Author archives: Nse Ette

Takes you to a strange place

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UK songstress Ellie Goulding burst onto the music scene with her sparkly brand of electro pop. Since then she and Skrillex have become an item and besides adopting a similar haircut to his, they have also collaborated a bit. Her sophomore disc Halcyon features a more mature sound with more pensive and personal lyrics. "Don't Say A Word" opens the album wi[...]

Not Your Kind of People

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It's hard to believe it's been 17 years since Garbage released their eponymous debut. I've loved their singles "1 Crush," "Push It," "Special," "Cherry Lips" and many more. Their latest release Not Your Kind Of People is more of the same melodic Electro Rock with Hip Hop leanings. "Automatic Systematic Habit" (with vocodered vocals), "Big Bright World," [...]

...Like Something From The 80's #aJoyfulNoiseIndeed

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Gossip head more in a Dance/Rock direction on their new album A" Joyful Noise" and the music is as striking as the cover art.   Opening is the sublime and fuzzy "Melody Emergency," followed by the absolutely adorable "Perfect World" with pulsing synths, trilling guitars and Beth Ditto's emotive vocals soaring above it all, like something from [...]

No "Trespassing" on Adam Lambert's Musical Growth

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On his official sophomore album, Adam Lambert appears to have decided on a singular musical direction (unlike his multifaceted debut which I loved, mind you) and that is Dance/Pop with a Rock tinge, with a liberal sprinkling of Michael Jackson-style vocals. Taking no prisoners right from the opening salvo of the stomping "Trespassing" (a Pharrell [...]

Say "Hello Land" To The First Of Four Planned New Albums by Guillemots

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Hello Land! is the first of four planned self-released albums by Guillemots, and it is more of their trademark sound; ornate strings, elfin vocals (by Fyfe Dangerfield), quivery effects, and unexpected time signatures. The songs are largely free-form, making this something to be listened to as a whole, rather than a singles collection. Opening is [...]

A Delightful Reintroduction To Those Who Missed Santigold First Time Out

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Musical chameleon Santigold (formerly Santogold) returns with a sophomore album Master Of My Make-Believe almost as eclectic as her eponymous debut was. Opening is the glitchy "GO!" with shades of M.I.A alternating between cheerleader-style chants and martial beats. "Disparate Youth" is Dubby with keys, strings and bursts of guitar. Continuing in the Dub[...]

I Am Pretty Sure Jack White Is The Best

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It's hard to fathom that Blunderbuss is the prolific Jack White's solo debut. Sonically, it's not far off from his day job; catchy Blues/Garage Rock, though most songs fall in the mellow bracket. Opening cut "Missing Pieces" (with a squealing guitar solo, nice piano riff and the line "I was in the shower so I could not tell my nose was bleeding") is a fi[...]

Beauty & The Beat, Drum Machines Work Overtime On Lamb's Latest Album

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UK Trip Hop/Electronic duo Lamb haven't released an album of new material in eight years. In that time, each developed their creative sides on solo work or side projects. So tender and beautiful as only Lamb had us used to.... 5 is their new album and fifth, and I must say vocalist Lou Rhodes' vocals have gotten softer and more emotive, perh[...]

Ben Harper Proves There Is Such Thing As A Good Mourning

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Last year, Ben Harper teamed up with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur in the supergroup A Fistful of Mercy, a beautiful folky affair. He retreats into solo mode on possibly his best album yet, Give Till It's Gone. "Don't Give Up On Me Now" is Country/Rock and is rather mournful. "I Will Not Be Broken" is an affecting ballad featuring tortured [...]

'Destroyed' But Not Forgotten, Moby Wants To Be The One

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Destroyed continues along the path taken on Moby's last album "Wait For Me" but with dark and light hues sharply contrasted this time. It was apparently recorded while Moby was touring and suffering from insomnia at night. Opening is the ambient instrumental "The Broken Places," and there are many more where that came from; the upbeat "Sevasto[...]

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (Album Review)

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco takes some artistic liberty in naming his third CD Lasers which is an acronym for "love always shines every time, remember to smile." It is the follow-up to 2007's 4 Grammy nominated Lupe Fiasco's The Cool and follows a protracted period of wrangling with his label resulting in a darker angrier record. Opening is the bleak "Letting [...]

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar (Album Review)

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The Joy Formidable are a Welsh trio and their debut The Big Roar is like a sonic assault, from "The Everchanging Spectrum Of A Lie" which opens with dischordant beats giving way to a Garbage-style affair with tumbling and trilling guitars, to the Garage Rock of "The Magnifying Glass." Lead vocalist Ritzy Bryan even channels Shirley Manson in places. "[...]

Cage The Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday (Album Review)

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Cage The Elephant came to my attention thanks to Amazon's recommendation. Opening cut "Always Something" is a skittery/quivery rocker with a nice spoken/rapped section and a whiff of UK Indie band Libertines so I was surprised when I looked up the band and discovered they are from the US. Lead vocalist Matt Shultz recalls Pete Doherty so much on this ult[...]

Duffy - Endlessly (Album Review)

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Endlessly finds Duffy hooking up with the legendary Albert Hammond (understandably), Stuart Price (surprisingly), and Hip Hop collective The Roots on rhythm section. The result is a subtle tweak to her retro Pop/Soul sound, opening with the upbeat synth-driven "My Boy" which still sounds very sixties. Still keeping the tempo up are the ultra catchy "K[...]