Music Recs #12: Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Killswitch Engage

Alter Bridge – Wouldn’t You Rather

Between big tours and album releases, does Myles Kennedy ever get time to sleep? While we may never know the true answer, we say cheers to the tireless music man for never failing in his delivery of consistent bangers.

Following his solo debut, he returns to Alter Bridge, working towards their sixth studio album Walk the Sky. Their first single Wouldn’t You Rather proves an explosive anthem, with Kennedy’s impossible vocals on an addictive refrain matched by Tremonti’s stunning heavy riffs.

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Review: Yesterday (2019)

Yesterday (dir. Danny Boyle, 2019) – Following a road accident, musician Jack Malik wakes up to find himself in an alternate timeline, where the Beatles do not exist.

Verdict

Leaving the cultural legacy of the Beatles to the sidelines, Yesterday serves up its charming romance with a disappointing side of missed opportunities.

3/5

Review

Imagine there’s no Beatles. What would the world be without Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Yellow Submarine? Who, if anyone, would have led the cultural revolution in place of the Fab Four?What of the myriad bands influenced by John, Paul, George, and Ringo to begin playing music in the first place?

Oddly enough, no major changes occur in this alternate timeline of Yesterday. That is at least in the aspect of music, which continues to thrive with the gaping hole in cultural history. The whimsical concept remains uninterested in exploring the lasting legacy of the Beatles, operating on arbitrary rules of logic.

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Music Recs #11: Samantha Fish, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Godsmack

Samantha Fish – Bulletproof

Immense talent Samantha Fish marks her sixth solo release this month, and her first single Bulletproof off the album exemplifies her very best. Backed by lyrical honesty on societal expectations, the single takes no time to rip into her insistent riff that urges one to move to the groove.

Under her lead, contemporary sentiments slip with ease into her traditional blues influences. This display of raw talent in songwriting (and guitar playing, of course) no doubt cements her as a true innovator in the beloved genre.

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Music Recs #10: Palaye Royale, Toli Wild, Larkin Poe

Palaye Royale – Fucking With My Head

To a sucker for catchy choruses and Britpop/glam influences, two-parter album Boom Boom Room will simply never be enough. So thank Palaye Royale for churning out a new single less than a year after Side B’s release.

Despite the lack of lyrical content, the infectiously impassioned accusations has us willingly overlook the minor infraction. Fucking with my Head is an absolute banger that thrives on attitude alone; them being great fun to watch is just a bonus.

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Music Recs #9: Hollywood Vampires, The Raconteurs, Sum 41

Hollywood Vampires – The Boogieman Surprise

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry form Hollywood Vampires, the oddest super group that no one should complain about. Their album Rise shows the reasons why, bringing out the best of the musicians.

In covers, Depp’s timbre works perfect for David Bowie’s Heroes. Perry’s does the same for Johnny Thunders’ You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory. Original material The Boogieman Surprise and Mr. Spider feel almost like spiritual b-sides of Welcome to the Nightmare, and it is certainly any Cooper fan’s poison.

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Review: Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman (dir. Dexter Fletcher, 2019) – Revered musical legend Elton John re-lives his breakout years in a fantastical musical.

Verdict

Topped with inviting shades of fantasy, Rocketman leads us on an outrageously gratifying wild ride from start to finish.

5/5

Review

Estranged families, addictions, and struggles with sexuality. Present are all the usual suspects of rock star adventures in Rocketman. But based on a true fantasy, this is clearly no biopic from the mould. Director Dexter Fletcher chooses his own perfect way to retell Elton John’s highs and lows.

Showered in flamboyance and operatic excess, the film proves befitting for the Pinball Wizard known and beloved for his larger-than-life personality. Big musical numbers never feel too out of town, bringing tinges of hope to the darkest moments.

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