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Ultraviolence ~ Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence ~ Lana Del Rey
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lana's Redemption, June 17 2014
I could go into a lengthy essay about Lana Del Rey's back story, but I'll just say upfront that Lana has made one of the best albums of 2014. This one could go the distance at the Grammys next year.

Vocally, melodically and sonically, "Ultraviolence" is a winner. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced nearly every track. His decision to have Del Rey sing live, accompanied by a seven-piece band, was a master stroke. The alchemy of Lana and the studio band is palpable. She's never sounded better.

Auerbach's production choices complement but never overwhelm the songs, although reverb is used a bit too liberally in places.

The songs are stately ("Black… Read more
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