This week we came back with a selection of two albums. One that may have been on the forefront of the releases and another lesser known band that should have had a wider spread.
Black Sabbath – 13 – 2013
When I first heard that Sabbath had a new release I was separated between despair and anger because I have a lot of respect about what this band did to Rock and how their sound still influences many bands and genres of music that I love. But I kinda always felt that Ozzy was much like a living dead and that a new release would just be like the extra beer you take when you already had too many but you still continue to drink until hangover. I couldn’t be more wrong, it is a very solid effort from Sabbath that has reminiscent of their first albums but made with the standards of today. Guitarist Tony Iommi is just in better form that he ever been. And session drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslaves) is a great addition to the record giving the beats and tempos that are particular to this game changing band. It is not a game changing record but still a quite enjoyable one that gives to the fans of the Ozzy era something new that is not a St. Anger. It might even make me change my mind on never seeing Ozzy in concert!
Jimmy Eat World – Damage – 2013
This Indie/Punk rock outfit is one of the bands that my wife and I share the love. In fact, this is her favorite band and probably their hardest critics with the two recent releases. With their previous album Invented, it felt like a let down from their Indie sound of guitar oriented and almost ambient sound. If you ask me, their peak was Bleed American and Futures. On the Futures album you have such blissfull songs like Polaris and 23. Now with their new record, their first on a major level, Damage, we have a more mature release that departs from the more punk/naive sound of Bleed American but that still carries a melodic sound with the profound vocals of Jim Adkins and a nice progression in the drumming of Zach Lind. This is a very good effort, not their best and not their worst either. It is also interesting to observe that as their first album on a major, they haven’t made a song that would appeal to radio playing. Concentrating on fans basis and not really needing to reach for new markets but doing what they like and great at.
What do you think of those recent releases? Waht’s been in your ears lately? Any recommandations?