Upon first listen this was really, really good, despite that questionable production. Instead of being a punk band with pop tendencies, it's a pop band with punk tendencies and it works. A lot. Check these guys out. Now.
Upon first listen I was so excited about this Rick Barton-led group (of Dropkick Murphys fame), but was a little disappointed with the outcome. It's not that it's bad, but it tries far too hard to be something that it's not. Still, I'll proceed to check out each and every release.
Upon first listen I read had read somewhere that this would be a huge hit had it been released presently as opposed to in 1999. That may be true, but it would also be slammed for sounding like every other mid-'90s emo band.
Upon first listen I had no real expecations, having only heard of the band and never hearing them, but they managed to eclipse expectations. It's not perfect, but there's enough good to go back for more.
Upon first listen I was blown away by this album. I had been keeping up with her most recent releases, but never thinking to go back and see how she got there. Now I wish I hadn't waited so long.
Upon first listen it's a hell of a lot better than X&Y, though that wasn't particularly difficult. It has some excellent tracks on it (Viva La Vida, Violet Hill) and relatively few clunkers, but it's still doesn't manage to come close to AROBTTH or Parachutes. Granted, I've had more time with each of them, but it just doesn't have that same feeling. Still, the album definitely pushes that traditional Coldplay sound and finds the band ripping off more than U2 and Radiohead, opting for bands like My Bloody Valentine and Arcade Fire, both a welcome addition to their cannon.
Upon first listen it's not something I'll listen to as a whole, but it's nice to have some of these songs to listen to. Put into the context of Dylan's whirlwind career, it falls between Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding, almost as if Dylan didn't want anyone to hear him tinker with his new direction.
Upon first listen it is a hell of a lot better than You See Colours, though it's been far too long since I've listened to Faded Seaside Glamour to put it into context. I don't remember, however, them being so 'peppy', 'upbeat' or 'danceable' as they are on this really, really good album.
Upon first listen this album runs the gamut musically, but has a central theme lyrically: political satire. Poking fun at a host of '80s-themed issues it manages to come across as both sincere as well as fun.
Upon first listen it's a really great album in the same way that Modern Times was great for Dylan. No one expects them to put out another My Aim Is True or Highway 61, but is still surprised to listen to this 20 years later.
Beulah - Handsome Western States: Upon first listen I found this album to be very weird. It both fits in and sticks out of the E6 Collective, while appealing to fans of Daniel Johnston, Ben Kweller and Olivia Tremor Control (note: I said 'and").
Upon first listen this EP features four tracks from their then-forthcoming LP and one more. The LP tracks sound great, if a bit unpolished in comparison to their LP counterparts and the extra track didn't graduate to the LP for good reason.
New Found Glory - Tip Of The Iceberg: Upon first listen sometimes you have to
Upon first listen I was a little underwhelmed. Ok, reall underwhelmed. Because I didn't care for Separation Sunday I had low expectations for Boys and Girls in America. Because Boys and Girls was so good, I had high expectations for Stay Positive. So high, they could have never lived up.
Upon first listen it's a lot better than their debut, but doesn't match the latest White Stripes album. Still Jack White and crew provide an extremely solid rock album.
Upon first listen I've liked some of John Reis's other works (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) but can't seem to get into this release of straight ahead garage rock.
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