Uneven Noise
Old vs New: My Chemical Romance

     My Chemical ended their twelve year run as a band on March 22nd, 2013. During this time, the band rose from the underground New Jersey scene to become an iconic band known worldwide. Their career included the releasing of great album after great album. However in terms of sound, their first and last albums could not be more different. While I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love has some amazing raw punk rock tracks, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is filled with diverse influences of music ranging from punk-rock to new wave. Some (if not most) fans of My Chemical Romance site Danger Days as being the worst album from the band because of how different it is from the rest of My Chemical Romance’s discography. All the while, some fans of the group are turned away from Bullets because of the pure rawness of the record. As a huge fan of the group, I decided to compare the albums in a battle of Old versus New.

Sound:

     Bullets is the most raw punk rock that you will ever hear in the My Chemical Romance discography. For the majority of this record, My Chemical Romance plays out this raw punk rock sound extremely well. With the exception of “Demotion Lovers” and “Early Sunset Over Monroeville”, the songs on this record are fast paced and fun. One of my personal favorites on the album is the track “Headfirst For Halos”. The song opens up with this sick guitar solo that builds and builds until the song explodes. From there, the track plays out in a very fun and enjoyable manner that never gets dull to listen to. Now with this being such a raw punk rock sounding recorded, there are some tracks on here that leave me underwhelmed like songs “Skylines And Turnstiles” and “Cubicles”. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with these tracks by themselves. They just appear to be basic tracks in comparison to the rest of the songs found on the album.

     Danger Days is a very clean album that explores My Chemical Romance’s influences that range from punk rock to 70’s glam rock. One of the many things I love about this record is the diversity in genres that My Chemical Romance executes successfully. They stay true to their roots with punk rock jams such as “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”, “Party Poison”, and “Vampire Money”. Some of my favorite tracks on here are the big rock ballads that show some hints of glam rock such as songs like “SING” and “The Only Hope For Me Is You.” To put the icing on the sonic cake, My Chemical Romance even has a pretty awesome dance track on here with “Planetary (GO!)”. Even though this album has something for any rock fan, there are tracks on here where I lose interest. For example, “The Kids From Yesterday” is a mid-tempo ballad that is supposed to be a tribute to the past. The song just plays on way too long with nothing but a loud obnoxious cowbell to keep my focus.

Lyrics + Songwriting:

     Bullets is an album that shows off some great songwriting and good lyrics. While this is a raw punk rock album, it doesn’t play like a Clash or Ramones album. My Chemical Romance shows off their talents as songwriters with songs like “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” and “Our Lady of Sorrows”. These songs have great overall song structure and amazing instrumentation. Another example of a great track that shows off good songwriting and lyrics is the track “Drowning Lessons”. This is a song that I find myself enjoying for a couple of reasons. One of those reasons is the songwriting and lyrics are bipolar in mood. This yin-yang effect makes for such an enjoyable listening experience that plays well to the nature of the album. The rest of the tracks on the album are hit or miss due the lacking of many stand-out tracks

     Danger Days features some great and awful song writing from My Chemical Romance. As mentioned earlier, this album goes into different directions with some punk rock, glam tracks, and a dance track. One of my favorite tracks on here is the first single from the album: “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”. While the track may not be all that original, My Chemical Romance blasts through this song with great intensity. The song starts with this spoken word intro which sets the stage for the craziness of the track. This track features infectious chants of “na” that you can’t help but love. Gerad Way’s lyrics are great too with lines like “Love, gimme love, gimme love. I don’t need it, but I’ll take what I want from your heart and I’ll keep it in a bag, in a box” that show off a very defiant attitude that is found throughout the album. On the flipside of that is the track “Summertime”. This song is easily the least interesting track on the whole album. My Chemical Romance tried to make a classic laid back summer time anthem but failed to make anything interesting out of it.

