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Every couple of months, I buy an album. Sometimes its good, sometimes it isn't.
Handy key to ratings
Lady-rock from Seattle. Smoother and less punk than Team Dresch, but I like it OK.
I'm not much of a hip-hop fan, but I found this accessible. There's a lot of interesting sonics and harmony mixed right up front, which makes it easier for me to get into.
From the artist formerly and latterly known as Snuff. This CD has been quietly sitting in my collection for a while, until I recently rediscovered it. It's really good anthemic pop-punk from the UK. My only real quibble is the excessively live English-style mix.
My fear with this band is that they will turn out to be the Pink Floyd of the 90's. This album leads off with two delicious mind-expanding indie art-rock maestro-pieces. The remaining six or seven tunes are also long, indie art-rock compositions, but they leave me with that Smashing Pumpkins aftertaste.
More of the good stuff. The sound is a little thicker than their previous album due to one more guitar, and Eamonn sings a couple of songs.
I finally bought this record, and boy was it worth it. I liked a fair amount of ALL's music, but it's really amazing how much better they are with Milo singing. Not that he's much of a crooner, but he's got the personality that was subtly missing before. I think this album is even better than most of their pre-breakup records, with the exception of Milo Goes To College, of course. There are fully fifteen tunes, and none of them is really terrible, something that can't be said of Enjoy or ALL, for example.