Its not really unusual for me to have a decent and sometimes odd mix of material in this column. This week is no exception with everything from an indie single to some rather jazzy death metal.
The Cavaliers: "You're Not the Same Girl"
A couple of tracks from an indie band that are neither annoying nor tedious as is often this genre's want. They are cute songs that you will not have you reaching for the tuning knob to shut off. A bit catchy and danceable, it's perfect fodder for late in the evening when you don't want anything too heavy or taxing. Both tracks are growers that seem to gel with multiple listens.
American Speedway: Ship of Fools
This is groovy hard rock with lots of go and oodles of fun. Not going to break any new trends with this lot, but who gives a damn when it's this good. There is a taste of Alabama Thunderpussy at their best, as well the obvious references to AC/DC without being a clone like that latest lot of Aussies. Any album that has a track called "Don't Tread on Me" is a winner with me.
This is the type of thing that you want coming out of your car stereo as you trundle down the road with top down this summer. Hard rock party music; which you just know goes down as a bloody treat live.
Farewell: Isn't This Supposed to be Fun?
This album sort of washed over me; never quite taking me nor driving me away. It most reminds me of Fall Out Boy and their ilk, not clones but a similar vibe. The album is another grower with tracks like "War" eventually getting under your skin. There is nothing horrid about this album to be sure. In fact, it's quite pleasant, but it doesn't really grab one much. It more or less flows through your ears without leaving much of a impression. They have got an ode to blogging with "First one to Blog" which evokes a smile.