Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Strokes - Comedown Machine

9.2 [MUST LISTEN]

The cycle is complete! The Strokes have released their final album with RCA; Comedown Machine resonates past sounds that we have come to love from the band and also new sounds that I expect to hear more of in the future. Comedown Machine is the New York bands fifth album, it contains eleven tracks and is about forty minutes long.

After the release of their first album Is This It, which was a massive critical success and helped the band blast onto the music scene. None of their next three albums seemed to "measure up" to the first one until now. Comedown Machine has been receiving fair critical praise and has been said to be "their best work since Is This It." Now if you ask me, I think The Strokes are one of the greatest bands of this generation and will go down along with Radiohead, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire as this generations greatest contributors to music. I also think that all of The Strokes albums have been masterpieces, none fall short to me. So I may be a little bias giving this review, what with me having a gigantic boner for Julian and the gang, but regardless, this album is near perfection, though, I still wouldn't say it's their very best.

As I said earlier it emulates earlier albums with its almost lo-fi sound and simple guitar riff tunes that had us first falling in love with the band with tracks like All the Time and 50/50. It also displays songs that might be giving us a peek into the future of The Strokes with One Way Trigger and Call It Fate, Call It Karma. The tracks use piercing falsettos by Julian and excessive synths that get your booty shaking. They really tried their hardest to please everyone with this album but at the same time saying "Fuck you, we'll make the music we want to make." And they did it quite successfully. If you have the opportunity, please do yourself a favor and buy this album!

-The Talent

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experiance

9.7 [MUST LISTEN]

After several years of waiting and watching we finally got new music from Mr. Justin Timberlake. After the amazingly critical success of his 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds, it appeared Justin would go on a short hiatus from music. I remember just a few months ago, out of the blue, wondering if he would ever make music again, I honestly didn't know because the guy never wanted to talk about it, and then in January a short video was released of Justin walking around a studio with his voice over talking about how he wants to make the best music he can. The video would end with him walking up to a microphone while he puts on headphones. Needless to say I was excited, and about two months later on March 19th, 2013 he released The 20/20 Experience. By far his best work yet, and that's coming from a guy who would put FutureSex/LoveSounds in his top ten favorite albums of all time (that list will be coming soon). The 20/20 Experience returns us to the groovy, poppy, sounds that we heard from FutureSex/LoveSounds, with the addition of some more classic R&B tones and influences that I personal was pleasantly surprised to hear. He also returns with his partner in crime Timbaland as a producer and occasional vocalist. I think we have to give a huge thanks to Timbaland because I don't think this album or FutureSex would have been half of what they are if Justin and Timbaland had not combined their artistic visions to create the perfection that these records are. The 20/20 Experience is only a short ten songs, but the album totals to be over an hour long. Each song is an average of seven minutes long, I think this allowed Justin to create what he really wanted; not just an album, but an experience... do you see what I did there? The songs are not just radio single after radio single. They are stories about life, love, and living. Justin delivers a knock out and gets a confident four star rating from yours truly.

-The Talent