In their heyday, The Beach Boys whipped out up to three full-length albums in a year, and now they’ve managed to conjure up some of that work ethic with their first album in ions, That’s Why God Made The Radio.
With a combined age of 341, the five members of the 2012 Beach Boys haven’t been ‘boys’ for a while, but they still seem to have some of the magic of their youth flowing through their veins.
Fans of Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson have been waiting for the Storm Corrosion collaboration for years, it was basically written in the stars. One should be wary of arriving at this album with any preconceived notions, as they’re likely to be dashed.
Rather than becoming a prog-metal supergroup, the pair abandoned all pretence of restraint and expectations in their sprawling opus. Freeing themselves from the norm, in what some might call a self-indulgent manner, has allowed them to create a one of a kind masterpiece.
When Mark Ronson produces an album, you know it’s going to be a stylish finished product. Wainwright’s Out Of The Game is beautiful.
Ronson’s pop influence doesn’t make it a pop album per se. Instead, it’s a classy combination of jazz, soul, rock and blues.
Wainwright credits pop/rock from the ‘70s as the inspiration for the album’s tone and this is also shown through the soulful female backing vocals used on many on the tracks.
Best known as the drummer of the John Butler Trio, Nicky Bomba takes musical control with new outfit Bustamento - a six-piece band that covers calypso, reggae and ska styles with a wry sense of humour.
Bomba has managed to create a fun record that does not take itself too seriously, with his themes centrally covering happiness, love and beaches.
Electronic music, with tools like quantisation and minute digital editing, offers the possibility of musical “perfection”. It is always interesting then when electronic musicians eschew perfection in the name of a looser, more organic aesthetic and Mr. Impossible, the latest LP from NY band Black Dice, is about as loose as it comes.
Canadian indie-rockers Metric are back with their fifth record Synthetica. After self-releasing their fourth album Fantasies and selling over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide, grand expectations were laid for the four-piece lead by one of the most mesmerising front women ever, Emily Haines, to release an epic fifth record.
Not enough bands employ an alternative line-up to keep things fresh these days, but then again, not many bands are quite like the Melvins.
Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover have given Jared Warren and Coady Willis some time to go back to Big Business, and brought in none other than Mr Bungle founder Trevor Dunn in on stand-up bass.