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

Army of Anyone, Army of Anyone, EMI, Firm Music

As far as a lot of people are concerned Scott Weiland was Stone Temple Pilots, after he left STP and joined Slash and Co. for Velvet Underground not much attention was paidtothe brothers DeLeo. Fast forward to 2006, where former Filter front-man RichardPatrickhiresthe DeLeo brothers to help him write material (more…) Read More

Slowcoaster, Future Radio, Company House Records

Few bands are able to transcend 2-3 genres over the course of a career, however there are far fewer that are able to transcend a laundry list of genres on a single album.TheseCape Breton (by way of B.C.) lads are better known as Slowcoaster and can countthemselvesamongstthe elite who can (more…) Read More

Kanye West, Graduation, Roc-A-Fella Records

Hands down, there is no one who loves Kanye West more than Kanye West. Sure each of his three albums come with an abundance of over-aggrandizing, but that simply adds to the legend thatheattempting to cultivate. The Louis Vuitton Don is one of thefewartiststhat can actually back the (more…) Read More

The Starting Line, Direction, Virgin/EMI

The Starting Line’s latest effort Direction has been one of the more frustrating listens in recent memory. When you lead off with tracks such as “Direction” and “21” it sets an expectation of mediocrity with its mall-punk influences, however when it comes to the gem of the disc “Something Left (more…) Read More

Raine Maida, The Hunters Lullaby, Nettwerk

When word began to trickle out that Raine (front-man of Our Lady Peace) Maida was heading into the studio to start work on his solo debut, imaginations began to churn with hopeandendless possibility about what the album would sound like. Interests weredefinitelypiquedby the idea of a solo Raine Maida, sadly (more…) Read More

The Killers, Sawdust, Island

While a 3rd studio effort from the Killers would be nice, this sadly isn’t it. Apparently during the recording of Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, Brandon Flowers and Co. managed to amass a number of alternative recordings (or Sawdust if you will) that were unable to find a place on (more…) Read More