November 8, 2012
Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Reviews, Soul+R&B
Americana, Country, folk, Indie, music, Pebaluna, R&B, records, review, Reviews, Soul
This is one of the most unique albums I’ve heard this year and I mean that in a very good way. Pebaluna is a two person band featuring Lauren Coleman and Matt Embree, it takes elements of indie, folk, soul, country, Americana, and a bit of R&B and throws it together for an incredible ten song album. This is the band’s first album but it sounds like they’ve been at it for a long time. Every song on here is just fucking perfect. With some you get more of above mentioned elements than others so it adds a great mix between the songs. They all flow together and have the same type of sound while having each song be different on its own. This album is the perfect album to just sit back and relax to, if work or some other life bullshit is stressing you out just sit back and hang out with Pebaluna. If you like music from any of the stuff that is comprised for this band I strongly urge you to check this album out, I’m pretty sure this is going on a best of list at the end of the year.
1. All Falling Down
2. No, I Can’t
3. Sister Sara
4. Carny Life
5. Baby, What’s Wrong?
6. Siren Song
9. Please Me
10. Sunshine Lullaby
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November 5, 2012
Music, Reviews, Soul+R&B
Motown, music, Obi Fernandex, Paper + Plastick records, records, reggae, review, Reviews, Soul
Paper + Plastick Records brings us an album by Obi Fernandez. Its reggae and soul music with some pieces of pop, and Motown thrown in. In short this album is great. Every song on here is awesome. It’s mostly straight reggae but there’s plenty of a soul and Motown sound in here that I can’t just call it a reggae album, and because of that it just makes me like it even more. I do like reggae a good amount but the trap of reggae is that sometimes a lot of it can start to sound the same, by adding these extra influences in Obi Fernandez not only guaranties an album that doesn’t get boring at any point it also makes it a gateway for many more people that may have not otherwise been into it. This album is great to put on after a stressful day to just relax to. This is a clear recommendation for people who are into reggae albums but if you’re not but you dig Motown or 1960′s soul I’d say you’re also going to want to check this out.
1. Have You Ever
2. Don’t Turn Away
3. The Color of Your Voice
6. Get You Through
7. Check Your Time
8. Only A Fool
9. Ugly Comes Out
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May 18, 2012
Indie, Music, Reviews, Rock, Soul+R&B
funk, indie rock, music, neybuzz, review, Reviews, Soul
What we’ve got here is San Francisco’s The neyBuzz’s third album entitled rEvolution. I can honestly say The neyBuzz are like nothing else I’ve ever heard before, they blend Soul, funk, Indie in a perfect fusion of music. I’m blown away by the quality of this album on entirely different levels than I have been by anything else I’ve heard before. Not only that but this album flows so well it has a calming effect over you. You can listen to this and be relaxed almost instantly; it’s like a high through your ears. There’s not a lot of vocals on here but the songs that have vocals it slides in perfectly. Anyone into funk, soul, indie, rock, hell pretty much anything needs to check this album out, it’s like nothing you’ve heard before.
2. One For The People
3. Slow Down
4. False Gods & Petty Tyrants
6. Without You
7. Captain Buzzkill
8. It Is What It Is
9. iiWii Reloaded
10. We Are Still Alive
Get Revolution from Amazon HERE
April 28, 2010
Music, Pop Punk, Punk, Reviews, Rock, Soul+R&B
doo wop, music, pop punk, poppunk, punk, records, review, Reviews, The God Damn Doo Wop Band, Traffic Street Records, Vacation Bible School
Traffic Street Records brings us another great split. This time from Vacation Bible School and The God Damn Doo Wop Band. Two bands that sound pretty different but fit pretty well together. The ONLY thing I don’t like about this record is the layout. I hate when a split record alternates bands, drives me nuts. But that’s only a minor complaint. I imagine this is because both bands cover one of the other’s song and both have one original song. This is my introduction to both bands so I apologize in advance for not having a comparison point for the covers.
‘The Swarming’ Great song here, my favorite song by Vacation Bible School on the record, catchy as fuck, kind of a ‘classic’ pop punk sound.
‘Menage a Prom’ Such a classic doo wop sound, as it says in the band name. Don’t let you’re girl see you dancing with another.
‘You’ll Always Be My Girl’ This one has a slightly different tempo than their previous song, and a totally great song, it’s already stuck in my head. It’s got some Whoa oh’s, and it’s about not giving up the girl. A recipe for an excellent song.
‘Leaving Town’ The slowest song on the record, also my favorite song.
1. Vacation Bible School – The Swarming
2. The God Damn Doo Wop Band – Menage a Prom
3. Vacation Bible School – You’ll Always Be My Girl (Vacation Bible School cover)
4. The God Damn Doo Wop Band – Leaving Town (The God Damn Doo Wop Band cover)
March 10, 2009
Music, Reviews, Soul+R&B
Al Green, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jay-Z, Motown, music, R&B, Raphael Saadiq, Soul, Stevie Wonder, The Delfonics, The Four Tops, The Stylistics, The Temptations, The Way I See It, uncle critic
Dr. Emmett Brown must have had a hand is producing this album because it is very capable of time travel. I’m not sure how or where but I think they fitted a flux capacitor on the CD somewhere. Released September 2008 its forty years behind on the times, and this I say as a high compliment. If you just popped this in the CD player and told me it was released in 1968 I would have believed you, no question. The only two things that don’t quite fit in with that old Motown sound is the opening line on “Let’s Take a Walk” (I don’t think they’d allow that back then) and the “Oh Girl [remix]” featuring Jay-Z. Of which the “Oh Girl [remix]” is probably the only partly skippable song on the album, this I blame Jay-Z for. I purchased this CD and it stayed locked solid in my CD player for three days straight, I’ve listened to it non-stop six times in a row and it’s still great. Raphael Saadiq’s fourth studio album and he captures that old Soul, R&B, Motown sound without flaw. If you enjoy Gladys Knight & The Pips, Al Green, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, or Stevie Wonder [whom the album features on a track] this album is all you. Go pick it up, you will not regret it.
1. “Sure Hope You Mean It”
2. “100 Yard Dash”
3. “Keep Marchin’”
4. “Big Easy”
5. “Just One Kiss”
6. “Love That Girl”
8. “Staying In Love”
9. “Oh Girl”
10.”Let’s Take a Walk”
11.”Never Give You Up” (featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ)
13.”Oh Girl (Remix)” (featuring Jay-Z)
Get Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It from Amazon HERE