More Reviews
 


Recent Reviews

The Turtles


It Ain't Me Babe


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 14, 2013

The debut LP from penultimate 1960s popsmiths The Turtles receives a reissue treatment on pristine, 180 gram vinyl. Reissued in mono, the LP features a handful of originals alongside a stellar batch of covers from Bob Dylan, Barry Mann, Cynthia...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.00

The Turtles


Happy Together


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 14, 2013

Reissued on pristine, 180 gram vinyl, The Turtles 1967, Top-25 LP 'Happy Together' is available in all of its airbrushed pop perfection. Often written off as producers of hackneyed, mindless drivel, a second look at the group's masterfully crafted vocal...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.00

Buttonhoof


A Framework


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 13, 2013

'A Framework' is the debut full-length LP from Bloomington, IN pop punks Buttonhoof. Energetic, precise rhythms and warm vocals are the driving forces behind this release. Recorded, mixed and masters by Robert Lugo at DBB Records, Buttonhoof presents an accessible...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.20

Dumb Numbers


Dumb Numbers


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on August 13, 2013

10 years in the making, Dumb Numbers is a project from Australia's Adam Harding featuring a who's-who lineup of backing musicians, including Lou Barlow, Bob Bruno, Dale Crover, CR Matheny and Murph.

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.40

Eleanor Friedberger


Personal Record


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 8, 2013

Friedberger picks up where she left off on her nostalgic 2011 solo debut. The former frontwoman of Fiery Furnaces continues to make an argument for consideration in one of the best pop rock tunesmiths of the last decade. This batch...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.30

Swallows


Witching & Divining


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 7, 2013

A sinister seriousness casts a shadow over this expansive collection of American roots, blues and folk tunes. Lead singer Jeff Crandall's confident growl is the driving force behind the sophomore LP from this Minneapolis five-piece.

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 3.85

Hoi' Polloi


Hoi' Polloi


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on August 1, 2013

Recorded over spring break at Earlham College in 1972, the lone studio release from Richmond, IN's Hoi' Polloi has been resurrected from ashes of psychedelic folklore. From the high quality remastering treatment to the extensive package of extras, Family Vineyard...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.45

Japonize Elephants


Melodie Fantastique


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 31, 2013

Japonize Elephants continues to hone its sound and redefine genres in the vein of gypsies past. The group employs unorthodox arrangements and an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach to instrumentation to create a truly unique listening experience that borrows from bluegrass, folk, and...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.15

Sonny & The Sunsets


Antenna to the Afterworld


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 30, 2013

Sonny Smith rebounds from the post-divorce despondence of 'Longtime Companion' for a concept record that centers around an extraterrestrial's first impressions of earth. Despite the change in scenery, the human condition and all of its various pitfalls are at the...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 4.20

Photon Band


Pure Photonic Matter Volume 1


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 23, 2013

A scatter-brained effort on the seventh studio release from Philadelphia's Photon Band. The group moves from spaced out psychedelia to straightforward power pop to experimental electronica on this 14-track LP. Though the album lacks a coherent vision, the band's ability...

Continue Reading

overall ranking: 3.65