Thursday, November 26, 2009

fun. - Aim and Ignite

If I had to describe this album in one word, "fun." aptly does the job. Loud choruses, crazy vocal and instrumental backings really make this album loud. When I say "loud choruses," I literally mean a choral element punctuates this indie-pop record. Nate Ruess (The Format) leads the charge on your ears, and his tone is familiar, even if the surrounding ambiance is not. It is cool to see established artists push their envelope with side-projects, and this is definitely a serious departure from anything The Format has released so far. The pace is quicker, and the songs are poppy; just what you'd want from a bad named "fun." There is no low-point to this album, it's all uppity and clever. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

1. Be Calm
2. Benson Hedges
3. All The Pretty Girls
4. I Wanna Be The One
5. At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)
6. Light A Roman Candle
7. Walking The Dog
8. Barlights
9. The Gambler
10. Take Your Time (Coming Home)
11. Walking the Dog II (Bonus Track)
12. Take Your Time (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]


Friday, November 20, 2009

Cassino - Kingprince

I actually got into Cassino before I heard about Northstar, and actually used Northstar to fill the gap between Sounds of Salvation and this album. It's folksy and quiet, perfect for relaxing. The whole sound of the album is a little bit brighter than his previous effort, but the tone and message remain the same. For me, that's what's most important: I loved the previous album, and with a few tweaks, Nick Torres has written deeper lyrics and expanded his range of musicianship. The lap guitars and violins are still there, but there is a sense of greater beat and rhythm. And Tyler Odom's fingerpicking has dramatically improved (check out "Debickashaw"). The songs are more on the softer, melancholy-side, but good nonetheless. It's a pleasant listen all-around, perfect for a lazy weekend.

1. Djom
2. Kingprince
3. The Gin War
4. The Ice Factory
5. Maddie Bloom
6. Amelia
7. Cannonball
8. Debickashaw
9. Boomerang
10. Ghost
11. The Levee
12. The River