A Fall Journey: Mumford’s “Babel” Kicks Off Autumn

The new album by Mumford & Sons, “Babel,” can be played on a loop while traveling down a tree-outlined road with colorful leaves falling all around.

It’s the first impression I got when the new single “I Will Wait” was released and it’s the same impression I got throughout the whole album.

The new album released today in much of Europe, will release next Monday, September 24 in the United Kingdom, and on Tuesday the 25th here in the States.

A problem with Mumford’s first album, “Sigh No More,” was that the whole album tended to blend together, leaving the listener wondering if anything stood out at them. Don’t get me wrong, “The Cave” was a smash hit single and “Little Lion Man,” “Awake My Soul,” and “Roll Away Your Stone,” absolutely moved and captivated a bunch of new Mumford and folk fans.

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DMB’s Away From the World: A Song-By-Song Analysis

2009 was an interesting year for the Dave Matthews Band.

It was less than a year since the passing of saxophonist LeRoi Moore that the band put together an album based around praising Moore’s life. Rock producer Rob Cavallo was brought in to help put that album together and in June, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” was released.

Big Whiskey turned out to be a strong album, but it didn’t capture what DMB was. Electric guitarist Tim Reynolds was all over the album, and in a bad way. Dave’s song-writing musically and lyrically was cheesy at best, and in the end, only a couple of songs off the album will be memorable within the fanbase.

Three years later, DMB reunited with Steve Lillywhite, the producer of their first three albums, and he immediately went to work in making the Dave Matthews Band what it was in the early 90’s.

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Album no. 12: “Wrecking Ball” – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Album: “Wrecking Ball”
Band: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Year: 2012
Single: “We Take Care Of Our Own”
Best Song: “Jack of All Trades”

1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled And Drawn
4. Jack of All Trades (feat. Tom Morello)
5. Death to My Home Town
6. This Depression (feat. Tom Morello)
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive
12. Swallowed Up
13. American Land

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“El Camino” drives smoothly for Black Keys

The rock duo may just be the best tag team in music today.

And with an album like “El Camino” to call their own, the Black Keys may have hit their best work yet. Serving as the band’s seventh studio effort, “El Camino” cleans up for last year’s break-out album, “Brothers.”

Despite putting out five albums that kind of fell under the radar for popular music, the Black Keys got the recognition they finally deserved with last year’s effort. Winning three Grammy’s, including Best Alternative Music Album, and being nominated for two more awards, “Brothers,” put the Keys on the map.

Now a year and a half later, “El Camino” looks to keep the run going for the Black Keys.

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Album Review: “I’m With You” – RHCP

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Album: “I’m With You”
Release date: August 29, 2011

It’s the moment Red Hot Chili Peppers fans have been waiting for the past five years.

“I’m With You” is the band’s 10th studio album and certainly brings the funk that previous RHCP albums have brought. It was going to be a challenge to top the critically acclaimed “Stadium Arcadium” from 2006 but I think RHCP did a good job of giving its fans another strong performance.

Each of the core band members stated that this was like a rebirth for the band. “Same name, but this is a new band,” stated Chad Smith, the Will Ferrell look-alike drummer.

Josh Klinghoffer is making his RHCP studio debut with this album and the newer sound he brought to the Chili Peppers is awesome. Seeing this band work on future projects with Klinghoffer should be something fun to anticipate.

Anthony Kiedis sounds phenomenal on this album. He does leave the fans wanting more with a few lyrical weak spots (verses of “Ethiopia” and “Factory of Faith”) but for the most part is very lyrically sound and delivers in typical Kiedis fashion.

The album punches you in the face early with the fantastic, bottom-heavy “Roses of Monarchy.” Bassist Flea makes his presence known throughout the whole album, a must for RHCP as Flea is easily one of today’s greatest bassists.

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Barry Brothers: Easy to fall in love with

I have never heard of the Barry Brothers Band until a couple days ago. No, I think I may have just fallen in love with their music.

A couple days ago, I was sorting through the hate comments I was receiving for my rather brutal review of O.A.R.’s most recent effort “King” when I stumbled upon a comment that grabbed my attention.

The comment asked me to check out the latest EP of this new band called the Barry Brothers, and being the sucker I am for new music, I had to give it a listen.

I can tell you right now that “Yawnin’ in the Dawnin'” did not disappoint.

“Yawnin’ in the Dawnin'” was released on May 19, 2011 and is the debut EP for the Barry Brothers. From their press release:

Barry is a folk rock band from Hume, New York. The band, formed in 2011, is made up of three brothers: Patrick Barry (Guitar/Harmonica), Benjamin Barry (Bass), and Bradford Barry (drums). Barry formed in the wake of Patrick and Benjamin’s former alt-rock band, Navar and combines outlaw country, pop melodies, bluesy folk, old- timey vocal harmonies, and rock and roll. The band released its debut EP Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’ on May 19th, 2011.

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Album Review: O.A.R. – “King”

Artist: O.A.R. (…Of A Revolution)
Album: “King”
Release date: August 2, 2011

One of the biggest fears in the music industry is if and when a band will sell out.

A band can sell out two different ways: by producing nothing but garbage music from the start to turn a quick buck or by forgetting their roots and what made them famous in order to stay relevant in the music industry.

What O.A.R. did was the latter, and in quite possibly the worst way.

The 14-year-old group from Ohio came out with their new album, “King,” today. I was excited to hear one of my favorite band’s new albums because, despite the disappointment in their last effort, I always like to hear new music being written by bands I’ve shelled out a ton of money for.

“King” was a huge step back from “All Sides,” which came out in 2008. It took “All Sides” a while to grow on me after hearing the songs translated live. The album had some gems in it but I doubt that will be the case for “King.” I mean there is hope but I won’t get my hopes up.

Richard On tweeted me telling me that I “Gotta B Wrong Sometimes” in response to me telling him I did not like the album and thought it was O.A.R.’s effort. But at least he did respond which shows this band cares about their music still, and I can respect that a lot. Drummer Chris Culos also responded saying, “well, that’s just like… your opinion, man. ha. thanks for at least giving it a shot. catch you on another day.”

The first single on the album, “Heaven,” is by far the worst single this band has ever released. At least “Love & Memories” and “Shattered” were decent songs live. But “Heaven” sounded like a crappy Deathcab for Cutie rip off, having no genuine sound at all.

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