There are so many albums that come out every year, most are bad, some are good and just a few are great. It’s impossible to listen to every album that comes out within a single year, but there are a few whose pervious musical work should garner some excitement for their upcoming releases by music lovers.
Mark Your Calendar For These Albums:
March 9th 2010: Broken Bells, Self-titled Debut
March 16th 2010: The White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights [Live]
March 23rd 2010: Bettie Serveert, Pharmacy of Love
April 9th 2010: Dr. Dog, Shame Shame
April 13th 2010: MGMT, Congratulations
May 4th 2010: New Pornographers, Together
May 18th 2010: Deftones, Diamond Eyes
We are also looking forward to these albums to be released sometime this year:
Arcade Fire, [Title TBA]
Beastie Boyz, [Hot Sauce Committee Part 1]
Blitzen Trapper, [Title TBA]
Fleet Foxes, [Title TBA]
The National, [High Violet]
The Offspring, [Title TBA]
The Strokes, [Title TBA]
Wolf Parade, [Title TBA]
There are few musicians with the influence of David Bowie, he is a living legend. You can say what you will about his more recent contributions to his catalogue but songs like Space Oddity and Heroes are ingrained in the collective consciousness of innumerable people. As a live album A Reality Tour highlights the enduring power of Bowie. Not only has he maintained his ability to perform such high energy performances, unlike so many of his peers, he also still… well… looks like David Bowie. So many other musicians of Bowie’s generation have faded to mere shadows of themselves, skeletal and used up. With this new live album recorded during Bowie’s last tour you get the feeling his music is alive and well. And Bowie still loves to perform, that is clear from this album, with a career that spans over three decades the man still has that spark.
Most of us grew up listening to David Bowie but few have though had the privilege to see him perform live. This album could be as close as most of people will get to a live Bowie performance, hopefully not but for now this live album will do. Lets all indulge in a little hero worship with this one. BOWIE!
Zeus a band based out of Toronto, Ontario has also taken up the technicolour banner of the genre with its debut album Say Us. In it, the band brings this expansive expression of rock to life. With its piano pounding, sternum vibrating base lines along with spin inducing choruses, take the listener on a very vivid auditory journey throughout Say Us. The subtle fuzz added to the guitars is accompanied seamlessly with the albums well placed harmonies delivered by the members of the band.
Say Us is due out February 23rd and if you are a fan of this genre it is a must have and if you are new to it then it is one of the more palatable variations out their, Dr. Dog and Sunset Rubdown (especially the first two album of Sunset Rubdown) take patients and multiple listens to really enjoy. Whereas with Zeus you can jump in right head first and you will never feel like you are in foreign waters.
Never the less, they still evoke that sense of wonder and awe a good band should. Some people can just be a sucker for a band with horns, and face it they have them well placed in this album, the trumpet along with what sounds like a cello complement songs like All You’ve Said & Done. There is also an operatic interlude which comes at the end of the track Hoping & Waiting. It’s either genius or silly, (I’ll let you be the judge of that particular point) as Hoping & Waiting finishes with driving drum progression accompanied by a blaring trumpet you can’t help but like what this band it doing. The only real constant in this album is the voice of lead singer Noel Kelly, the album shifts between more traditional pop rock ballads which you can hear in the track Smokescreens to the more folkie oriented numbers as with the track Fireflies. What constitutes this album as worthwhile is its overall character and tone. Constellations invites you in with an initial sense of familiarity, and escorts you out with a feeling of auditory delight.
The Fieros, a quartet based out of Brooklyn, New York has released an EP under the same title as the band. The band has made some waves with this little EP since its release at the end of January this year, making it onto the coveted (yet sometimes misleading) Indie Spotlight on iTunes. The EP itself lets potential listeners know what the band is about right off the bat. The album art calls to mind a cover from some 60’s music magazine that would feature “The Twist” and the increasing frenzy over this new act called The Beatles. In reality though, what you get from this EP is the previously nonexistent excitement for the full length LP which we should be released soon enough.
But why should you be excited about The Fieros, haven’t we heard their style of music before? The tracks that make up their Self-titled EP are reminiscent of acts like The Caesars, Oasis, and (as more of a contemporary) The Black Box Revolution. That’s just it, The Fieros are a nice taste of something our musical palates are all too ready for, but have gone unsated for far too long. Hopefully, the full length album that they have yet to release will deliver what their EP did, a straightforward alternative rock album, and be album to live up to the anticipation their EP has created for it.