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”

Goo Goo Dolls’ “Hold Me Up” (1990) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Originally posted 2010-12-05 23:26:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Goo Goo Dolls’ Hold Me Up (1990) – MAYBE

Hold Me Up (Goo Goo Dolls, 1990)

Hold Me Up (Goo Goo Dolls, 1990)

(October 16, 1990)

Review:

The epitome of a three star album: not a masterpiece, but a solid collection of raw yet concise, grungy rock tracks that are energetic and enjoyable — Takac and Rzeznik splitting lead vocal duties and even sharing a duet is a dynamic arrangement.

Top Two Tracks:

“Two Days in February” & “Laughing”

Interpol’s “Interpol” (2010) – YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Originally posted 2011-01-05 10:30:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Interpol’s Interpol (2010) – NO

Interpol (Interpol, 2010)

Interpol (Interpol, 2010)

(September 7, 2010)

Review:

Interpol sounds like U2 and Dave Matthews organized a melancholy orgy in Radiohead’s basement.

Top Two Tracks:

“Summer Well”

Shawn Mullins’ “Light You Up” (2010) – YES, NO, MAYBE SO?

Originally posted 2011-01-04 12:00:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shawn Mullins’ Light You Up (2010) – MAYBE

Light You Up (Shawn Mullins, 2010)

Light You Up (Shawn Mullins, 2010)

(October 12, 2010)

Review:

Mullins is a distinctive songwriter, steeped in tradition but indisputably original, and he assembles a keenly woven set of tracks in Light You Up — still, there is something tauntingly brief about Matthew Sweet’s appearance on “California.”  (You petered out after your debut, so mull it over: an electric Thorns album would be sweet!)

Top Two Tracks:

“California” & “The Ghost of Johnny Cash”