Track Review: “The Day That Never Comes” – Metallica

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Track review: AE Bridger “Stretch-a-Sketch”

Track Review: “Stretch-a-Sketch” by AE Bridger From I am a Ghostly Leech (2008) St. John’s, NL soundclick.com/bands/aebridger Alison Corbett: Neurologist Oliver Sacks writes that, although rare, many of his patients report having musical hallucinations. His patients often refer to the hearing recordings in their head…

Track Review: “Ever Made Love to Communist?” by The Kremlin

Track Review: “Ever Made Love to Communist?” by The Kremlin (visit their MySpace page to hear the music) From The Red Menace (2008) St. John’s, NL www.thekremlin.ca Alison Corbett: Many moons have passed since I last donned the GoGo Dancer Strike Force outfit (and I’ve…

Track review: “dd’s blues” by Duane Andrews

Track Review: “dd’s blues” by Duane Andrews From raindrops (2008) St. John’s, NL www.duaneandrews.ca Alison Corbett: Holy smokes! Pizzazz, character, drama—it’s got it all! The melody steps through seemingly infinite combinations of instrumentation and ornamentation, returning each time with smooth insistence. The texture is pretty…

Joe Belly – “Crawlin’ out of a Hole”

Track Review: “Crawlin’ out of a Hole” by Joe Belly From Crawlin’ out of a Hole (2008) St. John’s, NL www.myspace.com/joebelly Alison Corbett: Set the dial to slow rock and start swaying with your lover. If you don’t have one, this song might make you…

Track Review: “New Townie Man” by Colleen Power

“New Townie Man” by Colleen Power From Rejects (2008) St. John’s, NL myspace.com/colleenpower Alison Corbett: I’m totally into this! Witty lyrics, a wicked beat and down-to-earth Newfoundland quirk all joins together to create a re-enactment-worthy song. I’d highly recommend trying it out on Water Street…

“Yr Best” by Mercy, The Sexton

Track Review: “Yr Best” by Mercy, The Sexton [listen at their MySpace page] From Another Month (2008) St. John’s, NL myspace.com/mercythesexton Alison Corbett: On the continuum of “sparkle to sparkliest,” this definitely falls in the latter portion. The new wave shimmer from the synth/keys is…

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Track Review: Hey Rosetta! — “There’s an Arc”

Track Review: Hey Rosetta! — “There’s an Arc” [listen at heyrosetta.com] From into your lungs… (2008) St. John’s, NL www.heyrosetta.com Alison Corbett: If you’ve ever seen the end of the show “House,” you know the drill: melancholy opening with interesting lyrics that breaks into full-on…

Track Review: The Sleepless Nights — “Allyson Got Robbed”

Track Review: The Sleepless Nights — “Allyson Got Robbed” From Turn Into Vapour (2008) Halifax, NS myspace.com/thesleeplessnights Alison Corbett: Rocking the sound of bands like The Killers and Panic at The Disco, Halifax’s The Sleepless Nights use minimalist techniques to create an amazingly catchy song…

Track Review: The Pathological Lovers — “Sister Cities”

Track Review: The Pathological Lovers — “Sister Cities” From They’re Playing Our Chord (2008) St. John’s, NL myspace.com/thepathologicallovers Alison Corbett: Advance! No, wait! Retreat! Dynamic tension and textural layering abounds! Melodic guitar riffs and tasteful drumming keep the ear interested and Jody’s vocals are nothing…

Track Review: Cadence Weapon — “Black Hand”

Track Review: Cadence Weapon — “Black Hand” From Breaking Kayfabe (2007) Edmonton, AB www.cadenceweaponmusic.com Darcy Fitzpatrick: If listening to music can be compared to reading, then I probably listen to hip hop at a grade 3 level. Meanwhile, this track from Cadence Weapon has me …

Track review: City and Colour – “Waiting…”

Track Review: City and Colour — “Waiting” [click to launch audio player] From Bring Me Your Love (2008) St. Catharines, ON www.cityandcolour.ca Darcy Fitzpatrick: What’s unfortunate about this song is if you listen closely you can tell the band has chops, but the high concept,…

Track review: am/fm dreams – “poison flowers”

Track review: am/fm dreams — “poison flowers” From Flora and Fauna (2008) St. John’s, NL www.myspace.com/amfmdreamsband Darcy Fitzpatrick: The subtly employed organ in the first verse then thunders in and almost consumes the chorus. A ghost-like lead guitar takes a backseat to the rhythm section…