Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]
Dec06

Lorde: Melodrama [Album Review]

Lorde Melodrama Lava Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Lorde resists contemporary pop conventions and dusts off 80’s vinyl influences to craft one of the strongest and most original pop records of the year. Album Review: Four years ago, the meteoric rise of New Zealand’s Lorde was fueled by the strength of “Royals,” a single that trumpeted the arrival of a confounding, but instantly necessary pop goddess. “Royals” dominated...

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Future Islands: The Far Field [Album Review]
Dec04

Future Islands: The Far Field [Album Review]

Future Islands The Far Field 4AD [2017] Fire Note Says: Somber and spare, The Far Field marks a surprising change in tone for Future Islands. Album Review: Mainstream audiences were first introduced to Future Islands frontman Sean Herring, in all his demon-voiced, swivel-hipped glory, when Future Islands’ played the poppy, charismatic “Seasons (Waiting on You)” on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014. It was the stuff of viral...

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The Menzingers: After The Party [Album Review]
Nov29

The Menzingers: After The Party [Album Review]

The Menzingers After The Party Epitaph Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Bursting with big guitars, sweeping storytelling and endlessly catchy melodies, After the Party is a bold realization that finds The Menzingers’ raising the bar yet again. Album Review: From the crunchy guitars and lightning-fast drums of their debut record A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology to the fat, driving baselines that populate Rented World, it’s...

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The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful [Album Review]
Sep25

The Killers: Wonderful Wonderful [Album Review]

The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Island Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Epitomizing the band behind it, Wonderful Wonderful is grandiose, towering and bound to polarize. Album Review: In a lot of ways, The Killers are the Hillary Clinton of radio rock. Just…hear me out on this. Both have enjoyed wild swings in relevance and popularity during their time in the public eye. Both have been roasted by critics for their serious...

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The Blow: Brand New Abyss [Album Review]
Sep21

The Blow: Brand New Abyss [Album Review]

The Blow Brand New Abyss Self-Released [2017] Fire Note Says: On Brand New Abyss, The Blow submerges listeners in an accessible and confessional sea of synths, secrets and electro vibes. Album Review: When people think of electronic music, they typically don’t think of warm, soft synths, frank monologues and sparse arrangements. But with Brand New Abyss, The Blow sets out to change that, blending patient, deliberate song structures...

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