Category Archives: rock

Review: Paul McCartney – McCartney

Label: Capitol Released: April 20, 1970 For his first proper solo effort, Paul McCartney chooses to curtail the elaborate arrangements he had indulged in with the Beatles in favor of a more grounded album full of country, folk, blues, boogie and soul. To expect a solo album to meet the standard set by the Beatles (and particularly their finale, Abbey… Read more »

Review: Grinderman

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Label: Anti Released: April 10, 2007 Some bands use rhythm. Some bands use melody. Grinderman uses insanity. Much of Nick Cave’s latest project has to be some of the darkest, most desolate music since Suicide’s debut 30 years ago. Unlike Suicide though, Grinderman has a more organic approach with traditional intruments and a definite feel of improvisation. While it might… Read more »

Discography: U2 – European Period

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Achtung Baby (1991)Admittedly, this album took a little time to grow on me. It was a shock. Even though there was four years between their last proper album and Achtung Baby, I certainly had no idea that the band had spent that time completely reinventing themselves. Once I got past that though, it quickly became clear that this album was… Read more »

Discography: U2 – American Period

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The Unforgettable Fire (1984)This album still has some elements of the Irish period remaining, making it somewhat of a transitional album. Still, the bigger sound courtesy of the Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois production team and the heavily American-focused lyrical themes land this one more firmly in U2’s American period. The well-known “A Sort of Homecoming” and “Pride (in the Name of… Read more »

Discography: U2 – Irish Period

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Boy (1980)Everything was already in place for greatness. A few years before, guitarists everywhere were floored by what Eddie van Halen was doing, but it seems that no one noticed the Edge doing something every bit as innovative. The difference is that the Edge didn’t have to carry his band. His playing was no more nor less than the song… Read more »

I don’t have faith in Rush…

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On Rush’s new album, Snakes & Arrows, they have a song called “Faithless.” It’s a bit of light fare typical of their output over the last 20 years, not particularly good and not particularly bad. It contains the following lines: I don’t have faith in faithI don’t believe in beliefYou can call me faithlessI still cling to hopeAnd I believe… Read more »