Impression:

    Bullets is an album that has grown on me due to multiple listens and my evolution in music taste. What used to be an album that I could not enjoy due to its rawness has become a treat for me to hear. The album begins with the Spanish themed “Romance” which leads into the starting track “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us.” This sets the stage for the entire album about relationship gone sour. Setting themes aside for a moment, this album features great punk rock tracks that are a blast to enjoy. For example, “This Is the Best Day Ever” is a fun filled punk rock track that has elements of pop and goth rolled into one neat little package. There are a couple of tracks on Bullets that I felt underwhelmed by. For example, “Early Sunsets Over Monroeville” is the most toned down track on the album. While that is not a bad thing at all, the instrumentation leaves a lot to be desired and the song relies more so on Gerard’s lyrics and vocals, both failing to carry the song. Overall, Bullets is a great album for hardcore fans of My Chemical Romance. It’s easy to see how they gained a strong following in the underground scene with this album.

     Danger Days is an album that has been always been strong in my opinion. I can still recall the feeling I had when blasting this album on repeat for months after it came out. However after several listens, I am able to pick up on the album’s weak points. Some of the songs do not come across as interesting or enjoyable. For example, “Kids From Yesterday” is a track that tries to grab onto the feelings of nostalgia. However like “Summertime,” this song does little to actually engage me. That being said, there are some fantastic tracks to be found on this album. Songs like “Party Poison”, “Na Na Na”, and “Vampire Money” show off the brilliant punk rock that My Chemical Romance is known and adored for. Then there are tracks like “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”, “The Only Hope for Me Is You”, and “Planetary (GO!)” that show off another remarkable side of My Chemical Romance that I find myself enjoying just as much as their punk rock side.

Verdict: New > Old

EP Review: Drift By The Stars Above

   

      The Stars Above is an ambient post-rock project from Los Angeles native, Michael Jakucs. After taking a year off to release an album under a different name (Selles), The Stars Above has recently begun to work on new material for an upcoming album. While the album might be off in the distance, The Stars Above has recently released Drift which is an EP that contains songs that show where he plans to go in the future.

     Drift’s opening track “Where Spirits Have Lease” is a fantastic song that shows the artistic growth of The Stars Above. The track opens up with this edgy atmospheric rock groove that has pounding drum and sick guitar lines. This eventually gets disrupted by crashing guitars around the one minute mark that gives meat to the track. The exchange between the atmospheric sound and heavy guitars develops into a crescendo that results into an ambient soundscape. The Stars Above uses this newfound area of sound to build up the song again with another driving crescendo. Only this time, the crescendo results in an area of an intense post-rock bliss with a balance of dense and ambient guitars that provide this yin and yang effect that plays so well within in the song. At the end of the song, the intensity dies down once more to give way to another ambient section. This section gives you the feeling that you are floating along in outer space. The song ends with the heavy guitar crashing one last time that leads to a spacey outro.

      The second track “Drift” shows a more down tempo flair to the artistic talents of The Stars Above. The whole track features a very basic and hypnotic two chord progression that serves as a ground bass to contain the often wild spirit of the song. One of the many details I love about this song is the cool rapid hazy tones that serve as the backdrop to the opening of the song. The way that this track keeps so contained, despite a couple of instance where it could take off in an explosive direction, plays so well to the nature of the song.

     The EP ends with the lush track “Echoes”. This is similar to the previous track “Drift”, but it has a gorgeous post-rock sound to it. The song has such a nice slow build to it that eventually grows into this sonic texture that is a pleasure on the ears. Listening to this track makes envision a sunrise happening after a night of misery. After the track climaxes, the music fades gradually into silence.

     All in all, The Stars Above delivered a great EP that shows sonic traces of their past work while pushing new boundaries that ultimately shows artistic growth. These tracks make me so excited to hear The Stars Above’s new album. Until I am graced with the new album, I have Drift to hold me over in the meantime.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Listen To: Echoes

Skip:  Drift

Purchase/Stream Drift Here:

http://thestarsabove.bandcamp.com/album/drift

2014’s Best Albums So Far Number 1: Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

                                           

