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Category Archive for 'Hard Rock'

The Cult: Choice of Weapon

“Choice of Weapon is the Cult’s finest moment in 23 years; it’s the true swaggering heir to the period that birthed Electric and Sonic Temple, and proof that — contrary to even Ian Astbury’s stated belief in 2009 — the album is far from dead.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Michael Monroe: Sensory Overdrive

“The tempos are fast, the guitar plays ringing power chords, and the vocals are a penetrating screech, the whole achieving energy and irresistible drive.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bob Seger: Nine Tonight

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Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

“Wasting Light, the group’s seventh studio album…was recorded with rock überproducer Butch Vig (he manned the boards for Sonic Youth, the Smashing Pumpkins, and, yes, Nirvana) in Grohl’s basement using only analog equipment. As if that weren’t enough, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould, and the Germs’ Pat Smear, who played with the [...]

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Judas Priest: British Steel

“The first salvo fired in heavy metal’s ultimate takeover of the hard rock landscape during the 1980s. Packed with strong melodic hooks, British Steel is a deliberate commercial move, forsaking the complexity of the band’s early work in favor of a robust, AC/DC-flavored groove.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “The Black Crowes reflect on 20 years of music with a two-CD set of newly recorded, mostly acoustic renditions of songs from their back catalog. “Croweology’’ serves as a reminder that the Crowes may be one of the country’s most underrated and misunderstood bands. Too often pegged as a Stones-ian retro act, [...]

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

Check Our Catalog “Beck has created an old-fashioned blues-rock-cum-prog record, balancing the sweeping vistas of a 64-piece orchestra with cool jazz-funk grooves.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The Drive-By Truckers have been the best and smartest hard rock band in America for a while now, but with The Big To-Do they also confirm they’re one of the bravest, and they’ve created a triumphant album out of songs in which folks are forced to look failure square in the eye.” [...]

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Slash: Slash

Check Our Catalog “The debut solo album for the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist features guest appearances by Chris Cornell, Adam Levine, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, and Fergie, as well as former Guns N’ Roses members, Izzy Stadlin, Duff McKagan, and Steve Adler.

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Check Our Catalog “No longer young upstarts, they wear their years proudly on this terrific album, sounding like the veteran roadhounds they’ve always aspired to be.”–All Music Guide

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Pearl Jam: Backspacer

Check Our Catalog “Backspacer, the band’s ninth studio album [is] one of its most cohesive and satisfying in terms of brevity, crisp production, and a sharp focus.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “While they’ll never be mistaken for a feel-good band, there is a palpable sense of relief that they get to play together again as a band, and what’s remarkable is that they still sound like themselves, capturing that weird murk halfway between ’80s metal and ’90s northwestern sludge, reminding us that we [...]

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Jet: Shaka Rock

Check Our Catalog “Shaka Rock may not expand Jet’s range, but its high-energy guitar assaults should impress modern rock audiences.”–Billboard

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Daughtry: Leave This Town

Check Our Catalog “They have nothing on their mind other than making basic, black-and-white modern rock, and they do so efficiently on Leave This Town, a sophomore album that’s every bit as satisfying as the first.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog The new album from Guns N’ Roses features 14 brand new songs from Axl and company, has garnered rave reviews and is easily the most anticipated release of the year.–Amazon.com

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Nickelback: Dark Horse

Check Our Catalog “On Dark Horse, “Mutt” Lange lightens Nickelback’s dreary post-grunge plod, applying guitar shimmer to prom ballads and detonating big beats under frat-party shouts and raplike vocal parts.”—Rolling Stone

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AC/DC: Fly on the Wall

Check Our Catalog “On Fly on the Wall, the leering humor of AC/DC’s past glories seems forced, the music is somewhat underdeveloped, and Brian Johnson’s vocals are mixed far in the background, but — as with nearly every AC/DC album — there are a few good songs, notably “Shake Your Foundations” and “Sink the Pink.”—All [...]

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Metallica: Death Magnetic

Check Our Catalog “The album, produced by Rick Rubin, is far better than anything the group has recorded in the last 12 years; it sounds as if the band has woken out of a daze…The album bets on the fact that these musicians have matured, and can prove it through music that’s more complicated than [...]

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