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Wednesday
Dec142011

Shins Announce 'Port of Morrow' for March 2012, Release Album Art.... Meh

REVIEWING THE MUSIC-RELEASE NEWS: The Shins are back. Meh.

By Kenny Herzog

Shins frontman James Mercer's a bit like the indie rock Adam Levine. Assuming by indie rock, we mean bands that actually perform as well commercially as Maroon 5 (and more power to them). He's reasonably attractive, makes music that ladies (and sensitive men) can swoon and has fancied himself something of an adventurous multi-talent in the wake of his primary group's success.

Thing is, that whole Broken Bells project with Danger Mouse didn't leave much of an impression. On anyone. So, back to one's roots we go. After a half-decade layoff since their nearly Billboard-topping Wincing the Night Away, the Shins will release the daftly titled Port of Morrow in March 2012. Meh.

Oh, and the guys have split with longtime label Sub Pop, and will be releasing Morrow jointly via Columbia and Mecer's own imprint (whatever that means), the ridiculously dubbed Aural Apothecary. Double meh. 

Here's a tracklist, and above is the twinly album art. No word on whether future Apothecary releases will come with sea salts and facial tone.

 

Meh-seeming Port of Morrow tracklist:

1. The Rifle's Spiral

2. Simple Song

3. It's Only Life

4. No Way Down

5. September

6. Bait and Switch

7. Fall of '82

8. For A Fool

9. 40 Mark Strasse

10. Port of Morrow

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Meh.

THE SHINS ARE FINE RATING: 5/10

WHEN'S THE NEW SLAYER ALBUM OUT AGAIN?: 666/10

MEH RATING: Meh/10

 

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Thursday
Oct272011

Susan Boyle Channels Selena Gomez on New Version of "Mad World"

 

SINGLE REVIEW: Susan Boyle, Britain's Got Talent poster girl, is about to release her third studio album (her albums sell gazillion copies around the world), Someone to Watch Over Me. Included in this highly anticipated recording is her part-gorgeous/part-creepy teen-voiced version of Tears for Fears' classic "Mad World."

By Robbie Woliver

 

Susan Boyle seems to approve of her new teen voice.

 

"Mad World" has become one of those ubiquitous songs that never really gets old; Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is another. No matter who sings it, the song will most likely survive. The unlikely superstar, Boyle, who reached global fame by belting out Broadway classics on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, has taken a more daring and unexpected route on her albums. Turns out she has an affinity for rock and roll, and some obscure songs at that. Her choice of "Wild Horses" on her debut, I Dreamed a Dream, for example, was not as surprising as her choice of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" (pick up jaws) on the upcoming Someone, which will be released on November 1.   

The 50-year-old singer has a gorgeous voice, there is no disputing that, and that familiar soaring soprano of hers is not quite in evidence during "Mad World," where she sounds more like a teen Disney star like Selena Gomez or Taylor Swift. It's a great track to play for your friends and make a sure-fire million dollar bet that they'll never guess who it is--and they won't, unless, of course, they are REVIEWniverse followers. But you know what? Boyle's childlike rendition is eerily compelling and creepy, sorta the way weird young Adelaide is on American Horror Story.

We haven't heard Adelaide sing Tears for Fears yet, but it might sound like this:

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Beautiful song. Ethereal rendition. No surprise.

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY SUSAN BOYLE RATING: 9.4/10

KNOWING IT'S SUSAN BOYLE SINGING AND NOT SELENA GOMEZ RATING: 4.9/10

ADELAIDE CREEPY FACTOR RATING: 10/10

"MAD WORLD" VERSION BY ADAM LAMBERT: Jackpot/10

 

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