The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]
May22

The National: I Am Easy To Find [Album Review]

The National I Am Easy To Find 4AD [2019] Fire Note Says: If I Am Easy to Find was a debut record, it’d be the best of the year. Album Review: There is a timeline in which, after the release of their breakthrough 2014 record Trouble Will Find Me, The National grew content, decided to avoid musical risks, and abandoned the experimentation that drove them toward indie stardom throughout the 2000s. Fortunately, we’re not on that...

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Keuning: Prismism [Album Review]
Jan31

Keuning: Prismism [Album Review]

Keuning Prismism Pretty Faithful [2019] Fire Note Says: The debut solo record from The Killers’ lead guitarist Dave Keuning is an earnest and fun ‘80s-inspired pop-rock success. Album Review: While promoting Prismism, his surprisingly sweet solo debut, The Killers’ guitarist Dave Keuning lamented of his songs, “I had shown them to the Killers, but they always fell to the bottom of the pile.” If that’s true, it’s a damn shame....

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Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow [Album Review]
Jan28

Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow [Album Review]

Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow Jagjaguwar [2019] Fire Note Says: Remind Me Tomorrow isn’t a total reinvention of the wheel, but it’s a welcome evolution that finds Sharon Van Etten at the top of her game. Album Review: Ever wondered what it would sound like if Arcade Fire and The National teamed up? No? Well, now you don’t have to. Remind Me Tomorrow, the new record from indie rock maven Sharon Van Etten, is a synth-soaked, mid...

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Mercy Union: The Quarry [Album Review]
Nov01

Mercy Union: The Quarry [Album Review]

Mercy Union The Quarry Self-Released [2018] Fire Note Says: How “super” does a supergroup need to be? Album Review: Mercy Union – the joint effort of Jared Hart from The Scandals and Benny Horowitz of The Gaslight Anthem, plus Rocky Catanese and Nick Jorgensen – is a New Jersey punk rock dream collaboration. But unless you’ve followed the Asbury Park boardwalk beat closely for the past decade or so, you’ve likely never heard of these...

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Richard Edwards: Verdugo [Album Review]
Jun07

Richard Edwards: Verdugo [Album Review]

Richard Edwards Verdugo Profound Discomfort [2018] Fire Note Says: Verdugo is a dreamy, free-floating work of moody melodies and emotional release. Album Review: The twelfth song on Richard Edwards’ towering 2017 release Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset is called “Pornographic Teens.” It’s a tune that moves along nicely and showcases Edwards at his moody best, combining swirling synths, lifting vocals and jangly acoustic guitars in a perfect...

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