ALBUM APART offers brief and visual track by track album reviews. This is done by using this chart which is a classification system that looks beyond genres. Color, icons, and quick descriptions exhibit the most dominant characteristics of each song. Together, they give a quick assessment of all of the songs on a given album.
The Energy column evaluates the overall liveliness of a song. It takes account of not only the beats per minute, but the pace of the lyrics and the velocity of the instrumentation. It’s the measure of stimulation in music.
The Feeling column examines the general mood of a song. It gauges the vibe of a tune with all its sentiments, both musically and lyrically, and determines that tune’s core expression. It’s the measure of emotion in music.
The Complexity column analyzes the intricacy of a song. It looks at a musical piece with respect to its lyrical execution, subject material, instrument arrangement, and interplay between all of them. It’s the measure of depth in music.
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Visual Album Review: Broadcast – Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Broadcast’s joint project with the Focus Group (a.k.a. Julian House) is a simultaneously old-fashioned and otherworldly trip through mostly short, experimental pieces that make for a successful alchemy.
Before the Heartbreakers, there was Mudcrutch, the band which Tom Petty would reassemble over 30 years later to release their official self-titled debut which reexamines their Floridian roots with concentrated southern rock, some bluegrass leanings and country love.
Stripped down to a duo for the first time, Trish Keenan and James Cargill whittle down their sonic pallette too with their third studio record that favors minimal elements over ornate instrumentation.
There’s less lift and fewer hooks this second time around, but the draw is still present and the group’s bond remains strong after the passing of the late great Roy Orbison, proving to be yet another whimsical collaboration of solidly written songs from four legends in popular music.
Nearly three and a half years after their impressive debut, Broadcast return with Haha Sound, an affectionate album full of electronic pieces that creak, clank and rattle away.
The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup (or coincidental music militia one could say) consisting of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and George Harrison; and Vol. 1 is their serendipitous debut album recorded in only 10 days, full of solid and exuberant tunes with mass appeal.