Reviews Music

Plants and Animals — La La Land

Plants and Animals - La La Land
Plants and AnimalsLa La Land
Secret City Records; 2010
11 Tracks; CD, LP

 

Review by: Lee Fraser

After listening to their second full-length album, I wondered: Will the members of Plant and Animals ever return to Parc Avenue from La La Land?

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Wintersleep — New Inheritors

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WintersleepNew Inheritors
EMI; 2010
12 Tracks; CD

 

Review by: Sean McNamara

Halifax's Wintersleep get bigger, more intense on their fourth album.

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Tokyo Police Club — Champ

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Tokyo Police ClubChamp
Dine Alone Records; 2010
11 Tracks; CD, Vinyl LP

 

Review by: Sean McNamara

Tokyo Police Club sharpen their songwriting skills to a very enjoyable result!

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The Dead Weather — Sea Of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards
The Dead WeatherSea Of Cowards
Third Man Records; 2010
11 Tracks; CD

 

Review by: Sara Harowitz

Less than one year after their first release The Dead Weather is back and grimier than ever.

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Apples In Stereo — Travellers in Space and Time

Apples In Stereo — Travellers in Space and Time
Apples In StereoTravellers in Space and Time
Simean Records; 2010
16 Tracks; CD, Double Vinyl LP

 

Review by: David Fisher

Picture a grassy park, a sunny afternoon, a case of beer, your significant other, and a Frisbee. You place a blanket under a shady tree and plunk your 'blaster' down, crank the volume loud enough to be heard while you run, catch, and throw the spinning disc. Now pop in your selection; Travelers In Space And Time by Apples In Stereo.

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Dr. Dog — Shame, Shame

Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
Dr. DogShame, Shame
ANTI-; 2010
11 Tracks; CD

 

Review by: Lucas Samuels

Dr. Dog is brimming with bright enthusiasm on their latest and most certainly greatest release, Shame, Shame. The band cited an intentional shift towards a more scaled-down, true representation of their live sound for this new album, and that is what we get. It's a refreshing change to hear Dr. Dog channeling their seriously energetic live spirit in the confines of a structured studio album. It's no easy feat, but Dr. Dog has the focus to make it work.

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Leif Vollebekk — Inland

Leif Vollebekk - Inland
Leif VollebekkInland
Nevado Records; 2010
10 Tracks; CD, LP, Digital Download

 

Review by: Whitney Pineault

Perhaps one of the most talented songwriters to emerge from Montreal's lavish musical landscape, Leif Vollebekk was born to make music.

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Zeus — Say Us

Zeus - Say Us
ZeusSay Us
Arts & Crafts; 2010
12 Tracks; LP, CD, Digital Download

 

Review by: Jen Polk

Toronto rockers Zeus, once known as Jason Collett's backing band, have released their debut album. And it's great.

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OK Go — Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky

OK Go - Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
OK Go — Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
Capitol Records; 2010
13 Tracks; CD, LP, Digital Download

 

Review by: Whitney Pineault

Even if you are not a fan of OK Go, you have to give these guys some credit. They are one of the most hard-working, socially conscious bands out there today.

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Vampire Weekend — Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
Vampire WeekendContra
XL Recordings USA; 2010
10 Tracks; CD

 

Review by: David Fisher

Every once in a while an album comes along which knocks my socks off... Contra, by Vampire Weekend, is not that album... but it comes close.

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Hot Chip — One Life Stand

Hot Chip - One Night Stand
Hot ChipOne Life Stand
EMI; 2010
10 Tracks; CD, LP, Digital Download

 

Review by: Whitney Pineault

Hot Chip's fourth studio album, One Life Stand, is one that marks a new direction for the London, England electro-pop outfit. After receiving a Grammy nomination for "Ready For The Floor" from 2008's critically acclaimed, Made In the Dark, the band have seemingly settled into a more domesticated maturity and crafted an album versatile enough for the club as well as a quiet night at home.

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Woodhands — Remorsecapade

Woodhands - Remorsecapade
Woodhands Remorsecapade
Paper Bag Records; 2010
10 Tracks; CD, LP, Digital Download

 

Review by: Jen Polk

Remorsecapade, Woodhands' second full-length, is a follow-up to 2008's explosive Heart Attack. This new release keeps the band rocking the keytar, pounding out the dance hits, and exploring its emotional baggage. It offers up eminently danceable tracks and much artistic interest, and establishes the Toronto duo of Dan Werb (keytar, synth, vocals) and Paul Banwatt (drums, live vocals) as the go-to band for electro-pop-rock that's smart, surprising, and impossible not to move to.

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