Nobunny-Love Visions (2008)

My Rating: 63% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Nobunny Loves You
  2. I Know I Know
  3. Mess Me Up
  4. I Am A Girlfriend
  5. Tina Goes To Work
  6. Chuck Berry Holiday
  7. Boneyard
  8. Somewhere New
  9. Church Mouse
  10. It’s True
  11. Don’t Know, Don’t Care
  12. Not That Good

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a more accessible garage rock album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I love it, it’s badass.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

There was a time when I was only listening to stuff that stemmed from FIDLAR, Cage the Elephant and Jay Reatard, it was a new genre (I know those are multiple genred artists but they seemed to run in similar packs) to discover and I have an addictive personality so I added a bunch of like minded artists to my library and most of them fell into obscurity. Nobunny was one of those. They’re a fun pop-punk sounding band with a crazy front-man who seems to be playing a crazy bunny character of some sort. Love Visions is a good introduction to the band, scattered, inconsistent, but when they make the pieces fit it’s pure beauty. Nobunny needs some help with album production, but damn they’re an attractive group to find yourself liking, like a Doom version of punk.

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Randy Newman-Good Old Boys (1974)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 100%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 94%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Rednecks
  2. Birmingham
  3. Marie
  4. Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)
  5. Guilty
  6. Louisiana 1927
  7. Every Man A King
  8. Kingfish
  9. Naked Man
  10. A Wedding In Cherokee County
  11. Back On My Feet Again
  12. Rollin’
  13. Marie (Demo)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling a mix of nostalgia and bitterness.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty boring.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’d be wonderful on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Randy Newman is the musical voice of Disney, every time I hear his voice I picture the credits of A Bug’s Life or Monsters Inc. But with Good Old Boys we’re treated to the same voice, with a whole different kind of gravitas. It’s still upbeat and fun sounding at times, but a lot of the songs are about adult subjects like drinking, heartbreak, and rolling doobies. It’s truly an odd experience at first hearing this previously pure artists actual music, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s some sweet sweet self-deprecation tracks that fit really well with his sound. He sounds like a mix between Harry Nillson and Frank Sinatra, but that’s just me trying to rationalize him, to most people he’s Randy Newman, the influential artist, to me he’s the dude who rounded the Disney flicks out.

Beady Eye-BE (2013)

Requested Rating by: Zak Eburne

My Rating: 68% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Flick of the Finger
  2. Soul Love
  3. Face the Crowd
  4. Second Bite of the Apple
  5. Soon Come Tomorrow
  6. Iz Rite
  7. I’m Just Saying
  8. Don’t Bother Me
  9. Shine A Light
  10. Ballroom Figured
  11. Start Anew
  12. Dreaming of Some Space
  13. The World’s Not Set in Stone
  14. Back After The Break
  15. Off At The Next Exit
  16. Girls in Uniform
  17. Evil Eye

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing to mellow out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I feel like anything I say on this will either sound creepy or like I’m avoiding the fact that there is a topless woman on the cover. So I’ll just say that I really like the colours on this cover (now I sound racist and/or still creepy).

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah.

Final Thoughts:

Beady Eye is the kind of band I like on shuffle, but getting through all of BE was a little tedious, mostly because it all just kinda sounds the same after you get through 3 or 4 songs. It’s pretty solid music, but it’s rare that I find it that catchy, and I wish that their style would be a little more diverse.

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