     The best album of this year so far is the new album from the Cleveland band Cloud Nothings called Here and Nowhere Else. This album follows the group’s breakthrough album Attack on Memory. Ever since that album, I have been a fan of the group and I was extremely happy to hear that they released a new album. I never anticipated that this album could surpass the greatness of Attack on Memory. This album shows off great lyricism, authentic emotion, and fast paced rock that makes Cloud Nothings such a great band to listen to. The album begins with the song “Now Hear In”. The opening paints a picture similar to that of “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles. However, it has a more psychological approach to it as evident by the opening lyrics “I go outside and see all these things that should be real. Come on you’re a part of it: can you breathe or can you feel? You’re not the same as me but I know we share a thing. No use remembering how it used to be so real”. The narrator of the song is experiencing emotions that are causing them to be disconnected from life. The song builds after the first verse and explodes with the chorus where Jayson Gerycz smacks the crap out of crash cymbals. It’s moments like that where I find myself completely pumped up from listening to the album. Another notable song on this album is the seventh track, “Pattern Walks”. The opening of the track sets the tone with feelings of being paranoid. The group builds and drops the feeling of the song that plays well. In this song, we find our narrator struggling with wanting to change but the past keeps sticking around. The way that Dylan Baldi sings the chorus in this song makes it sound like he is singing “padded walls” instead of “pattern walks” which adds to the emotion of the song. The song’s climaxes show off the pure rawness of the group with the lyrics “I don’t feel bored and worried. I just feel strange. Coming up the middle of the thought that I can change”. The album’s lead single is another great song to be found on here. This is where we find our narrator coming to grips with how life has changed for him. This could reflect the struggles of dealing with becoming an adult. The lyrics gives hints to moving forward to a new place in life. Baldi sings in the chorus “But I’m not, I’m not you. You’re a part of me, a part of me” which could be a send off to a former part of life that Baldi has outgrown. Overall, I really love where Cloud Nothings has done with the career so far. I will for sure be listening to anything else that they decide to release.

2014’s Best Albums So Far Number 2: To Be Kind by Swans

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     The runner-up to the number one Best Album of 2014 So Far is the new album from Swans called To Be Kind. This is Swan’s third album since their reformation in 2010 thanks to Michael Gira. Now this album’s length might turn some people away from listening to it (the album’s play time clocks in at two hours and one minute). However, there are plenty of good things to be found in this album if people can settle down, be kind, and listen to the album. Right from the start the album, Swans locks you into a guitar-based groove in the song opening track “Screen Shot”. Just as you get settled into the groove, a snare drum whacks you right out of your seat and won’t allow you to get comfortable. The song then evolves into a mystical chant as Gira says things that encompass everyday life. Usually, I am a stiff when it comes to lyrical content being limited. However, it’s within the context of the songs that the lyrical content truly shines like in the opening song. The lyrics are a screen shot of life. Another perfect example of the lyrics shining within the contexts of their songs is the longest track on the album: “Bring The Sun/Toussaint L’Ouverture”. To get clarity on the song, Toussaint L’Ouverture was the leader of the Haitian Revolution. He took an entire society and transformed it into an independent state of Haiti which essentially shook the institution of slavery in the new world. Keeping that in mind, the lyrics in the song only serve to supplement the crazy instrumentation going on. Gira chants “bring the sun”, the instrumentation is rising like something completely life changing is coming this way. The rest of the song is one big journey that depicts the change that L’Ouverture brought to Haiti and the new world. The very next song, “Something Things We Do” takes a very different take on life. Gira takes the idea of naming things we encounter in life and says things that we do. There is something very haunting about the way that Gira does it that makes the human life seem so shallow and small. The entire album is crazy awesome while bordering on the edge of being pretentious. Overall, To Be Kind is a fantastic listen for anyone who is patient enough to listen to the album because it does require that out of the listener.

