Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

MONTERO – Lil Nas X

Ever since I heard “INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)”, not a day has gone by where I didn’t think about this man. That’s right, I’m a Jack Harlow superfan. No, seriously, I have had that song stuck in my head again and again, and it is never a negative experience. I think it’s Lil NasContinue reading “MONTERO – Lil Nas X”

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey

Halsey and Nine Inch Nails working together is a dream come true, and the electronic rock they’ve put together, full of the unique grittiness that each have to bring to the table, is constantly masterful and a joy to listen to. Sure, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross may not have put their names on theContinue reading “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey”

A Night at the Opera – Queen

The final album review of my EP’s promotion cycle is the one for “And Then There Are Those Who Choose Their Own Fate”. Writing this song, I felt that the suite was an underutilized device in music; I really liked when songs put together thematically connected disparate sections, and it felt like something gone fromContinue reading “A Night at the Opera – Queen”

The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I didn’t know that you could end a song by just smashing everything together into a multifaceted waltz-time cacophony until I heard MCR’s “The End.” That’s the wayContinue reading “The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance”

American Idiot – Green Day

You’ve heard a lot of this album, but you probably haven’t heard the awesome jam that is “Letterbomb” or dissected “Homecoming” down to specific notes. Yes, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” is great, but this album really shines where it eschews the four-chord progression and just plays some loud chords, finds something else to do, andContinue reading “American Idiot – Green Day”

Dookie – Green Day

Oh yeah! Punk rock’s never had such incredibly catchy grooves as in this huge 90s hit. Their rhythms are as complex as they are natural, and their chords are fun sonified. That D-A-B-G progression on “Having a Blast” is just wonderful, and the syncopated constant guitar hits just fall perfectly. The drums on this albumContinue reading “Dookie – Green Day”

Moonflower – MixAndMash

You probably only know one song on this album, their extremely good cover of Jack Stauber’s “Buttercup”. Well, guess what, the whole thing’s amazing, from the moment the cymbal comes in on “Dead Weight” to the isolated royal harlequin vibes of “Cascade”. (I don’t know which songs on this album are covers.) Along with “Cascade”,Continue reading “Moonflower – MixAndMash”