Furious pumpin & cookin from Deaner. Unlike the first solo Dean Ween album this record is mostly instrumental. And it's just one chuggin rocker after another. Limited appeal in some ways since there are only a handful of actual "songs" here. But Dean and his crew (which mostly consists of the live Ween band plus a bunch of guests) are great at what they do. The production is fantastic too, this is what I want rock production to sound like.
Tony Banks - Five
If Banks was still writing pop music he'd be doing pretty well I think. I could easily hear his writing style in these pieces. However what would sound great played with guitars organs and mellotrons kinda sounds bland when played by an orchestra. Having heard all three of Tony's orchestral albums this one is definitely the best.
TC&I - Great Aspirations
Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers made an EP album that is just OK. Sounds like Colin's later-XTC compositions but without the lush XTC production. Chambers is still a good drummer but his presence doesn't really make this any less of a Colin solo project. If you like XTC and want to hear what Colin has been up to I guess check this out.
David Byrne – American Utopia
Not as good as the St Vincent and Brian Eno collabs, but it's some decent Byrne.
of Montreal - White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood
Mediocre like everything else they've done lately. But it's better than the last couple.
Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Some hauntingly beautiful music. Great exploratory artsy experimental rock tracks. Real good.
Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
Checked these out cus we were talking about this band in the b52s thread the other week. The first album is just OK, but the 2nd album is pretty great 00s dance music. Easy to see why they didn't last very long, but they were developing nicely and I would have liked to hear what a 3rd album would have sounded like.
Andrew W.K. - You're Not Alone
Cheesy bombastic self-help power pop. WK reaches into your soul with "Life is worth living" and "follow your dreams" aphorisms, and it's everything I could have ever wanted from a new Andrew WK album. The production is loud and in your face with a million layers of guitar and those dorky synths that WK uses and the songs are all bubblegum and hooky as can be. It's more consistent than I Get Wet and it's thematically all on message. And every song is just ENERGY! GO! GO! GO! I love this. Best album this guy's ever done, and exactly the album I need in my life right now. You'd have to be a real cynical bastard to put this album down (so like half this board probably), it just radiates positivity in every direction.