Monthly Archives: June 2010

Shout at the Devil

(original cover) (Alternate cover) Band: Mötley Crüe Album: Shout at the Devil Best song: The title song is the best. Worst song: To say the cover of “Helter Skelter” is bad is an understatement. I’ve written this before, but there was something of a continuum for what passed for hard rock in the 1980s, popular […]

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Wavering Radiant

Band: Isis Album: Wavering Radiant Best song: “Ghost Key” is great. “20 Minutes/40 Years” is fantastic. Worst song: “Threshold of Transformation” probably goes on too long. The ocean, like business, with a pillowy abyss of a lover’s bosom, seems infinite, but all things must end. — Don Geiss, in Yachting Illustrated Isis’ farewell tour hit DC’s […]

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The Ugly Organ

Band: Cursive Album: The Ugly Organ Best song: “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale” is, by far, the best song on the record, though “The Recluse” is great and “Some Red-Handed Sleight of Hand” is Tim Kasher at his most intense. Worst song: “Staying Alive” isn’t good. There’s a nice parallel between Cursive’s The Ugly Organ and Pedro the […]

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Very Emergency

Band: The Promise Ring Album: Very Emergency Best song: The record brings me back. “Jersey Shore” is great, “Happy Hour” is good. Nothing beats “Emergency! Emergency!,” though. Worst song: Most of these songs sound the same, let’s be honest. I’ve touched on this in the past, but “emo” was “hipster” about ten years ago. When […]

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