beats, even more catchy and still being; Santigold. Yep, this will end in my 2012 favorites!
I raise my hat to Infected Mushroom; a well established band in the Psychedelic Trance scene for making a drastic move to Dubstep. This is courageous. Do I love the album? No. Do I like it? Yes...but it's just a question of taste because it is well done as usual. My favorite without a doubt (which I love) is "U R So Fucked".
This french duo made the impossible possible. Blending perfertly Metal Grindcore with Electronic elements like Jungle beats or Techno Hardcore beats. Oh yeah, and add some Avant Garde saxophone. Cybergrind from Cyberhell!