Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Ok Human – Weezer
OK Human isn’t just a pleasant surprise, it’s a genuinely good album that shows off a lot of Weezer’s best sides in a way that’s been missing of late. Rivers is right that this wouldn’t really work in a stadium, but writing with orchestra in mind has brought back a more traditional stripe of songwriting from the man, invoking the feel of smooth, enormous songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s from his heroes like Burt Bacharach, Fleetwood Mac and The Carpenters.
Look Alive – Black Pistol Fire
‘Look Alive’ is a far-reaching sonic landscape, venturing out beyond traditional rock touchstones. Credit this in part to the band’s natural progression. “When we first started out a decade ago, I had one guitar and one guitar pedal, and Eric had his drums and a green Dodge Neon – that was it,” says Kevin McKeown. “So, experimentation was just not an option.” Since then, things have changed. McKeown’s pedal collection – and the resulting range of sounds he is capable of producing with it – is an awe-inspiring thing, for one, while Owen has moved beyond a mere acoustic kit to add bass synth, electronic drums and other colours to the mix.
AURORA – Annisokay
Aurora feels very much like Annisokay no longer has anything to prove. It’s got influences from pop, operatic metal, industrial & nu-metalcore, using them tastefully to enhance their already rich sound. Perhaps the addition of fresh blood, as their former harsh vocalist Dave Grunewald left in 2019, has given them a revived sense of self. This is not an album searching for identity, it’s an album confident with what it is and standing with conviction. With 13 tracks, you’d expect much more filler than there is present. Each track has a unique aspect, a memorable hook or a delicious riff that sticks in your mind. Face The Facts wonderfully blends interesting rhythms with fun, bouncy riffs. Bonfire Of The Millenials is driven by a staccato synth pulse, adding a harshness and tension to the subject matter of the earth slowly dying, “Baby boomers building cities out of greed” is sung by Christoph with angst in his voice.
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