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GARBAGE – “Not Your Kind of People” Review

By: Greg Reifsteck   facebook.com/gregcomedy    twitter: gregcomedy

Sounding like the opening notes of Cream’s White Room if it were played at the Gates of Mars, Garbage’s first album in seven years Not Your Kind of People that dropped today, proves these ‘90s sonic trailblazers are still going to stay one step ahead of the tired noise that presently passes for music on modern rock radio.

(c) 2012 Garbage

The opening track is Automatic Systematic Habit, that after it winds up releases into a propulsive electro clash pump, one that will have new listeners pogoing their dormitory rooms, and vets like myself knowing it was well worth the wait.  Red headed Irish dream Shirley Manson’s voice is electronically distorted like she is a terminator out of the Fox TV series she acted in, while the band rested from their touring burnout from their 2006 effort “Bleed Like Me.”  But, her sure fire Scottish gusto still pushes through the production, tearing into our ears and into our libidos.

“I won’t be your dirty little secret,” she proclaims, almost making a statement about how Garbage has never been appreciated.  Their 1997 effort Version 2.0 debuted with the aptly titled single Push It, solidifying them as rock critic darlings.  It was their fully erect cock, their fully extended middle finger to traditional alternative radio. Powered by the producing and percussion genius of Butch Vig, who was behind Nirvana’s Never mind, everyone knew it was going to be an impossible album to beat.

Thusly, the next five years or so mainstream radio wasn’t kind to Garbage.  With the narrow-minded programmers wanting only sure-fire hits, their experimental next few treks were only appreciated by their fervent fan base, which I am proud to be a fan of.

I will be brutally honest about their recent album, though, that it is far from one of their best effort.  Many of the middle tracks on the album, like the title track and Control both sound like strippers dream dance songs in lyrics and pace, getting a little too bogged down in the lyrics, distortion and melodrama. They are more like good cruising songs for coming home from the bar to, at the crack of dawn while watching the sun come up.  But, make no mistake this is a solid B- effort by Garbage, which, in the world of other bands is a solid A-.

This album reminds me of The Killers last effort Day & Age, whom after putting out their mega-seller  Sam’s Town had nothing to lose.  There is peppering of the ‘80s in this stew, as there was in that effort. Some of the electronic twangs will make you nostalgic.  But there is a futuristic vibe as well.  It also doesn’t hurt that Vig was keeping fresh producing Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown that won a Best Rock Album Grammy.

I Hate Love’s hypnotic dance beat sounds like it is from a nightclub on the spaceship taking off at the end of the world.  It will jettison you across your living room, since close-minded club DJ’s will probably not be caught dead playing the track at a club near you.  Hopefully I am wrong.  Again Manson declares from the bottom of her dark heart, pulling no punches with her lyrics, “Love makes you desperate, and feeling a fool. Love makes you ruthless, and love makes you cruel. And love makes you crazy, with nothing but lies. Love promises nothing, and then your love dies.”

There were two tracks that were spilled onstage by the band on their first tour dates at the El Rey in Hollywood, and at many music fests across the country over the last month before the album’s release. Battle in Me and Man on a Wire, both in title and content are machine gun drills to the mosh pit.  Fogies like me will even be out there fighting for position when Duke Erickson and Steve Marker shoot out these hooks you will be humming for the next few weeks of your life.

The coda is Beloved Freak, a testament to a band that now has no formal record deal, and is smartly putting out their album independently. Pick it up online right now. The lush last track sends you off into a satisfying musical afterlife of affirmation.  “Where we’re going we’ll remain.  When we’re gone we’ll remain…This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…So you stand beloved freak, and the world is lying at your feet.  Let it shine.” Amen, Garbage, my beloved freaks.  Forever shine more than the others.

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EOTM New Music Critiques: Ralphion

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Contact: Ralphion.Shiemeek@gmail.com

Website: www.reverbnation.com/Ralphion7

Seeking: Distribution, Management, Collaborations, Label

Style: Rap, Hip Hop

The new wave West Coast Rapper brings geeked-up fire  to the streets of Compton. “It’s kinda real now..it’s got me shaking my head…the world’s gone crazy…they want control of our minds though, but I got something for em..they aint gettin mines though,” croons Ralphion on his hit single “Shaking My Head“…and can you blame him?! “Luckily, his skills and charisma are also intact. “Shaking My Head’” is an unadulterated exercise in pure flow with Ralphion scattering boasts and liquid west coast rap vowels over  an old school, alternately tinkling and snarling beat. A beat that even our grand parents can appreciate. It appears there is still hope for west coast rap and it’s name is Ralphion. Listen to “Shaking My Head” now.



