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The Court of Flippant Reviews Adjourns!

After a long recess the Court of Flippant Reviews makes its final decision!  After the previous two installments I am ready to hang up my robe in the coat room ($2 coat check fee … eye gougers!).  I have cobbled together the last of a few records that I have yet to review after getting them mailed to me unprovoked.  It is time to sentence these albums as I see fit, even if it fits me to see these reviewed quite quickly.  Alright baliff, push ’em all up to the stand will you?  Defend yourselves!

The gavel comes down:

  • The Devil Whale “Teeth” – Mostly soft pop music with a bright element, but rarely is there anything with a kick to shake one out of the comfortable state.  “Magic Numbers” at least has a little zing.
  • The National Rifle “Vanity Press” – Big skull on the cover does not mean scary or heavy music from this duo.  Band has some great rock energy thanks to interesting compositions and dynamic vocalist.  Pretty good!
  • Panic Years “Finally, Today is Tomorrow” – Vocalist sometimes sounds like Cobain at his most pained, though music is mid-range alternarock.  Some nice sounds here and there, but no real lasting impression.
  • Imaginary Cities “Temporary Resident” – Vocalist and band sound a little like Portishead early, but then show they can veer towards rock and light pop.  These guys sound great throughout the record.
  • Moddi “Floriography” – Ultra, ultra soft and peaceful music.  Think Iron and Wine.  Not my thing at all since it bores me to tears.
  • Tic Tic Boom “Reasons & Rhymes EP” – Hey, fun electronic pop rock!  I even like the female vocalist, whose voice doesn’t sound too annoying or cutesy.  Not so sure about the band name, though.
  • The Blue Eyed Shark Experiment “The Fluffer” – Pleasant singer-songwriter stuff that includes a lot of keyboards and sound effects.  Doesn’t sound like he’s trying too hard to pour on the emotion, which is a good thing.

It seems that the verdict for my final (as of now) installment of the Court of Flippant Reviews is that there were a couple of good ones.  This comes as a surprise since the last couple of sessions ended with difficult mixed bags.  I think I’m definitely going to try and follow up on what the National Rifle and Imaginary Cities are up to thanks to the quick gavel of approval.

As for you, members of the audience, I ask that if you’re going to learn anything from this Court’s methods, it’s to be open to listening to music from any artist no matter how unknown.  Sure, after a few minutes you’ll know if it’s for you or not.  However, if you find something interesting in 1 out of 5 albums you listen to then consider yourself in happier musical shape than the next guy.

And to all of you still lingering in the aisles making eyes at my stenographer, out with you!  The Court of Flippant Reviews is now adjourned!

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