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DEER TICK: Negativity
This is the fifth studio release for the Rhode Island indie-rock band. The album’s 12 tracks reflect a range of sounds and several strong images.
One of the most apparent themes on the album is one of heartbreak and loss. Lead singer John McCauley split with his former fiancee Nikki Darlin of Those Darlins’ a couple years ago. In an interview with Paste magazine, MCauley said he stopped writing for years after the break-up and some of the tracks of this new album are the result of his resurgence into songwriting. He called the process “pretty inspirational.”
Along with McCauley’s love-sick tracks, the album also features songs from other band members, particularly one by Guitarist Ian O’Neil called “The Dream’s in the Ditch” where he talks about the difficulty of the music business.
Although the album contains new sounds and stretches some new musical frontiers, fans will still be able to recognize the essence of the band throughout the tracks.
KINGS OF LEON: Mechanical Bull
This sixth studio release from the alternative rock band Kings of Leon is already received some positive feedback. The first single, “Supersoaker,” was released in July and the second single, “Wait for Me,” was released in August. Both songs have received fairly consistent airtime and recognition on stations and websites worldwide.
The album’s 11 tracks clearly reflect the band’s signature sound heard on tracks like “Sex on Fire” and “One By the Night” but still show a musical progression and evolution.
The Nashville-based band has officially been in the music industry for over a decade, and if this album is any indication, they just might be adding another ten years to the pot.
YOKO ONO/PLASTIC ONO BAND: Take Me to the Land of Hell
This is the newest release from the 80-year-old Yoko Ono, but listeners could be fooled into thinking the album was recorded and released by a spritely 20 something year old Ono at the height of the 60′s cultural movement.
The album contains a mix of sounds, from party songs to slow-ish jams. There’s even a song that plays around with some familiar anti-war and pro-peace themes that were prevalent in Ono’s life during her relationship with Beatles star John Lennon.
Along with a mix of sounds, the release also features some well-known names including the Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, and Ono’s song with John Lennon’s son, Sean Lennon, who also helped produce the release.