November 02016 on Audioxide


Well we know November has come; it’s gone away. Given how utterly uneventful the real world was last month, it was a good thing so much of the music we listened to was enjoyable. Quite a few releases covered, by our standards. Five reviews, and a new format in which two of us listened to an album for the first time and shared our real-time reactions. More smarm than you can shake a stick at. Tremendous value.

It’s been a month for the oddballs, really. The Flaming Lips, Jefferson Airplane, Justice, and R.E.M. are no strangers to strangeness, and it was lovely to go cuckoo with all of them. Some old heads turned up with stellar songwriting and middling mixing as well. The production on A Tribe Called Quest‘s new album frustrated us no end, while Metallica did their thing of being simultaneously splendid and a bit bland. Lots to see, lots to ignore. Take your pick and see you in December.



November 2nd

The Flaming Lips // Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

In my mind, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots functions best as a fantastical journey of curious thoughts and emotions. It’s clumsy, yet very loveable, and there’s nothing else quite like it.

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November 9th

Jefferson Airplane // surrealistic Pillow

It remains a staple of the genre today, feeling as fresh and vibrant now as it did in 1967, and stands as tall as the finest works of the same era by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. It sounds like a wonderful montage of the ’60s.

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November 16th

A Tribe Called Quest // We Got It from Here… Thank you 4 your Service

The record certainly has that classic Tribe vibe, which is why their return will likely be a delight for the majority of fans, but it categorically lacks the key finishing touches for it to be favourably compared to the material of the early ’90s.

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November 23rd

Justice // Woman

The record feels alive; it lives and breathes like a fully formed reincarnation of disco. The melodies are infectious, the bass lines are rich and vibrant, and the drums are wonderfully expressive. Sadly, sometimes it just feels too familiar.

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R.e.m. // Out of Time

The record warrants a listen for the highlights alone. The problems, such as they are, stem from the country vein of the album. Although R.E.M. generally get away with it, a lot of the songs have that floaty, fluffy, nothing vibe characteristic of Christian rock and similarly depraved genres.

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November 23rd

Playbackbabble: METALLICA’s Hardwired to Self-Destruct

/André & Fred

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