No problems in Popular Problems: At age 80, Leonard Cohen is on top of his game (Album Review)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Album: Popular Problems Artist: Leonard Cohen Label: Columbia Genre: Folk Year: 2014 Grade: A+ Over 46 years after the release of his debut album, Leonard Cohen, at age 80, has released one of the best albums of his career. Popular Problems colours powerful reflections on personal struggle, love, and the fate of humankind with evocative […]

 

New Alt-J doesn’t quite live up to debut, but satisfying nonetheless (Album Review)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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Artist: Alt-J Album: This Is All Yours Label: Infectious Records Genre: Indie Pop/Electronica Year: 2014 Grade: B- The enigmatic Leeds outfit Alt-J have delivered on the follow-up to their Mercury Prize winning 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave. This is All Yours is a fantastical record true to the mystique of their unique, subdued sound. The […]

 

Album Review: High Noon (Arkells)

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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Artist: Arkells Label: Dine Alone Records Genre: Indie Rock Year: 2014 Grade: B Hamilton’s hot shots are back again with an album that is very much in keeping with their trademark loud, Motown-influenced brand of rock. As political and edgy as it is catchy and innocent, High Noon proves that Arkells still have a lot […]

 

Vegas Lounge Lizard – Three Thousand Realms

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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Artist: Vegas Lounge Lizard Album: Three Thousand Realms Label: Indie Genre: Alternative Rock Year: 2014 Grade: A I have been familiar with local band Vegas Lounge Lizard almost since their beginning. It amazes me how much they have grown as a group. Their first full-length album, Three Thousand Realms, has more than exceeded my expectations. Although I have […]

 

Waterfront Fire – Self Titled

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Artist: Waterfront Fire Album: Self-Titled Label: Indie Genre: Rock Rating: B In retrospect, we often find something special in a band’s first recordings. Sometime later, they may hold some influence over our present considerations of their work. It could be that we are provided with an insight into just how much their sound has changed […]

 

Harlan Pepper – Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Artist: Harlan Pepper Album: Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest Label: Six Shooter Records Genre: Folk Year: 2014 Grade: B- The worst thing about Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest isn’t anything it does, but everything it fails to accomplish. The latest album from the Hamilton, Ontario […]

 

Carleton Stone – Draws Blood

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
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Artist: Carleton Stone Album: Draws Blood Label: GroundSwell Music Genre: Folk/Rock Rating: C By David Maher Carleton Stone is hard to pin down. The Cape Breton artist has worked with two major names in Canadian music, Howie Beck and Jason Collett, to produce his third album. Draws Blood is something of an exploration of the […]

 

AndrewLIVE – Live from the 32 Floor

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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Artist: AndrewLIVE Album: Live from the 32 Floor Label: Independent Genre: Hip-Hop Rating: B AndrewLive can sing. Boy, can he sing. His voice is clear, crisp, fluid, and he uses it to great effect on Live from the 32 Floor, his first solo release. His incredible voice is complimented by the musicianship and programming of […]

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire album was released on November 19, 2013 to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The album features a plethora of bands and artists including Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, of Monsters and Men, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few. The album is a fantastic mix of […]

 

Lady Gaga – Artpop

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Artpop was released on November 6, 2013. It is the fourth album by Lady Gaga. “Applause” and “Do what you want” have been released as the promotional songs for the album. I was not sure how I felt about the album when I first listened to it. There were some songs I immediately liked such […]