Noise 101: CD Reviews for Nov. 21
Lavigne’s fifth studio release is a “teenage dispair” album that’s half-fluff and half-upbeat angst, cleverly ignoring the fact that she’s actually no longer a teen. The irony in the song “Rock n Roll” is sickening: it’s not rock ‘n’ roll by any means, but a sugary-sweet-sounding pop song — much like the rest of the album.
Basically, “Here’s to Never Growing Up” could be Lavigne’s catchphrase.
This album leaves the average listener longing for her “Sk8er Boi” days of 2002. Her half-pipe must have had a really slippery slope to get her to this point.
The only saving grace on this album might actually be that she features her husband, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, on the single, “Let Me Go”… who are more famous for people hating their music.. She also collaborates with Marilyn Manson on the album, and even speaks a little Japanese. But still, try not to get too excited – it’s not worth your time.
— Michelle Vaniersel
Royal Mountain Records
This self-titled album is the first from Ontario punk-rock band Pup, and already they’re turning heads. They have already shared the stage with some pretty big names — see Noise 101 for proof. With Pup’s debut album, it is easy to see why.
From the first track, “Guilt Trip,” to the final “Factories,” this album is pure punk-rock throughout. Each song is backed by in-your-face guitar riffs, aggressive vocals and tons of energy.
Even the slower track, “Yukon” has a jagged edge to it. The first single from the album, “Reservoir,” is easily the highlight of the album. It is everything you want from a solid punk song: lots of speed, anger, and intense energy that come together in the best kind of gritty feel.
This is only the band’s debut album, and if PUP is any indication, this band will be around for some time.
— Becca Paterson
Dine Alone Records
Twin Forks got together in 2011 and is a folk/roots four piece led by frontman Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever. The group was formed by Carrabba during a break from touring with Dashboard Confessional.
The EP – the first official release by the group – is a collection of five tracks with an utterly uplifting vibe. The opening track, “Back to You,” is an upbeat, foot-stomping track reminiscent of a backyard bonfire, and will have you smiling in no time. Even the slower, less grandeur “Cross My Mind” will definitely brighten your day. Rounding out the EP is “Scraping up the Pieces,” a hopeful track about true love.
This EP is perfect for fending off the winter blues without feeling the need to ditch your flannel shirts and knitted toques.
— Becca Paterson