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2009 - Rush - Working Men

I’m a Rush fan.
And I’m not a compilations fan.

I think compilations exist only for sake of enriching record labels’ pockets. And Working Men is not different.

As you can tell by the cover, if you like the canadian trio, this is a compilation of live performances. With more than 30 years on the road, plus countless live albums, Rush easily exceeds the numbers of a single-disc tracklist. So you can expect great stuff here. The flaw is, nothing here is new.

Every performance is already released on a live album. Then if you’ve bought a recently released Rush live album, chances are that you have at least 30% fo Working Men. Because this release contains the best track out of Snakes & Arrows Live, R30 and my personal favorite Rush in Rio. I saw them at that tour, but in the São Paulo show.

That aside, all tracks are great and show that in spite of being in grandpas’ age, theses guys rule.

If you’re new to Rush and want to know how the band sounded live in the 00’s, that’s the album. Otherwise it’s just collectors stuff.


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2009 - Chromeo - DJ Kicks

Chromeo is for sure one of the most respectable and high profile electro duos today. They’re maniac with 80’s funk and synths, and are not ashamed of showing it. After all it’s cool anyway.
What makes them stand out of the crowd?
Besides the fact they really play most of their stuff, they know their stuff.

Dj Kicks is a mixtape specially hand-crafted with electro/disco/funk tracks released in both the 80s and the 00s. I bet you can’t tell the difference in most of them.

DJ Kicks is the proof that the canadian duo rocks hard. No hype bullshit.

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The canadian couple strikes again. I don’t like Wolf Parade so I didn’t have any expectations about it, and I wasn’t wrong at all.
This kind of electro reencarnation of 80s phantoms (Billy Idol to say one) plus other punk and post punk names is not my cup of tea.

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Thrid album by Metric. Live it Out sounds heavier than its predecessor, but it’s not my cup of tea. And I’ve tried all albums by them so far.

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Second album by Metric. Clearly more rock oriented, without the hip hop elements of the first unreleased album, but still a tasteless record.

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The first full-length album by Metric was recorded in 2001 but released in 2007, for record label issues.

It’s kind a pop music with rock and hip hop influences. The album starts with the good homonymous track and  goes down straight to a black whole of pop clichés with hip hop beats.

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I’ve never been into Alanis Morissette music, but I was curious to know how Flavors of Entanglement would sound.

It looks like Morissette is looking for a new aural personality after so many changes in music since her first records – which made her so famous.

Therefore, Flavors… is full of sonic mannerisms.
For instance, Citizen of the Planet is a classic “mystic” rock-oriented track. (a 90’s mystic Madonna meets Evanescence).
Underneath is familiar ground, both to Morissette and her fans.
Straitjacket is the worst try of the album, in my opinion. Morissette ‘s I-must-rhyme pop-rock vocals  just don’t fit the bad electro ripoff background.
Versions Of Violence is another try of mixing heavy rock elements with electronic drums in a way that has already happened, 10 years ago.
Not As We is probably the best track. A piano ballad. Where Morissette can relax and be herself for a while.

The album goes on varying from Morissette recycled cliches and less adventurous unsuccessful tries of being modern.
Perhaps Moratorium illustrates the album problem better than any song:
Flavors… isn’t bad, but Alanis Morissette seems trapped in the 90’s, trying to be in the 2000’s through the wrong ways. Maybe she is just not well oriented. If I’d blame someone it would be the producer Guy Sigsworth who just reheated previous Morissette‘s success and failed putting her into a modern context.

In my opinion this is an album only for Morissette fans.

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