Review Rundown: Who Gives a Tweet? 140 Characters or Less


This time out the Review Rundown will come to you in 140 characters or less. Well, not the whole thing, but you get the point. This is the “Who Gives a Tweet? Your review in 140 characters or less” edition of the RR. It takes some brief (140 characters) looks at new releases from Above & Beyond, Mayday! Cried the Captain, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Kill Paradise, Motion City Soundtrack, Number One Gun, Greeley Estates, Annuals, Artist vs. Poet and Shurman.

File Under: Engrossing Trance Infused Electronica Goodness
Above & Beyond – “Anjunabeats Volume 7” (Ultra Records): An immersive assemblage of trance & electronica spanning 2 CDs & 28 tracks. Must have CD/DVD set led by tracks “Tonight” & “Anjunabeach.” (www.myspace.com/aboveandbeyond)
Grade: A
Go Download: Above & Beyond – “Anjunabeach,” Dirty Vegas – “Tonight” (Above & Beyond Mix)

File Under: Done to Death Synthy Electro-core
Mayday! Cried the Captain – “Mayday! Cried the Captain” EP (Unsigned): Lady Gaga “Just Dance” cover kicks ass. That’s the highlight here though. You’ve heard this all before, although it’s not actually that bad. (www.myspace.com/maydaycriedthecaptain)
Grade: C
Go Download: “Just Dance”

File Under: Ska, According to the Bosstones
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Pin Points and Gin Joints” (Big Rig Records): A Mighty Mighty Bosstones record infused with sheer grit & pure honest passion. It’s real. This isn’t just ska being played for ska’s sake. (http://www.bosstonesmusic.com/)
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘The Route That I Took’

File Under: Electronically Fueled Powerpop
Kill Paradise – “The Second Effect” (BreakSilence Recordings): Passable electro-pop full of thumping beats & blissfully catchy songs that’s not up to snuff with genre peers Owl City, Breath Carolina. (www.myspace.com/killparadise)
Grade: C
Go Download: “Katie And I”

File Under: Mark Hoppus Produced Pop Rock
Motion City Soundtrack – “My Dinosaur Life” (Columbia): A borderline average record from a band that’s been in steady decline since 2005. It’s just OK, not great. ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a saving grace. (http://www.motioncitysoundtrack.com/)
Grade: C+
Go Download: ‘History Lesson’

File Under: Experimental Christian Rock
Number One Gun – “To the Secrets and Knowledge” (Tooth & Nail): Come for the flawless cover of Journeys ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ stay for the complex Kaddisfly-esque synth laden atmospherics like ‘Try It.’ (www.myspace.com/numberonegun)
Grade: B-
Go Download: ‘Look to Pass’

File Under: Heavy Band Bringing the Heavy
Greeley Estates – “No Rain, No Rainbow” (Tragic Hero): Has Greeley Estates ever sounded this earth-shattering? This ear-blisteringly superb? In short, no. These 12 songs are their best yet. (www.myspace.com/greeleyestates)
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Swim for Your Lives’

File Under: Sugary Sweet Powerpop with a Cherry on Top
Artist vs. Poet – “Damn Rough Night” (Fearless): 4 incredibly catchy tunes with big infectious hooks as spotless as a clear blue sky. New song from “Favorite Fix” on here too. Check it! (www.myspace.com/artistvspoet)
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Rescue’

File Under: Experimental New-Wave Indie
Annuals – “Sweet Sister” EP (Terpsikhore Records): Near label-less indie from Raleigh, NC that mingles progressive elements of dream pop & shoegaze. Its pretty transcendent & full of bounce. (http://www.annualsmusic.com/)
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Flesh and Blood’

File Under: Texas Sized Singer/Songwriter Rock & Roll
Shurman – “Still waiting for the Sunset” (Sustain/Republic): Shurman’s latest is pure American rock’n’roll in every sense of the word – a dozen true songs full of passion, infused with an indie spirit. (www.myspace.com/shurman)
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Country Just Ain’t Country’

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