This year is so old school I could be 16 again – punk influences are everywhere, comebacks are in, you can hear the seventies and eighties references all around and the over 40s (and 50s) are releasing killer tunes across the board; check it…
Blur are back, sounding fresh and vibrant on their superb new album, but as always the vaguest air of 90s nostalgia is lurking beneath the surface, which in their case is no bad thing.
Iceland’s very own queen of (Brit)pop is also back and better than ever on deep dark cuts of emotional torture.
Old school rappers Public Enemy are sounding bang up-to-date whilst using all their old tricks; stacked with samples, Chuck D’s rich baritone flow kills it, nobody else could rap about being 55 and pull it off.
Kendrick’s smokey voice flows like liquid honey on this seventies fueled slice of badass rapping – there’s more than a hint of James Brown about it – precisely why Kendrick is The Negus right now.
Courtney Barnett sounds a little like a punky Sheryl Crow recycling some familiar sounding riffs punctuated with barbed wire lyrics: “I want to wash out my head with turpentine cyanide I dislike this internal diatribe when I try to catch your eye”.
Slightly clunky guitar riff and bubbly bass dance awkwardly like mismatched partners at a school disco on this deliciously hook ridden punky pop from the original Riot Girls.
Quite frankly this is rather a disturbing journey through the anger and frustration of recovering from a brutal beating – fodder for the 80s influenced dark synth pop tones lurking beneath the surface on this accomplished work from the Icelanders.
Back from a 13 year hiatus, Conor Oberst and his punk buddies are rocking; angular riffing, up-tempo punky climaxes, anti-capitalism – sounds like 1983 got dusted off and brought back to life.
Speaking of which, this 29 strong supergroup are doing their best to actually go back to 1983.
Father John Misty’s ultra sincere dark humour sounds like it was pulled straight out of the seventies, blending classic folk and country rhythms with barbed wire on Bored in the U.S.A.
Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Leftfield are all back and it’s like they never went away.
Failure are (also) back from a god knows how long hiatus and have picked up right where they left off – Tool, Queens of the Stone Age and Interpol are all soooo jealous.
Full Review: http://alreadyheard.com/post/123977117304/album-review-failure-the-heart-is-a-monster
That Leon Bridges dude flew straight in from 1961 – described as “Authentic Retro”.
Dammit, even Madonna has a new record.