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posted a review of Iris (2) - Awakening. over 13 years ago
Awakening shows the maturing of Reagan's songwriting and it shows how new member Andrew Sega has had a profound impact on this group with his production skills. It also propelled this band more into the spotlight and got them a new European distribution ... See full review
posted a review of Kill Rock Stars. over 13 years ago
This label is responsible for me getting into spoken word as a young punk kid, we're talking Lydia Lunch, Kathleen Hanna, Exene Cervenka, Miranda July, Kathy Acker, and the list goes on and on.. and I should mention Steven Jesse Bernstein that was ... See full review
posted a review of Righteous Babe Records. over 13 years ago
Ani DiFranco started this label up on her own when no A&R person would give her the time of day. She started learning her way around a studio and then she begun to release her own albums as she went out on tour. This was in the late 80s/early 90s. ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Lanegan - Scraps At Midnight. over 13 years ago
This solo album from the Screaming Trees front-man shows not only his great songwriting but his brooding voice which often gets him comparisons with Jim Morrison. This album isn't as loud or distortion heavy as his Screaming Trees songs, but darker and ... See full review
posted a review of VNV Nation - Matter + Form. over 13 years ago
I was skeptical about this album because VNV has released some pretty brilliant albums in the past and I was worried they may slip up and release something subpar... they didn't do that here. What they did do is reinvent themselves somewhat and get ... See full review
posted a review of VNV Nation - Burning Empires (Standing). over 13 years ago
On this limited album they released a version of "Savior" (from Empires) that has Ronan's vocals and I must say that it took an already brilliant song and made it that much more brilliant. This is a must have. Also the slower track "Further" is a ... See full review
posted a review of The Delta 72. over 13 years ago
The Delta 72 are one of those groups that you have to see live, no amount of listening to their cds can give you the same feeling as seeing just one live show. They are funky rock'n'roll badasses. They emit energy on the stage like no other band I've ... See full review
posted a review of Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged. over 13 years ago
This was such a haunting performance. Alice in Chains had performed acoustically before, both live and on album, hence why they chose to open with Nutshell and Brother which were both acoustic on the studio albums. Just like with Nirvana before them, ... See full review
posted a review of Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All / Love Is All Around. over 13 years ago
This was the first 7" I ever bought, it wasn't in '85 when it was released but it wasn't too far after that. I had no idea who Husker Du was, I just liked the cover because it reminded me of the cover of the Rolling Stone's album "Goat's Head Soup"... ... See full review
posted a review of Aerosmith - Pandora's Box. over 13 years ago
If you liked Aerosmith then you bought this boxset, it not only included several Aerosmith classics but also some unreleased tracks... like the few pre-Aerosmith tracks that Steven Tyler recorded, a couple cover tracks, and some bluesy tracks that never ... See full review
posted a review of Deep Purple - Made In Japan. over 13 years ago
The seminal heavy metal band from the 70's... this is one of their best recordings and it is a live recording. The recording of "Sweet Child In Time" is so hypnotic, it just doesn't get any better then this. The keyboard playing on this recording is ... See full review
posted a review of Stromkern - Armageddon. over 13 years ago
Stromkern mixes industrial with a vocal style that is reminiscent of hip-hop... basically he has a quick delivery and the tracks are wordy. He pulls this off brilliantly, it definitely is a change of pace from most industrial released these days. This ... See full review
posted a review of Evil's Toy* - Silvertears. over 13 years ago
This album should've been under the T.O.Y. alias as this was basically what prompted them to change their name to T.O.Y. Basically Evils Toy was industrial and this album was more in the synthpop style... their fans expressed this opinion and they ... See full review
posted a review of Evils Toy - XTC Implant. over 13 years ago
The title track on this album is fantastic, really showed the potential of this group... unfortunately some of the other tracks fall short. Overall though this is probably the best Evils Toy album, it mixes the industrial style with some mild techno and ... See full review
posted a review of Pop Will Eat Itself - Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. over 13 years ago
I always loved this album. For some reason industrial music moved away from this style of mixing the industrial music with techno music and went in another direction, but this is a good example of what it sounded like when they did it right.
posted a review of De/Vision - Two. over 14 years ago
This is such a perfect synthpop album. This is the culmination of all of De/vision's experience making music. You have your moody synthpop tracks ala DM that you've always had with De/vision but they are continuing to impress on the listener their own ... See full review
posted a review of Front 242 - Headhunter 2000. over 14 years ago
This is a great tribute to a great track. The majority of these remixes are good.. and most of them aren't in the same style as the original which shows how far Front 242's influence reached. Owning the vinyl versions would be a good idea too because ... See full review
posted a review of De/Vision - I Regret 2003. over 14 years ago
Well, I disagree with the previous comment about bands releasing previous singles again with updated remixes being a bad idea... I think it is a great idea, it is just unfortunate that these remixes were really horrible. The remix that Jose ... See full review
posted a review of New Concept - Wheel Of Love. over 14 years ago
When this album first came out, it took the scene by storm. Everyone loved it, it showed promise for the new school of synthpop artists that were popping up. They blended multiple styles into the album and the production is top notch. They even had ... See full review
posted a review of Seven Red Seven - Shelter. over 14 years ago
This is one of those absolutely essential (yet out of print) albums that you must have. Seven Red Seven was so unique, they mixed Synthpop and Industrial so perfectly. You have some of the best New Wave/Synthpop tracks in She Won't Dance, You're The ... See full review
posted a review of Everything But The Girl - Amplified Heart. over 14 years ago
Amplified Heart is one of the great album titles, it fits the album perfectly. The "hit" single 'Missing' is actually my least favorite track on here because it pretty much doesn't fit with the style of the rest of the tracks. The rest of the tracks ... See full review
posted a review of De/Vision - Antiquity. over 14 years ago
These are all early tracks that were unreleased and I'm just glad they did get released because they are fantastic. You got great club tracks with Lost In You and If We Should Ignore This. Circulate was pretty popular in the club too but the chorus is ... See full review
posted a review of Ani DiFranco - So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter. over 14 years ago
This album is a very professional sounding live recording complete with crowd participation during certain tracks. This is a great example of what you get at a live Ani DiFranco concert, this one was rather intense with the horn section and the ... See full review
posted a review of Children Within - The Countless Galaxies. over 14 years ago
This album is a sort-of concept album dealing with space, which really cheapens it's appeal. This band does have production talent which is more evident on it's other releases. There is another band, S.P.O.C.K, which is the only synthpop artist that I've ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Lawler - Lights Out 2. over 14 years ago
This mix cd from Steve features his signature tribal style but also features a new electro-house feel in parts which is more reminiscent of an Erick Morillo mix, which I like alot. He includes alot of more underground tracks and doesn't focus too much ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Accession Records Volume One. over 14 years ago
This release is entirely comprised of previously un-released tunes. Track 4 was later released on Cut.Rate.Box's second album and Track 6 was released on a later Haujobb album but other than that I believe it is all exclusive. The two real gems on this ... See full review