#TOPTENSUNDAY TOP 10 DEBUT ALBUMS | Reviewcaster – The …

dfa1979Over the next few weeks, we ve got some debut albums dropping that are definitely worth getting excited over. The likes of Royal Blood, The Wytches and Banks all release their first LPs in the not too distant future, so this week s #TopTenSunday looks at some truly superb first efforts. As usual, it s been difficult, with some quite cardinal omissions.

But, what can we do?

10. Deftones Adrenaline

Deftones announced themselves in 1995 with an alternative metal blueprint that fused rap, post-hardcore and nu-metal into a hugely intriguing concept. To this day, the Deftones-patented balance of loud and quiet remains an expertly refined science.


Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That s What I m Not

Arctic Monkeys have come a very long way since they burst out of Sheffield, clad in Adidas Originals and surrounded by an amount of hype that seemed impossible to live up to. Almost 9 years later, they are arguably British music s most valuable commodity.

8. Janelle Mon e The ArchAndroid

With a concept album that basks under an umbrella of afro-futurism, focusing on a rebel android from the distant future, Janelle Mon e chose to operate from well outside the confines of the modern r n b paradigm with her 2010 debut.

This woman was born to perform.

7. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory

At the turn of the millennium, Linkin Park released a record that brought ferocious grooves, crunching riffs and intelligent, expertly executed lyrics into an encroaching amalgam, redefining rap metal in the process. A superb record that, 14 years on, Linkin Park haven t bettered.


The Libertines Up The Bracket

No matter how outrageous, turbulent and downright ridiculous Carl Barat and Pete Doherty s relationship has been, it cannot be discounted just how important their debut LP was. Up The Bracket was a haphazard catalyst for a revival of the British rock scene, and one of the best albums of the 2000s.

5. Jeff Buckley Grace

Jeff Buckley a once-in-a-generation talent. On his only LP, he demonstrated himself to be raw, alarmingly unique and impossibly versatile.

His music came complete with a capricious ability to startle, and it s impossible to not refer to that voice. Grace turns 20 this week, so a very happy birthday indeed.

4. The Smiths The Smiths

The Smiths was the benchmark that ultimately found indie music a place in the landscape. The controlled, jangling guitars instantly became Johnny Marr s hallmark, with the subdued production and dour themes making a perfect canvas for a certain Steven Patrick Morrissey to let his lyrics saunter.


Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The Miseducation is, to this day, regarded as one of the greatest neo-soul albums to hit ever hit the shelves of our record stores. Fresh off the back of The Fugees disbandment, Hill delivered an intense listen, littered with streams of consciousness that made you feel like the most exclusive of outlets.

2. Pearl Jam Ten

In 1992, almost a year after its release, Ten announced itself as a hard-rock masterpiece.

It showcased the grit and anger of grunge without sacrificing the choruses and hooks of hard, alternative rock. It was heart-wrenching and uplifting, with songs consistently brought to brink and back again.

1. Death From Above 1979 You re A Woman, I m A Machine

This week s table topper is without doubt, one of the most influential LPs recorded to date. You re A Woman is a breathtakingly fast fusion of dance-punk and noise-rock, with Jesse F.

Keeler and Sebastian Granger playing like their very blood was boiling, racing themselves to an imaginary finish line, and ultimately setting the bar for the noise rock blueprint.

After 10 years, the record s follow up is due to drop next month.

We can t fucking wait.

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Inside World Music: CD Review: 3-CD SET

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Real World 25 3 CD
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Real World 25 is a three-CD set covering some of the best classics released from the label’s two-hundred-plus recordings over the years. The third CD features music picked solely by fans. There are gems on here from groups including, Daby Toure, JuJu, Big Blue Ball, Sheila Chandra, Papa Wemba, Yungchen Lhamo, Spiro, Sevara Nazarkhan, and others.

The other CD’s feature music from Pape & Cheikh, Toumast, Daude, Farafina, Guo Yue, Syriana, Varttina, Mamer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Peter Gabriel, Adrian Sherwood, Ayub Ogada, Hukwe Zawose, Joji Hirota, and many others. There is music from areas as diverse as Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Sardinia, Zimbabwe, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, Tibet, and other adventurous places. Simply put; every song is a hit and it is on this compilation for a reason.

Anyone into world music and melodic interludes from far-off places will love this collection, which includes a twenty-eight-page booklet, forty-eight total tracks, and a host of memorable tidbits. ~ Matthew Forss


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Dance cultures from Brazil, Egypt, Quebec converge onstage, create …

BANGOR, Maine Egyptian native Yasser Darwish was familiar with Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Luanda, but he never shared a stage with its practitioners until he came to the American Folk Festival. Neither had the members of Quebecois trio Bon Debarras.

On Saturday afternoon, the members of these three very different groups talked about and demonstrated their individual art, then wound up dancing with each other to a rhythm that blended the music of three continents: South America, Africa and North America.

Bringing together performers who, on the face of it, share no musical heritage and discovering their roots systems are intertwined1 has been a goal of the festival since it first came to town as the National Folk Festival in 2002.

Africa is the musical base for every culture, Jelon Vierra, founder of Capoeira Luanda, based in New York City, said after the Saturday afternoon session. We were conceived in one place Africa but we grew up in different areas.

And now we come together in this place.

Capoeira has been practiced in Vierra s native Brazil since the 15th century, he told the audience. A form of martial arts, its moves were accompanied by music. Vierra said it was disguised as dance so the African slaves could hide its purpose from their Portuguese-speaking masters in Brazil.

The berimbau, a stringed instrument that can be made with different sizes of dried gourds, is the main instrument that has been used in capoeira.

It simulates the rhythm, the style and the speed of the movement, he said. When fighting threatens to get out of hand, for example, reducing the tempo with the berimbau tells participants to slow down. Drums and tambourines also are played.

Capoeira, with its quick and complex moves, high kicks, spins, splits and flips, can look more like gymnastics than taekwondo or karate.

The difference is that the music is an integral part of the art.

Garrett Boardway, 32, of Bangor was the artist buddy assigned to escort the members of Capoeira Luanda during the festival. He is part of a local group studying capoeira.

I m learning more about the art and a lot about performance, he said Saturday afternoon. But I ve also found out that it doesn t matter if you re from Bangor, New York or Brazil capoeira is one family.

Darwish is a master of Tanoura, or the whirling dervish dance a style inspired by a meditation associated with the mystical religious order of Sufism.

Musicians accompanied his performances on traditional instruments and improvised with the capoeira players while Darwish twirled and ducked in response to the performers high kicks.

Dominic Desrochers, guitarist, singer and percussive dancer with Bon Debarras based in Montreal, Quebec, added the sounds of step dancing to the capoeira beat.2

The program highlighting dance traditions reminded this year s audience that when cultures collide on the Bangor Waterfront, harmony ensues.


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