Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Flyleaf's self titled debut album echoes songs about abuse, neglect, addiction and dysfunction, and messages about overcoming adversity. Take f or example the lyrics from Fully Alive:
Telling layla's story spoken,
About how all her bones are broken,
hammers fall on all the peices,
two months in the cover creases,
Fully alive, more than most
ready to smile and love life.
Fully alive and she knows,
How to believe in futures.
What does 'flyleaf' actually mean? A flyleaf is ablank page at the front of a book. It's a dedication page, the place you write a message to someone you're giving a book to. According to Mosley, that's what their songs are about - a personal message that provide a few moments of clarity before the story begins.
Great album folks!
Friday, November 10, 2006
But anyway, Scarlett Johansson is already said to be working on her debut album, Scarlett Sings Tom Waits. Yes, the singer-songwriter Tom Waits who’s responsible for the hit, Ole '55 which the Eagles covered So, little miss beautiful intends to do a cover album of Tom Waits. It’s not gonna be easy, gal! But if she does cut it, she might as well be the perfect celebrity who can sing, act and seduce the fans!
Friday, November 03, 2006
They've had 3 years of absence and I'll be expecting a whole damn lotta adrenaline rushing songs from them.
Guitarist, Mike Einziger said in an interview with MTV, "...it sounds like 13 different bands playing 13 different songs."
Alright, to some fans, that may sound like a dissapointment. But come on, maybe they won't be way too experimental. They've done so well with the freedom the fans have given them. Their first single, Anna Molly sounds damn good. The music video is even better (it should be playing on the right side of the main page).
Don't forget the grab the album!!!
2. Kiss to Send Us Off
4. Anna Molly
5. Love Hurts
6. Light Grenades
7. Earth to Bella (Part I)
8. Oil and Water
9. Diamonds and Coal
11. Paper Shoes
12. Pendulous Threads
13. Earth to Bella (Part II)
Metal Health - Quiet Riot • Trix are for Kids - The Crowd • Bandera - Control Machete • New Noise - Refused • China Town - Paul Haslinger • Kill all the White Man - NoFX • Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson • Turn Me Loose - Loverboy • Haitian Cab Ride - Paul Haslinger • Achy Breaky Heart - Jarrett & Long • Adrenalina - David Rolas • Bring us Bullets - Rocket from the Crypt • Let's Get it On - Gerald Levert • Does She Know? - Paul Haslinger • Stayin' Alive - The Sleeping • Meva Juan - Roberto Tuscon feat Erica Garcia • Guasa, Guasa - Tego Calderon • Miracles - Jefferson Starship
Thursday, November 02, 2006
My favourite tracks are Nuan Nuan" (暖暖), Xing Fu Yang Guo Zi Dian" (幸福洋菓子店), and Fei Yu" (飛魚).
My Rating: 6/10
•Si Ji" (四季)
•Nuan Nuan" (暖暖)
•Ke Le Jie Zhi" (可乐戒指)
•Shi Yi" (失忆)
•Qin Qin" (亲亲)
•Xing Fu Yang Guo Zi Dian" (幸福洋菓子店)
•Xiao Shou La Da Shou" (小手拉大手)
•Fei Yu" (飛魚)
•Bu Shi Wo Bu Ming Bai" (不是我不明白)
•Xiao Xin Yan" (小心眼)
•Han Guo Tou" (憨过头)
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Will keep you guys posted on ticketing.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I'm not sure what to expect but their single, Welcome to the Black Parade sounds like a decent song. The Black Parade has been rumoured to have offended some people due to its racist conotation. But come on...did anyone sue Johnnie Walker with its BLACK LABEL?
So anyway, check out more on MCM at http://www.mychemicalromance.com/. Be it you glorify these lads or not, they're doing their job well in their own way. OK, maybe I shouldn’t say it’s their job…..They’re expressing their passion well in their own way.
Friday, September 29, 2006
It's kinda hard to talk right now
Honey why are you crying is everything okay
I gotta whisper 'cause I can't be too loud
Well, my girl's in the next room
Sometimes I wish she was you
I guessed we never really moved on
It's really good to hear your voice saying my name
It sounds so sweet
Coming from the lips of an angel...."
Part of the lyrics from Oklohoma's vey own Hinder hit - Lips of an Angel which is receiving good response in the airwaves now. Lead by charismatic leadman, Austin Winkler, Hinder is aiming at bringing rock back to life. Honsetly, we need it. Enough showboaters. It's about time someone did something about it. And I gotta hand it to these five lads...they actually took a personal loan just to record their stuff. Talk about dedication!
Fans of bands like Default, Seether, and Buckcherry would probably be receptive towards Hinder's offerings which was released 2 days ago on 27 September 2006 under the Universal label. Notable tracks are Get Stoned, Room 21, and my personal favourite Lips of an Angel.
