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New Release Tuesday :: My Top 5 :: October 7, 2014

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1. Self-Titled :: Hozier

Three-Sentence Review: It can be hard to release an exceptional album that does not disappoint when a flat out amazingly perfect single preceded it months in advance, and a buzz of excitement and anticipation followed, with endless music fans half-holding their breath clamoring for the album. Well, I have to say, the wait was worth it, and all that breath-held anticipation was not in vain. Emotionally rich, deep voiced blues and soul and rock and something that digs under the skin in the best way – I’m not sure I can pick just a few favorites.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Take Me to Church, To Be Alone and Jackie & Wilson – but really the ENTIRE ALBUM

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

Jackie & Wilson

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2. Evergreen :: Broods

Three-Sentence Review: Everyone keeps relegating Broods to Lorde.2, but to me I think they have a singular sound that stands out of the wheelhouse where Lorde resides. I love the melodic sensibilities at play here, as if Azure Ray ran off to Vegas and got hitched to MGMT, celebrating in all the neon lit streets afterwards with Stars and Blonde Redhead (maybe Lorde is there dancing in the background, too). This album feels like one part indie chill, one part nights in the city, and one part dreamy sensuality, the whole of the parts together making a definitively listenable experience.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Mother & Father, LAF and Four Walls

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Mother & Father 

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3. Everything Will Be Alright In the End :: Weezer

Three-Sentence Review: The boys are back, really back, back to the sounds and styles and general Weezer-ness that won me over so hard and fast in the 90’s. I love how the album starts, like a 60’s horror/Sci-Fi movie, with a Mother telling her nightmare spooked child that “everything will be alright in the end” (the album title, see what they did there), which not only sets up the start of the album, but fits so perfectly with its October release. I have been obsessing over their first single, Back to the Shack, for the last few months and am giddy as hell that the album is such a fun listen.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Back to the Shack, Da Vinci and Anonymous

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Back to the Shack

shakey-graves-and-the-war-came4. And the War Came :: Shakey Graves

Three-Sentence Review: Oooh, where did Alejandro Rose-Garcia (a.k.a. Shakey Graves) come from, and why is this something I’ve just stumbled upon? Part Ryan Bingham, part Tom Odell, part July Talk, and all-around fantastic. Best songs are the ones where Rose-Garcia duets with Paper Town’s Esme Patterson, the two exuding flirtatious, melodic, perfectly matched vocals. This is one of those finds that I’ll be returning to often, and dying to see perform live.

Initial Favorite Track(s): Dearly Departed, The Perfect Parts and Big Time Nashville Star

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Dearly Departed (live)

ef9d9f82-4bad-4187-a27a-4918243868f75. Si Agua :: Mia Maestro

Three-Sentence Review: When she isn’t fighting off Guillermo del Toro’s vampires alongside Corey Stoll on FX’s The Strain, she is singing lilting and lovely songs, and sometimes singing them with one of my favorite artists, Damien Rice. Her songs are delicate, restrained and dreamy, the album itself full of cinematic moments that feel perfect for a dramatic film score. My favorite of the album, Blue Eyed Sailor, has a David Lynch feel to it, dark and razor sharp juxtaposing against her vocal innocence – so very yes (I do wish there were more like this one on the album).

Initial Favorite Track(s): Time to Go, Llovera and Blue Eyed Sailor

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

 

Blue Eyed Sailor

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