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Aug 21

Special: A Rock Special - Incubus, Hard-Fi, Kasabian

6 songs from 3 rock bands, kind of similar but also kind of different, all fantastic:

Incubus - Adolescents, Promises Promises

They are cool. It’s kind of dark, but very captivating. “Adolescents” is fast paced and impressive; “Promises Promises” is a rock ballad, in the same league but soothing you out, after the attack, lol. And it has kept growing and growing since my first listen. Give it a try.

genre: alternative rock
ratings: A: 4/5 stars; PP: 4/5 stars 

Hard-Fi - Good for Nothing, Fire in the House

I’ve been a fan for quite some time, their dance rock is just so attractive for me. “Cash Machine”, “Suburban Knights” and “Tied up too Tight” are all huge for me. “Good for Nothing” is a very impressive comeback single. It’s kind of groovy and infectious. It feels like they’ve matured a lot through this new direction. It feels quite new but not losing their root, great track. “Fire in the House” is more relaxed and dancey but still tight and sophisticated, I like it a lot. It’s a great comeback for me!!

genre: indie rock, alternative rock, dance rock
ratings: GFN: 4/5 stars;  FITH: 4/5 stars 

Kasabian - Switchblade SmilesDays Are Forgotten

They didn’t disappoint! These two comeback singles are superb! “Switchblade Smiles” is kind of aggressive, it just want to rock you deep inside with angry vocals and fast pace vigorous arrangments. I think it succeeded, it’s left a deep impression on me, it’s dark but artistic, it’s simply awesome. “Days are Forgotten” is HUGE. It’s ace, hands down. An epic Kasabian rock ballad you don’t wanna miss. I love the “ah” verse, I love the super sweet chorus, I love the flow, the energy, I love the whole song from start to finish, brilliantly ace, period. Welcome back, welcome back!!! I’m ecstatic!! :DD

genre: indie rock, neo-psychedelia, space rock, electronic rock
ratings: SS: 4/5 stars; DAF: 4.5/5 stars

Jul 10

Special: That Brit band sound

Ok, stumbling into these 2 songs from these 2 bands has just renewed my love for Britpop/ British band sounds. One old, one new; one moody/sad, one happy, both nice, both brilliant:

Athlete - The Outsiders (2007-album/2008-ep) 

I’m down, I’m sad and I make this my accompanying sound. However this is smooth, this is inwards, this is superb, and somehow this soothes my mind a little bit..

genre: indie rock, alternative rock, post-britpop, electronic rock 
rating: 4/5 stars 

The Feeling - Set My World on Fire

I love “Sewn” and this renewed my love for their sound. And this is so happy, so if it is time to celebrate, celebrate with this song, ‘cos it seems nothing sounds happier than it recently… It’s like MEGA happy and it gives you strength. And… cheesy, oh yeah, I know why I’m so quickly in love with it now… lol

genre: pop rock, pop
rating: 4/5 stars

May 31

Pendulum - Watercolour

Pendulum - Watercolour

Dance rock has a strange attraction to me, I feel the beat is ultra cool… This is still pretty much them, the same sound as last time, and I’m still falling for it. But I wish they can try something new too, keep on the experiment!

genre: electronic rock, drum and bass
rating: 3.5/5 stars