Philip Selway’s “Familial” (2010) – YES, NO, or MAYBE SO

Originally posted 2010-12-21 10:30:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Philip Selway’s Familial (2010) – MAYBE

Familial (Philip Selway, 2010)

Familial (Philip Selway, 2010)

(August 30, 2010)
 
Review:

There is a great deal of potential in these ten hauntingly emotive debut tracks, but Selway simply doesn’t make good on the promise their beautiful sublety suggests.

Top Two Tracks:

“By Some Miracle” & “Falling”

Jimi Hendrix’s “First Rays of the New Rising Sun” (1970/1, 1997) – Yes, No, or Maybe So, Retro

Originally posted 2010-02-17 22:30:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

First Rays of the New Rising Sun (Jimi Hendrix) – MAYBE

Jimi Hendrix's "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" (1970/1, 1997)

Jimi Hendrix's "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" (1970/1, 1997)

(intended for 1970/1, released April 22, 1997))

Review:

Listening to First Rays of the New Rising Sun — this composite of what Hendrix’s fourth studio album may have sounded like — is a bittersweet experience:  it is clearly incomplete, but there is evidence here — tight, upbeat, brilliant evidence — that this could have approached the quality of Are You Experienced!

Top Two Tracks:

“Freedom” & “Night Bird Flying”

Jukebox the Ghost’s “Everything Under the Sun” (2010) – YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Originally posted 2011-01-06 13:16:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Jukebox the Ghost’s Everything Under the Sun (2010) – MAYBE SO

Everything Under The Sun (Jukebox the Ghost, 2010)

Everything Under The Sun (Jukebox the Ghost, 2010)

(September 7, 2010)

Review:

The follow-up to their outstanding debut (Let Live and Let Ghosts), Everything Under the Sun is a catchy, quirky, and dynamic set of piano rock tracks that strongly establish Jukebox the Ghost as a band able to not only write great songs but also assemble clever, meaningful studio albums.

Top Two Tracks:

“Empire” & “The Popular Thing”

Guster’s “Easy Wonderful” (2010) – YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Originally posted 2011-01-07 23:30:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Guster’s Easy Wonderful (2010) – MAYBE

Easy Wonderful (Guster, 2010)

Easy Wonderful (Guster, 2010)

(October 5, 2010)

Review:

The Easy Wonderful CD design is telling: the disc is a vibrant, organic hand-drawn color wheel (see the cover) with a massive “FBI Anti-Piracy Warning” stamped over it; this design — whether the band approved the warning or not — finds Guster, as always, an engaging band with a knack for beautiful songwriting but with too much feeling forced or underwhelming this time around to truly impress alongside their back catalog (i.e. Keep It Together, anyone?).

Top Two Tracks:

“Jesus & Mary” & “Architects & Engineers”