Album Reviews

CHECK OUT THE ALBUMS THAT HAVE LEFT MR. H WITH PERMANENT HEARING LOSS IN HIS LEFT EAR, BUT A SONG IN HIS HEART.

The New Abnormal

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes are a band that debuted in 2001 and quickly rose to international fame. But here in 2020 are a group of 40-year-old men putting out albums that barely make a...
Trust the River

Sparta: Trust the River

From the ashes of At the Drive-In came Sparta. An odd moniker for a band from El Paso. I figured Alamo would be more apt, but no need to be retro controversial, I suppose...
Saint Cloud

Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud

I listen to Waxahatchee and I'm confused. This album, Saint Cloud, has this kind of adult contemporary, singer-songwriter type thing. Like a more traditional Sheryl Crow...
Melee

Dogleg: Melee

I seem to complain constantly about the lack of energy in modern rock music. The lack of drive and, quite frankly, anger. After all, that's why the youth start rock bands...
American Water

Silver Jews: American Water

The tragic death of David Berman in 2019 didn't really change my mind about Silver Jews, it just reinforced it. This album, American Water, is one that I've gone back to...
Have We Met

Destroyer: Have We Met

Destroyer is almost an idea more than it is a band. It's a thing that lives inside Dan Bejar's head. It makes almost no sense when you pull back from it, and almost less...
Listen Like Thieves

INXS: Listen Like Thieves

Like almost everyone else who first came across this band, I thought they were called “Inks.” To be fair, though, my seventh grade brain hadn’t fully formed when I saw...
Speed Kills

Chubby & the Gang: Speed Kills

This cover reminds me of both Doggystyle and Short Dog's in the House meets R. Crumb, but Chubby is no hip-hop star. Nor is he a dog. In fact, Chubby’s name isn’t even...
Thin Mind

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind

There was a time when Wolf Parade was “challenging” music. But it seems the owners of that tradition have spun that mantle off to side projects and personal quibbles. Or...
Marigold

Pinegrove: Marigold

Pinegrove is a band from Montclair, New Jersey that sounds distinctly like they’re not from New Jersey. They do retain some of that classic emo flavor from the state...
A Distant Call

Sheer Mag: A Distant Call

That is some old school album cover art. I can't decide if it's bad or good, but I like what it's putting out there. It feels like a real cover from the 70s hard rock...
uknowhatimsayin

Danny Brown: uknowhatimsayin¿

Danny Brown is like 2010’s version of Funkdoobiest mixed with like Ol' Dirty Bastard on acid. I was enamored with him when I first heard his insane “Stoned is the way of the...
It's Real

Ex Hex: It’s Real

I don't know much about Pat Benatar other than the fact she was a style icon. And played some 80s rock tunes that stylized power chords and put some ballz into the genre...