album reviews

Reviews of albums old and new from iconic artists and up and coming musicians alike.

'Going for the One'—Songs Cast a Light on You
In 1976, after much touring for Relayer and working on solo albums, Yes took the time to record their next album, this time in Montreux, Switzerland. Though keyboardist Patrick Moraz was involved init...
Steven Shinder4 days ago
'Relayer' - A True Fruition
Tales from Topographic Oceans was an album that was the pinnacle of Yes music in the eyes of some, and an example of over-indulgence in the eyes of others. After the tour, Rick Wakeman left the band, ...
Nathan Sartain5 days ago
Viini - ‘Dimension’ EP Review
To call the route that Kwon Hyun-Bin has taken to get to where he is right now unconventional feels like an understatement. Originally beginning his career as a model back in 2015, the artist became w...
Scott Dodgson6 days ago
Offshore Explorer Stories
Offshore Explorer looks at culture and history through the mariner's eyes. We travel from port to port looking at the state of life today. How they got that way is part of the endless fascination of l...
Steven Shinder13 days ago
'Close to the Edge' - Taste the Fruit of Yes Recorded
Following Fragile and subsequent touring, the Yes lineup of Jon Anderson (vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Rick Wakeman (keyboard) returned to the studio in...
Elle Janay14 days ago
A Lukewarm Defense of EXO-SC's 'What a Life'
2019 has ushered in a plethora of changes for “Nation’s Pick” supergroup EXO and it’s fluctuating member line-up. Members D.O and Xiumin are currently completing their mandatory service in the South K...
Steven Shinder17 days ago
'Fragile'—Agile Yes Music
After The Yes Album (which was certified silver in the UK and platinum in the US) advanced Yes music, the band toured successfully, even playing shows in America for the first time. Following that tou...
Annie Kapur18 days ago
8th of August, 1964: 'Another Side of Bob Dylan' by Bob Dylan Was Released
After the success of the albums The Times They Are A-Changin' and The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan had really made a name for himself as the singer of the protest song or the bard of the 60s. He ...
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sadie evelyn19 days ago
Underrated Albums: 'Everything'
Many have heard the names Jaden Smith, Halsey, or even Chance the Rapper. However, the man behind the production of many of their tracks hardly gets any recognition. Lido adds a twist to your typical ...
Steven Shinder20 days ago
'The Yes Album' - A Venture Into Perpetual Change
For many Yes fans, The Yes Album is where much of what Yes is most known for really started. Part of that has to do with the recruitment of guitarist Steve Howe, who helped define their sound througho...
Phil Cartwright23 days ago
Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder has a NEW album, but that's not why I'm writing this. I caught up with Ry Cooder over the phone for his first live album release in 35 years. Corridos Fomosos, he corrected my pronunciation as you'll hear. This was a live album recorded over two nights at a venue in San Francisco. There's a stellar cast of musicians on this album. His son Joachim on percussion, Flaco Jimenez on accordion, Robert Francis on bass, and vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere. The te...
Steven Shinder24 days ago
'Time and a Word' - Good Yes Music Then and Now
Yes' first album may not have made the biggest splash, but it showcased some of the adventurous drive that would remain within the band for years to come. Original members Jon Anderson (vocals), Peter...
Victor Trammell24 days ago
Kansas City, KS Underground Rap Act Breathes Life Back Into 2019's Entire Hip-Hop Genre
When most people think of Kansas City hip-hop, Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) is the first municipality that comes to mind. It's the home of the NFL's Chiefs and the MLB's Royals in the world of profess...
Spencer Barrett25 days ago
'... Is A Real Boy' By Say Anything (Album Review) Part 3 "The Writhing South"
Released: August 3, 2004 Genre: Emo, Indie Rock, Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Post-Hardcore Run Length: 57:55 Label: Doghouse Producers: Max Bemis, Tim O'Heir, Stephen Trask
Steven Shinder25 days ago
'Yes: 50 Live' Is a Must-Have for EnthusiYests
The newest official release from Yes is a live album from Rhino Records titled Yes: 50 Live. Its general release is August 2, 2019, just a day short of the 51st anniversary of the first Yes gig. Howev...
Azaria Browna month ago
Is 'The Big Day' a Broken Record?
Chance the Rapper dropped his debut album on July 26th and it’s good. It shows lots of growth and maturity, but also has a few call backs to both 10 Day and Acid Rap. Before I talk about the album, I ...
Phil Cartwrighta month ago
Popular Problems
His plan was to start smoking again at the tender age of 80 years young, having smoked for 50 years. He thought about it a lot... This press conference was at the Canadian Embassy in London some years back to an invited audience flown in from all over the world. I have friends who were on the road with Leonard singing for over 350 of his concerts worldwide! They had a lot of fun on those tours. They still talk about the food and catering... Essential to Leonard’s survival were his Jewish roots, ...