The Reviews

Site Intro

Search the Site




Cleverly divided into:

Music/Artists That I Don't Plan on Reviewing
Artists on the Waiting List
Artists I Would Like to Review

Current as of December 17, 2006.

Music/Artists That I Don't Plan on Reviewing

Rap - Really not my forte at all.  Nothing wrong with it though.
Hip/Hop - see Rap.
Disco - see Rap.
Crappy Modern Metal/Rock Bands - Most of the stuff that's on the radio today.   Boring or annoying.

The Beatles - I wouldn't say anything new, and besides that my albums are all the now obsolete US configurations.  I saw Ringo's Traveling Band (with Musicians Better than Ringo), and he was a cocky bastard.  On the other hand, I do like Paul McCartney's solo work and may review that.

Bob Dylan - I just plain don't like the guy, except for John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, so I'm softening. I may get around to reviewing his stuff someday.

Led Zeppelin - I have almost their entire catalog and see what people like about them - druggy blues, folk and metal.  I do like Jimmy Page, but the band's stealing from blues artists irks me, as well as their wholesale borrowing from Jeff Beck.  Oh, and I've seen Plant in concert and wasn't terribly impressed.

The Moody Blues - I'm irrationally exuberant about them, especially On the Threshold of a Dream.  Complete lack of objectivity, with the exception of Go Now which I may review.

The Rolling Stones - The only album I'd really consider is Their Satanic Majesties' Request because of the differences of opinion on it.

Bruce Springsteen - I'd rather shoot myself than subject myself to the Boss.  I very proudly turned down the chance to buy most of his albums for a quarter a piece.  My dislike knows no bounds... except that I dislike John Mellencamp even more, the no-talent Springsteen hack.  Grey matter destroyers.

The Who - I'd babble incoherently as to how good they are. Lack of objectivity on my part.

Artists on the Waiting List

These are artists I have a good number of albums from, and would merit their own pages if I got around to it.  There are plenty of artists where I only have a couple of albums.  I definitely forgot some for this list also.  Artists that I have reviewed only a couple of albums from, but have more are not on this list.

Allman Brothers - The legendary Southern Rock group with twin lead guitars.  Come to think of it, I really do have most of their albums at this point.  From what I remember this is good stuff.

The Animals - I do have several of their albums, but they're from the post-Alan Price period.  As in the Eric Burdon goes whacko period.

Brian Auger - Jazz/rock organist.  I have a couple of his albums with the Trinity, as well as some Oblivion Express albums.

The Band - American roots-rock pioneers.

David Bowie - Changes, indeed.

The dB's - New wave jangle pop.

Devo - Professional dorks with a message.

Focus - Dutch prog/rock, led by a goofy singing organist and Jan Akkerman on guitar.  Akkerman I heard on Peter Banks's first solo album, and was really impressed.  Lots of long instrumental passages I think.  I have at least four of their albums, as well as a couple of Akkerman solo albums.

Genesis - I'm missing some of their early albums, but have enough to start with.  I would not review their pop period, because I have a feeling it would make me ill.

Grin - post Neil Young, pre solo Nils Lofrgen.

Richie Havens - I found a stockpile of his albums for cheap at a thrift store.  Folk/sitar music from the 60s and 70s.

Dan Hicks - Humerous, SF style mixer.

MC5 - I have their debut album, Kick Out the Jams which is phenomenal hard rock for its day.  It's like Live at Leeds but earlier.  The public library system has their complete catalog, including a live album Thunder Express.

Joni Mitchell - Folk, then jazz then whatever.  Supposedly she's one of the most talented females of the 20th century.  At this point, I'll tentatively agree.

Motown - I've got some Temptations, Supremes, and a couple of other things.  Non greatest-hits albums are hard to find, though.

The Pentangle - Fascinating acoustic folk + whatever group from 60s England.  I have three of their albums, and a couple of John Renbourn solo ones as well.

The Police - I actually have their entire catalog and find Summers incomprehensible, Sting a bit whiny and Copeland astounding.

The Raspberries - 70s power pop and Beatle impersonations.  Fun stuff.

Roxy Music - see Sparks.

Todd Rundgren - Piano-pop with a good dose of insanity thrown in.  I have a set with all of the Nazz's work, plus a lot of his solo albums.

Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Helped kick off the high-energy Detroit scene.

Sparks - Goofy pop guys.

Stooges - Similar to the MC5, but less technical.  I have Raw Power and was really surprised by how good their hard rock sound is.  The public library also has their entire catalog, and I've put holds on their first two albums.

Ten Years After - 60s and 70s English blues-rock band, but Alvin Lee's guitar work is great.

Richard Thompson - I saw him in concert and was instantly made into a fan.  I have some of his 80s and 90s stuff, but want a bit more.

Triumvirat - German version of ELP.  I have I think three or four albums.

U2 - Yes, I have also fallen prey to what is now approaching Classic Rock status.  Bono's vocals roped me in.  Seriously.

XTC - Great band. 

Artists I Would Like to Review

I'm really not some pretentious bastard who refuses to listen to anything new.  I just have a hard time shelling out ten dollars (close to seven pounds) for a used CD, when I can get so many more records for the same amount.  I don't have these artists, but let's just say I'm interested in them.  So, yes, I would willingly sell out to modern music given half a chance.  And, no, I can't go out and acquire it using the internet due to technical reasons.  Besides, that's illegal, and I would never do anything illegal.

General Areas - Early punk rock, or New Wave stuff. All those bands who think it's a good idea to borrow psych-period Beatles production techniques.  All this frickin' Indie Rock that has gone mainstream where I live.

Billy Bragg - I have a friend who's turned into a Bragg devotee and the man does have talent.  He's angry, brash and talented - hard folk perhaps?

Can - Recommended by my cousin.  I guess it's experimental German music from the 70s.  A whole scene I'd like to hear.

Caravan - More of the Canterbury scene.  The same goes for all the other bands like National Health, etc.

Elephant 6 Bands - Neo-psychedelia, pop, what have you.

Elvis Costello - Just going by reputation here.  Plus he looks like a dork, which is cool.

Fairport Convention - Similar to the Pentangle, and with Richard Thompson in the ranks.  Where are the albums hiding?

The Flaming Lips - The first time I heard about them I was in a local store, and I actually asked what the CD was.  I realized I was fan somewhere around my 3rd listening of Zaireeka.  [Yes, I do have 4 CD players.]

Local Bands - some good, some not so good.

Aimee Mann - She's a clever songwriter, and her music borrows from the stately 60s in a lot of ways.  Bet you weren't expecting this one.

Memphis Soul - Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and the rest of the gang.  Really hard to find this stuff.

Motown - Yeah, I have some stuff, but I want more.

Oasis - I'll admit it - I'm a sucker for the 90s British Rock Revival.  I should be able to pick their stuff up cheap, but it's not high on the priority list.

Sleater-Kinney - Something good from the radio?  Oh wait, that was community radio.  Have to admire a group with this much energy.

The Small Faces - English mod and then booze-rock band. Hard to find the Small Faces stuff.

Wilco - They are all the latest talk about town, with their alt-country sound.  What the hell does alt-country even mean?  Is country-rock a taboo phrase or something?

The Reviews

Site Intro

Search the Site