Category: CD Reviews

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Jan. 16

July Talk    July Talk   White Girl Records   Score: A+   The perfect blend of alternative, punk, garage and blues makes up Canadian indie rock band July Talk. Their eponymous debut album...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Dec. 5

Tom Milsom   Organs   Self-released   Score: A+ Each track is unique in its sound, structure, and style. “Take Me Out” has a soft psychedelic feel. “Having Fun” starts as a smooth track,...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Nov. 21

Avril Lavigne   Avril Lavigne   Epic Records   Score: F 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...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Nov. 7

Gavin DeGraw Make a Move RCA Records Score: A+   After being away for two years, Gavin DeGraw has come back with, arguably, some of the best songs he has ever written. DeGraw continues...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Oct. 24

Lorde Pure Heroine Universal Music Group Score: A     Sixteen -year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde’s debut albums, Pure Heroine, was released in Canada in late September. Lorde manages to address some mature themes...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Oct. 10

Rae Spoon My Prairie Home Saved by Music Score: A+   Born and raised in Alberta, singer/songwriter/author Rae Spoon has a unique story to tell about growing up as a queer person in a...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for Sept. 26

Miesha & the Spanks Girls, Like Wolves Saved by Vinyl Score: A   The debut album by local band Miesha & the Spanks, Girls, Like Wolves, fulfils its ferocious namesake with all of its...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for September 12

Big Sean Hall of Fame Getting Our Our Dreams Score: B+   With catchy songs like “Ashley” and “Beware,” featuring Miguel and Lil’ Wayne respectively, Big Sean’s second studio album Hall of Fame is...

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Noise 101: CD Reviews for September 5

Volcano Choir Repave Jagjaguwar Score: A+   Last year, Justin Vernon announced that he was going to take some time away from the incredibly successful Bon Iver. Instead, in between providing samples for Kanye...