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Eclectic Vibes - July 2010

CD/DVD Micro Reviews by Andrew Frey

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MICRO REVIEWS: This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Limiting through 10 is Expansive
Bottegasonora - Disco Naif


Disco Naif
Record Label: Bottegasonora
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 7

Warbling ranty vocals are accompanied by quirky simplistic synthesized rhythms from this Italian musician. Lyrics are formed into pop format so the accented choruses are repeated often, but this is then countered by a curious and bewildering cabaret atmosphere. Fans of kitchy throwback electro music inspired by the late 70’s will find that this will hit the spot.

Danzig - Deth Red Sabaoth


Deth Red Sabaoth
Record Label: Evilive Records
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 9

After the last few lackluster releases we finally have a return to form for the mighty Danzig! Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) once again provides the eerie screaming guitars and John Kelly (Type O Negative) throws down on the double bass drums. The songs are dark, brooding and anthemic with Danzig’s powerful voice unmistakable as the enigmatically appealing ringleader.

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Devo - Something For Everybody


Something For Everybody
Record Label: Warner Brothers
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 10

Outstanding! A triumphant and glorious rebirth of these 1980’s new wave icons. From top to bottom, song after song their quirky signature staccato synth pop rock finds renewed life in the new millennium. The biggest difference is their signature red energy dome hats are now blue! Album details were honed by their online community and the results shine.

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Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music

Walter Gibbons

Jungle Music
Record Label: Strut Records
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 8

Pioneering reel to reel editing in mid 1970s led to many amazing things for this prolific DJ who became known for his remixes and influence in the early Disco and electronic scene. This 2 CD release of 14 lengthy remix tracks serves as a brief history lesson into the roots of synthetic beats and the sounds of the late 70s and early 80s.

Lamb of God - Hourglass

Lamb of God

Record Label: Epic Records
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 9

To celebrate 15 years as a band LOG releases this 3 volume package on multiple formats and versions including vinyl and USB drives. Cherry picking the best and favorite of their early years, the Epic years and rare oddball tracks this anniversary release shows off the raw drive and musical ambition that made this band thrive.

Magnifico - Magnification


Record Label: Piranha
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 9

Provocative, controversial, infectious and flamboyant, this funky pan Euro/Balkan rock delivers chart topping material at home in the former Yugoslavia and Italy, but this is his first global exposure. Magnifico is Robert Peut and he is one suave’ musician from Slovenia slinging memorable sultry and significant rhythmic infections of delight.

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Mose Giganticus - Gift Horse

Mose Giganticus

Gift Horse
Record Label: Relapse Records
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 10

How does music sound large? Or huge? These intense hard rock architects have sculpted a magnificent debut that is modern, powerful, groovy, expansive and generally kicks a lot of ass! Amorphis meets the Melvins.

Waitiki 7 - New Sounds of Exotica

The Waitiki 7

New Sounds of Exotica
Record Label: Pass Out Records
Review published: July 2010
Rating: 8

When you think of tropical lounge sounds, you expect what this 1950’s style throwback release has to offer. Dedicated to preserving the Exotica sound and tiki culture they produce lush jazzy flows of flute over a variety of percussion, complimented by bass, piano, sax, etc. Fly me to the tropics!

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