James Morrison, Undiscovered, Polydor

Friends will recommend all kinds of albums. Some hit the mark, while others miss by a mile. Unfortunately James Morrison’s Undiscovered falls into the latter category as it’s analbum that fails to leave a lasting impression. From the plaintive, derivative cover art to the too-smooth soul infused pop-rock sounds (more…) Read More

Timbaland, Shock Value, Interscope

Having made a name for himself as Missy Elliott’s right hand man, Timbaland has emerged as one of (if not) THE premiere producers in the music industry. After helming Nelly Furtado’s breakthrough Loose and Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex/Love Sounds albums, his fingerprints can be found on albums by the Pussycat (more…) Read More

Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall: 1971, Reprise/WEA

Neil Young is one of the most distinguished artists in Canadian music history, an artist who has constantly been in a state of evolution, bridging the gaps between genres such asfolk,rock and country. Young has also been considered the godfather of grunge.Inthe36 years since the recording of this performance at (more…) Read More

Hunter Valentine, The Impatient Romantic, True North

There are albums that have you reaching for the stop button even before track 3 has even finished, then again there are albums out there which somehow manage to weld themselves into your portablemusicdevice. The debut LP from Hunter Valentine is undoubtedlyoneofthe latter. Kiyomi’s sultry vocals (think Linda Perry (more…) Read More

Grady, A Cold Cup of Poison, Warner

You must have been living under a rock for the past decade to not know of Big Sugar and/or its front-man Gordie Johnson. Big Sugar has shredded speakers right across this great nation of ours withtheirblend of reggae infused blues rock. In 2004 duetoadispute with the CRTC, Johnson disbanded (more…) Read More

Maroon 5, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, J Records

Now that it’s clear that Maroon 5 doesn’t have a female lead singer (a popular misconception when Songs About Jane was released), Adam Levine and Company have returned with their sophomore release <em>It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The old adage“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be the (more…) Read More

The 69 Eyes, Angels, Virgin Music

The 69 Eyes owe a great deal of thanks to Bam Margera for the public awareness that he bestowed upon the Finnish band showcasing the band on his television show VivaLaBam. The band has recently released their latest effort Angels. While their sound blendselementsofpunk, metal, goth and anthemic arena rock, (more…) Read More

ALO, Roses & Clover, Brushfire Records

The latest offering from the Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) entitled Roses & Clover, had piqued the interest in fans of Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label upon its initial announcement, however upon pressing play you started to wonder if you somehow got stuck with one of those infernal Time Life: Soft Rock (more…) Read More

Metric, Grow Up & Blow Away, Last Gang Recordings

There doesn’t seem to be much slowing down Emily Haines’ frenetic pace. After Metric’s debut album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Cracked the surface, it was its follow-up Live It Out whichbroke through and put Metric on the indie rock map.Opting to ride the indie-darling wave even (more…) Read More