After a convincing but timid solo beginning, Dot Allison affirms her talent as a composer with We Are Science, an ambitious and varied album where the singer proudly displays her electro and new wave influences.
Rather than capitalize on the easy success of revamped Bauhaus, Daniel Ash has chosen to explore new musical regions solo. The result is a daring and baroque album that combines the essence of early Love & Rockets with innovative electronic sounds.
Ethereal, warm and electronic, the latest Aterciopelados release is worth seeking out. Breezy and warm, Andrea Acheverri's beautiful vocals merge with trippy lyrics and cosmic sounds that work off of each other brilliantly to create a melodious album.
Whereas any hope for the return of noisy pop seemed to have evaporated, B.R.M.C and their sharp-edged guitars suddenly come to revive the flame of noisy rock in the great tradition of The Jesus & Mary Chain and Velvet Underground.
An undeniable return to the source following the multiple musical adventures that have marked these last few years, Heaven is a successful and transcendental work in which Bowie resurrects his most mythical incarnations in the 21st century.
For some Old School Cuban the Buena Vista Social Club, produced by Ry Cooder, is a sure favorite. A group of long forgotten but still alive and kicking musicians were found and banded together to make a musical recording that went on to win a Grammy and explode internationally
Mr. Johnny Cash has come full circle with this haunting album of original songs and covers. On this album Cash covers songs by artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Hank Williams, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
You have to admire Future Bible Heroes' sheer unabashedness. There's no
shame in their love of the synthesizer. There's no wink-wink-nudge-nudge
admission that their lyrics often fly off the kitsch scale into embarrassment.
They come from a northern land, British Columbia, and they have shown me Canadian music doesn't stink these days. Hot Hot Heat remind me of when XTC still rocked, way back in their early New Wave days.
Viva Mexico! Kinky, a grupo de cinco, hails from Monterrey, Mexico. Along with Moenia and Nortec Collective they are next in line to revitalize the current dance music scene. Traditional sounds like samba, batucada and norteño are poured into their electronic music, creating a percussion heavy, highly infectious sound.
Though Traci Lords is undoubtedly an accomplished star in the very intimate circle of the most acute film enthusiasts, her album 1000 Fires remains to this day an inescapable techno classic that made her one of the Los Angeles rave scene pioneers.
Though The Mission reached the summit of their art with Carved in Sand in 1990, the band had since sunk into oblivion, after a fistful of uninspired albums and the successive departures of its original members. Returning to the sources of their gothic and lyrical rock, with Aura Wayne Hussey signals a long-awaited comeback album.
Whereas the idea of a new New Order would have lent itself to smirks a few years ago, given the sinuous course of its members since the insipid Republic, Get Ready proves to be a solid album for a welcome return.
By combining vibrant Norteño music from northern Mexico with more modern electronic sounds, the musicians of the Tijuana-based Nortec Collective spearhead a new movement with this hypnotic album. At the same time, the project put their city on the map as an electronic pole on the same level as London, Paris and Chicago.
What better way to conjure up images of East L.A. Pachuco boogie circa 1950: Zoot suits, crooners and lovely Latinas, than listening to bonafide music of the era? With the resurgence of 50's music and culture in Southern California, their music is ripe for the picking.
The "ubadubadoo" of "Congo Square at Midnight" sums up the album bravado best. Sultry, bluesy and full of sly winks, it's masterful in its simplicity. The man's got rhythm and it's heard on every second of this album.