Emperor X: Oversleepers International [Album Review]
Jun21

Emperor X: Oversleepers International [Album Review]

Emperor X Oversleepers International Tiny Engines [2017] Fire Note Says: Offering an up-tempo lyrical tour of politics and contemporary despair, Oversleepers International will bewilder listeners and keep them on their toes with genre-bending arrangements. Album Review: If Conor Oberst had a knack for pop and dropped out of a Political Science PhD. program, he might’ve made Oversleepers International instead of Digital Ash in a...

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Big Thief: Capacity [Album Review]
Jun19

Big Thief: Capacity [Album Review]

Big Thief Capacity Saddle Creek Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Second album from Brooklyn quartet is more varied, more broken, more human. Album Review: After the clamour and scrawl of Big Thief’s debut album, Masterpiece, it might be a surprise to some that they start their follow up album, Capacity, with the track “Pretty Things” with hushed vocals and the muted strum of an acoustic guitar. The sound of the vocals starts off as a...

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R. Ring: Ignite The Rest [Album Review]
Jun15

R. Ring: Ignite The Rest [Album Review]

R. Ring Ignite The Rest SofaBurn Records [2017] Who: Kelley Deal (Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) join forces for their debut LP. Sound: Ignite the Rest is a stunning full length debut from R. Ring. It is so good that I have quit whining about wanting another Breeders LP…almost. TFN Final Take: To be truthful, I still want another Breeders record, but Ignite the Rest makes the wait bearable. Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery...

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Chris Stapleton: From A Room – Volume 1 [Album Review]
Jun08

Chris Stapleton: From A Room – Volume 1 [Album Review]

Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 Mercury Records Nashville [2017] Fire Note Says: Chris Stapleton has arrived just in time to save country music from itself. Album Review: By the time, Chris Stapleton got around to releasing his 2015 solo debut, Traveller, he’d pretty much proved there he was an artist deeply rooted in the outlaw tradition of country music and that there was little that they music required that he had not already...

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CFM: Dichotomy Desaturated [Album Review]
Jun05

CFM: Dichotomy Desaturated [Album Review]

CFM Dichotomy Desaturated In The Red Records [2017] Who: Charles Francis Moothart, aka CFM, continues to branch out on his second solo LP. Sound: Dichotomy Desaturated is a bit of a departure from Moothart’s past work with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin and Fuzz. TFN Final Take: Charles Francis Moothart’s second solo LP as CFM is an excellent sophomore effort. Fans of his past endeavors with Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Fuzz should welcome...

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Various Artists: Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]
May24

Various Artists: Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Deluxe Edition) [Album Review]

Various Artists Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Deluxe Edition) Sony/Legacy Recordings [2017] Fire Note Says: The soundtrack that captured a change – This is the story of grunge. Album Review: There are not many records that capture an era like the Singles Soundtrack. Grunge stormed the scene in 1991 with the explosion of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains leading the way. It was a movement that...

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