Album Reviews

Top 10 Debut Albums of 2009

2009 has been quite the year for debut albums! With bands like The Big Pink and The XX taking the world by storm on just the first lick, they’ve left a lot of hope and inspiration for other up-and-coming bands. After talking to the Grimygoods contributors, friends and fellow music snobs, here’s our list of […]

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“Stir the Blood” by The Bravery – Album Review

When listening to any band it’s usually pretty easy to quickly call out influences and make the “sounds like” comparisons. With their third album, The Bravery explores the darker side of the synch-rock world taking cues maybe a little too directly from other bands. You are gonna hear some Cure, and Killers, throw in a […]

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“Landing” by Githead – Album Review

It could be that Githead is one of those bands that takes seeing live to really appreciate, or it could be with their third album the supergroup is still working out the style-melding kinks and just hasn’t quite found the magical musical middle ground. Or perhaps, they are totally happy with the sound they’ve cultivated. […]

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Kitsuné Maison 8 – Album Review

Opening the album up with French Horn Rebellion’s “Up All Night,” I thought I was a contestant on some cheesy Japanese game show! Cute-fun song, but a lil too cheesy for me to actually enjoy. It did however, act as the catalyst to blast-off an album full of joyous and sexy tracks that will evoke […]

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“fits” by White Denim – Album Review

From track one on “fits,” it’s obvious White Denim isn’t holding back. They are ripping out the stitches and going their own way. Each song boasts new surprises and a continuously morphing sound. As the album progresses, you can’t quite figure out where they are going or what genre they want to be in, but […]

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“Phosphorescent Blues” by Brazos – Album Review

Just as the cover art for Brazos’ new album is a hodgepodge of watercolor swirls that evoke a whimsical feeling, the sounds captured within are just as lively, assorted and satisfying. The album starts measured and sweet building slowly with fervor and intense hypnotic qualities. Once you start listening, you become enraptured with the multiple […]

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Wires in the Walls – EP Review

Flowing with a charming indie aesthetic, while holding down a bold country swagger, Wires in the Walls is yet another gifted band arising from the City of Angels. Although the four gents are natives to the East Coast, they’ve made a handsome addition to the LA music scene with their unique blend of genres. They’re […]

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Bobby Birdman “New Moods” – Album Review

Drawn like hot buttah over a phat lobster tail of beats, if you like to move and groove, you need to get on Bobby Birdman’s latest album “New Moods.” Bobby has quite the smooth vocals ready to melt any girl’s heart. Combine that with a an exotic potpourri of beats, enticing guitars, unstoppable drumlines and […]

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The Disco Biscuits Tease New Album With “On Time” EP!

Another cool band that’s finally putting out a new album! Fans of the tripped-out Disco Biscuits can rejoice as the band is back with “Planet Anthem.” Coming to your ears Feb. 2, 2010, “Planet Anthem” is their first studio album since 2002. The new album is a huge leap forward from the band’s pioneering combo […]

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“Houseboat” by Sleep Whale – Album Review

From the moment the “Houseboat” starts, you know you are going on a journey. These North Texans will take you on a trip through ambient swirls and electronic twirls amidst gentle tinkering strings and echoed vocals. This is not your usual good ol’ boys from the South. Experimental and mostly instrumental, Sleep Whale’s debut is […]

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