Kenneth E. Oquist

Born in Minneapolis, MN, moved to Pittsburg, KS in 2002. Interests include, Mac computers, music, sports, ebook reading, and ipod and mp3 players.

Popular Releases: Florence + the Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ and Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’

December 23, 2011
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine’s new release ‘Ceremonials’ (Deluxe Edition) features the song “Heartlines” in a jungle beat form with a mind blowing ambient sound and a bonus acoustic version which is vastly different. This is about the lines on your palm. “Bedroom Hymns” has a killer ambience along with an intriguing beat. “Shake it Out”...
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Cage Rages With ‘Supremacy of Steel’: A Review

December 20, 2011
Cage - Supremacy of Steel

Eye popping album artwork still lives, and the cover of Cage’s new release ‘Supremacy of Steel’ is a fine example. The standout  track “Braindead Woman”, apparently a previously unreleased song now revived, is fast paced, quirky, and excellent Metal. If Metal is dead, Cage doesn’t know or care. Powered with some hot lead guitar, ”Blood Steel”...
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Michael Franks – ‘Objects of Desire’ and Others Reissued

December 17, 2011
Michael Franks - Objects of Desire

Having been unavailable for a long while, the reissue of Michael Franks’ ‘Objects of Desire’ is a welcome surprise. While songs such as “Tahitian Moon” and “Love Duet” have been available for some time, and are spectacular examples of how good this is, they leave you wanting more. Now ‘Objects of Desire’ is here...
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The Black Keys – El Camino: A Review

December 7, 2011
The Black Keys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Just in time for the end of the holiday releases is the latest from the Black Keys — El Camino. “Lonely Boy” is the first single. This is too good to get overlooked by radio. This song has rockin’ guitars, funky drums, and an infectious chorus of background singers bleating...
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Hot Chelle Rae – ‘Whatever’: A Review

December 2, 2011
Hot Chelle Rae - Whatever

“Tonight, Tonight” from Hot Chelle Rae’s new release ‘Whatever’ has been available in several different versions for awhile. It has also been a chart favorite this year. Following in those footsteps could be the match up with New Boyz’ “I Like it Like That”. “Tonight, Tonight” is a great example of rap being good...
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Nickelback – ‘Here and Now’: A Review

November 27, 2011

By Kenneth E. Oquist Starting out this mad rush to the holidays is Nickelback with their latest release ‘Here and Now’. “This Means War” has an “unable to get along” mentality to it. The Pop/Rock of “Lullaby” shows the mass appeal of Nickelback and is just simply a really good song. “Midnight Queen” is...
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Kate Bush – ’50 Words For Snow’: A Review

November 26, 2011
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow

By Kenneth E. Oquist You know you are in for a treat when the shortest song from Kate Bush on her new release ’50 Words For Snow’ is 6:49. That would be the song “Among Angels”. Piano, vocals and strings added on the second half pretty much sum up this track. The title track...
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Miranda Lambert – ‘Four the Record’: A Review

November 19, 2011
Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

The first single off of Miranda Lambert’s new release ‘Four the Record’ has been available for awhile. “Baggage Claim” has a pretty good beat. It is about carrying the load in a relationship. “Fine Tune” is a slow, lazy Country Blues song. I like this one quite a bit. “All Kinds of Kinds” is a...
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Lost Gems: The Delfonics – ‘Sound of Sexy Soul’

November 14, 2011
The Delfonics - The Sound of Sexy Soul

With “Ready or Not Here I Come” only getting to #35 for one week in January 1969, The Delfoncs’ Sound of Sexy Soul is a prime example of an overlooked classic by a largely overlooked artist. Sure there was “Didn’t I” on their self titled release, and “La La Means I Love You” on...
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Toby Keith – ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ Deluxe Edition: A Review

November 7, 2011
Toby Keith - Clancy's Tavern

The first single “Made in America” off of Toby Keith’s new release ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ is a pretty good song that has been out awhile. It has a nice sentiment, but I personally cannot buy all American products. “I Need to Hear a Country Song” finds Toby in need of a Country song, and staying mostly...
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Lou Reed and Metallica – ‘Lulu’: A Review

November 3, 2011
Lou Reed and Metallica - Lulu

By Kenneth E. Oquist The new release from Lou Reed and Metallica ‘Lulu’ is one of the most intriguing collaborations of the year. I think this could be a possible Grammy Awards winner. Ten songs have to be put on two discs. ”Brandenberg Gate” is a song that starts out acoustic then kicks into high gear.”The View”...
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Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger’ Deluxe Edition: A Review

October 27, 2011
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

Just released from Kelly Clarkson: ‘Stronger’. The single “Mr. Know it All” can be heard on her Official website or watch the embedded video below. It is good, but there is a lot better on here than that. “Dark Side”  has a music box sound for the intro. This is a really solid sounding Pop...
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Wilco – The Whole Love: A Review

October 25, 2011
Wilco - The Whole Love

“I Might”  has an old school organ with a good mix of guitar sounds both acoustic and electric. “Sunloathe” starts off beautifully, and building to finish strong. It has nice variety, sounding like three songs in one. “Standing O” has a more Rockin’ sound and the beat is very good. This has an upbeat...
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