Music Reviews

Sparkledrive

Sparkledrive

Aware

A pleasing although largely unmemorable collection of radio-ready anthems that would fit nicely into one of the many adult alternative radio stations now dominating the airwaves. Fronted by lead singer Val Strain, she is capable of raising the music up a couple levels with her singing that at times seems like Chrissie Hynde. Upbeat and energetic, this album has all the hooks that one could hope to expect. Yet after repeated listenings, there is very little in these songs that manage to grab me or warrant further investigation.

Sony Music, 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022-3211; http://www.awarerecords.com, http://www.sparkledrive.com


Recently on Ink 19...

Henry V

Henry V

Archikulture Digest

Blood, guts, and kicking butt in France — it’s the age-old story of Shakespeare. Carl F. Gauze once again enjoys the salacious violence and complicated plot points of Henry V, in the moody dark of Orlando Shakes.

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

Features

On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello

Features

Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.

%d bloggers like this: