Album Reviews
by Tom Beninate
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album:
Born To Die
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

You can say this record is dark, different, and detached from what we typically hear these days. The tunes are not bad. Del Ray, although not a great vocalist, certainly conveys the emotion of each track. Interestingly, Lorde (with Pure Heroine) created a big record by copying the essence of some songs on Born To Die.
Key Songs: "Born To Die", "Million Dollar Man", "Summertime Sadness".
©2014 Master Seven. All rights reserved.
All non-Master Seven material is copyright via their respective organizations
Website design by Random Seven
Artist: Zedd
Album:
Clarity
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

You get ten mostly EDM tracks, four of which are intrumentals on this record.
The song, "Clarity" is the winner on this album. There is some originality here, but not enough to break through the many musical cliches presented.
Key Songs: "Clarity".
Artist: Chris Brown
Album:
Fortune
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

Brown laid down some good ideas on this record.The mix is excellent and the album has a couple of good songs. If Brown wanted to amp up this record, the listening experience would have been more remarkable.
Key Songs: "Don't Wake Me Up".
Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Album:
Here's To The Good Times
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

If the lift kit for your pickup truck is more important than your girlfriend or spouse, then this album is for you. All of these songs sound alike. If you listened to this entire bro-country-party record, you would be hard-pressed to describe anything specifically different about any song. The choruses and harmonies are especially similar.
Key Songs: "Cruise".
Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age
Album:
Like Clockwork
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA) band members collectively wrote most of the songs on this record. You get good hooks, active bass parts, and lots of originality. The fact that no two tunes sound alike reflects the fine craftsmanship behind this album.
Key Songs: "The Vampyre Of Time & Memory", "If I Has A Tail", "Kalopsia", "Like Clockwork".
Artist: Jason Aldean
Album:
Night Train
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

With over twenty credited songwriters you would think these fifteen songs would sound very different. This is not the case, as there is a formulated similarity among them. And, it is that same sound and familiarity that has overtaken Nashville. The record simply lacks originality.
Key Songs: "The Only Way I Know", "Night Train".
Artist: Imagine Dragons
Album:
Night Visions
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

The Dragons begin this record with three radio hits. Afterwards they settle into average tunes with similar structural formulas as the first three. It is too bad they took this route with the rest of the album because this could have been a remarkable work.
Key Songs: "Radioactive", "It's Time", "Demons".
Artist: Maroon 5
Album:
Overexposed
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

Overexposed is a silly pop record that seems to work well. There are a few stronger than average tunes that are easy and fun to listen to. The three bonus tracks are unnecessary and creates an overdone effect that takes away some mood when listening to the entire CD
Key Songs: "One More Night", "Payphone", "Daylight", "Love Somebody".
Artist: Taylor Swift
Album:
Red
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

This reasonably good record gets watered down with too many similar-sounding songs. If Swift deleted four of the weakest tunes, she would have twelve remaining cuts and a stronger album. With that said, Swift nails the vocals and the support team aces the instrumentation and mix
Key Songs: "I Knew You Were Terrible", "The Last Time", "Everything Has Changed".
Artist: Donald Fagen
Album:
Sunken Condos
Year Released: 2012
Rating:

Donald Fagan simply revisited earlier Steely Dan tunes and repackaged them without Walter Becker. What a lazy shame, because Fagan enlisted top-shelf musicians on this perfectly-in-the-groove album. The only exception to this is the 1978 classic Isaac Hayes tune, "Out Of The Ghetto" which was impeccably covered by Fagan and crew.
Key Songs: "Out Of The Ghetto".
<prev ... next> ... review index ... page 1
<prev ... next> ... review index ... page 1