82 items by Chuck Eddy

  • Going to Hell

    Going to Hell | ALBUM REVIEW

    This New York band's brash second album rages with the upbeat, beat-wise humor that hard rock has suppressed ever since grunge. "Heaven Knows" and "Why'd You Bring a Shotgun to the Party" are full-on glam stomps about...

    March 18, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Underneath the Rainbow

    Underneath the Rainbow | ALBUM REVIEW

    These Georgia garage guys are a dozen years into their recording career – a neat trick, given that their biggest role models are slop-bucket Sixties greaser-punk obscurities who tended to disappear after a regional 45...

    March 18, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Letters

    Love Letters | ALBUM REVIEW

    Metronomy sell mopey moods by the seashore: The British synth-poppers' last album was called The English Riviera, and now and then on their new one you even hear people splashing around. Love Letters opens with...

    March 11, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Blame It All on My Roots

    Blame It All on My Roots | ALBUM REVIEW

    Of four all-covers discs in Garth Brooks' Walmart-exclusive box set, Blue Eyed Soul feels emotionally rich, Classic Rock rather overbearing, softer-rock Melting Pot a bit sappy. These all focus on songs everybody knows and nobody hates....

    January 3, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • Life, Love & Hope

    Life, Love & Hope | ALBUM REVIEW

    Five songs on Boston's first album in more than a decade have "love" in their titles; three revise songs from its predecessor, Corporate America. That album came out in 2002, five years before Brad Delp committed suicide....

    December 9, 2013 11:50 AM ET
  • Days of Gold

    Days of Gold | ALBUM REVIEW

    Country-radio fixture Jake Owen takes his barefoot-beefcake-surf-bum-slacker role to heart, like only an ex-wakeboarder from Vero Beach, Florida, could: "Laaaaid back," as he inhales, Snoop-style, in the tentatively rap-cadenced "Beachin'," which also mentions a reggae band...

    December 9, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Baptized

    Baptized | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seven years after he placed on American Idol, Chris Daughtry and his band are opening up their would-be grunge to more nuance: folk instruments and synths, smoother high notes tempering Daughtry's bellow, "boom-b'boom" vocal-bass hook lightening the...

    November 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Avril Lavigne

    Avril Lavigne | ALBUM REVIEW

    Assisted on nearly every track by new husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Avril Lavigne starts her fifth LP shouting out her own rocker credentials: On "Rock N Roll," all the Auto-Tune in Sweden can't keep...

    November 18, 2013 12:30 PM ET
  • To All the Girls

    To All the Girls | ALBUM REVIEW

    "From Here to the Moon and Back," the pledge of eternal devotion (with Dolly Parton) that opens Willie Nelson's conceptual collection of duets with women, has major wedding-dance potential. But several of the pairings that...

    October 18, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Aftershock

    Aftershock | ALBUM REVIEW

    Even as Lemmy Kilmister closes in on 70, Motörhead's avalanche rock & roll still makes most metal sound rigid in comparison. On Aftershock, "Lost Woman Blues" and "Dust and Glass" relax enough to tap Britain's 1960s...

    October 18, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • The Speed of Things

    The Speed of Things | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., unusually unmotorized for a Metro Detroit band, despite their name, seem ambivalent about getting their groove on. "You're supposed to surrender to the bass," they lackadaisically observe in "If You Didn't See Me...

    October 8, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Crash My Party

    Crash My Party | ALBUM REVIEW

    Luke Bryan's fourth album opens audaciously, following some T-Pain-name-checking hick-hop boom-bap with some fast-rhyming drama. Before long, though, the party really does crash: Tempos slow, themes get deep. Bryan spends several songs mooning over girlfriends or his...

    August 13, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Sunbather

    Sunbather | ALBUM REVIEW

    Deafheaven make shoegazer metal that does its dark work in the background but refuses to stay in one place. Here, feedback thickens to thunderous crescendos while a cloud cover of despondent growls rains down. Snatches of minimalist...

    August 12, 2013 4:25 PM ET
  • Golden

    Golden | ALBUM REVIEW

    Simultaneously the brightest and most restless LP this country-pop trio have made, Golden feels like a house of mirrors: "Goodbye Town" and "Long Teenage Goodbye" both spark bittersweet remembrances of first flirtations; the latter quotes "Turn!...

    June 17, 2013 6:00 PM ET
  • Pythons

    Pythons | ALBUM REVIEW

    Up from the indie minors, Florida's Surfer Blood fill their second full-length with insistent jangle, Anglophile emoting and hangdog melodies that suggest collegiate mope rock might never go away. Producer Gil Norton smooths the foursome's edges while...

    June 11, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Fool Metal Jack

    Fool Metal Jack | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nearly half a century since the psychedelic Brazilian Tropicália-rock tricksters' almost mythic 1968 debut, Os Mutantes are now led by only one original member, guitarist Sergio Dias. But Fool Metal Jack shows them still singularly eccentric, finding...

    May 8, 2013 10:05 AM ET
  • Indigo Meadow

    Indigo Meadow | ALBUM REVIEW

    As twee as they are trippy, Austin garage-psych revivalists the Black Angels have built a respectable cult-level career out of fuzzy, midtempo rock that might've felt ominous in 1966. The band's fourth album flirts intermittently with heaviness...

    April 15, 2013 4:06 PM ET
  • Wheelhouse

    Wheelhouse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brad Paisley's latest is so well-meaning it's tempting to forgive how overwrought it is. He's trying to take country to new places, but even two tracks that subject the South to tough love feel confused: Interpolating the...

    April 15, 2013 3:35 PM ET
  • "Downtown"

    "Downtown" | SONG REVIEW

    Hillary Scott seethes at home, eager to stroll sidewalks, fed up that her guy's always too tired to hit the city, where country rarely treads. The phrasing and jangle are pure late-Nineties Everclear – as is the...

    March 14, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Confessions

    Confessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    No band on 21st-century radio has mined pre-grunge hair-metal’s sleaze like L.A.'s Buckcherry. So it makes poetic sense that they’d spend their sixth album tallying all seven deadly sins. It's more surprising that they'd fare so much...

    February 19, 2013 12:05 AM ET