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Production – 9

Lyrics – 9

Music – 9

Vocals – 9

Musicianship – 9

SCORE: 9.5

 

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EOTM New Music Critiques: Steven Knight

Submission Guidelines: There is no fee or charge to get a EOTM New Music Critique on EOTM’s Entertainment Blog. We critique recordings that have yet to connect with an established label or distributor. To be considered please click the New Music Critiques Boxon the right side panel and include your name, email and link to your music page. In the contents box please include your style of music, what you are seeking; label, booking, etc.  All submissions are randomly reviewed, if you are chosen to be critiqued we will contact you by phone or email via the information you’ve included. Because of the amount of submissions we receive we cannot guarantee that everyone will be critiqued. If your music does have distribution with an established distributor, it is not eligible for EOTM’s New Music Critiques, instead it may be eligible for our CD Reviews section.

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Contact: supersoulstarentertainment@gmail.com

Website: www.stevenknightmusic.webs.com

Seeking: Promotions, Bookings, Radio play and Sponsorship

Style: R&B

Production – 8

Lyrics – 9

Music – 8

Vocals – 8

Musicianship – 9

 

TOTAL SCORE: 8.8

Steven Knight’s “Forever” flaunts success and sensitivity. The uniqueness in Knight’s voice is carried over to perfection. His vocal range is amazing and speaks volumes to R&B fans. Knight is technically a superb singer, packing sleek, snappy singles with dozens of great punch lines. (“Together we can do anything, so eternal feels like infinity…baby I run till the end of time….”)

Forever is a good start of “A Day In The Knight,” we can only imagine what the full album may bring.

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EOTM New Music Critiques

Submission Guidelines: There is no fee or charge to get a EOTM New Music Critique on EOTM’s Entertainment Blog. We critique recordings that have yet to connect with an established label or distributor. To be considered please click the New Music Critiques Box on the right side panel and include your name, email and link to your music page. In the contents box please include your style of music, what you are seeking; label, booking, etc.  All submissions are randomly reviewed, if you are chosen to be critiqued we will contact you by phone or email via the information you’ve included. Because of the amount of submissions we receive we cannot guarantee that everyone will be critiqued. If your music does have distribution with an established distributor, it is not eligible for EOTM’s New Music Critiques, instead it may be eligible for our CD Reviews section.

 

Chioke Dmachi

 

Contact: imdmachi@gmail.com

Website: www.dmachi.com

Seeking: Label, Booking, TV/Film, Distribution, Sponsorship

Style: Pop/R&B/Rock

 

 

Production – 7

Lyrics – 8

Music – 8

Vocals – 8

Musicanship – 8

TOTAL SCORE: 7.8

With his anti bullying song, “Boyz Don’t Cry,” this artist convinces us that he knows of what he speaks, investing each word with a passionate conviction that cannot be phoned in. The churning electro rock tune has a dramatic MJ inspired opening and economic guitar/keyboard lines giving Dmachi’s voice free rein to vent vocally. Considering the timeliness of his message, perhaps he could lure a notable rapper to flow somewhere in the middle and maybe even interest a diva like Aguilera to wail an outro.

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EOTM Music: CD Reviews

Published by EOTM News Editor on September 15th, 2011 - in EOTM Music, New Music Critiques section

In order to be considered for review in the CD Reviews section, you must have a record deal with a major label or an independent label with an established distributor. If you do not, please see our New Music Critiques section.  CD Reviews scored 0-10 stars.

Beyonce – 4 – Columbia Records

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Producer: Various

Top Cuts: “Rather Die Young,” Love On Top,” “I Was Here”

Summary: On her latest chock full of hits global smash, Beyonce cements her superstar status by showing intense development as one of her generations powerhouse vocalists. Working with Kanye West, Andre 3000, Diane Warren, Ryan Tedder and Tricky Stewart, this superstar jets powerfully on two unique R&B pop wavelengths. Beyonce blossoms as a balladeer by tapping into a late 70′s early 80′s retro vibe that will please the older generation. And for her younger girl power type following, there’s the catatonic, beat happy”Run The World (Girls).”

James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt

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All Woods And Doors

Beachwood Recordings

Producer: James Lee Stanley

Top Cuts: “Break On Through,” Light My Fire,” “Touch Me”

Summary: With quite the deceiving title, one might assume this is an instrumental cover album. This cool collective of Doors arrangements sheds new light on some of the band’s most respected tunes. Almost presented as ’60′s folk versions with stellar lead guitar work, many songs like “Break On Through,” Love Me Two Time,” and “Light My Fire” would be unrecognizable without lyrical content. This CD is great in so many way with an all star cast of Krieger, Densmore, Barrerre and more to create this great masterpiece for Doors enthusiasts.

In Flames

Sounds Of A Playground Fading

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Century Media Records

Producer: Robert Laghi

Top Cuts: “Sounds Of A Playground Fading,” Ropes,” “Enter Tragedy”

Summary: In Flames may have had a few member changes over their 18 year stint, but one thing has remained constant…these Swedes know how to rock and roll! And although the band have progressed away from their thrashier material, where thrash has faded, melody has blossomed. Infusing metal harmonies with melodic breakdowns has never sounded sweeter and “Sound of a Playground Fading,” is tangible proof.

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