2014’s Best Albums So Far Number 3: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

             

     Taking third place in this countdown of 2014’s Best Albums So Far is the new album from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra entitled Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light Over Everything. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (formerly known as A Silver Mt. Zion)  formed in 1999 by musicians from Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Efrim Menuck, Sophie Trudeau and Thierry Amar. Originally, the group was a project used to show Menuck how to properly score music. That plan went out the window quickly because he preferred music not to be defined by rules. This new album is the group’s heaviest and noisiest record to date. The album opens up with the track “Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island of Montreal)”. In the starting moments of this track, my attention focuses as I hear a small girl say almost giggling “we live on the island of Montreal and we make a lot of noise because we love each other”. After that, a sandstorm of guitars make a lot of noise and I love them for it. The lyrical content of this song depicts the desires of the common man despite the corruption of big business. The phrase “there’s fire in our dreams, fire in our dreams, fire in our dreams” is repeated a few times throughout the song and it makes me really feel the inner desire of the everyday man to seize their dreams. This desire climaxes as the common man unites and takes a stand against impure businesses that have been standing in the way of their happiness as evident by the lyrical lines “our dreams are all of us until the end; fuck off we get free we pour light over everything”. The rest of the album deals with themes of desire, struggle, and loss. My absolute favorite track on this album is perhaps the most soul-draining and that is “What We Loved Was Not Enough”. As compared to the common man being ignited by his desire, this song depicts the cries of a man who has given up on the world. You can just hear the utter heartbreak and despair coming from Menuck as he sings lines like “The world itself consumed. Man that’s the only truth. And what we loved was not enough. Even though we wanted to”.  The rest of the song takes you on this grim adventure where hope and love have no power despite our wishes. The keynote moment in this song and album is when Menuck sings “So good night vain children. Tonight is yours. The lights are yours. If you’d just ask for more than poverty and war. If you’d just ask for more”. Its those moments that make the whole album such an enjoyable listen.

2014’s Best Albums So Far Number 4: Lazaretto by Jack White

                              

     Coming in at number four in this countdown of 2014’s Best Albums So Far is the sophomore solo album from the modern day rock legend Jack White called Lazaretto. This album follows White’s tremendous solo debut album Blunderbuss. In Blunderbuss, White explored genres of music that began to reveal what sort of artist he was. Lazaretto shows off what White can really do if he really follows his own musical compass. The opening track “Three Women” has White playing with a traditional fast past blues format. This track has White singing of three women that he has. The real beauty of this song is that it starts to show White’s personality while blending blues with some gospel. This personality that I speak of is confident while bordering on the edge of being arrogant. White does justify himself in the song in the last verse: “Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What gives you the right? Well, these women must be getting something cause they come and see me every night”. Another fantastic track found on Lazaretto is “That Black Bat Licorice”. The track starts with this jam that serves as an earworm that will get your head bobbing like crazy. From there, White seems to be delivering some sort of rap that flows so well with the instrumentation. The whole song plays out more like a jam session that I can not get enough of. After the first chorus, the sound texture becomes dull to compliment White’s lyrics “I wanna cut out my tongue and let you hold onto it for me cause without my skull to amplify my sounds it might get boring”. At the very end of the song, White gets tired of singing the chorus so he shouts “now state the same damn thing with the violin”. The closing track “Want and Able” reminds me of the closing track to the last White Stripes album Icky Thump. The whole track deals with the balance of wanting to do something and being able to do it. White expresses that want is desire and able is the means. The ending of the song and album seems sweet, but abrupt. However, it is a good closing track at the end of the album. Overall, Lazaretto is a great album that has White doing what he does best while having a blast doing it.

2014’s Best Albums So Far Number 5: Cope by Manchester Orchestra

                            

     Starting off this mini-countdown of 2014’s Best Albums So Far is the fourth album from the Atlanta-based rock band Manchester Orchestra called Cope. This album comes after the group’s 2011 album Simple Math which saw Manchester Orchestra focusing on heavier production and string arrangements. Cope is somewhat of a return-to-form album for the group, but they do not entirely abandon the song writing style of their previous album. A perfect example of this balance is found within the opening track “Top Notch”. Out of the starting gate, the band comes in with a heavy jam that sets the tone at a dire pace. This is complimented so well by Andy Hull singing of two deaf twins that have to make an important decision. This song talks about the struggle that these brothers are having, but there is a shift in focus in the third verse. This verse draws me to Hull’s lyricism with lines like “we all believed in ghosts until you walked into the wall”. With all of the verses telling stories of struggle, the chorus explodes with the line “all that I know, it’s no way to fix it.” The rest of the album shows off some amazing lyricism with lines like “underneath the Christian Court there was this saying in the bricks that you don’t determine greatness by a man’s intelligence; no you won’t determine greatness til you really start to dig and you find out all those empty things that he lets discourage him”. It really explores what it means to cope with the struggles that come from everyday life. The only downside I found with this album is the instrumentation. The album’s instrumentation as a whole is a bit dull and does not really do anything that catches my interest. The title track “Cope” brings the album to a close by really driving home the album’s themes and hard hitting songwriting that has made the album such an enjoyable listen. The track’s final verse draws the whole album to a close with the lyrics “now I hope if there is one thing that we know from the way that you and I will wander on and we won’t become a lifeless lope that wanders round and hopes for sorrow,” inviting the listener to change with how they cope with life.

