Category: CD Reviews

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Noise 101: CD reviews for April 4

Justin Timerlake The 20/20 Experience RCA Score: A   Justin Timberlake has evolved from boy band sensation to movie star to hit artist, and every time he puts out new work, he defies expectations....

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Noise 101: CD reviews for March 21

Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic JAGJAGUWAR Score: A+   Enter into sweet psychedelia with Foxygen’s second album. It’s like Sam France, half of Foxygen, materialized through a time-space...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Feb. 14

Two Hours Traffic Foolish Blood Bumsteed Records Score: B   Big changes have been going on with Two Hours Traffic since they dropped Territory back in 2009. They dropped guitarist Alec O’Hanley for former...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 31

Boats A Fairway Full of Miners Majestic Triumph Score: B+   Boats’ third album, A Fairway Full of Miners, is sure to inspire emotions of gleeful yet sombre oddness. Mat Klachefsky’s unusually high-pitched voice...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 17

WHY? Mumps, Etc. Anticon Score: A-   It took a long time for Mumps, Etc. to make that final jump from post-production to the public. The album, the fourth from alternative hip hop band...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 7

Alcoves Alcoves Self-released   It’s a rare gem when inert anxiety can be evinced as a tangible tool for contemplating the source of that very anxiety. Mackenzie Keefe’s first self-titled release under the moniker...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Nov. 29

The Avett Brothers The Carpenter Ramseur Records   The Carpenter, the seventh studio album by The Avett Brothers, is a lesson of how a band can evolve to appeal to the masses but still...

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Noise 101 – CD reviews for Nov. 15

The Killers Battle Born Vertigo Record   Following Day and Age, and on the heels of Brandon Flower’s solo work Flamingo, comes Battle Born: an underwhelming album. It’s extremely derivative to say the least....

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Noise 101 – CD reviews for Nov. 1

Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience Sargent House   There are not a lot of bands that create their major label debut with as much confidence and hype as Indian Handcrafts. A duo from Toronto, the...