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Revisiting Nine Inch Nails

I don’t know why I want to do these things, other than my desire to escape from Small Town, U.S.A., to dismiss the boundaries, to explore. It isn’t a bad place where I grew up, but there was nothing going on but the cornfields. My life experience came from watching movies, watching TV and reading … Continue reading

‘The King of Limbs’ (2011): Review

Producer: Nigel Godrich Length: 37:24 If you’re still on the fence about Radiohead, the insanely popular and talented British rock group of OK Computer (1997), The Bends (1995), and In Rainbows (2007) fame, then their latest effort, The King of Limbs, will not be the record to kick you on to the believer side. Though rich in skill … Continue reading

‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends’ (2008): Review

Producer: Markus Dravis, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson Length: 45:49 Coldplay is a band that took me an abnormally long time to understand how I felt about them. For me, they flitted back and forth between a serious interest and a poorly disguised guilty pleasure for years before their second latest album finally released … Continue reading

‘Rage Against the Machine’ (1992): Review

Producer: Garth Richardson, Rage Against the Machine Length: 52:52 Rage Against the Machine is a band that has always held a special place in my heart — a very, very angry part of my heart. If you spend much time at all listening to (not even understanding) their music, you will probably gain the urge … Continue reading

‘Us’ (2009): Review

Producer: Ant Length: 65:02 Us, the fourth studio album by Minnesota MC, Brother Ali, continues the rapper’s trend of fantastic songs composed of flowing, quality verses, catchy choruses, and pounding, memorable beats. It’s yet another great record from the standout Midwestern artist, and yet another bright spot in today’s underground hip scene. Once again, the … Continue reading

‘Life is Good’ (2012): Review

Producer: Al Shux, Boi-1da, Buckwild, Da Interz, DJ Hot Day, Heavy D, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Nas, No I.D., Noah “40” Shebib, Rodney Jerkins, Salaam Remi, Swizz Beatz Length: 57: 53 When I first sat down to write my review for Life is Good, the latest and eleventh studio album by my favorite rapper, Nas, I wasn’t … Continue reading

‘King Animal’ (2012): Review

Producer: Adam Kasper, Soundgarden Length: 52:01 When I first heard that Soundgarden, my favorite of the early ’90’s Grunge bands, were returning from a 16-year hiatus and were going to write their first album in over a decade, I was ecstatic. I’ve always loved the sweet sound of the Soundgarden’s complex, intricate riffs that somehow layered … Continue reading

‘The Undisputed Truth’ (2007): Review

Producer: Ant Length: 61:20 If you know me at all, you know that my patience for modern mainstream hip hop is paper thin. In short, I can’t stand it. It makes me want to puke on most occasions. Even artists that I once was partial to, such as Jay-Z (shout outs to Reasonable Doubt [1996] and … Continue reading

‘Death Magnetic’ (2008): Review

Producer: Rick Rubin Length: 74:42 I remember driving to my high school for a trip to an away game on the football team, the then brand, spanking new CD, Death Magnetic (DM) cooking in the CD player. I didn’t have time to listen to the whole album, so I made sure that I could at least … Continue reading

‘The Downward Spiral’ (1994): Review

Producer: Trent Reznor, Flood Length: 65:02 Rock ‘n roll was built on angst. Specifically, it was built on the passion and drive of people needing to be themselves, and given all of society’s many barriers that strive to prevent people from expressing themselves, that fight for expression tends to create a lot of built up … Continue reading