Thursday, October 30, 2008

Casual Listening -- Susan Tedeschi, Black Milk, Snow Patrol

Casual Listening

a review of cool new music

by Jeff Pinzino

October 31, 2008

! Susan Tedeschi – Back to the River (blues)

Susan Tedeschi owns what is arguably the best blues voice to be found anywhere. The album is a sometimes funky set of blues-rock and soul that showcases her vocal pyrotechnics. If you’ve never heard of Tedeschi, you need to listen to this immediately.

Listen to Susan Tedeschi “Talking About

* Dozan – Introducing Dozan (World)

A small ensemble of strings and voices that presents the beautiful sound of Jordanian music. Choral harmonies deliver expressive, heart-tugging songs over a background of oud and hand drums.

Listen to Dozan “Ya Jarati

Bloc Party ­– Intimacy (rock)

A rhythm-heavy ball of static electricity. Layers of samples capped with frenetic vocals. Nine Inch Nails fans will feel at home with this one.

Listen to Bloc Party “Ares

Black Milk – Tronic (rap)

Black Milk creates a powerful, fresh soundscape for his rhymes. Seriously heavy backbeats with accents of trumpet, organ, and outer space electronics. Lyrics never stray far from creative self-promotion.

Listen to Black Milk’s Give the Drummer Sum

Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns (country)

Rock backdrops support subtle songcraft. A basic lineup of guitar-bass-drums-and-sometimes-piano is doused in reverb, with an understated vocal finesse that sets it apart from other bands in this style. Snow Patrol is radio-ready, but likely to wear better than the majority of what’s getting airplay these days.

Listen to Snow Patrol “Take Back the City

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