by Sean Kim
Wob, wob, wob, dub, dub, dub, but is that enough? “The 2nd Law,” the new release from Muse, seemed to be a highly experimental album for the band. “The 2nd Law” is the sixth album that Muse has released followed by many singles between the albums. On Jun. 6, 2012, the band released an album trailer getting fans ready for the release of “The 2nd Law.” The trailer was filled with surprises, as Muse used dub step in the song.
Though the album was fun and exciting, fans of dub-step may be disappointed. The reason: not enough wob, wob, wob and the dub, dub, dub. Only three out of 13 songs had dub step, but so what? ”The 2nd Law” is very different from previous albums, which makes it fantastic and unique. [...]
by Timothy Long
A vibrant 25-year-old Hawaiian native is stealing the hearts of women all around the world with romantic lyrics, sweet voice and his smooth attitude. Bruno Mars escalates to the forefront of pop music as a solo artist with the release of his debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.”
Mars found the top of music charts by collaborating with Travis McCoy in “Billionaire” and B.o.B. in “Nothin’ on You.” He’s now decisively moved to his own digs, but he still invites a few friends to the share in the party that is his debut album. [...]
by Rachel Madearis
After a 10-year hiatus following the release of Lover’s Rock in 2000, Sade returns to the music scene with Soldier of Love, a collection of daring ballads that gives listeners and fans a little of the Sade we love and a little of the Sade we haven’t heard before. [...]
by Cayla Bagby
The words “one man band” don’t always invoke feeling of joy. Some such bands have had success lately, like Owl City and Nevershoutnever, but there’s still a feeling that they must be acoustic, filled with loops, that there must really be more than one member of the band, or many guest musicians. The Rocket Summer is a one-man band that breaks those premonitions. [...]
by Morgan Ryman
Puscifer’s debut album, V is for Vagina, marks the solo debut of prog-rock deity Maynard James Keenan, and as he has stated repeatedly, this is his playground. While it may not be the most accessible album Maynard has put out in his established career, it certainly has its fun moments, though, they are very slow. The album is very thick and vaguely psychedelic, but maintains a level of activity. Maynard trades in the screaming of Tool for deeper, throatier vocals that truly sound like a new product. The closest Maynard gets to sounding like its past is on the track “The Undertaker,” which sounds like it would be perfectly at home on an A Perfect Circle record.
The band has been slowly forming since its inception on the mid-nineties cult hit Mr. Show with Bob and David, and the sound of a long drag comes through for much of the record. Those looking for a new Tool or A Perfect Circle album should direct their attention to the bands MySpace, which states: “CHECK YOUR OVER INFLATED EXPECTATIONS AT THE DOOR.” This is merely the playground of one of the most bizarre front men in recent music history. This is pretty much an album for strict followers of the church of Maynardism.