Archives for category: Gold Soundz

Adele | 21

Mini Review

Adele’s 21 excites and improves upon her buzzworthy debut on the strength of some great early singles and some spectacularly solid production work (from Rick Rubin, among others). Rolling in the Deep is as good a first single as you can get, with a driving Florence and the Machine vibe. Rumour Has It evokes old school gorgeous soul, and her take on The Cure’s Lovesong (though its been covered a trillion times) is surprisingly refreshing. Someone Like You closes the album in a stripped back production that allows the sadness of the song and the true heartbreak she’s able to capture come across completely free and honest. Though I would easily say it’s one of the best albums thus far of 2011, not everything is as solid as the album’s high points (and believe me the high points definitely are). There is a tendency of some songs to be massively overproduced and drown out the incredible emotional fragility of Adele’s voice, and it has a bit of “filler-itis” that plagued her first album). Taken as a whole though, you are in for a treat!

Rolling in the Deep (official video)

Someone Like You (live at the BRIT awards 2011)

Rumour Has It

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Phantogram | Eyelid Movies

Mini Review

Longer mini-review to come…

Mouthful of Diamonds

When I’m Small

Tennis | Cape Dory

Mini Review

Longer mini-review to come…

Marathon

Pigeon

 

Best Coast | Crazy For You

Mini Review

Oh the terrible, cold days of winter. How I miss and long for the sweet feel of summer! With those words, let us go back to those sunny days with Best Coast’s splendid beach pop summer debut EP from last year. With a shimmering sweet production, gorgeous vocals by Bethany Cosentino, that fabulous “dreams of California” album art, and a completely blithe spirit that carries through out, Crazy For You almost dares you not to like it. And like it, I think you will!

When I’m With You

Boyfriend

Crazy For You