My Rating: 7.5/10
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Well, from what I've listened - In My Mind is mind blowing in a sense that it has that Greenday like riff and melody. You know, the muted riffs in verses and full fledged distortion guitarworks in the Chorus. If you ask me, it's got that Western touch to it.
On Her Own is a little mainstream, ballad-like number. I won't be surprised if this is already a favourite. Nice violins at the background. But somehow, the energy of Ryan's voice can't be felt.
Another number - Black Clouds... I like the indie feel to it. Sounds a little Taking Back Sunday woithout the screams.
All in all, pretty good stuff.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Fans of U2, The Fray, and Keane would probably love the sounds of OneRepublic. Check 'em out at http://www.myspace.com/onerepublic. Lyrically, I love them. But I don't really see them being as big as U2.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Ryan.....you deserve more than just being in a rock band like Supernova. You deserve to take on the music world.
Album Rating: 7/10
Thursday, August 24, 2006
The significance of this album would be him teaming up with veteran Taiwanese singer, Fei Yu Ching (the dude who sang "The Song of the Republic of China"). I saw Fei on TV just a couple of days ago. He had this show where he performed a few numbers with many Chinese singers. Man, he can sing...a very technical singer from what I've heard. Both music giants will portay their talents in probably the first single of the album, A Thousand Miles Away (Qian Li Zhi Wai) which was premiered on August 23.
Well, I guess as always, the album's gonna be a hit. So keep a lookout!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Right. Just in case you didn't know...this outfit consists of 3 Jane's Addicton members and a fresh talent who used to be in Skycycle. Drumroll please..... Presentingggg Dave Navarro(guitar), Chris Chaney(bass), Stephen Perkins(drums), and Steve Isaacs!
The Panic Channel's debut album, (ONe) is out in stores now. It's said to be packed with variety of styles...and probably away from the experimental touch. Well, maybe a pinch of it, I feel.
Two singles out, one for the radio: Why Cry and one for the beloved internet: Teahouse of the Spirits. The latter being a more edgy track and sounding like a real race car song! Why Cry is my current favourite. It's ballad like. Vocally, dynamic. A similar number to that would be She Won't Last. I love the guitar works on this one. It's mesmerizing.
This here, ladies and gentlemen...is a fantastic rock band. Diverse. Dynamic and spirited to rock on! Click on their banner to visit their very very informative site.
My album rating: 6/10
Monday, August 14, 2006
The album's got loads of piano and the tracks tend to be mellow. Good CD to be playing with candles lit and wine a when you’re all alone at home thinking or whatever. Lyrics were well written and with Pierre Marchand (worked with Sarah McLachlan) producing the album, it’s just gotta be one of those great ones.
Just a Little has that dreamy feel to it with the organs playing, sounding almost like a church hymn. It gets a bit boring after a while though.
Cloud Nine is a little more upbeat accompanied by piano. The good hook to the song makes it a sing-a-long.
My personal favourite is Blue, probably because of the bursting guitars and haunting melody of Leigh’s angelic voice.
Watch out for her first single which is already playing in US airwaves – My Idea of Heaven.
Album rating: 7/10
Saturday, August 05, 2006
So, here's a quartet fronted by female vocalist Lara (who is also a composer by the way) and backed by 3 talented dudes, Devon (drummer/DJ/Rapper), Yu Hao (Pianist/Rapper), and Zhang Jie (Guitarist). Their latest masterpice, Colour Palette was launched a couple of weeks ago and from what I've listened, it's not too bad. For those who love the sounds of Jay Chou, we'll you gotta get a hold of this album. Most of the tracks you hear are somehwat sinilar to Jay's style. After all, they are buddies of him and have been definitely influenced by Jay.
Monday, July 31, 2006
There was a delay in the album release due to a leak. Album leaks are getting viral these days, even Paris Hilton's singles were leaked several times before Stars are Blind became her single. Anyway, back to the Dog. We can expect some blistering hip hop numbers on this one. It's powerful, punchy and back to rap's roots. What else can you expect from a man that's the only artist to have the first 5 albums debut consecutively at #1 on the Billboard 200?
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Continuum's first single, Waiting on the World to Change is already being embraced by airwaves all over. The track arrested me with its boppy tune. To be honest, great music, but I'm just not too sure if his soft vocals suit this whole new bluesy outfit. Well, we're yet too know...
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Alright. Here's my first ever Chinese music review. I was simply impressed when I heard a few tracks from this duo - DEEP WHITE ( 深白色 and 端妤 (主唱) ) otherwise known as Arys Chien & DY). Impressed simply because the musical arrangements were all done so nicely. And bear in mind that this is their first ever album and from the sounds of it, they planned it really well.
