CLUAS Album Reviews

By CLUAS Writers on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A review of the album 'Perch Patchwork' by Maps & Atlases Maps & Atlases - Perch PatchworkReview Snapshot: New to the indie scene, Chicago band Maps & Atlases mash a folk rock sound with the math rock genre to produce a well-thought out and emotional debut album. A recurring theme of bitterness around break-ups is often disguised by a cheery nature in what could be one of the must-have indie albums. 

The Cluas Verdict? 7 out of 10

Full Review: Folk rock has been an increasingly popular genre for the past two years. Whether you consider it from a mainstream point of view (Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling) or if you are more inclined to take an Indie perspective (Frank Turner) it has no doubt been growing in influence. This year sees a new...
By CLUAS Writers on Friday, August 06, 2010
A review of the album Liquor Store by Teron Beal. Teron Beal

Review Snapshot:  Songwriter to the stars certainly doesn’t keep the best for himself as Teron Beal releases his debut solo effort.

The Cluas Verdict? 2 out of 10

Full Review: Teron Beal is a little celebrated American singer-songwriter who has spent the last 20 years in the shadows writing songs for the likes of Pink and impressively, Michael Jackson. Quite an achievement for someone who was born when the king of pop still had an afro. Not many people have achieved such things in such a young life, however he has still gone relatively unnoticed by the wider public, and the question is; will his debut album, “Liquor Store”, change this?

The album is heavily influenced by Prince, with many of the tracks featuring a similar vocal...
By CLUAS Writers on Thursday, July 29, 2010
A review of the album 'Playing out: Songs for children and robots' by The Crayonettes. Crayonettes - Playing out: Songs for children and robotsReview snapshot: Former punk queen Anna Spencer and folk singer Kathryn Williams combine their hatred towards CDs for children to make an interesting first adult-friendly and intelligent album aimed at kids.

Cluas Verdict?: 7 out of 10.

Full Review: The Crayonettes is the union of popular folk songstress Kathryn Williams and lead singer of Newcastle Punk band, “Delicate Vomit”, Anna Spencer. The concept of the album is just as endearing as the actual songs.

The two music veterans have relatively recently become mothers and discovered a mutual disdain for the common and fervent Children’s CDs. They wanted to produce an adult...