Album Review: Unearth by John Bassett

Unearth-Album-CoverUnearth by John Bassett

Record Label: Stereohead Records

Genre: Folk/ Alternative Rock

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Songs: 10

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John Bassett is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, producer primarily known for writing the music and producing the critically acclaimed albums of Progressive Rock act “KingBathmat”. He has so far released seven albums since 2003 and self released them through the record label Stereohead Records. This winter 2013/2014 will see the first release of an acoustic themed album under his own name.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, Stereohead Records for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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John Bassett has such a creepy voice. It’s smack in the middle of Patrick Watson and Copeland with his soft yet strong voice that reaches those high notes. Unearth starts off with such a unique style that, at first, might make listeners do a double take (I know I did!) and really listen to what music is playing around them. Nonetheless, I like this album. It’s great on its own but it also would be great in tv shows to give that emotional edge that Comedian has.

However, nothing is more disappointing than when an intense feeling starts to wear off. I love the haunting feel that comes during the beginning of each song, but somewhere in the middle, that effect wears off fairly quickly especially in Survival Rate, Tv is God, and Keep Dear. After this, the songs get a bit boring and repetitive.  Another thing that I have a problem with is that although all the songs are well done and go together nicely to make a coherent album, the songs sound a little too similar at times and makes it hard to distinguish each song from the other.

Still, I really like this record. Stay Away From the Dark reminds me so much of Kiss from a Rose by Seal just with the medial sound and the mood . Unearth is perfect. I absolutely love the overlapping vocals that give off an echoing effect as well as the creepy lyrics about sacrifices. I also love the guitar riffs, they’re simplistic yet memorizing in Unearth, Comedian, and Nothing Sacred. For an instrumental, Kylerhea is very well done. The guitar is brought out nicely but still doesn’t overpower the rest of the instruments like the soothing drums. The mood is so relaxing in this song, like a beautiful spring day.

Unearth should be called Unearthly haunting because I feel the need to watch as many beautifully done horror movies and tv shows as possible. Like Hannibal. Or something equally as elegant and odd. Off of this album, my favourite songs are: Stay Away from the Dark, Unearth, Kylerhea, and Comedian. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys folk and alternative rock as well as some Patrick Watson.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Since this album isn’t out yet you can listen to Stay Away from the Dark as well as a the album trailer here.)

1. Stay Away from the Dark-4:35

2. Survival Rate

3. Nothing is Sacred

4. Unearth

5. Pantomime

6. Kylerhea

7. Tv is God

8. Keep Dear

9. Something that’s More Worthwhile

10. Comedian

Album Review: Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

I use the plagiarism checker at Grammarly.com because like a poutine with shredded cheese, it’s not as good as the original!

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Record Label: Independent/8123

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: December 10, 2013

Songs: 5
good good

The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have five EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light, Good Love and Imaginary Numbers. And 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

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2013 is coming to a close (finally), and The Maine knows just how to end it–with a sad, mopey love song that listeners will love. I know for a fact that I love it, and this band never cease to amaze me with every piece of music that they manage to come out with.

Even after all this time (always! haha! Sorry, I’m reading HP) The Maine are still getting comfortable with their new sound. This shows in, Raining in Paris, where high notes are uncertain things for the vocalist, hence the shakiness of those few notes. Perfectly out of Key is a song that I have a hard time understanding and even liking. It’s weird in the sense of how stable it is. I do like the lyrics, their admirable and unique and the piano part is too sweet that I can’t even but once again, the vocals totally throw me off. John, Bro,

Moving on to the good parts, The Maines’ guitarists probably have some of the best riffs ever. Mostly in Room With No Windows and Visions where there’s a spot light to show off just how awesome they are. Also, Room With No Windows has a xylophone part! Do you understand how awesome that is? Super awesome! Visions has a nice bass as well that’s actually really prominent (finally, Garrett). The EP ends with Lovely Sad, which is a slow, very sweet ballad that has a beautiful piano solo.