Moving along to what you will be listening to... I am confident to say that their self-titled album brings a fresh branding towards Taiwanese music. The track which stopped me at my tracks were the upbeat ones, namely, Nothing Wrong and That is Me - great guitars, sexy vocals, great beat. Then there are tracks that are accompanied by beautiful piano sounds like the one you'll find in I'm Cryin - I may not fully understand every chinese word there, but her sweet vocals just express it all in a way. And one more notable track is That Person (那個人).
Friday, June 23, 2006
I doubt that he's a big person in Asia but some of you might have heard his songs in several movie soundtracks like Spiderman, Hellboy, and Shrek 2. I don't really fancy all of his tunes because it gets a little boring after a while, but I hope this new release turns things around for the better.
Friday, June 16, 2006
That's right, Soul Asylum's back with a spanking new album. THE SILVER LINING is expected to be swinging, soothing, and rocking like ever before. However, the death of bassist Karl Mueller last year has brought a new member to the band - Tommy Stinson.
You can hear snippets of their songs at http://www.soulasylum.com. I enjoyed the fact that vocally the band still sounds good, musically a bit mundane but I think the album's worth the wait.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
L.E.F. - Loud, Electronic, Ferocious. That's exactly what it's all about in Ferry Corsten's latest offering to the avid trance movement. I had a chance to listen to the first single, Fire (feat. Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon) and I thought to myself if Ferry might be blending a popish-rockish twist to his new works. Perhaps, because you'll find collaborations with Howard Jones, Guru, Debra Andrew, just to name a few. All in all, I'd say this is his best so far. The energy is relived, pumped and defintely melodious.
"I say Ferry ol' chap....you had me at Fire!"
Other notable tracks are I Love You, Cubikated (this one sounds real raw!), Possession. Album's officially out on August 8, and this has booked a place on my CD collection with 7/10!
Monday, June 05, 2006
Frontman from one of the best bands of my time, Radiohead's Thom Yorke is all set for his debut solo career with The Eraser hitting stores on July 2006. And from what I've heard so far, we're definitely in for some experimental and electronic creativity.
All in all, The Eraser is a sumptuous one and well, good listening pleasure. It gets 6/10 in my books.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tom and the boys have definitely brought alternative rock on to an epical journey with this fine offering. Their first single, The Adventure is already becoming a new anthem on the airwaves this year. It's a dreamy track racked with the energetic unison of riffs, beats, and lyrics that go "...and here we go life's waiting to begin...".
This awesome foursome definitely have what it takes to step things up in the alternative scene. From the 3 tracks I've listened from http://www.myspace.com/angelsandairwaves, I give this album a 6.5/10.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Uprising singer/songwriter Dave Mellilo hails from a place not too far from Disneyland. Though, his new EP, TALK IS CHEAP goes nowhere near 'playful'. His songs show individuality of a spirited youth, and Knights of the Island Counter does just that as you feel each guitar strum and piano key dance with a beat that varies from time to time.
My personal fav would be track 3 - This is 2005. It's got a catchy hook due to beautiful piano orchestration that gels so well with his lyrics (about self discover perhaps). Not too say the rest of the tracks are bad or anything, but there's really nothing special about them.
But the track 3 & 4 has got what it takes to hit the charts (top 30 at least?). Out in CD on June 13, 2006. If you like the sounds of Teddy Geiger, then you'd like his offering.
This gets 5/10 in my books.
1. Sam's Song
2. Vatican Roulette
3. Knights of the Island Counter
4. This is 2005
5. Morris County Blues
6. For the Sake of Remembering
Her debut album, LIKE BLOOD LIKE HONEY boasts melodic masterpieces with some sort of silent angst and a sense of renewal, all blended in perfectly well with her hypnotising vocals. Imagine Fiona Apple doing a duet with Sarah MacLachlan. Beauty isn’t it? Well, well, I honestly don’t know if she’ll be a one hit wonder or not? But with Linkin Park’s label, Machine Shop’s Recordings, I think she’ll be touring across the globe a couple of times.
Expect the pianos, slow jazzy beats here and there, and mellow tunes wrapped with a creeping energy. I could sense all that rushing in me as I close my eyes especially listening to Curious (I expect this to be the first single). It lyrically touched me and musically, it advocated my sense of seeking answers.
Heavy had me feel every ounce of her musicality. It takes you on a real ride with wonderful works on the piano with her passionate voice. Another track to look out for would be Wanted which I’d definitely want playing on my car stereo as I drive late at night. It’ll suit the ambience just right. It’s the kind of song that gets you thinking and reminiscing about certain moments.
All other tracks featured in this brilliantly produced album would get you right at the spot with a silent energy. She’s absolutely talented, a gorgeous red head, and definitely worth the attention.
Album hit stores 6 June, 2006. Holly Brook gets 8/10 on my list.
3. What I Wouldn't Give
6. Is it Love