Music Reviews

One of the things I really miss about not having a radio show like I did back in college was just playing all kinds of music and letting other people know about songs, albums or bands that they probably wouldn’t stumble upon. Well this space will be continued to be a spot where I put music reviews up, but I am trying to attempt to keep the reviews mostly “alternative.”

Now that is a relatively loose term, but by alternative I mean something that you aren’t going to hear on your Top 40 format on terrestrial radio. So here it goes, three albums that having been getting heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffle, iMac, MacBook and six-disc CD player in the recent days, months and weeks.

I have included direct links to the iTunes store if anyone is interested in sampling some of the songs and possibly paying to download just one song or the entire album.

The Lumineers – Self Titled

So this album is one I got into from the guys and girls over at www.RadioBDC.com and there are two songs that are getting heavy rotation on their airwaves, but that entire album from front to back to filled with guitar-filled beauty that will warm you the cockles of your heart and vocals that will south your soul during the winter months in New England.

The two songs that are getting much love are “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” and they are amazing songs, that really get me going in the morning. I tend to put on the former right before my run in the morning.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lumineers/id502683755

I got the chance to see Two Door Cinema Club when I went to Bonnaroo and holy crap did they rock. I couldn’t stand their hipster/fedora wearing fans, but I thought they were great live.

Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon

The new album is packed full of synthesizers, and high pitched vocals that I absolutely enjoy most of the time, and the deluxe edition of “The Beacon” includes a second disc that features a 14 live tracks. “Sleep Alone” is the big hit off the radio and is on heavy rotation, but I really liked “Next Year” as well.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beacon-deluxe-version/id542843765

I saw the Avett Brothers at Meadowbrook last fall, and they were amazing live. If you haven’t heard of them, go here and just watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbW08aKDoQ4

The Avett Brothers – Live, Volume 3

They were great live and about two months before the show I picked up “Live, Volume 3” and wow the album just blew me away. My favorite song is probably the live version of “Murder in the City”, but “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” is pretty good too.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-avett-brothers-live-vol.-3/id556034347

So here we go . . .

It’s been a long time coming, but I am trying to get back into radio, and I am trying keep up with new albums. So here are 3 really quick, to the point music reviews, along with the  links to the artist’s pages and available music videos.

Matt Kearney – Young Love

When I first heard about this new artist, I actually got word from my sister (www.kelsiecameron.com)  and she told me that he sounded just like the lead singer of Coldplay. Now that, I can’t argue with, but the music is still amazing. There is a lot of bass and drums, and music really makes me smile when listening to it. It’s great cruising music, and the last song of the album is by far my favorite, an acoustic song titled “Rochester”.

Check out Mr. Kearney’s music at: www.matkearney.com

Here is the music video for Hey Mama: http://www.vevo.com/watch/mat-kearney/hey-mama/USUV71100754

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been making music for more than 15 years, and the new album has the distinctive RHCP that true fans will relish, with some pretty gnarly tracks using different effects and upbeat tempo changes. One of my favorite tracks is “Brandon’s Death Song,” which is a slower melodic track that tells a story through words.

The Foo Fighters have come a long way since the the death of Kurt Cobain, and Wasting Light really goes back their hard core routes. To attempt to get a raw sound on the album, the lead singer Dave Grohl made the decision to record the entire album on tape, and it can be heard lyrically throughout the album. It’s hard to pick a top track on this album, as it’s solid completely through.

The Foo Fighters are playing locally at the Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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