Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Quickie Album Reviews: Islands, Irving, and Eagles of Death Metal

IslandsReturn to the Sea (Rough Trade)
As playful as Diamonds’ previous venture The Unicorns, but somehow a bit easier to take seriously. Though solid, the album could still use a few more tracks as strong as the track Rough Gem ... a song so good you’ll never want it to end, but just keep getting increasingly louder and more insistent.

IrvingDeath in the Garden, Blood in the Flowers (Eenie Meanie)
While Irving’s previous fare was made up of clear-cut, highly charismatic pop charmers, the tracks on this album are instead full of subtle little moments that win your love slowly over time. There’s a lot to like here, and you’ll constantly reevaluate your favorite song on it.

Eagles of Death MetalDeath By Sexy (AntAcidAudio)
A second helping of hedonism from Jesse "The Devil" Hughes and Josh (Queens of the Stone Age) Homme. This time a tighter, more-focused ball of ass-shaking, irreverent, mustachioed rock and mother-effin' roll. Hide your sister, put the top down, and play it loud.

(EODM review by Gabe Burger.)


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