Posts Tagged ‘ Alternative ’

54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

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February 13, 2012
Adele Wins Grammys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Tony Bennett won for Pop Vocal Traditional and Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse for Pop Vocal Duo/Group also won. This is not a huge surprise. Allison Krause won for Bluegrass and Steve Martin did not. Weird Al Yankovic lost to “Hilarious” by Louis C.K..I guess he wasn’t funny enoughfor Best Comedy Album. Wilco...
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Tim McGraw – ‘Emotional Traffic’: A Review

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January 30, 2012
Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic

Missing the big Christmas music blast wasn’t a bad thing for Tim McGraw. With big name releases being few and far between early in the year, his new release ‘Emotional Traffic’ really stands out. I liked the title of this right away. “Felt Good on My Lips” has an interesting alternative guitar sound. One...
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Wilco – The Whole Love: A Review

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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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Switchfoot – Vice Verses: A Review

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October 11, 2011
Switchfoot - Vice Verses

We are right at the beginning of a busy major release season. I have heard the track “Dark Horses” from Switchfoot’s new release Vice Verses during a football game, so it has received major exposure to a large audience. It’s also an excellent song with nice guitar work. “Selling the News” is an unusual...
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311 – ‘Universal Pulse’: A Review

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July 19, 2011
311 - Universal Pulse

Starting off with the snappy tune “Time Bomb” 311 gets things going right off the bat in a hurry on their new release Universal Pulse. Catchy at the same time, I must say. “Wild Nights” has a tougher guitar sound. I like the variety right from the start. Although short with only eight songs, I...
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Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck it and See’: A Review

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June 10, 2011
Arctic Monkeys - Suck it and See

The latest release from Arctic Monkeys ‘Suck it and See’ starts out with “She’s Thunderstorms”. This is a good song, but the lead guitar is what really makes this one interesting. “Black Treacle” has some intriguing lead guitar and a drum beat that does not disappoint. This is another really strong cut. “Brick by...
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Death Cab For Cutie Releases ‘Codes and Keys’: A Review

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June 2, 2011
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys

Codes and Keys shows the depth and range of styles veteran Alternative artists Death Cab For Cutie are capable of. “Home is a Fire” has some nice ambient synth sounds, a really good lighter beat, and an easy feel good sound to it. The title track has a piano and lilting synth combination and...
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Curb Releases Hank Williams III’s ‘Hillbilly Joker’ Much to His Chagrin

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May 17, 2011
Hank Williams III - Hillbilly Joker

It is obvious on the new release Hillbilly Joker that Hank Williams III is making Steve Earle’s rebellion against Nashville look like kindergarten. This nearly all Punk Rock or Cowpunk recording is easily Hank III’s most radical studio recording. Known for Punk Rock tendencies live, in the past there were country sounds on his...
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Foo Fighters Releases ‘Wasting Light’: A Review

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April 13, 2011
Foo Fighters Releases ‘Wasting Light’: A Review

The Foo Fighters deliver a loud recording with their new release ‘Wasting Light’. No watered down Alternative Rock is to be found here. In fact, diversity is at a minimum. Starting out with “Bridge”, they are roaring like a lion with very little lamb on this release. “Rope” continues with more edgy music proving...
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TV On The Radio’s ‘Nine Types of Light’ Releases April 12th: A Review

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April 10, 2011
TV On The Radio’s ‘Nine Types of Light’ Releases April 12th: A Review

As a fan of  the band TV On The Radio for a few years, I find their new release ‘Nine Types of Light’ intriguing. There is nothing bad here. I would say right out of the box good to go. Four and a half stars all the way. “Caffeinated Consciousness ” has a stabbing keyboard...
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Sum 41 Releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’: A Review

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March 29, 2011
Sum 41 Releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’: A Review

Canada’s Sum 41 releases ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’. The band’s new release starts out with “Reason to Believe”. It has crunchy guitars, booming drums, and a pop piano ending. These songs show a more mature and seasoned Sum 41. The title track “Screaming Bloody Murder” starts out slow to get to a business as usual...
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Radiohead Releases the Electronic ‘The King of Limbs’ March 29th, 2011

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March 27, 2011
Radiohead Releases the Electronic ‘The King of Limbs’ March 29th, 2011

Radiohead’s new release ‘The King of Limbs’ starts out with the dreamy, yet monotonous, “Bloom” featuring ambient vocals. This mostly instrumental improves in the second half of the recording. “Morning Mr. Magpie” has got the bass and beat thing going here big time and heavy handed it is indeed. “Little By Little” is a...
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Panic! at the Disco Releases ‘Vices And Virtues’: A Review

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March 21, 2011
Panic! at the Disco Releases ‘Vices And Virtues’: A Review

Panic! at the Disco’s newest release ’Vices & Virtues’, to be released March 22nd, shows no ill effects from the band being reduced to a duo. Formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, Panic! at the Disco has evolved quite a bit, with a more old school influence showing on these songs. “Trade Mistakes” starts things off...
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