EP Review: There’s No Growth If There’s No Rest By Red Hands

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     Red Hands are a five piece alternative rock band that has been making some good noise in the Pittsburgh scene for the past couple of years. In 2012, they released their debut EP entitled In The End… which featured great tracks such as “The Waves Won’t Destroy Themselves” and “Little Big Horn”. Overall, In The End… is a fantastic EP that is well worth a listen. So when I heard that Red Hands released a new EP called There’s No Growth If There’s No Rest, I decided to take some time and give it a listen.

     The EP opens up with the track “Oh, Lord Of Ages (Part II)”. This track opens up with a slight swell that gives birth to hard hitting instrumentation accompanying Tyler Krin’s powerful vocals that sound like he has just hit rock bottom exemplified by the opening lyrics: “It’s a long way down to the bottom of the darkest holes. Where I can see the things that I’ve done with clarity I can’t ignore”.  The track explores the subject of hitting rock bottom quite well. There are times where the lyrics and instrumentation make the song become transparent. For example, right before the second chorus the instrumentation pulls back while Krin delivers the line “If I could only get out of my own way” with a defeatist tone. That quiet moment in the track delivers a new dimension to the track by reminding the listener that a person’s greatest enemy is themselves. While that concept is cliche on its own, Red Hands delivers that concept in a refreshing manner.

     One of my favorite tracks off this EP is the third track “The Worth Of Water”. This track explores the subject material of taking something for granted that is essential to our existence. There are so many things about this track that I really appreciate. For starters, the chorus of this track is easily the heaviest on the whole EP. While its lyrical content is limited, the way that the band comes to together with the sludging instrumentation and Krin’s vocals that seem to be coming from the bottom of his soul to the top of his lungs. The whole chorus gives me this sinking feeling like someone has been caught in quicksand and they are pleading to escape this mess. However, one things on this EP that I do not like is that Krin tends to get long winded. For example in the fourth track “Bury Your Friends”, the second verse feels a bit awkward because the vocals seem forced and the instrumentation does not get the chance to breathe. While I do not necessarily hate extensive lyrical content, these lyrics are not delivered organically. I feel like there are some sections on this EP where this occurs that could have benefited from a simple rewrite.

     The track that closes out this EP is “In One Ear and Out the Other”. This track wraps up the EP quite nicely. The track is all about trying to make a situation work out even though you know there is no way it can ever work. The lyrical content of this closing track is by far my favorite out of any track on this EP. It’s lyrics like “my human nature hopes that you’re burning in hell while grace speaks my mind that this finds you well” that really bring such life to the song. There is also a nice connection to the opening track that really brings the whole EP full circle. In the opening track, Krin sings about wanting to learn from mistakes that have been in his past. This idea is mirrored in the closing track when Krin sings of how “failure always goes in one ear and out the other”. This connection really brings a really human aspect to the EP: even though we always want to learn from mistakes, chances are that we will continue to commit mistakes until we truly want to learn from our mistakes.

     Overall, Red Hands have delivered a good EP with There’s No Growth If There’s No Rest. On this EP, Red Hands explores several themes of life and the intense battles that come with it. There are some truly great tracks on here that showcase Red Hands at their best “Worth of Water”, “Bury Your Friends”, and “In One Ear and Out the Other”. With two solid EPs in their catalogue, Red Hands has my attention for whatever they will be releasing in the future.

