Walk The Moon // Talking Is Hard

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Dance party anyone? Walk The Moon’s new album will have you attempting the moon walk and every other dance move you think you have in your repertoire! It’s a disco-rock-free-for-all that is begging you to just shut up and dance. Their hair may be crazy but their lyrics are clever and catchy. Their on stage antics are a bit over-animated but their harmonies and instrumental creativity are precision-tune-calibrated. If all you’ve heard is the radio single…you should give the full moon a chance…I’m willing to bet you can’t keep from dancing.

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Alabama Shakes // Sound & Color

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We’re not in Kansas anymore…or Alabama for that matter. The opening lines of the title track sound like they came out of “The Wizard of Oz” as the Alabama Shakes stop out of the standard grayscale world of Southern Rock and into some kind of technicolor future! This sophomore album keeps its southern roots while taking a huge step forward with extreme experimentation that delivers colorful sound to your soul. Brittany’s vocals remain the powerhouse center…raw as Janis and refined as Adele…but the band has become just as powerful of a voice. Truly…the Alabama Shakes have found a yellow brick road and are leading us all to the futuristic emerald city of new wave southern rock-n-roll.

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Mumford & Sons // Wilder Mind

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Perhaps the most polarizing record of 2015…many will LOVE it and many will HATE it! I find myself occupying the middle ground. Is the abandonment of Mumford’s USP fueled by musical growth/exploration that usually characterizes as sophomore album or by boredom? It’s tough to say. The new direction is only new to Mumford. There’s not a ton of originality here, but it still makes for pleasurable listening. All in all, “Wilder Minds” is only “Wild” in that it doesn’t “mind” the demands of M&S fans. No doubt I will enjoy the album, but I do doubt that it stays on repeat as much as its two predecessors.

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Record Reviews

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Record reviews exits to provide weekly recommendations via brief reviews designed to fit into your busy schedule with just enough info to [hopefully] point you toward some sweet tunes you’ll enjoy. You don’t have to prefer vinyl…you just need to love good music.

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