Entries for 'Elaine Peppard'
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on November 13, 2010
A review of the album 'Leche' by Gregory and the Hawk
Review Snapshot: Leche is the third studio album from Meredith Godreau or, as she is better known, Gregory and the Hawk. The quirk that can be heard in her previous albums and EPs remains an overwhelming character in her latest release but that could be the problem here; little else has changed either. And instead of leaning on her influences, it sounds like she’s just copied them.
The Cluas Verdict? 4 out of 10
Full Review: The opening song ‘For the Best’ has some really excellent lyrics, something fans of her will be familiar with. One problem with this song is it’s heavy similarity to anything ‘early Tori Amos.’
“I really want to find a bar, and mix some fear up with a friend …and give you skull tattoos in pen”
It goes on to talk of her curiosity about how her lover or hopeful lover might feel.
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Originally published by Elaine Peppard on October 23, 2010
A review of the album 'Come Around Sundown' by Kings of Leon
Review Snapshot: Come Around Sundown is the 5th studio album from Tennessee Rock band Kings of Leon. After a previous release that was less than impressive, anticipation was high. And Come Around Sundown does not disappoint. It feels like a super-album, taking all the best bits from their previous releases and combining them to give fans something they have never heard before.
The Cluas Verdict? 7 out of 10
Full Review:The single from the album is “Radioactive.” It was a weak release considering the standard of the rest of the album. It also doesn’t entirely fit in with the album’s sound and though it’s a great song on it’s own, it shouldn’t be used as the benchmark for the rest of the album.
A much stronger single would have been “Pyro”. This chorus-rich song tells the story of man who decides to leave his family, for fear th... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on August 04, 2010
A review of the album 'In Silence' by Little Children
Review Snapshot: Linus Lutti or his musical alias Little Children, has been known as the quiet antithesis of the screaming, noisy model that had been previously established. This low-key approach can often be more astounding, more lingering, than you could ever imagine. The forthcoming album, “In silence” will stay with you long after it ends.
The Cluas Verdict? 8 out of 10
Full Review: “Demons” opens the album and it is the perfect introduction to a voice that will stop you in your tracks. Sparse guitar and a gentle flute accompaniment compound the sadness that drifts through this song.
“With heavy steps I follow, pray for love, pray for sorrow, don’t go, don’t go, baby the walls are shrinking faster”
“Hold On” introduces a more upbeat sound to the album with pulsing bass guitar throughout. This... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on July 27, 2010
A review of the album 'For Posterity' by Ten Kens
Review Snapshot: 'For Prosperity' is the second album from Toronto Four-piece Ten Kens. The album is a heady mix of psychedelic rock and meditative melodies. If Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’ and Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ had a baby, this would be its offspring.
The Cluas Verdict? 4 out of 10
Full Review: ‘Johnny Ventura’, the first track from ‘From Posterity’ opens with sunny guitars and cymbals but quickly takes a turn down a darker path, something which becomes familiar throughout the album. The album is drenched in heavy guitar riffs that help establish the intensity of the record and, throughout, the foursome’s musical talent is apparent.
‘Summer Camp’ opens on 15 seconds of silence followed by the acapella voice of Workman. His voice is so high and smooth that without backing, this song could... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on June 22, 2010
A review of Jack Johnson's album 'To the Sea'
Review Snapshot: Jack Johnson - famous for his soft, laid back sound and how he’s the perfect accompanist for a holiday - has released his fifth studio album. With it comes nothing particularly new or unexpected, but not particularly unpleasant either.
The Cluas Verdict? 6/10
Full review: The opening track “You and Your Heart” will be familiar to almost all Johnson fans, as it open with an upbeat acoustic sound. My first thought is that it could comfortably be heard in the ad for a new orange juice. Turn it on when you’re packing for a summer holiday. Nothing new there.
The title track fits perfectly with Johnson’s own explanation of the album title. "I guess it's a reference to a father leading his son to the sea, with the water representing the subconscious. So it's about trying to go beneath the surface and understand yourself". The most prominent ... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on April 29, 2010
Josh Ritter (live in Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin)
Review Snapshot: Josh Ritter played to a packed Grand Canal Theatre last night. A night of funny, yet entirely irrelevant stories, a suspected bouncing disorder, a whole lot of tweed, and great music. One to remember.
