Rock

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 (CD)

On Part 2 of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Foals keep their promise to deliver a slightly edgier collection of songs to accompany the first one. “The Runner” is an appropriately driving and anthemic track, and “Black Bull” is a raucous, buzzy number. “Like Lightning” takes a hard blues-rock turn à la The Black Keys, but then there are lovely interludes like “Ikaria” and the meditative ballad, “Into The Surf.”

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Why Me? Why Not. (CD)

Liam Gallagher's second solo album embraces his love of psychedelic pop and gruffly melodic rock with lingering nods to The Beatles. There is still some Oasis swagger here for sure, but tracks like “Halo” and “Now That I've Found You” are sunny and joyful; the former excels with energetic piano and swirling guitar solos and the latter is a sweet, straightforward love song. Even “Shockwave” counters its edgy verses—well suited to Gallagher's scratchy voice—with a catchy, foot-stomping chorus.

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On The Line (CD)

Jenny Lewis is kicking ass and taking names on On the Line. Born from a fraught period in the singer’s life, Lewis delivers haunting Americana, Fleetwood Mac-inspired hooky-heavy rock, and “goodbye” ballads. And she does it all with superstar style, recruiting the likes of Beck, Ringo Starr, Don Was, Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Jim Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, Ry Cooder, George Harrison, John Lennon) as contributors. On the Line showcases an artist at the height of her powers.

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Hey, I'm Just Like You (CD)

Twin sisters Tegan & Sara began their music careers at the exact same time, forming a group in high school named Plunk that, fittingly, included just the two of them. In the time between their formative teenage beginnings and the official album-length debut as “Tegan & Sara” (on Neil Young’s Vapor Records, rearranging their name after briefly toying with “Sara & Tegan”), the duo recorded multiple album length demos and countless songs lost to time. In conjunction with Tegan & Sara’s newly published memoir High School, the band has gone through these long forgotten demos, rediscovering the youthful spark and precociousness that would eventually lead to their success as one of the definitive indie pop duos of the past two decades. Yet the goal of Hey, I’m Just Like You is not to simply revisit their adolescence, as Tegan & Sara not only re-record these songs, but revamp them as well, giving them a fitting update. As Tegan phrases, “We threw in a lot of different things from the last 20-some years, and hoped that if Tegan & Sara from 1997 could get in a time machine and hear it, that they wouldn't be embarrassed by how we changed it.” Indeed, time has not been kind to some of the more angsty elements of the ‘90s singer/songwriter sect, but Tegan & Sara deftly avoid sounding dated on songs that are over 2 decades old, incorporating all the best elements of their early pop rock approach with a modern production and without any awkward ‘90s time capsule moments. Nowhere is this more apparent on the album than “I’ll Be Back Someday,” which has an indelible ‘90s power pop sensibility, made all the more obvious by the fact that the sisters haven’t written a song that remotely resembles it in well over a decade. However, nothing about “Someday” sounds recycled; its chugging guitars and bright chorus speak in a permanent pop language, with a sparkly 2019 sheen to go along with it.

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Colorado (CD)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have another future classic on their hands with Colorado. It has been seven years since the legends’ last outing together and Young has never sounded more prescient, persuasive, and (naturally) political. The tracks are gritty and sometimes grooved out, rife with anger and infused with warmth. Some legends flame out; Neil Young and Crazy Horse seem to burn even brighter on their latest. Colorado is essential listening.

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Let's Rock (CD)

It’s back to basics on The Black Keys' irresistible Let’s Rock. Over the course of their career, the lo-fi garage duo has experimented and morphed their sound, creating arena-ready bangers and churning out intense psyched out blues. After a five-year break, the band has returned to their original drum + guitar formula, creating a mighty rock ’n’ roller of a record. One exciting new addition: the soulful Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson provide backing vocals on the album, bringing a whole ‘nother powerful dimension to these dynamic garage numbers. It’s rock ’n’ roll, pure and simple, and a welcome return for Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach.

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Years To Burn (CD)

Fourteen years after Iron & Wine teamed up with Calexico for the In the Reins LP, the two acts have joined forces once again for the home-spun sequel, Years to Burn. The album seems like a natural fit for both bands, with the intimate, quietly forceful songwriting of Iron & Wine easily melding with the lush, southwestern sounds of Calexico. Vocalists Joey Burns and Jacob Valenzuela (Calexico) share center stage with Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), who wrote all the lyrics for the LP. Both acts are masters of creating a certain musical atmosphere; their combined talents fuse cohesively on the fantastic Years to Burn.

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Pride & Glory [Bonus Tracks] (CD)

Pride & Glory was a side project for Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. This was Wylde’s first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo album in 1996, Book of Shadows. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998, which remains his current band. Pride & Glory was just reissued with bonus tracks, including covers and alternate versions.

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Motörhead 1979 [Box Set] (LP)

This 7LP + 2 7" singles box set celebrates the 40th anniversary of Motorhead's 1979 output: the Overkill and Bomber albums, with brand new half speed masters created from the original tapes, plus two double live albums of newly unearthed, previously unreleased concerts, an album of B-sides, outtakes, and rare tracks from 1979, and lots more.

 

1979 was Motörhead's year – the year of Overkill and Bomber. Motörhead, the loudest band in the world, with the power and force of a hundred pneumatic drills, destroyed the nation over and again and no-one, repeat no-one, remained unaffected by them – everyone was torn limb from limb. The albums Overkill and Bomber were ten times more powerful than their first album Motörhead, which was a killer in itself. The production was in the capable and experienced hands of one Jimmy Miller, whose previous successes had been with the likes of the Rolling Stones. He brought out the very best in the boys and the total effect was lethal. Overkill and Bomber are real skullcrackers, brain damaging to the nth degree and with the hit singles "Overkill," "No Class," and "Bomber" you can doubtless guess the destroying effect of the whole affair. That’s Motörhead, straight, basic, down to earth rock and roll, with absolutely no holds barred.

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Talk Is Cheap [Deluxe Edition Box Set] (LP)

Keith Richards' successful solo debut in 1988 reminded the world that the legendary Stones' guitarist was a rock n' roll singer/songwriter in his own right and perhaps provided the break the volatile group needed at the time. Remastered and reissued for its 30th anniversary, the deluxe edition LP box set includes the original album on 180-gram vinyl, a bonus LP with 6 previously unreleased tracks on 180-gram vinyl, 7" singles, an extensive 80-page hardback book, lyric sheets, two posters and more. Bonus songs, such as the grooving “My Babe,” feature collaborators like Mick Taylor and Bootsy Collins.

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