Album Review: Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

“She’s fragile and she’s ferocious” The dream world, a creation made of myth and melody. She is its mother, its creator; the designer of sun and sky, of storms and seas. She is the orchestra and conductor too; the summoner of harmonious hymns and the mistress of magnificent melodies. She will take you through the…

Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

They say when you fall in love you fall in love slowly then all at once. A few months ago, I had no idea who Haim was, let alone know how to correctly sound out their name. Now, at this point in time, I can’t imagine a life where I don’t listen to their music…

Album Review: Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest

“The very first words of a life-long love letter” We’ve had a long-standing crush on Sara Bareilles since the precise moment she sweetly serenaded us with a little voice and a love song. She is the mother of heartbreaking hymns and upbeat first-love confessions, compositions that mold themselves into the exact shape of our souls. She…

Album Review: Andrew McMahon – The Pop Underground

I See Colors When I Hear Your Voice Initially, the thought of Andrew McMahon trading-in his iconic piano for a full-on synthesizer sounds a bit blasphemous and ludicrous. The Piano Man is a legend around these parts; a lyrical genius in the eyes of many. Still, we remained profoundly hopefully when the announcement was made…

Album Review: Bobby Long – Wishbone

“I was so in love with you, with what people do to me and you” Evolution – The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth. When an upcoming record – from an artist you have known for some…

Album Review: Mumford & Sons – Babel

“I’ll be yours, if you’ll be mine” This blog had been less than a week old when we first introduced you to Mumford & Sons, having no idea that these soon-to-be rock stars would shortly bring the music world to its knees. Having spent an insurmountable time on the charts with their debut album, Sigh No More proved…

Album Review: Maroon 5 – Overexposed

Ladykiller Ten years have come and gone from the time Maroon 5 broke onto the music scene with their debut album, Songs About Jane (I know, I can’t believe it, either), to today. Since then, the group has supplied us with two more records. The most recent, 2010’s Hands All Over – which I wrote…

Album Review: Jason Mraz – Love Is a Four Letter Word

“It’s not hard for me to love you” Peace. Love. Happiness. Finding melodies that truly illustrate these words in their purest form can sometimes be hard to find. An artist willing to share their own story of success – to be able to achieve what we all desire in our lifetime – can be even…

Album Review: Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials

“And I did cartwheels in your honour. Dancing on tiptoes; my own secret ceremonials” When you first sit down and listen to Ceremonials, there is a blissful moment when you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. You’ve been transported to some strange and wonderful dreamlike location; where ghosts roam the streets, lovers embrace and break…

Album Review: Jack’s Mannequin – People and Things

“Keep your eyes on the road, on the Glass Passenger. He sings for a traveling band.” Debuting their third studio album, Jack’s Mannequin has once again, brought us back to a place we love and remember so fondly. It’s great to be here again, isn’t it? With a new, but delightfully familiar sound, People and…

Album Review: Bobby Long – A Winter Tale

“I heard a lonely voice cut through the rain” If you find yourself listening to an album and unable to decide exactly which song is your favorite, you know you possess something invaluable. I’ve been a fan of Bobby Long’s for a couple of years and he always manages to surprise me. Now, with his…

Album Review: KT Tunstall – Tiger Suit

The Entertainer Three albums later, and KT Tunstall is still the indie pop rock goddess we all remember. After a week of going through each song, picking out my favorites, and then listening the album in its entirety, I quite possibly think that Tiger Suit is my favorite KT album. It’s a little hipper (synthesizers…