Overall Score: 7.3/10

Listen To: Worth of Water, In One Ear and Out the Other

Skip:  Right Reward

Purchase/Stream There’s No Growth If There’s No Rest Here:

http://everyonehasredhands.bandcamp.com/album/theres-no-growth-if-theres-no-rest

Album Review: Wildlife by La Dispute

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     La Dispute is a Grand Rapids five piece band that have caught my attention in the past year with the album Wildlife. The band has a firm passion for music and art acting as a medium for bonding people together. These guys take their approach seriously in that they make music that aims to get to some deeply rooted things about life. While some might pigeon hole their music as being post-hardcore, La Dispute does not fit one particular genre. The reason is their music comes off as more of a performance than just a standard tune. So with that in mind, I decided to review their latest LP Wildlife.

     La Dispute separates Wildlife into four sections. These sections begin with songs that has Jordan Dreyer, their vocalist, focusing very introspectively about struggles that are played out in the record. The first section of Wildlife begins with the track “a Departure.” This opening track does such a fantastic job in opening up this LP. The exposition to “a Departure” consists of a stripped down guitar doing this driving riff accompanied by faint sounds of auxiliary percussion in the background. After that intro, the band kicks in full force keeping the same groove set by the intro. Once the band has a chance to run through that once, Dreyer comes in to finish painting the picture set by the background colors of the band. Through this song, you get the sense that Dreyer is in this frantic state of mind that has him at ends with a battle between hope and despair. “a Departure” features some great lyrics: “Not sure why I’m even writing this. But I guess it feels right. It sort of feels like I have to-like an exorcism” and “I used to feel like everything was perfectly in order, a normal life, but I guess then came a departure. That I know you understand (or would’ve understood). I guess things changed after that, and I’m mostly scared now”. Those lyrics show what La Dispute is going to be delivering to throughout Wildlife. Right from the starting gate, La Dispute grabbed my attention with the raw emotions portrayed in all aspects of their music. So after “a Departure,” I sat back and got ready to hear the rest of the album.

    The entire rest of Wildlife takes the listener on an experience that will ultimately change the way they think about music. Whether it’s through fast punk rock songs like “Edit Your Hometown” or incredible climatic songs like “King Park”, La Dispute explores what it truly means to face your own demons. The result of that is one incredible album. Like for example, the second track “Harder Harmonies” picks up where the opener “a Departure” left off with a chaotic 6/8 feel packed nice and tight which serves as backdrop to the story that Dreyer tells about a man who struggles with maintaining life. This man finds order only when playing his piano. Throughout this song, this man struggles to make his life connect with his piano playing. This of course pays off big time with the explosive outro when the lyrics highlight the big picture of the song: “There’s a melody in everything, I’m trying to find a harmony, but nothing seems to work, nothing seems to fit”. Thus showing “Harder Harmonies” as a track about trying to find your place in the world. Another great example of a fantastic cut off of this album is the eleventh track “I See Everything”. This track opens with the narrator going to school just like any morning, but the atmosphere is somber. The teacher in the classroom speaks in a bittersweet tone. Then,  she passes out photo copies of a journal from which she reads off journal entries that depict a tale of a family who battles cancer that found its way into their seven year old son. The tale sees its ups and downs with the cancer eventually taking the kid’s life. What I found most interesting is the particular lyric set “He said it’s easy to find people who have suffered worse than him. ’Like Jesus, suffered worse than anyone,’ he told me last night, ‘when God abandoned him’ ”. I feel like that set of lyrics drives home the point of the song: we all suffer, but that is life. Until we come to terms with that, we won’t “see everything”.

     The closing track “You and I in Unison” sheds light on what Dreyer was struggling with in the opening track “a Departure”. The track starts with Dreyer talking about how “No one should ever have to walk through the fire alone. No one should ever have to brave that storm”. At first I thought this track was a conversation between Dreyer and God, but the rest of the song makes me think that this is Dreyer talking with a loved who has passed on to the other life. This whole track draws the whole album to a close quite wonderfully because it draws upon themes that are hinted all over the album: finding order in life, hope after tragedy, and believing in things. These subjects, while generic, smack the listener in the face in such an impactful way that drives the point home. The end of the album has Dreyer coming to terms with the death of his loved one with the lyrics repeating his message: “I will sing sweetly hope that the notes change, but I do not need it to happen. I’m not resigned to it”.

