"Is this love or open heart surgery?" asks single-named singer Becky at the start of "Just Like a Roman Candle, Joe". The rest of the Hot Puppies debut is given over to riding the line between those two extremes. With sparkling hooks and Becky's tough snarl, the Welsh quintet stomps out a place for themselves somewhere to the left of gloom merchants like Celebration and Siouxsie & the Banshees. As black as midnight and as alluring as witchcraft.
By Yancey Strickler on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Brothers and Sisters EP, the three-track disc that landed Coldplay on a major label for their celebrated 2000 debut album Parachutes, is a remarkably confident effort for a band merely a year old. The songwriting pre...
By Phil Sutcliffe on 03.08.10 in Reviews
The fresh-faced country-rock six-piece Goldheart Assembly have been relentlessly compared to Fleet Foxes. But a longer perspective draws comparisons to more audacious, original Crowded House and The Hollies — there...
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From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.
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