CD Review: Erasure – TOMORROW’S WORLD

Erasure - TOMORROW'S WORLD | ©2011 Mute Records

Distributor: Mute Suggested Retail Price: $13.88 It’s amazing that Vince Clarke has been a part of not one, but three ground-breaking bands and all within the span of five years in the early 1980s. First, he jump-started Depeche Mode being one of the primary songwriters for that band’s exceptional debut SPEAK & SPELL providing such memorable tracks as “Just Can’t Get Enough”, “Dreaming of Me” and “New Life” Leaving after the release of that ground-breaking first album, Clarke then formed a partnership with singer Alison Moyet with Yaz (known as Yazoo in the U.K.). The two albums they put out […]Read On »

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Single Review: Erasure – “When I Start To (Break It All Down)”

Erasure single - "When I Start To (Break it All Down)" | ©2011 Mute Records

Distributor: Mute Records Release Date: August 30, 2011 While many modern pop artists look to the 1980s for inspiration (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Killers, etc), the artists that were part of defining that decade (and are still viable artists) are few and far between. There are the warhorses (Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, etc.), but groups amazing, ahead-of-their-time groups like Depeche Mode and Erasure forged through their electronic-infused work throughout the 1990s and the 2000s with their musical integrity intact and a constant forward momentum. I’d say Depeche Mode has experimented the most in this time, but the Erasure duo of […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Cars – MOVE LIKE THIS

The Cars - MOVE LIKE THIS | ©2011 Hear Music

Distributor: Hear Music Suggested Retail Price: $11.88 The music The Cars produced in their late ‘70s and 1980s run was unparalleled. From the New Wave textures of “Shake It Up” and “My Best Friend’s Girl” to the non-stop hit-palooza of 1984’s HEARTBEAT CITY that featured a long string of hits including “Magic,” “You Might Think,” and “Drive.” However, after 1987’s incredibly disappointing DOOR TO DOOR album, the band decided to call it quits and leave its legacy at six studio albums. Over the years, frontman Ric Ocasek released a steady stream of solo records, with most of them containing at […]Read On »

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Single Review: THE CARS – “Sad Song” 7 inch (Record Day 2011 Exclusive)

The Cars - "Sad Song" 7 inch single | ©2011 Concord/Hear Music

Distributor: Concord/Hear Music Suggested Retail Price: $4.99 It’s fitting that Record Store Day 2011 would include a 7 inch single from 1980s band The Cars who have reunited for the first time since 1988. They debut two new songs that are off their new album MOVE LIKE THIS due out May 10 and it feels like it’s the 1980s all over again. Sure, downloading tunes is easier, but to actually get an A and B side in a nifty sleeve reminds us why going to record stores is such a long lost tactile art in the digital age. “Sad Song” […]Read On »

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Single Review: MICHAEL JACKSON – “Behind the Mask” 7 inch (Record Day 2011 Exclusive)

Michael Jackson - "Behind the Mask" 7 inch single | ©2011 Sony

Distributor: Sony Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 Michael Jackson mania may finally be over. After lackluster sales for his 2010 posthumous release MICHAEL, the fervor following his death (and a resurgence of his old music) didn’t translate into sales for the hodge podge of leftover tunes from his vaults. Some claimed there was too much studio work done to the demos he left behind, others claimed he wasn’t singing on all the tracks. I will say, that there were at least a few songs on the disc that were damn good, and probably should not have stayed in the vault as […]Read On »

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