Editor’s Note: This post originally published in 2012.
Yes, this is the same exact list we posted last year, but we were happy enough with it that we would like to remind everyone of our greatness. Don’t worry though, look for a completely fresh fall-themed list this afternoon, but for now LxL would like to share what albums put us in that apple cider, leaves off trees, pumpkin picking/carving/eating, and brisk fresh air type of mood.
There aren’t a lot of records that sound more stuck in time than Ryan Adams’ self-titled album, his first release in three years. But it’s not stuck in Ryan Adams’ era of music (the early aughts when he was one of the hottest singer/songwriters around), but rather the 80’s and early 90’s, when driving Heartland rock like Tom Petty, chimy college rock like R.E.M., and heart-on-your-sleeve garage rock like The Replacements dominated the music landscape. However, despite being lost in a time capsule, Ryan Adams sounds as urgent and as re-energized as he has since 2005’s Cold Roses with the Cardinals. Continue reading “Ryan Adams Review: Ryan Adams”
Yes, this is the same exact list we posted last year, but we were happy enough with it that we would like to remind everyone of our greatness. Don’t worry though, look for a completely fresh fall-themed list this afternoon, but for now LxL would like to share what albums put us in that apple cider, leaves off trees, pumpkin picking/carving/eating, and brisk fresh air type of mood. Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Albums to the Tune of Autumn”
I recently realized how much we at LxL almost entirely disregarded one of the coolest music acts of 2011, The Weeknd. We briefly discussed him in our Top Ten New Artist of 2011 list, but he otherwise went completely unmentioned on LxL, if I’m not mistaken. Not only is the sole member (Abel Tesfaye) an excellent producer, but the dude has the ambition and drive Muhammad Ali. In 2011 The Weeknd released not 1, not 2, but 3 full-length mixtapes. All of which were very well rounded and very highly praised. Incidentally, The Weeknd’s first album, House of Balloons did land at our 21st overall favorite album of 2011, but we only listed our top 20 on the website, so it didn’t receive adequate recognition. Continue reading “Post Weekend Weeknd: An Overview Review of The Weeknd”
If being prolific was the name of the game, Ryan Adams would have stadium status. Fortunately, quality matters more than quantity, and though the New York singer-songwriter with a soft spot for Americana has released 12 full-length records in 11 years (not to mention some EPs, Live albums, and some of those being double albums), his hitting average is probably more like 50% with only about 25% of them falling in the great category (Heartbreaker, Love is Hell, Cold Roses). Following a five album streak with his expert alt-country band The Cardinals (which were great to start then got increasingly more safe and boring releases), Adams releases his first album since disbanding from the group, Ashes & Fire, an album that is warm and rustic though mostly drowsy and dull. Continue reading “Ryan Adams Review: Ashes and Fire”