Imaginary Numbers is an EP that, for the most part, is really solid. My favourite songs are Room With No Windows and Visions for sure. But I believe that The Maine can only go up from here.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Raining in Paris-3:47

2. Room With No Window-3:51

3. Perfectly out of Kay-3:51

4. Visions-4:22

5. Lovely Sad-6:25

Song of the Week#14-Forever Halloween by The Maine (F Edition+Halloween Edition)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Week except each week there will be for the alphabet/numbers! and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: F! But it’s also the Halloween Edition!

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The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). Forever Halloween is off of their album, Forever Halloween.

Happy Halloween! Get your costumes out! Try to scare the crap out of little children and most of all! DON’T FORGET THE CANDY! Gosh, how I love candy. Because I do love it. Like, a lot and could probably eat it everyday for the rest of my life if I could. But anyway, this is a song by my favourite band. It’s all about Halloween and going back to a time where you could pretend to be anything you wanted and be a kid.

My favourite part is:

Kids in costumes
Dressed like Kings and Queens
Little monsters
Walking down my street
In this place I’ll
Be anything but me
So you be brave and
I’ll still be eighteen

So just this once
Yeah just for now
yeah you can be anything
Anything in the world
And darling don’t
Don’t you start to scream
It doesn’t mean anything
It’s just make believe

You can listen to Forever Halloween here.

Lyrics here.

Album Review: Forever Halloween by The Maine

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Forever Halloween by The Maine

Record Label: Independent/8123 Eighty One Twenty Three

Genre: Alternative Rock (with a little bit of pop)

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Songs: 12
Forever Halloween - The Maine

The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have four EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light and Good Love. And 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

(My Opinion)

There’s just so much that I love about Forever Halloween. Actually, there is so much that I love about The Maine, really. But this isn’t about how they’re my favourite band or about how they’re so nice and funny. This is about their newest album and how much is fucking rocks. And about how much they have grown as a band, which is evident with this album. They’re a lot more confident with their sound and the direction they want their music to lead to which is one of the reasons why I love Forever Halloween. 

Unfortunately, I don’t really like Fucked Up Kids because I feel like it falls flat especially at the chorus, the drums and guitar seem to be on completely different pages and parts are done a bit sloppily. And although I love Run and it’s one of my favourite songs off of Forever Halloween the transitioning between the chorus and the verse could have been smoother, it’s rushed and a little too sharp.

Fortunately, I love everything else about this album. The guitar duet in Kennedy Curse is phenomenal, it’s dark and haunting in a good way. Hopefully we’ll hear more of it on their next album. Birthday In Los Angeles is a bit different from the rest of the songs because of the song structure and sound. It doesn’t necessarily have the same chorus every time, it changes a bit and the lone ukulele accompanying John’s voice is really delicate and soft. With Blood Red there is an echo coming off of all the instruments and vocals that really compliments the song and the creepiness that is intended for it. I also love the use of different percussion instruments and clapping, etc. that are enclosed in songs, Blood Red, Happy, and Take What You Can Carry. Also, These Four Words compared to You Left Me, This Is The End, and, I’m Sorry is a lot darker and sadder with only the piano to emphasis just how sad and broken the song is meant to be. It’s beautiful and heart-wrenching which I think makes the song that more great. (Also, I can’t take this song very seriously because of the line: “I really should just go home and play with myself”. It’s too funny!)

Forever Halloween is pretty much gold. Every song has its own creepy, cool, unique theme to it that comes together to make this album a whole with a Halloween feeling. Off of the album my favourite songs are: Run, Blood Red, Kennedy Curse, Love & Drugs and Happy. But I love almost all of them. I recommend this album to everyone, especially people who love alternative rock and people who love creepy, Halloween-like music and everything in-between.

4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs
4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Take What You Can Carry-3:03

2. Love & Drugs-3:38

3. Run-3:38

4. White Walls-4:20

5. Happy-2:45

6. Birthday In Los Angeles-3:17

7. Blood Red-3:17

8. Kennedy Curse-3:39

9. Sad Songs-3:15

10. Fucked Up Kids-4:34

11. These Four Words-4:06

12. Forever Halloween-4:06