Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Since You've Been Gone...

Sorry for the break folks. I've had a hectic couple of weeks between midterms, the hiring push at work for the Summer, and trying to manage some level of personal life, but the good news is, I'm back. Instead of giving my reviews the full attention they deserve, I'm going to introduce a new feature to the blog: 1 minute reviews. Review blurbs on all the albums that I think you should now about from the last few weeks, so without further adieu...
Doom - Born Like This
The man with one too many AKAs has a new one. After MF Doom, Dangerdoom, Supervillain, Madvillain, Viktor Vaughn, Etc. Etc. he is now known only as Doom (at least for this album). Doom brings back his signature flow along with his usual cast of producers (Madlib, J Dilla, and Himself). The album is excellent. Especially worth noting is the Dilla produced "Gazillion Ear".
Doom - Gazillion Ear

Peter, Bjorn & John - Living Thing
For their proper follow up (No, Seaside Rock doesn't count) to their whistle-along break-through album Writer's Block, they try something completely different. Instead of poppy folk, they run through...poppy everything...They play with a lot of electronics, they get boisterous, they get a bit glammy...Sometimes it works, mostly it doesn't. Not that it's bad, it's just not good.
PB&J - Nothing To Worry About

Elvis Perkins in Dearland - S/T
On his 2nd Full Length, Elvis Perkins (Real name, by the way) gives credit to his In Dearland touring band. It's not just a classy move, it also signifies the shift from singer/songwriter to a full band operation. This turns out to be a great move for Elvis. His debut, Ash Wednesday, was great yet inconsistent. Having the band working full time with him has focused him in and shows him as a great all around artist. Let's hope he keeps on this vein, this is a great direction for him.
Elvis Perkins In Dearland - Shampoo

Alright...Business calls, more to come later!

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