The Cluas Verdict? 7.5 out of 10
Full Review: Having known very little about Ritter and his music before the gig, his first impression on me was positive: he was bouncy, enthusiastic, and not at all bored by performing to yet another packed venue. His smile was one that said he couldn’t be happier, or more amazed, that he was making a living out of this.
Joined onstage by his Royal City Band, Ritter launched himself into 'Southern Pacifica' from the new album “So Runs the World Away”, bouncing around like a toddler on ecstasy. His energy made him instantly likeable. He was however let down by the intensity of the amplification at th... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on March 27, 2010
Mumford and Sons (Live in The Academy, Dublin)
Review Snapshot: From an excessive three warm up acts and technical problems to egotistical roadies, my trip to see Mumford and Sons was not the folksy, joyful event the band’s image suggests. I was already indifferent to these fake folksy wannabe’s and the gig moved it from indifference to dislike.
The Cluas Verdict? 4/10
Full Review: I arrived at The Academy on Middle Abbey Street at about 7:50. When I reached the top floor where the band would play I heard the sounds of a sleepy American boy whining into his microphone and moaning on guitar. It might sound harsh but really, you’d agree. The following warm up act was so dull I have actually forgotten them. The warm up show didn’t really kick off until Oh Emperor, a folk/rock band hailing from Waterford. Though it was hard to find originality in their Muse/Jeff Buckley influenced work, they were charming and could really handle thei... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on March 12, 2010
A review of the album 'The Fall' by Norah Jones
Review Snapshot: A lot has changed about Norah. There is a real notion that she has grown up, and she wanted this to be heard in album number four. Produced by Jacquire King, who produced Tom Waits' 'Mule Variations', this album has a sound entirely new and long overdue. It may even reach some new followers who had previously ignored the presence of the docile piano and abundance of love ditties.
The Cluas Verdict? 6 out of 10
Full Review: Followers of Norah Jones usually say it’s her velvet voice that started their love affair with her. Her voice may well be the only thing people will recognise on Norah’s latest release. Gone are the love tunes tinkled on piano, welcome is a much rockier, guitar-heavy mix of angry, bitter tunes. This, of course could be contributed to her split from long-time partner (and band mate) 18 months ago.
This absence is sincerely felt in the ly... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on February 15, 2010
Midlake (live in Vicar Street, Dublin)
Review Snapshot: Everything from the way the instruments sounded to the almost perfect set list, it was a night to remember. Vicar Street was the perfect venue for this walking anachronism. Bigger than their previous Dublin venue (the Village) but not so big that it made us feel like strangers to them. Midlake: another act for concert lovers to add to the list of bands who are great live.
The Cluas Verdict? 9 out of 10
Full Review: The opening act, Texan woman Sarah Jaffe, was the perfect warm-up for the main act. Her tones smooth and inviting, the drums a harsh and exciting contrast. The crowd of mainly students in grungy jumpers was only just beginning to form.
Shortly after her set Midlake ambled on. Unassuming, shy, even awkward, there was a real sense that the crowd’s welcome was unexpected. Their previous Dublin gig drew a much smaller crowd (which guitarist and vocalist Eric Pulidio joke... [Read on]
Originally published by Elaine Peppard on February 04, 2010
A review of the album 'The Courage of Others' by Midlake
Review Snapshot: Texan band Midlake are a rare find. The lead vocals are strong, yet haunting, mellow yet powerful. “The Courage of Others” is the band’s long awaited third album, following their 2006 concept album “Trials of Van Occupanther”.
The Cluas Verdict? 7 out of 10
Full Review: Tim Smith, with his warm vocals and poetic song writing skills have been responsible for transporting me well and truly back to 1891, where the band's second album, “Trials of Van Occupanther” is set. Therefore I was somewhat nervous about this album, fearing it would not live up to the expectations built by their previous joyous success.
However, “The Courage of Others” has done something I prayed it would; it took the beautiful woody, sounds of the forest they had previously established, and embellished it. Removing from it the... [Read on]