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Never Go Unheard -- Candlefuse Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 23 October 2008

Never Go Unheard

Sometimes I get an itch to go out looking for new bands.  By "new" I mean a band that I haven't heard of before.  Not too long ago this urge led me to find Never Go Unheard by Candlefuse.  I was most intrigued by the fact that they had a cover of the modern worship classic Hungry on the CD.  I was curious to see how a band with such an aggressive alt-rock sound would pull off that song.  The CD has not been a disappointment.

Hello -- After Edmund Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 29 August 2008

After Edmund

I love finding new musical surprises.  It is exciting to find some band who you've never heard of, pop in their CD, and be quite pleased with their music.  I've had a few of these experiences of the last few months.  After Edmund is just one of the new bands I've stumbled upon.  Great stuff.  The best description of their sound is anthemic modern pop rock.  Think of a beefier version of U2 with vocals more like Switchfoot.  

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2008 )
Who We Are -- Lifehouse Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 29 February 2008

who we are

 Who We Are is Lifehouse's third CD and it is amazing. Lifehouse has always had a distinctive sound which threatened to make all of their stuff sound the same.  In fact, their second CD, Stanley Climbfall, seemed to suffer from this problem. It sounded much like their debut album but without a hit song (Hanging By A Moment) to carry it.  Fortunately, with Who We Are Lifehouse has added new life to their sound.  They still have the distinctive vocals and guitars but there is more range.  The rock songs are rockier and the ballads are smoother.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 July 2008 )
Taking Chances -- Celine Dion Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 11 January 2008

Taking Chances

Suppose you were a multi-millionaire music diva who has spent the last five years playing the most successful Las Vegas show ever.  Suppose also that virtually every album you have recorded has gone platinum and has had several top radio hits.  On top of all of that, suppose you had tens of millions of fans (literally) around the globe who would pay large sums of money to see you in person or buy another one of your releases.  In many ways it could be said that you had "everything" so what do you do next?  

Well, if you're Celine Dion then you take a chance and record a CD that is completely different than anything else you have ever done.  You create a CD that moves beyond the sappy love song ballads that were your mainstay for two decades and create songs with depth and maturity.  You explore new styles of music (light jazz, blues, rock, europop, etc.).  The result is "Taking Chances".  A superb CD.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 June 2008 )
Cities -- Anberlin Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 21 December 2007
Cities is the most recent release by Anberlin. This is the first full-length Anberlin CD I've heard. The few of their singles have made their way onto my iPod through some of the various-artist CDs just never did much for me so I didn't pursue them further. But recently I had an opportunity to get a CD and so on a whim I picked up Cities. I'm glad I did. It is very good. Every song on the CD is solid and interesting.
The first thing that struck me with the CD was the exceptional vocals. Stephen Christian's clear voice portrays the passion of what he's singing equally well with solid rockers (Adelaide) and pensive ballads (Inevitable). The rest of the music provides the perfect setting for the song.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2007 )
Oh! Gravity -- Switchfoot Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
oh gravity
Switchfoot is a band that has changed its sound significantly over the last couple of releases. The current release, Oh Gravity, is quite a few steps removed from their megahit The Beautiful Letdown. In fact it seems like a more mature and established release along the same direction that Nothing Is Sound took. That's not to say that Oh Gravity is not any good. In fact, it can be argued that this new direction is better and fresher than the earlier releases. After a few listens it is growing on me.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2007 )
End Of Silence -- Red Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 30 November 2006
End Of Silence
A new band, a new sound, and a great CD. End Of Silence is the debut album of the new band Red. If you're looking for fresh new sound with a lot of energy then this is the place to go. The high-powered music is heavily layered with strings, crunchy guitars and in your face background vocals. This is very good stuff.
Last Updated ( Monday, 11 December 2006 )

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