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Looking In New: The Return of a Giant

aicnewAlice In Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue
September 29, 2009
EMI/Virgin Records

Victim of Loudness War? Yes

Usually when a well-established band attempts to replace a key member of its lineup, the results are less than thrilling. Only a handful of bands have successfully accomplished this move, mostly because they went with their artistic gut rather than their commercial desires and continued to produce music that was original and memorable (the names Van Halen, AC/DC and Wilco come immediately to mind as prime examples). Most bands that attempt to replace popular members, however, make the gigantic mistake of trying to find a substitute that is a dead ringer for the member being replaced (Journey, Judas Priest and the biggest disaster in this category, Blind Melon). This usually brings on the one-two punch of both turning off all but the most diehard fans and leaving their music sounding stale. After all, the new member wasn’t hired for their originality, but simply because they could mimic the guy with the originality. Continue reading

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October 2, 2009 Posted by | classic rock, Grunge, Guitar, Guitars, Rock, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Switch On This Moment

oriordanDolores O’Riordan – No Baggage
August 25, 2009
Zoe Records

Victim of Loudness War? Yes

Looking back on the alternative music movement of the early ‘90s, very few of the artists and bands that were so highly regarded at the time can still be put on the same pedestal a decade or more removed. Most of the material comes off sounding extremely dated and the reputations didn’t last much past all the hype. Singer/songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, former leader of Irish band The Cranberries, is one artist that survives the aforementioned process, remaining a dynamic and vibrant singer and songwriter years after her first appearance in 1993. Her former band may have fallen by the wayside had it not been for the dual ferocity and subtlety that her performance style brought to the table, leaving them amongst the few ‘90s acts that still retains their merit. Continue reading

August 24, 2009 Posted by | classic rock, Guitar, Guitars, Rock | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment