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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical

posted on Nov.18, 2011

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
“Hysterical”
Release Number: 3rd
Hailing From: Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Self-released

It’s hard to tell whether or not Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s 2003 self-titled debut is a blessing or a curse. One on hand it is a near-perfect record that brought out a refreshing take on alternative rock with lead singer Alec Ounsworth’s cracking wail coupled with a mix of heavy chords and buzzing synth, all self-released. On the other hand it is now serving as a gold standard for the rest of their albums and Hysterical just does not compare.

Their 2007 sophomore record, Some Loud Thunder, shows evidence of some maturing in their sound, but sometimes maturation is not for the better. They moved from fun melodies to more serious tunes with darker lyrics. The guitar sounded less garbled and scratchy, the power of synth is taken advantage of, and Ounsworth’s vocals became more well rounded, to the dismay of many fans. They tried to mimic their unique sound with the intro track, “Some Loud Thunder”, offering a heavy distortion that is almost painful to listen to. This evolution continued in the form of Hysterical.

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Music Review: Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

posted on Nov.14, 2011

Coldplay
“Mylo Xyloto”
Release Number: 5th
Hailing From: London, England
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Parlophone

 

Coldplay is a quartet consisting of lead vocalist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Johnny Buckland, drummer Will Champion, and bassist Guy Berryman. Their first album, Parachutes, is a collection of bummer tunes mixed in with a few heavier ballads, most notably “Yellow”. Chris Martin is known for their beautiful and serious lyrics about love and relationships delivered by his smooth vocals. A Rush of Blood to the Head has delivered some of their most recognized singles such as “Clocks”, “The Scientist”, and “In My Place”, playing on their earlier theme in their debut yet taking more advantage of electric guitar and piano. Their third album, X&Y, switches from the reflective songs about “me” to songs about “you”, placing doubt in fear in the self. This is idea is highlighted in the hit singles “Fix You”, and “Speed of Sound”. X&Y takes us for a ride, sequentially going from fast songs to slow songs, from ballads to a Chris Martin acoustic set,  almost making one lose patience and want to skip to the good parts.

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Music Review: Feist – Metals

posted on Nov.09, 2011

Feist
“Metals”
Release Number: 5th
Hailing From: Amherst, Nova Scotia
Genre: Indie pop
Label: Arts & Crafts / Cherrytree/ Polydor

Feist is the moniker of solo artist Leslie Feist, a Nova Scotia born singer-songwriter. With her fifth release, four years after her very successful album The Reminder, Feist is back to impress the music industry once again. It seems that Leslie Feist has taken a different, more mature and solemn approach with this album. Metals may not feature a track likely to be featured in an iTunes commercial like “1 2 3 4”, but that isn’t Leslie’s intention. Feist isn’t trying to achieve popular recognition; she’s creating an album based around her own experiences and emotions that is sure to please dedicated fans and impress those new to her work.

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Music Review: Mikkel Hess, Dirty Projectors + Bjork, and Feist

posted on Nov.08, 2011

WTSR’s music directors have new reviews for you.  Continue reading for information about Hess Is More’s Creation Keeps the Devil Away, Dirty Projectors + Bjork’s collaboration Mount Wittenburg Orcas, Feist’s album Metals.

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Music Review: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

posted on Nov.08, 2011

Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: San Francisco, California
Genre: Surf ‘n’ Roll
Label: True Panther

The Girls is a two person band consisting of Christopher Owens and Chet White. Their second album is sure to impress and entertain. The group’s first album Album offered many tracks full of grungy guitar riffs and a rough voice. Father, Son, Holy Ghost is distributed a different way with more soft instrumental and ballad-like tracks. Although, the album has a similar sound that fans will know and love, it offers a new perspective with variety that is sure to intrigue.

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