Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Straight from the heart of Mexico City, Mexico, up-and-coming Spanish-language metal troupe, The Fawkles self-released their debut album, FWK on the 16th of March, 2017.


Running at just under 32 minutes, FWK is short, sweet, and never not in-your-face with something wholly and easily enjoyable to both new and more seasoned fans of the genre alike.

The opening track, humorously titled "Hammura-Hamburger" serves as a noteworthy first impression of the Fawkles' eagerness to impress and delight. The dueling guitars crunch and squeal at all the right moments and with all the subtlety of a cannonball crashing through your window. The percussion drives the lead instrumentals like a stalwart captain at sea -- eager to test his metal against whatever unnamed foe lies in wait on the horizon. And it's this audible yearning to confront conflict with levity that grants The Fawkles an air of authenticity not always so plainly evident in other aspiring metal acts.

What follows is no less enticing as singer, guitarist, and principle songwriter Charles Black introduces his vocal talents to the ensemble. Unfortunately, because I'm not a native speaker of the Spanish language, my interpretation of the lyrics will mostly be eschewed from this review. A quick Google translation of perhaps the most memorable track on the album, "Jackie Chan," however, put a grin on my face in no time.

The one minor point of criticism I have with the album is the group's decision to close with a vocal track that -- while perhaps an earned moment of silliness -- nevertheless left me scratching my head when I felt it should have been banging.

In spite of this minor nitpick, FWK is a thoroughly enjoyable heavy metal album which will leave you drooling for more.

Stand-out tracks: "Hammura-Hamburger", "PĂ©ndulo", "Tako," "Jackie Chan."

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!


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or

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6nai2djNUdwkiADIb78yiV?ref=wp

FR: The Fawkles - FWK

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Guess I'm on a Steven Wilson kick. Insurgentes, released in 2008, is a harrowing exploration of Wilson's musical creativity -- which takes more than a few mesmerizing turns throughout  the album.

Stand-out tracks: "Harmony Korine", "Significant Other", "Get All That You Deserve"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!

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TAR: Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Monday, December 5, 2016


Finally gave a re-listen to The Raven That Refused To Sing by Porcupine Tree's creative lead, Steven Wilson. Fantastic prog-rock/jazz-fusion album. Worth a listen if you're in the mood for a musical journey.

Stand-out tracks: "Luminol", "The Raven That Refused To Sing"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!

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TAR: Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing

Friday, September 2, 2016


Just listened to Ancient Melodies of the Future by Built to Spill for the first time. Insanely enjoyable album. The guitar work is unique and on point, and the lyrics grabbed my attention on a few specific occasions.

Stand-out tracks: "Strange", "In Your Mind"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!

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Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h0NrCw

TAR: Built to Spill - Ancient Melodies of the Future

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Reggae music has always been a bit of an outlier for me. There's no doubt that I absolutely dig the music and respect the musicians; but it was always a genre that was good "for the moment" or "for the occasion." I never really let it be a part of my ever-evolving, nebulous collection of music that I was really *into* -- know what I mean? But this album may just buck that trend for me. I can see how the songs could fit in among a shuffle-playlist of my other favorite albums. And that's new to me. And new is good. Music is and always will be a personal experience for the listener. The Expanders reminds us of that fact elegantly, all the while setting the mood for what is just some seriously dope roots-reggae music. And hey! The name of the band fits the message of this website: Expand your musical horizons!

Stand-out tracks: "Uptown Set", "People Business", "Reggae Pops (Featuring Dan Hastie From Orgone)", "Thanks For Life"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!

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TAR: The Expanders - Hustling Culture


I'm well aware that one should never judge a book by its cover, and that the same holds true for albums, but this one had been in my backlog for years precisely because of its horrid cover art. That said, the music here is phenomenal -- far more creative than I was expecting from an early-2000s Bowie release. I almost want to compare this album to Radiohead's works of that era; not so much in how they sound alike -- they do in some ways and don't in most -- but just in the amount of raw creativity that I can tell was poured into their respective efforts at a time in history when the internet was on the rise and war was an unpalatable but constant distraction. I'm excited to give this album the repeated listens that it's due.

Stand-out tracks: "Pablo Picasso", "The Loneliest Guy", "Reality"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!

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TAR: David Bowie - Reality

Friday, August 19, 2016


In the mood for an all-natural mood-stabilizer? Spoon's EP, Love Ways (2000) will mellow you out and change your life...

Standout tracks: "Change My Life", "Chips And Dip".

Rating: 9/10 -- Love it! A classic!

Sample:

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‪#‎Spoon‬ ‪#‎LoveWays‬ ‪#‎TinyAlbumReview‬

TAR: Spoon - Love Ways

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Took a walk and re-listened to an old favorite -- Weezer's "Blue Album". Crunchy guitars and lyrics that remind us why life's worth living. Can't go wrong with that.

Stand-out tracks: "My Name Is Jonas", "The World Has Turned And Left Me Here", "Buddy Holly", "In The Garage", "Only In Dreams".

Rating: 10/10 -- An All-time favorite! A timeless classic!

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‪#‎Weezer‬ ‪#‎BlueAlbum‬ ‪#‎TinyAlbumReview‬

TAR: Weezer - s/t (The Blue Album)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Good crunchy guitars and relevant lyrics. Love it!

Standout tracks: "Ain't Got Nobody", "Go Away"

Rating: 8/10 -- Loved it!

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‪#‎Weezer‬ ‪#‎EverythingWillBeAllRightInTheEnd‬ ‪#‎TinyAlbumReview‬"

TAR: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End



Transcribed from a recent Facebook post:

"Got another LP in the mail today: Beat The Champ by The Mountain Goats. It's an album about professional wrestling and it slays. 10/10 album for me."

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Vinyl Update: The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ


First post of this type (also posted on Facebook for my friends and family):

Just listened to the Broadchurch OST by Olafur Arnalds. I've never heard of this show but I've been a fan of Olafur for a while now, so decided to give the soundtrack a listen. Really good stuff! If you're a fan of Olafur Arnald's past works, this is on par with those.

Standout track: "So Close" (Featuring Arnor Dan)

Rating: 8/10 -- Loved it!

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TAR: Olafur Arnalds - Broadchurch




I never thought I'd be updating this site again, but I have good reason to now...

In the coming days this site is going to undergo a bit of a face-lift. Although I stopped updating this site, I never stopped loving and listening to new music. Recently I've been posting tiny album reviews of music I've recently listened to on Facebook. I'm no professional reviewer such as the likes of Anthony Fantano, who many of you may know from his music review channel on YouTube, The Needle Drop (Be sure to subscribe if you haven't!). I do listen to a LOT of new music though, and like to share what I think of it with others. So basically this site will remain the same, but I'll be updating it with my "Tiny Album Reviews" from time to time.

Also, full disclosure: I'll be dropping Amazon links to each album I review. I'd love to be able to generate a little bit of income for myself from this, so if you like any of the albums I recommend and plan on buying them, consider doing so through this site!

Thanks to everyone who's been visiting this little site for years! And keep on listening to new music from every genre!

Peace!

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