|Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’|
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“Dramatic, overarching themes dominate “Reflektor.” One is the Greek myth of Orpheus, the master musician whose tragic, human flaws kept him from saving his love, Eurydice (portrayed in the album artwork). Another is the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, from which band member Regine Chassagne’s parents fled during a harsh dictatorship. Chassagne’s husband, frontman Win Butler, spoke of life-altering experiences in Haiti during the album’s creation, and Haitian musicians contributed to the sessions. Another guest, ex-LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, lends his expert hand to “Reflektor’s” production, and though his presence is felt, it isn’t overwhelming. This is still an Arcade Fire album through and through — just injected with heavy dance grooves, so that it sounds like a new-millennium response to the Talking Heads’ landmark, Brian Eno-produced album, “Remain In Light.” – Chris Payne (Billboard)
“Bad Religion have threatened to record an album of seasonal classics for years, and now they’ve gone and done it, tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style. From “White Christmas” with its nod to pioneers The Ramones, to the glorious choirboy intro to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” ‘Christmas Songs’ is the record you need to get your holiday household’s toes tapping.” – (contactmusic.com)
“Esteemed guests join Adkins on his first-ever holiday album since his Platinum debut sixteen years ago. Guests include renowned Irish ensemble, The Chieftains; Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, British folk/pop star Emma Stevens, multi-award winning family group, The Isaacs; Kevin Costner and daughter Lily Costner; and legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff. The keyboards, acoustic, steel and bass guitars of American folk music harmonize with the weissenborn, mandolin, uilleann pipe, penny whistle, violin, viola, cello, harp, and organ.” – (traceadkins.com)
Hey, I guess The Holiday Season is now upon us, so forget all the crap being pushed on you and visit some independent record shops and buy great albums!