Author: Neil Chapman

AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

2017 sees the band’s current offering from Concord Records (known mainly for their Jazz artists), their third in as many records. The music is by Jade Puget, who also worked to produce said record with Matt Hyde (Slayer,Monster Magnet). Bass plater/multi instrumentalist Hunter Bergen is back working with drummer Adam Carson to provide the rhythm. Top that off with the fresher than ever sounding vocalist Davey Havok and AFI fans should be excited. The songs are strong, although it’s a little different for this time around, as it was for the last record. Up until “Burials” the credits read “All songs by AFI”....

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U2: The Most Underrated Songs Post Pop

U2, for some it stands for legendary, for others it stands for sell out. Some claim they peaked with Joshua Tree while others say Achtung Baby is one of the greatest records of all time. When a band lasts as long as U2 there is a point when the band goes from young to old, new to used, or in some opinions, silver to tarnished. One could say that, after the release of the commercially underwhelming Pop, U2 made that transition. Regardless where you fall, there’s no denying their repertoire. From studio records to B sides to compilations, to say they have...

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds​ – ​ Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave is still with the Bad Seeds and Nick Cave is still making new music with some frequency, both which are comforting. He released the critically acclaimed “Push the Sky Away” record in 2013, which included a tour. I don’t see any tour dates for Skeleton Tree yet but that could, hopefully, change. No one can accuse Nick Cave for being upbeat, especially now. The result of this low point is a slow,methodical record, really slow. There are no particular song structures as it comes off as one big Avant-garde piece with several sections. The production is aces as Nick is...

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Blonde – Frank Ocean

Who’s Frank Ocean? I have no clue and, after listening to his newest release, I have even less of a clue (but in a good way).  Whether it be poet, spoken word artist, crooner, singer, screamer, educator, or rapper, this guy does it. All of it decent, moving in the right direction, and all with limited use of the N word (which this reviewer appreciates). I hear some influences right off the bat with an ode to Prince on the albums second track, Ivy. Later we have a guest appearance by Andre 3000 of Outkast. After that we have...

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Bryan Ferry – live at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA

      A friend let me know he had gotten me a ticket to see Bryan Ferry. First thought was  “that guy is still doing it?”. Second thought was “Cool, I gotta see this guy because this may be it”. A solid outlook, what with the recent passing of rock icons such as David Bowie, Prince and Ronnie James Dio and the fact that as artists get older, see Rush, they just can’t tour as much.      To get ready for the show I looked at the set list so I could brush up. Solo work, cover songs, & Roxy Music stuff certifies Bryan Ferry a prolific singer-songwriter...

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