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Am ~ Arctic Monkeys
Am ~ Arctic Monkeys
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock With a Fresh Sound, Feb. 13 2014
What a joy it is to hear a rock album with such a fresh sound!

The vocals on Arctic Monkeys' 5th album "AM" are outstanding. Lead singer Alex Turner's deep expressive voice provides an effective counterpoint to his band-mates' falsetto backing vocals. Matt Helders' drums propel the songs forward while Turner spins tales of late-night encounters with femme fatales.

The production is wide-screen - steeped in reverb - with a neo-noir-meets-60s-R&B vibe. "AM" sounds like a Frank Miller novel brought to life, if Phil Spector was working the soundboard.

All but two of the album's 12 tracks are up-tempo. Highlights include "Do I Wanna Know?", "Fireside", "One For… Read more
Reflektor ~ Arcade Fire
Reflektor ~ Arcade Fire
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Arcade Fire returns three years after the release of their Grammy-winning Album of the Year, "The Suburbs" with their new double-disc set "Reflektor" - a sprawling, ambitious work containing 13 tracks.

As you listen to the album, it's evident that Arcade Fire is one of the few modern rock bands that can properly construct a song - in the classic sense - with strong melodic hooks and intelligent lyrics. Like "The Suburbs", this is another 'zeitgeist' album that reflects the spirit of our times.

The sound of this album is unlike any other in the band's catalogue. Thick with bass synths and a fuller drum sound, it sounds huge, and there's a real emphasis on rhythm this… Read more
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop <b>DVD</b> ~ Rodman Flender
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop DVD ~ Rodman Flender
Serious fans of talk-show host Conan O'Brien's humour will really enjoy this DVD that documents the period between O'Brien's loss of "The Tonight Show" and the start of his latest show "Conan", on TBS. Conan, sidekick Andy Richter and O'Brien's writing staff are shown developing a 90-minute show which played in 44 U.S. and Canadian cities in mid-2010. Conan's wife and children make brief appearances, along with comedians Jim Carrey, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Anyone familiar with Conan's staff will enjoy seeing O'Brien's loyal and beautiful assistant Sona, writers Deon Cole, Mike Sweeney and Aaron Bleyeart and producer Jeff Ross. Conan has a relaxed and playful rapport with his… Read more