Saturday 13 February 2010

Vacation Back Log

One of the few drawbacks of going on vacation is that when you get home you have lots of things that piled up: work at the office, mail, newspapers. And lots of music and albums to check out. So here are some short reviews to enjoy that ended up on my backlog.

Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
The Norwegian band always deliver quality albums and this is definitely no exception. Returning to their hard rock roots the songs sound rough without loosing their psychedelic side. It includes long repeating grooves that put you in that familiar trance combined with nice harmonies and screeming guitar riffs. But that's one ugly album cover!

Tim Knol - Tim Knol (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
Already considered a unique talent before even releasing an album the debut record of the latest addition to the Excelsior label doesn't disappoint. Nice songs with beautiful vocals he prooves to be a talented musician. He is accompanied by Anne Soldaat who is of great added value here.

The Mad Trist - Pay The Piper (Ronald Says 7 out of 10)
Debut album of this new Dutch band with stoner rock inspired songs. Heavy rocking albums of a band with lots of potential.

Hot Chip - One Life Stand (Ronald Says 7 out of 10)
Loosing something of their edge they seem to slow down while their up tempo dance songs work the best. It makes the record unbalanced but still enjoyable especially when they decide it's time to hit the dance floor.

Los Campesinos - Romance Is Boring (Ronald Says 7 out of 10)
With their catchy brit pop tunes it is a fun band and record to listen to but just nothing really special. Hopefully they can come up with a bit more creativity next time.

Vampire Weekend - Contra (Ronald Says 6 out of 10)
Unlike most of the music world I wasn't really impressed with their first album and unlike most of the music world am not fond of this one either. Maybe I'm missing the point but it all doesn't sound so special to me. Then again I also wasn't impressed by their live performance. I guess it's probably me then.

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