Weekly Capsule Reviews – 09/10/2016


This week: Drive-By Truckers, LYRA, Green Day, Jamie T, Bon Iver

Drive-By Truckers – American Band (30/09/2016 – ATO Records)

The quintessential American band as [anti-]American heroes. Americana as cynical commentary but they see the light at the end of their nation’s tunnel—NRA-bashing, anti-violence (?), girls-do-as-well-as-boys, pro-immigration, and tackling institutionalised racism with the cagey facts any rational liberal in the Deep South would be brave enough to bring to the patriotic red-white-and-blue table. The album this year where you can concentrate on the message, being as well thought out as any real social-justice act is. The validity of that is justified in the song forms. (9/10) [Dorney’s Top Records of 2016: #4]

LYRA – W.I.L.D (15/07/2016 – self-released) – (EP)

Irish gal as wispy-to-powerful Florence Welch. I was more than suitably impressed at her live gig in Cork’s Cyprus Avenue last week not forgetting her untraversable vowel- and consonant-swallowing, Corkonian intonation. Listening to this EP doesn’t do the live feel, her baroque pop, and her vaudeville movements any justice, and I struggle to see where the content can vary from here, but one to watch out for. Go see her live. (7/10)

Green Day – Revolution Radio (07/10/2016 – Reprise Records)

“Chasing fireflies and zeroes”—Singing about themselves presumably, telling us we live in troubled times. Very helpful and informative. But Billie Joe Armstrong is aware of what’s going on in the world, even if his frantic commentary is coming from the liberal media and what the radio and telly are telling us. Drugged-up teens and fallen soldiers, he can’t decide which is worse. And neither can I. (6/10)

Jamie T – Trick (02/09/2016 – Virgin Records)

Trick is full of paranoid schizophrenia. Whether that’s Jamie T’s fear of surveillance, misandry, everyday amenities, or just everything, I don’t know. I can relate, however, to the closing of music venues which, at this current moment, is an anti-capitalism stance I can jump on where I’m currently residing. Local art is dying out and maybe that’s why this guy is so anxious. We are living in Tescoland, Jamie, but I need food. (6/10)

Bon Iver – 22, A Million (30/09/2016 – Jagjaguwar)

Justin Vernon’s oblique lyricism is even more oblique with the vocal-enhancements landscape and song titles. I’m sure it’s more intriguing in attempting to excavate their meaning rather than the actual content itself. Yet there’s a chink of light in the “jazz fusion” of “8 (circle)” that is intentionally adding light to the abyss-like scene he’s intentionally concocted for himself. (4/10)


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