Articles By: Rob Cee

R.E.M.- Accelerate (Warner Bros.)

Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe hit the ground running on their most relevant album in fifteen years or so with “Living Well Is The Best Revenge”- possibly the rawest and punkiest they have sounded since Chronic Town back in ‘82 (Alternate descriptions: 1. It really puts the “rapid”...
May 18th, 2008 | Featured | Read More

The Raconteurs- Consolers Of The Lonely (Warner Bros.)

Here, I’ll just come out and say it: Consolers Of The Lonely by The Raconteurs is the worst album that Jack White of The White Stripes has ever been associated with. That being said, it’s really not that bad. The Raconteurs, if you’re not familiar with them, feature Mr. White and softy solo artist...
April 8th, 2008 | Featured | Read More

Kathleen Edwards- Asking For Flowers (Rounder)

On her third and latest album, Canadian country girl Kathleen Edwards confesses that “choosing my words carefully has never been my strength.” It can only be assumed that she is singing about her private life and not her artistic persona, as her first two albums were winners for their lyrical...
March 29th, 2008 | Featured | Read More

The Black Crowes- Warpaint (Silver Arrow)

Let’s begin with some obvious things about The Black Crowes: 1. They are led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson- one is a loudmouthed beanpole, the other is cool as hell despite having chick hair. 2. They seem to be influenced exclusively by early 70’s Rolling Stones and The Faces. 3. They...
March 18th, 2008 | Featured | Read More

The Magnetic Fields- Distortion (Nonesuch)

In 1999, The Magnetic Fields released an ambitious three disc set called 69 Love Songs that, true to its name, contained 69 canciones de amor. Critics swooned over the Fields’ twisted Brill Building sensibilities and the sheer moxie of Magnetic mastermind Stephin Merritt, launching 69 onto many...
February 27th, 2008 | Featured | Read More

The Whigs- Mission Control (ATO)

Athens, Georgia and the 1980’s seem inextricably linked in the minds of many rock fans. Athens is the boho/college town that birthed the B-52’s, R.E.M., and many other pleasant-but-not-so-ultimately-memorable jingle-jangle bands of the Reagan age (Guadalcanal Diary, anyone?). Sure, Athens...
February 4th, 2008 | Featured | Read More