That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”
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That Was When I Ruled the World: Coldplay’s world-conquering “Viva la Vida”

COLDPLAY – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone ’08): Unlike Maroon 5, who are content as they push forty to reign supreme in the singles world, Coldplay want to be an Important Band, the rightful heirs to U2 as world-conquerors. Nowhere else in their discography is their bid for Very Serious … Continue reading

Trickle-Down Fury: Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumper” is the Political Album You Need, Not the One You Deserve
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Trickle-Down Fury: Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumper” is the Political Album You Need, Not the One You Deserve

CHUMBAWAMBA – Tubthumper (Republic/Universal ’97): Were the second half of this album as solid as the first, I’d hail Tubthumper as one of the Great Overlooked Albums of the 90s. Chumbawamba—an anarcho-punk collective from Burnley, Lancashire chugging along steadily since the early 80s—alienated everyone in the immediate aftermath of their one and only smash hit, … Continue reading

Talk Like That Might Limit Your Lifespan: Politics at the precipice in “One Day as a Lion”
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Talk Like That Might Limit Your Lifespan: Politics at the precipice in “One Day as a Lion”

ONE DAY AS A LION – One Day as a Lion (Anti EP ’08): A great match for talents between Rage Against the Machine’s rager-in-chief Zack de la Rocha and ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore that unfortunately never spat up anything more than this undervalued gem of an EP. Between Theodore’s twenty-minute adrenaline rush of … Continue reading

Drone Attacks at the Gates of Dawn: The Black Angels’ “Passover” hurdles down at you
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Drone Attacks at the Gates of Dawn: The Black Angels’ “Passover” hurdles down at you

THE BLACK ANGELS – Passover (Light in the Attic ’06): Among all the 60s and 70s bands you could name drop to make comparisons, Austin’s The Black Angels clearly prefer one—The Velvet Undergound, from whose “The Black Angel’s Death Song” these dronemeisters take their name. But though the Velvets heavy, they weren’t heavy like the … Continue reading