Neil Finn: Out Of Silence [Album Review]
Oct19

Neil Finn: Out Of Silence [Album Review]

Neil Finn Out Of Silence Lester Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Neil Finn, late of Crowded House and Split Enz, delivers mature, intimate pop sounds focused by piano and an orchestra. Album Review: Face to face with terrorism, whether of the international kind that generates so much of the news and dialogue these days, or of the much more personal sort that arises from the way we mistreat one another in our daily lives,...

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Beck: Colors [Album Review]
Oct18

Beck: Colors [Album Review]

Beck Colors Fonograf/Capitol Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Beck knows that we just need a safe place where we can boogie. Album Review: A funny thing happened back in 2015 when Beck won three Grammys for his album Morning Phase, released the previous year; the album picked up the prestigious awards for Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Best Rock Album. Now it’s a common source of frustration among rock,...

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Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy And Single(s) [Album Review]
Oct16

Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy And Single(s) [Album Review]

Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy And Single(s) Bloodshot Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Columbus native, Lydia Loveless combines her 2013 EP, Boy Crazy, with singles and covers recorded through 2015 to deliver her brand of Americana for the first time on CD and vinyl. Album Review: If you’re thinking it hasn’t even been a year since we last heard from Lydia Loveless, you’d be correct. Her last full-length album, Real, arrived late in 2016. To...

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LCD Soundsystem: American Dream [Album Review]
Oct11

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream [Album Review]

LCD Soundsystem American Dream DFA/Columbia Records [2017] Fire Note Says: LCD Soundsystem’s take on the American Dream is far more realistic and delivers on its promises. Album Review: It would be easy to write off LCD Soundsystem, even convenient when you consider that many of their electronic dance tracks can feel repetitive and often run well passed five minutes. And it’s even easier if you gave up dancing about the same time you...

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Richard Thompson: Acoustic Rarities [Album Review]
Oct06

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Rarities [Album Review]

Richard Thompson Acoustic Rarities Beeswing/Proper Records [2017] Fire Note Says: These rare acoustic tracks reveal how deep and diverse are the talents of Richard Thompson. Album Review: Fifteen years or so back, Richard Thompson was touring solo offering up an acoustic concert, a musicological tutorial actually, titled “1000 Years of Popular Music.” It won’t surprise fans who go all the way back to his years with the Fairport...

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