This Weeks New Releases..
Four releases this week worthy of the FLY53 blog, one from a FLY53 sponsored artist!
Alkaline Trio: This Addiction
The seventh studio album from the legendary punk rockers is a noticeable return to their punk roots, teaming up again with producer Matt Allison, who worked on their earlier records. The band have come along way in their 14 year career, and although This Addiction is a worthy attempt to reclaim their roots, their growth won’t allow this band to ever recapture their initial innocence. The theme of the album stems from guitarist Matt Skiba’s recent, painfull divorce, and it’s presence is definitely felt. All in all a welcome return to the past for the trio and definitely worth a listen.
Johnny Cash: American VI, Aint No Grave
Lets get it straight from the start, cash is THE shit…and always will be, but like every dead rock star…when is enough going to be enough? There are indeed (from every dead artist of any merit) songs which went unreleased, that need/deserve to be heard…from Tupac to Hendrix. That being said, the American Recordings could (and should) have been made into 2-3 double albums and left at that…left with all killer no filler. American VI is unimaginably sombre even for Cash, you can really hear that this is a man who is dying in his voice. Although this is what was to be expected from his the recordings prior to his death, this may be a bit much. Certain songs on the album are great such as the title track but this album definitely could have been a better cut down EP.
We are Wolves: Invisible Violence
This music is true mash up. With clear strains of garage, synth-washed post-punk, and heavy metal! The first track we heard was Blue which is basically a blend of 80′s synth pop, new wave dance with a chorus that sounds like a cross between Motorhead and Black sabbath! The whole album stays in this same vein, and some how works, maybe because of lead singer voice sounding like a cross between Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist from The Hives and Ozzy Osbourne! To hear the genre range of this album, listen to track Blue, then Holding Hands…it will blow your mind, but you will like it!
Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels
The FLY53 sponsored Welsh songstress is set to blow up like a pigeon eating bicarbonate of soda after this ‘dazzling’ debut. The album was released Monday the 22nd, and is expected to chart very highly this Sunday. It’s clear that this girl is very talented, and has the type of voice that you won’t forget in a hurry…but would the album live up to the hype? Well the answer is an emphatic yes, with songs ranging from melancholy, depressed subjects like breaking down in supermarket to upbeat, high energy friendly tracks such as single Hollywood. This range gives this album a varied depth missing in most ‘kooky’ new pop stars. This album will be on heavy rotation on the airwaves…another home run for the FLY53 team.