     Wildlife (to put it lightly) sets a new standard when it comes to art. The way this drives in themes about how life can be and how humans should deal with it just blows my mind. The album plays out more like a movie with no visuals. With La Dispute coming out with a new record in March of this year, I will for sure be on the lookout for when it drops.

Overall Score: 10/10

Listen To: Everything

Skip: Nothing

Purchase/Stream Wildlife Here: http://nosleepsampler.com/album/wildlife


2014 Grammy Awards Nominees: Who Should Win/Who Will Win

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Record of the Year

  • Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 
  • Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  • Royals by Lorde
  • Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams)

Will Win: Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 

Should Win: Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 

Album of the Year

  • The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles
  • Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Red by Taylor Swift

Will Win: The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Should Win: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar

Song of the Year

  • Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)
  • Locked Out Of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  • Roar by Katy Perry 
  • Royals by Lorde
  • Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Will Win: Royals by Lorde

Should Win: Royals by Lorde

Best New Artist

  • James Blake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Ed Sheeran

Will Win: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Should Win: Kendrick Lamar

Best Pop Solo Performance

  • Brave by Sara Bareilles
  • Royals by Lorde
  • When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars
  • Roar by Katy Perry
  • Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

Will Win: Royals by Lorde

Should Win: Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

  • Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 
  • Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)
  • Stay by Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko)
  • Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams)
  • Suite & Tie by Justin Timberlake (ft. Jay Z)

Will Win: Get Lucky by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) 

Should Win: Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)

Best Pop Vocal Album

  • Paradise by Lana Del Rey
  • Pure Heroine by Lorde
  • Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars
  • Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
  • The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience by Justin Timberlake

Will Win: Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Should Win: The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience by Justin Timberlake

Best Rock Performance

  • Always Alright by Alabama Shakes
  • The Stars (Are Out Tonight) by David Bowie
  • Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
  • Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  • My God Is The Sun by Queens of the Stone Age
  • I’m Shakin’ by Jack White

Will Win: My God Is The Sun by Queens of the Stone Age

Should Win: My God Is The Sun by Queens of the Stone Age

Best Rock Song

  • Ain’t Messin ‘Round by Gary Clark Jr.
  • Cut Me Some Slack by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic,and Pat Smear
  • Doom And Gloom by The Rolling Stones
  • God Is Dead? by Black Sabbath
  • Panic Station by Muse

Will Win: Cut Me Some Slack by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic,and Pat Smear

Should Win: Cut Me Some Slack by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic,and Pat Smear

Best Rock Album

  • 13 by Black Sabbath
  • The Next Day by David Bowie
  • Mechanical Bull by Kings of Leon
  • Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
  • …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
  • Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Will Win: …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age

Should Win: …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age

Best Rap Perfomance

  • Started From The Bottom by Drake
  • Berzerk by Eminem
  • Tom Ford by Jay Z
  • Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar
  • Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                    

Will Win: Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Should Win: Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Song

  • F**kin’ Problems by A$AP Rocky (ft. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
  • Holy Grail by Jay Z (ft. Justin Timberlake)
  • New Slaves by Kanye West
  • Started From The Bottom by Drake
  • Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Will Win: Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Should Win: Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album

  • Nothing Was The Same by Drake
  • Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z
  • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar
  • The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Yeezus by Kanye West

Will Win: The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Should Win: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Song

  • Begin Again by Taylor Swift
  • I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
  • Mama’s Broken Heart  by Miranda Lambert
  • Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves
  • Mine Would Be You by Blake Shelton

Will Win: Begin Again by Taylor Swift

Should Win: Merry Go ‘Round by Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Album

  • Night Train by Jason Aldean
  • Two Lanes Of Freedom by Tim McGraw
  • Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
  • Based On A True Story by Blake Shelton

Will Win: Based On A True Story by Blake Shelton

Should Win: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves